Nuclear- Yug Tribulations

As mankind strives for more and more progress at an exponentially high growth, the debate over the credibility of nuclear power generation at the cost of the hazardous wastes it generates and its disposal, still lingers on. Having been an...

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Looking into the Future Disease

The scientist’s tone was professorial; his voice muted, stentorian. It would have been easy to ignore him in that vast lecture hall where three hundred fidgeting, yawning specimens of Studentus universitae tried to fight the glacial blasts...

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The Touch- Screen Revolution

A touchscreen is unarguably one of the hottest market segments in technology. In the United States, the market for touch screen mobile devices alone is expected to generate US$5billion in 2009. Ever since the launch of Apple’s...

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The G M Debate Rages On

The times in which we today find ourselves are easily one of the most difficult eras in the history of humankind ever. Today we stand facing twin threats of rising demands and falling productivity, both being compounded by global warming...

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Sounds Drastic, But Cut the Plastic!

We drop the vegetables in one bag, and the detergent in the other. We do not hesitate to take an extra bag ‘for support’; just in case a bag gives way. We marvel at the colourful bag given at the cloth showroom and decide to take...

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The Real Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoats

Technology is not all about fast cars and fingertip-sized micro-processors. This is a fact which present generation has begun to reckon. But the fact that there is technology that is or very soon going to be woven into the clothes...

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LoL: Laugh out Lifestyle

When we talk of lifestyle, we infer it to be something very classy and affluent which only a certain niche of society can afford to keep up. But is it true? These days television, magazines, radios, internet and practically...

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The Sixth Sense

One of the reasons I never liked Botany was the need to learn all the Latin names of the plants. Somehow learning to call that beautiful red flower Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis just took away all the romance from it...

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Robots To Walk the Ramp?

The field which was till now considered solely the domain of humans will now have friends from the scientific world competing for the top position. The most exciting profession for youngster all around the world is now going to ...

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GM Foods: Bane or Boon?

Genetically modified foods are prepared by altering the genetic make – up of plants by inserting genes from one species artificially into another one. The essential reason they were introduced was because it was supposed that they...

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Whale of a Time

In 1855, when the Makahs ceded thousands of acres of land to the USA, they ensured that the right to whaling stayed with them under the Treaty of Neah Bay. Their culture celebrates whaling with rituals and songs. There are festivals that have been entirely dedicated to whaling. ...

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The Menace of Eutrophication

Eutrophication refers to the degradation of water quality due to over- enrichment by nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which results in excessive algae growth and decay. The consequence is a decrease in the concentration...

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Bye Bye Plastic

Even the most vehement environmental conservationists shrug their shoulders and try evading the question when interrogated about their own unavoidable use of plastic in a million different ways everyday. Alternatively...

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Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research, an important breakthrough in the field of science related to the treatment of diseases has been a subject of controversies ever since the debated research began. The research has faced obstacles in the form of bans...

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Nokia E63

Finding myself bereft of my music phone after a houseguest decided to simply walk away with it at the new year’s party, I decided to scout around for a few months before investing my hard-earned money. This time I was not looking for a camera...

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Chocolat-y Health

Chocolate! The universal language of friendship and love; the only word that transcends the barriers of age and language intriguing everyone alike - from kids to their grandparents! Chocolate has indulged the mankind in its various tastes...

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The Playstation3

Adding a new dimension to the world of gaming, comes the latest version of the Playstation 3, released by Sony, the Japanese Technological giant. This ubiquitous gaming console was one of its kinds. The PS 1 version took the world by a storm,...

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Robotic Physicians: Are We Ready for Them?

Would you have a virtual robot treat you on behalf of your usual physician, or, an unknown human doctor? Surprisingly, a study conducted at the John Hopkins University shows that most of the patients would prefer the robot to the ...

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Falsity of Reality

Muck raking, abuses, catfights and dirty politics are some terms which have been dominating the Idiot Box for some while now. All these terms are the inhabitants of the deplorable house of Reality shows. There has been a recent...

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Machine versus Mankind

Let us begin on a sarcastic note, in the words of George Carlin:"Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticide grain, for strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.Dear Earth, man sheds his waste on thee,and hides the pines with...

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OLED Technology

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) is any LED whose emissive layer consists of a layer of organic compounds. This layer allows appropriate organic compounds to settle down in the form...

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The New Age Unhealthy Lifestyles

“You want me to do what?!” It was with these words and a look of absolute horror on her round face that my twelve year old cousin declined my offer to go on an evening walk. “We’re going to be dripping in sweat... Ewww!”...

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Diets, Diets and Diets!

Atkins, South Beach, GM, Mayo Clinic, Scarsdale, Ketogenic…grrr.
For someone who wants to tame their burgeoning waistline, being spoiled for choice is NOT a good thing. However, humans being humans have...

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Wearable Computers

Yo quiero! “I want!”; a statement due to which this world has revolutionized. Funny, how two words created wonders, but if we never asked, never would such inventions come along. As we know, necessity is the mother of invention...

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The Topic of Cancer

There are about 2.5 million people suffering from cancer at any given time in India. In the year 2000, nearly 800,000 people in India were diagnosed with cancer, of whom 550,000 died. Tobacco-related cancer accounts for almost one-thirds...

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Rehabilitation Robotics

SCIENCE – A seven letter word that has revolutionized the face of God’s earth. Science is the result of man’s unquenched thirst for knowledge. God gave him brains, and he used it to unravel the mysteries of His world...

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The Curse Of Automation

‘Today’ in the twenty-first century has become a relative term. The rate at which Science and Technology are making innovative advances in every field, is rendering their predecessors obsolete and practically useless...

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Nuclear Energy

A large mushroom cloud hovering stealthily over barren land is the image that comes to a layman’s mind when the word “nuclear” is mentioned, and with good reason too, as to date the hydrogen bomb explosion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II...

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A Thriving Virtual Life

In an age where the youth is becoming increasingly tech-savvy and gadget-prone, parents, and especially grandparents, are blaming technology for the ever-increasing generation gap.As “old-fashioned” methods of communication like letter-writing...

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Surface Computing

Ever wanted to move digital pictures around on the tabletop? Ever needed to resize your snaps without much irk? Ever imagined ordering a beverage during a meal with just a-tap-of-a-finger? Ever thought of sending your vacation pictures within-a-wink-of-an-eye to friends and family? If yes, then Surface Computing is all what...

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Genes: A Solution to all our Problems?

Tons and Tons of paper (and energy) have been used to expound the immense degradation of this unique globe we call home. Of course, the Human Race is wholly to blame for this immature ageing of the Earth. The Industrial Revolution brought about delightful comforts, followed closely by clouds...

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Laugh Your Problems Out

“How do you fool water?” “You simply heat it and don’t have a bath.”Very few people would laugh on that joke, but all of us will agree that laughter is the best medicine. Staying happy is perhaps as important as living itself. Laughter not only drives the negativity away from...

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All that Disrupts, is not unpleasant

This statement may sound strange, but is very true when it comes to the fertile fields of technology. Disrupting innovation hits you when least expected, and improves a product or service by either giving a consumer advantage or a cost advantage...

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India’s gravity on the Moon

The launch of India’s first moon mission, Chandrayaan, has registered its name in the history of India’s romance with the unknown world. When Aryabhatta, India’s first satellite went into outer space, it was seen as an optimistic achievement...

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And here we go again…

I was sitting there. She was writing the numbers. I kept looking and my eyes were about to shut. I would have been off for a nice sleep, if only I hadn’t let opened my mouth and yawned. The music that it generated turned all heads towards me...

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Sleep healthy, Live healthy

Sleep is perhaps the most essential activity of our daily body clock. Doctors recommend eight-and-a half hours of sleep daily. We have known this since our primary classes. We are all taught this in our biology lessons, but most of us do not follow it...

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It’s Back to the Basics

It is always worth a shot to catalogue the priorities one sets in life. It helps to define and redefine the goals and obviate the unnecessary distractions. Whatever be the outcome of these exercises, health remains at the pinnacle of the list...

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The New MacBook

The first thought that comes to mind when one speaks of ultimate personal computing is Apple’s MacBook. A few months ago, Apple unveiled its new range of MacBooks. They’re being marketed under the tag of being environment friendly...

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Catching the elusive Zzzzs

“Thou ist in dire need of resting thyself” This sentence may seem straight out of some archaic literature. And why should not it? It is not something that we get to hear in today’s life. Sleep is some elusive entity squeezed in between breaks from work...

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Scope of Scientific Research in India

We think of engineering, and IIT clicks in our brains in an instant . We feel proud, and don’t give a second thought to science research in India.Degrees in science, M.Sc’s and M.Tech’s, are now very common in India, thanks to the mass opening of sub-standard...

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Health is Wealth

Everyone knows “Pehla sukh nirogi kaya” and “Your Boyd is Your God”. History reveals that from anicent times, man was health conscious. For staying healthy, man evolved the art of physical exercise and discovered the treasure of Nature, in the form of herbs to fight diseases...

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Development: An Inevitable Doom?

Rapid development and its deleterious impact on environment conundrum, now a decade old and has eluded the erudite minds of environmentalists and scientists, who are still grappling with this phenomenon. Development in economic jargon is often associated with ...

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My personalized web – WEB 2.0

Internet has become an essential part of our lives and there is no denying that we cannot live without it. Computer is merely a tool, but the web is a powerful object which affects lives of billions across the globe. It acts in two ways. It acts as a...

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The Physicist’s Holy Grail: G.U.T

Since the beginning of civilisation, man has sought answers to most fundamental questions: “Where do we come from?”, “What are we made up of?”, “How did everything start off?”, and so on. Be it Greek philosophers or Indian priests, European thinkers...

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THE SCIENCE OF MOVIES

Technology has brought about huge changes in films, both in the way they’re made and in the way we watch them. It might seem difficult now to recall films where the effects weren’t generated by computer generated imagery, or CGI, but the...

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Nintendo Wii – An Innovation

Science and technology is making progress day by day at lightning speed. It does limit itself to any particular industry. Video games, as we know it, are also getting innovative and they are no longer a child's play. The video game industry...

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The Vitruvian Man

You have seen it over and over again, wondered what it represented, why it had an almost cult-like following. You never knew what its name was, and never really bothered to learn more about it. The Vitruvian Man is one of the most famous...

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Computer Memory Organization

The world has witnessed a gradual shift in data storage mechanisms over a period of years exterminating the use of data in printed form (hard copy) and moving towards a more versatile and useful form of data in storage devices...

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Can we find all the answers?

Clearly, LHC had the entire world enraptured. This one even had my grandmother ringing me up and telling me about how the world was going to end. I don't know if I owe this assumption to Otto Rossler who actually came up with...

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Chandrayaan-I successful

Chandrayaan, India's first mission on moon was successfully launched on Wednesday. The spacecraft is doing fine and has completed four rounds in orbit. With the successful launch, India has now joined the exclusive club of nations...

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JACK, YOU’RE REAL, AFTER ALL!

I am sure all readers must be aware of the famous fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” in which Jack sells a cow in exchange of some magic beans which lead to the growth of a gigantic beanstalk outside his house overnight. If you thought ...

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CHANDRAYAAN- 1

India is finally set to send an unmanned mission to outer space. This mission is called CHANDRAYAAN-1(a vehicle to reach the moon), which will be sent to the moon. The spacecraft is currently at the Indian Space Research...

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THE ESSENCE OF LHC

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a massive project conceptualized by the CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, involving 10 billion dollars of investment and teams of 10000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries...

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THE OPEN REVOLUTION

Since its inception, Google has always had the motto of producing software and applications that serve the Internet to its full potential and allow its users to gain the most out of it. Market competition has always been the driving force behind its pursuits...

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Carbonated Carnage

“Cold drinks are an absolute no-no in summer, because once it reaches the stomach, the cola generates much more heat and slows down your digestion."-Avanee Mehta, Dietician All of us feel elated on consuming glasses...

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Edible Vaccines

In the past few years, agricultural biotechnology has progressed in leaps and bounds. It started with the commercial success of “Golden Rice”- a genetically modified crop, aimed to provide better “Vitamin-A” nutrition to those populations ...

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Don’t Let Your Life Get Hacked

If you thought the internet has made our lives a lot easier, do think again. It is true that we can get the data that we want so much more easily, but, with each passing second that we spend online, we present ourselves to just about ...

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Is it the poor only who pollute?

It cannot be denied that the poor population of the country has a major share in polluting the environment. They are not properly educated and are not aware of the harmful effects of many of their activities. Burning ‘chullhas’ for cooking ...

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All about Alzheimer’s

These painfully unnerving lines are elicited from one of the most celebrated of all Shakespeare comedies, As you like it, and it promptly brings to mind the utter decrepitude and helplessness one usually experiences during old age…

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3G Spectrum

Spectrum means a range of radio frequencies. The bandwidth of a radio signal is the difference between the upper and the lower frequencies of the signal. Third generation or 3G is a term, which is used to refer to the next generation of mobile communication...

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A day out with an HP laptop

Technological advancement these days is not about going on a blind rampage for exploring and developing new, low utility, trivial devices but innovating and designing useful, in-demand, ‘need of the hour’ products and services...

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Equine Therapy

Who would have thought in their wildest dreams that horses could help in soothing people, when they are emotionally tensed and assist people with neuro- muscular disorders and cerebral palsy to maintain balance and ride the horse! As astonishing and unimaginable...

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DNA Identity

Worried whether your name is too common for someone as special as you are? Not a problem. Biotechnology offers a new solution for an identity crisis- The DNA. DNA short for Deoxyribonucleic Acid is a 2 metre long chemical ...

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The September 10 Bang!

September 10 is an important date in the scientific calendar of the world with many ignorant claiming it to be the end of the world since it will create a black hole that will consume the entire earth. Members of CERN, who are part of the experiment, have also...

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Searching for God

September 10, 2008 will be a date which will be embedded in the history of science and technology for the coming ages. Luckily, we will be able to witness it as the Welshman physicist, Lyn Evans, will unlock the mystery of the Big Bang theory when he switches on...

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The Ancient I POD

God, technology sure makes a lot of things obsolete fast. OK, maybe not “obsolete”, but stuff certainly feels “old” much faster. Is that good? Well, depends upon how the rub of the green plays for you. It is possible that if you were delayed in purchasing something you desired...

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Global Warming of the Body

Hello Sheena! I need you here. What happened Devika? Sweetie I have put on 5 kgs. I am no longer a size zero and tomorrow is Karan’s birthday. What do I do?.....Puzzled…You would have thought that this was something ...

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Earth First, Profits Later

Climate change, or to be precise, the synthetic climate change has become one of the most disastrous wiles deforming human efforts and public policies in the whole world. Progress today is not possible without addressing...

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‘Hope’

We all are more informed now than ever before about global warming and associated problems. The issues concern and directly affect the world and are not just confined to specific nations...

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Water as the Next Oil?

The seemingly tasteless and largely odourless water surrounds our lives in a very real way – from being the major constituent of our bodies to being the dominant compound that makes up the majority of the earth’s surface...

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Heading Towards Global Cooling?

Years of industrialisation and modernisation led to neglect of the environment we live in. We always believed in looking ahead, never look at whatever crimes we might have ended up doing.Meanwhile, levels of Carbon Dioxide was rising...

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Universe and its Understanding

With the opening of the biggest particle accelerator,The Large Hadron Collider- a gigantic machine, 27 km in circumference, buried under the earth, intended to collide opposing beams of 7 TeV protons, physicists around the globe are...

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Battling Pollution in China

No country in the past has emerged as an economic superpower without leaving behind a trail of environmental damage that would take years and years of effort, along with a lot of money, to undo. For China, just as their robust growth has never seen a parallel in history,...

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Designer Spirituality

The word spirituality flows from the word ‘spiritus’ which means breath, i.e., breath of life. The traditional image of being spiritual is changing. It is because the form and nature of ways to connect with oneself keep changing with time spirituality in different forms is becoming more and...

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Extracting the Truth

A minority of people (approximately 5 per cent) have the inherent ability of sniffing out deception. Therefore, we have to resort to scientific methods to find the Pinocchio. One of these methods is using a lie detector. A lie detector involves the attaching of the polygraph to the suspect’s...

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Synthetic Blood!

We are moving towards a new revolution in which artificial blood is going to be manufactured! Statistics reveal that “more than 100 million pints of blood are transferred to individuals each year during surgery and emergency procedure....

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