India launches world’s cheapest $35 tablet PC meant for students

India unveiled the world’s cheapest tablet computer on Wednesday priced at $35 meant for the students with the government subsidizing $15 as the manufacturing cost is $50. “When these devices are actually used by students across India we will then get valuable feedback,” said Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, releasing the tablet as promised on time. The name of ...

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Nobel Prize for chemistry 2011 goes to Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman

The Nobel prize for chemistry has gone to Daniel Shechtman, from the Israel Institute of Technology, for his discovery of the structure of quasicrystals. Shechtman first created quasicrystals by rapidly cooling molten metals, such as aluminium and manganese, by squirting the mixture onto a cool surface. Then, he observed that the new crystal was made up of perfectly ordered, non-repeating ...

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The buck stops at iPhone 4S with Siri; Where is iPhone 5?

The press conference at Cupertino-based Apple’s headquarters on Wednesday morning turned out to be the most disappointing event for iPhone 5 lovers as Apple could only launch its updated iPhone 4S with voice navigation feature that it calls “Siri”. As the shortest invite said, “Let’s talk iPhone,” the outcome was not entire unexpected. What is Siri? Siri, Apple’s latest voice ...

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India’s $35 tablet computer meant for students to be launched today

India’s Human Resources minister Kapil Sibal will unveil the country’s $35 tablet computer meant for students, officially on Wednesday. The tablet was developed as part of the National Mission on Education as a low cost alternative to high-end tablets which were available at $200. Even the latest tablet made by an Indian company called Pepper was priced $99. “The tablet ...

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Nobel Prize to Ralph Steinman remains valid

The Nobel Prize Foundation has decided to go ahead with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine to the late Ralph Steinman, though he died three days before the announcement was made. From 1974, the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation stipulate that a Nobel Prize cannot be awarded posthumously, unless death has occurred after the announcement of the Nobel Prize. Before ...

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Amanda Knox freed, who’s guilty then?

The sensational murder trial of British university exchange student Meredith Kerchner by her roommates Amanda Knox, Rudy Guede and Raffaele Sollecito in November 2007 took a twist on Monday with the jury acquitting Amanda and her friend. Kercher was a Leeds University student from Coulsdon in Surrey in 2007 when she was killed in Perugia. Her roommates and Rudy were ...

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Nobel awardee for medicine died 3 days before, panel in dilemma

Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, 68, who has been named winner of the 2011 Nobel prize for medicine on Monday had, in fact, died three days before and the foundation which cannot award posthumous is in quandary over the news that reached them bit late. Ironically, Steinman was being treated based on his own research into the body’s immune system before he ...

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The 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine

The 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine has gone to three researchers for their work on the immune system. One-half of the prize money will go jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity” and the other half to Ralph M. Steinman “for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its ...

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Ads are just answers: Not always, says report

Days after introducing premium Google Analytics which will offer in-depth analytics at $150,000 for major online businesses and website owners to implement market strategy, search engine giant Google has come out with another offer, this time with the launch of a marketing campaign in New York to promote the use of enhanced search ads. Nick Fox, Vice President of Product ...

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Rajinikanth gives final touch to SRK’s ‘Ra.One’

Shah Rukh Khan is not letting any stone unturned when it comes to his latest film “Ra-One”. Apart from a heavy media blitz, internet advertisements and print media, he is also roping in many stalwarts of the film industry to make sure the film has a pan-India appeal. His request to Tamil actor Rajinikanth to do a cameo was met ...

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Tamil Nadu farmers get cashless mobile payment cards

For the first time in rural India, a long-held promise of providing mobile payment cards has come been fulfilled with the introduction of Kisan Cards in in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. Now the farmers of the village can pay for their purchases of inputs through the card . The card was introduced by local Pallavan Grama bank. While ...

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Unprecedented Arctic Zone loss, says NASA study

A NASA study has found an unprecedented depletion of Earth’s protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring caused by an unusually prolonged period of extremely low temperatures in the stratosphere. The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature, finds the amount of ozone destroyed in the Arctic in 2011 was comparable to that seen in some ...

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India to double R&D budget

India has decided to double the expenditure in Research and Develpoment (R&D) and major initiatives were being taken by India in super computing, material sciences, genomics, nano sciences and plant breeding techniques and synthetic biology. Addressing the Opening Plenary Session of the 8th Annual Meeting of STS Forum on “Science & Technology for the future of Humankind” at Tokyo today ...

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Indian-American Harvard scientist moots the idea of magical flying carpet

Indian American scientist at Harvard, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, and other scientists — Mederic Argentina of the University of Nice, and Jan Skotheim of the Rockefeller University in New York have  invented the magical flying carpet of Alladdin in Arabian Nights based on the aerodynamics of a flexible, rippling sheet moving through a fluid. The scientists are confident to make one that ...

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NASA Space Telescope finds fewer near-earth asteroids than expected

New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought. The findings also indicate NASA has found more than 90 percent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, meeting a goal agreed to with Congress in 1998. Astronomers now estimate there are roughly 19,500 — not 35,000 — ...

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft reveals flood volcanism similar to Earth on Mercury

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which has orbited Mercury,  sent some new photos and information about the planet Mercury. The data shows widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet. MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, conducted 15 laps ...

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Teachers loosen purse strings to improve class-room creativity

Amber Jones creates the same bulletin board at Hartford Christian Academy in West Hartford, Conn., every fall — the “My Story” board. She keeps it simple but engaging for her kindergarten students, decorating the bulletin board with paper images of their future selves made using her Cricut paper-cutting machine. “The kids absolutely love their personalized paper dolls,” Jones said. “It ...

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Remebering Gandhi in a highly-connected modern day

By Sridhar Narsing When Gandhi’s statue was to be placed at India Gate when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, the British media found it amusing as to what kind of a message it would send — peace and non-violence that he taught and the traditional military might of India that would go on display during the Republic Day. Later, ...

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Bangalore’s Namma Metro to Open on Oct. 20, Kamal Nath, not PM to inaugurate

Bangalore’s much-awaited Namma Metro will be opened officially on October 20, announced state chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda. Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not available for the inauguration, Union Urban Development minister Kamal Nath will inaugurate the first reach of the Bangalore Metro from Byappanahalli to MG Road at 11 am on Oct. 20. The opening of the metro ...

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