Author Archives: Narsing Rao Sridhar

Rare Leaves-less Plant Discovered in Japan Island

A biologist and his photographer friend discovered a new species of plant while walking in isolated Yakushima island in souther Japan. Resembling a thistle with a sprinkling of blueberries atop its thorny stem, the new variety of plant is related to the triuridaceae family. Kenji Suetsugu, biologist from Kobe University and Hiroaki Yamashita, a photographer who lives on Yakushima island, ...

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Shabana Azmi Criticises Media’s Initial Handling of JNU Incident

Actor and Rajya Sabha member Shabana Azmi has joined the pro-JNU ranks on Sunday depicting the initial role of some TV News/Now channels for jumping the bandwagon and calling all JNU students anti-national anc castigating them openly in a live show full of hatred and degradation. "The media first projected JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar as guilty and is now saying ...

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5 JNU Students Resurface on Campus, Ready to Face Arrest

With a week of turmoil in the capital over the anti-India sologaneering and arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar of charges of sedition, 5 of the students who police wanted to arrest on anti-national activities resurfaced on Sunday on the campus. Soon the other JNU students and teachers formed massive protecting circles around them and were seen staging a sit-in ...

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Inspired by Bats, New Unmanned Air Vehicles to Make Debut in 5 Years

Inspired by bats, researchers from the University of Southampton have designed innovative membrane wings, paving the way for a new type of unmanned Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) with improved aerodynamic properties, which can fly over long distances and cost less. The wings work like artificial muscles, changing shape in response to the forces they experience and have no mechanical parts, ...

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Increasing Filtered Coffee Consumption May Reduce Risk of Cirrhosis in Kidney: Study

Brushing aside the side effects of caffeine, drinking coffee may reduce cirrhosis or liver damage from food and alcohol, said a new study by researchers at Southampton University in the United Kingdom. Analyzing data of more than 430,000 participants, researchers found that drinking two additional cups of coffee daily has resulted in lowering the risk of developing cirrhosis by 44%. ...

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Antibiotics Affect Brain, Cause Confusion, Hallucinations: Indian-Origin Neurologist

Indian-origin American researcher has found that antibiotics affect delirium in brain and cause confusion to brain function and leads to hallucinations and agitative mindset. “Delirium is a common and costly complication of hospitalization. Although medications are a known cause of delirium, antibiotics are an underrecognized class of medications associated with delirium,” said researchers in their article. They reviewed the clinical, ...

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Will Kanhaiya Kumar Become Nominee for Nobel Prize?

Unthinkable but it looks Kanhaiya Kumar’s name is making rounds at a time when the Nobel Committee is sending the request forms for nomination of its prestigious peace prize winners this year. Though the entire process takes more than 8 months, the fact that Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, that too on sedition charges, has attracted world wide attention and the story ...

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Human Rights Watch Asks India to Stop Persecution of Kanhaiya Kumar

Human Rights Watch, a global human rights body on Friday asked India to stop persecution of peaceful activists, including JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, with sedition under IPC 124 (a) that may attract three to life-term imprisonment, if convicted. “The BJP government seems eager to punish peaceful speech but less willing to investigate supporters who commit violence in the ...

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Police Pressurized Kanhaiya Kumar to Extract Statement: NHRC

In a report that will have adverse impact on India’s image abroad, the country’s National Human Rights Commission said on Friday that Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was subjected to psychological pressure. If proved, India may face flak from the US and European countries and Kanhaiya may even become one of the Nobel Peace Prize nominees. The ...

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Zika: Where and When Will Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Strike Next?

Zika, the virus that is rapidly spreading through South and Central America and the Caribbean, have ientifed three places in Ecuador where it might strike next. Zika is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry dengue and chikungunya viruses, and that were historically responsible for yellow fever. Zika may be linked with birth defects such as microcephaly, and with the ...

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6 Indian-Origin US Scientists to be Honoured by Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has named six Indian-origin among 106 young researchers for the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest such honour for early career achievers. They will receive the awards later at a ceremony in the White House. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of ...

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Ex-JNUites in Press Denounce Kanhaiya Kumar’s Arrest on Sedition Charges

JNU alumni and currently journalists spread all over India have released a statement criticisng the government’s apathy to right-wing militancy in the country as was evident in recent attacks on JNU students, teachers and journalists in Patiala House courts. Terming the sedition charges against JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar as unwarranted and aimed at defaming the last bastion of intellectuals in ...

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JNU Row: Kanhaiya Kumar Should Refuse Bail Now (Opinion)

Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the case of bail for JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, his lawyer Soli Sorabjee should think of not seeking bail any more as his life’s safety would be far better inside the Tihar than outside. The incident at Patiala Courts has shown that despite heavy police cordon and security arrangements directed by the ...

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Neanderthals Mated Modern Humans Much Earlier Than Previously Thought: Shows DNA Analysis

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(Video Credit: COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY) Based on DNA analysis, an international research team has found strong evidence of an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred 100,000 years ago, almost 50,000 years earlier than what anthropologists previously thought. The scientists provided the first genetic evidence of a scenario in which early modern humans left the African continent ...

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JNU Row: Kanhaiya Kumar Kept in Same Tihar Cell as Afzal Guru?

In a bizarre coincidence, the jail authorities of Tihar have chosen to keep JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the same cell where the 2001 Parliament attacks mastermind Afzal Guru was kept, said Manoramaonline.com. Kumar was kept in jail number 3 and in the same cell where Afzal Guru was kept before he was hanged to death later. Officials defended the ...

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