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Saturday, 15-December-2018

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80-YEAR-OLD BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO WILTED FLOWERS

a week ago
Giving a new lease of life to wilted flowers through his pressed flower art, 80-year-old Hari Tandon imbues them with a charm and beauty. Forty exhibits that are on display show how his hands, although shaking because of old age, are firm when it comes to rendering an artful after-life to the pressed flowers. His solo show “Sudhari” at India Habitat Centre (IHC) displayed selected artworks created by Tandon over the past 20 years as his passion for gardening blossomed into an intimate affair with art. “I have always loved plants. I used to do a lot of gardening. The entire process from planting, w...
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RAILWAYS TO USE AI FOR CROWD CONTROL DURING KUMBH MELA

a week ago
Indian Railways will use technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), in a big way to tackle the massive rush of passengers to this holy city during the upcoming Kumbh Mela -- for which it will deploy as many as 800 special trains. IBM Intelligent Video Analytics will be pressed into service, a first for the Railways, for crowd control at stations and its adjoining areas during the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Rail Seva, a new mobile App, will soon be launched to disseminate information to train users and others travelling to the world’s largest religious event, which is expected to attract over 100 million ...
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JRD TATA: THE MAN WHO NEVER SHIED AWAY FROM ENSURING CLEANLINESS

a week ago
“Cleanliness is the Hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is the conscience” – JRD Tata. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata is a name well-versed not only in India but across the world. A pioneer of civil aviation in India, Tata introduced the nation’s first commercial airline – Tata Airlines – which was later nationalised into what we popularly know today as Air India. Tata was very committed to his airline, so much so that he often joined the crew in its maintenance. His love for cleanliness was no lesser. It was to the extent that on an occasion he didn’t shy away f...
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IIT KHARAGPUR’S RESEARCH TO BOOST LPG DISTRIBUTION

3 weeks ago
IIT Kharagpur researchers have devised a decision support system to help maximise the LPG connections in BPL (below poverty line) households, an official statement said. It is a first of its kind for analysis of a national level energy policy, it said. “A team of researchers, led by Manoj Kumar Tiwari of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has devised a decision support system focusing on the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for maximising the number of LPG connections, particularly in BPL households,” the statement said. A decision support system (DSS) is a computer programme that helps ...
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MUMBAI TEENS CONDUCT E-WASTE DRIVE

3 weeks ago
An e-waste collection drive might seem simple as an idea. But what if getting rid of your unused or scrapped electronic items could fund the education of a child? Well, two Mumbai students not only conceptualised but also successfully executed the idea to raise funds for the education of over 17,000 underprivileged students. According to a report in The Times of India, Trisha Bhattacharya and Soorya Balasubramanian, students of classes 9 and 10 from Vibgyor High School in Goregaon, were behind this initiative. What started as an idea for a competition has turned into a year-long campaign to safely dispose of...
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AIRPORT GARBAGE HELPS SAVE RS 1.2 CRORE

3 weeks ago
Garbage though it may be, crores can be saved simply by studying the contents of dustbins at airport lounges, cafes and food outlets, it seems.  Last year Gaurav Dewan, the COO and business head of Travel Food Services, a food and beverages firm operating the GVK lounge in the Mumbai international airport, saw an overflowing dustbin on the premises while waiting for a flight that was delayed. With time to kill, he picked up a pair of gloves and rummaged through the contents of that bin to figure out why it was overflowing. After a thorough examination, he ordered a three-day survey, and through it found out th...
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DO YOU WASH HANDS AFTER EVERY BATHROOM TRIP?

9 weeks ago
We all know what we’re supposed to do after using the toilet. But survey after survey (including one in which scientists secretly camped out in bathrooms) have revealed a dirty truth: people don’t always wash their hands before they leave the bathroom. One study suggested that only 67% of people wash their hands after they go. Don Schaffner, a professor of food science at Rutgers, has been studying hand washing for years and says the conventional wisdom shouldn’t be ignored. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re peeing or you’re pooping, you should wash your hands,&rdquo...
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ASIA’S FIRST DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTRE

9 weeks ago
With the population of the endangered Gangetic river dolphin decreasing and its habitat changing, there is finally good news that the much-awaited National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC), India’s and Asia’s first, would be a reality soon -- with October 5 being hinted at as the date for the groundbreaking ceremony. After remaining in a limbo for nearly six years on one or the other pretext, the NDRC is likely to be set up next month on the banks of the Ganga River in the Patna University premises. It will play an important role in strengthening conservation efforts and research to save the endangered mammal.
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GANDHI’S IMAGE ON INDIAN CURRENCY NOTES

10 weeks ago
We have been seeing the picture of a smiling Mahatma Gandhi on our currency notes since a long time. Many of us have been seeing it since always, and that is often the first picture to come in mind when we think of Gandhi. But ever wondered where did that picture come from? How did we manage to get such a perfect shot, at the right moment, for the right purpose? While many of us thought that it was a drawn caricature, it is not true. In reality, the image was cropped from an actual photograph. The picture in question was that of Mahatma Gandhi standing next to Lord Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence. Lord Fr...
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EAT STRAWBERRIES IMPROVE GUT HEALTH

14 weeks ago
Eating strawberries at a dose equivalent to as low as three quarters of a cup may reduce colonic inflammation and improve gut health, a study has found. The findings suggest that the dietary consumption of whole strawberries, significantly suppressed symptoms like weight loss and bloody diarrhoea in mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). “The sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits of many people in this country -- high-sugar, high-animal fat, but low-fibre diets -- may promote colonic inflammation and increase the risk of IBD,” said lead author Hang Xiao from the University of Massachusetts Amherst...
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WHY DO MOSQUITO BITE ME SO MUCH?

14 weeks ago
There are more than 3,000 different species of mosquito. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, only a fraction of them actually feed on human beings - and, even when they do, they discriminate when choosing who’s their next meal.  Some people end up covered in bites, while others escape with only a nibble or two. So why does this happen? And what factors might influence the mosquito’s choice? The best evidence for what motivates a mosquito’s choice between different people is the variation in our skin microbiota. We have estimated 1m bacteria per square cm of skin, often comprising hundreds of species.&...
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A RASH OF CRIMES BY ANIMALS GETS US THINKING

14 weeks ago
Two large sums of public money went missing in Nigeria recently. In one case, the official concerned said a MONKEY had run off with the cash and, in the other, an official said that a SNAKE took it. The population was highly sceptical, since large sums of public money are not kept as bank notes so the animals would have had to arrange bank transfers, a bit of a challenge for any tiny-brained creatures such as snakes, monkeys, bacteria, nationalist politicians, newspaper columnists, etc. The officials probably chose such weak excuses because there have been a rash of animal-steals-stuff stories in the news recently....