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Tuesday, 12-December-2017

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WORLD’S MOST COMPLEX FUSION POWER PLANT

19 hours ago
The world’s most complex machine, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) – a project in which India is a scientific partner to prove that fusion power can be produced on a commercial scale – is now 50 per cent built, it was announced recently. Carbon-free and environmentally sustainable fusion is the same energy source from the sun that gives the earth its light and warmth. ITER, the most complex science project in human history, will use hydrogen fusion, controlled by superconducting magnets, to produce massive heat energy. In the commercial machines that will follow, ...
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200 YEAR-OLD PRESIDENCY HISTORY COMES ALIVE

a week ago
Six-year-old Presidency University which is celebrating its 200th anniversary as Asia’s first undergraduate college has joined the illustrious league of universities across the world to enable a virtual access to the institution, courtesy a tie-up with Google Arts & Culture. The initiative which has been launched a couple of months back gives an e-traveller access to the rich cultural heritage of Presidency. If someone peeps into it, the traveller will surely be awed with such names as Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, scientist Satyendranath Bose, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee( who penned Bande Mataram), emin...
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SOON, ‘NIAGARA FALLS’IN LALBAGH

3 weeks ago
A replica of the majestic Niagara Falls in the United States and Canada will be opened to the public soon at the Lalbagh Gardens in the city. Almost  70 per cent of the work has been completed and the remaining work will be over in two months. According to sources, tourists can enjoy waterfall from a 25-ft height. Water will be drawn from the existing two small and big lakes at Lalbagh for the project. The Horticulture Department had earlier envisaged a plan to build Niagara Falls in a meeting in which environmentalist Yallappareddy and water expert Ravishankar attended. Niagara Falls is the collective name fo...
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THE HUMANOID ROBOT GETS SAUDI ARABIA ‘CITIZENSHIP’

5 weeks ago
Saudi Arabia has made history by becoming the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. The humanoid robot, Sophia, told the audience at a conference in Riyadh how ‘honoured’ she was at being made a Saudi citizen. The move seems symbolic, at best, designed to attract investors for future technologies like AI and robotics. Sophia was built by the Hong Kong-based company “Hanson Robotics” in 2015. Inventor David Hanson claims the robot is imbued with artificial intelligence and can recognise faces. The robot’s silicon face can reportedly mimic 62 human facial expressions. Sop...
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FROM RUIN TO HAPPINESS!

6 weeks ago
Following the disaster in Uttarakhand, the sad laments of the widows from the Deoli-Banigram district in Rudraprayag were heard. Even though the efforts of Sulabh put an end to their tears and brought independence to their lives, there still remained a void that was felt for several days. Even in this desolation, the decision to live one’s life with enthusiasm whilst rejecting all beliefs was also heard. A woman from Deoli-Banigram’s Sirwani village, Vinita, lost her husband Maheshchandra. She decided to let go of the painful memories associated with him that hold nothing but tears in them and chose to start ...
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WHALE SHARK MAY GET GLOBAL PROTECTION

7 weeks ago
Widespread overfishing is driving many shark species, including the world’s largest living fish, the whale shark, to extinction, warn biologists. Its global status needs to be upgraded for protection and conservation. India is among 121 nations that are home to this species with continuing global population declines. The major threats to it are fisheries catches, bycatch in nets and vessel strikes. Now, the Philippines, Israel and Sri Lanka have jointly submitted a proposal for the inclusion of the whale shark, found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, in Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservati...
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BIHAR MUSEUM FINALLY OPENS

8 weeks ago
The long wait is over. The Bihar Museum is open for visitors; a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dedicated the museum and its different galleries to the people of Bihar. Built on a 13.5-acre plot on Bailey Road the state-of-the-art museum has rich treasures of artefacts in its galleries, rooms, corridors and courtyards from 400,000 BCE to 1764 AD. Japanese architects designed the museum in such a way that the visitors may feel the sense of time by walking through spaces to understand the context of history in the present moment. They also envisaged travelling through the museum as in a Journey to show the epic scope o...
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AIR CRASH SURVIVOR IN KOLKATA DURGA PUJA

9 weeks ago
Does anyone remember the TV series `Lost’? It talks about a plane crash on a desert island. That was simply reeled life. But when a group of boys were lost in real life, in a remote snow-filled mountain at 14,000 ft following a plane crash, the world outside presumed them to be dead. It was one such rarest occasion when real life thoroughly beat the reel life. Left with a dilemma that was too shocking and also too real   whether to court a slow, painful death or turn cannibals and prise open bodies of their dead friends and eat them for bare survival   16 out of the 45 passengers on board opted for the sec...
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KAHAANIBAAZ: STORYTELLER’S OLYMPIAD FOR CHILDREN

10 weeks ago
Sit and write on a topic is common for school kids. Writing essays is a part of the curriculum and on umpteen times they take part in inter-school, state level and national-level competitions to show their writing skills. If they get positions, it satisfies their parents’ appetite more than the participants savour on it. Meenakshi Jha Banerjee, a noted Madhubani painting artist, conceptualised an idea to hone creative skill among school children by organising a “Storytelling Olympiad” for the school children named as “Kahaanibaaz” in Patna. Kahaanibaaz (storyteller), is an event to be organiz...
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MAA DURGA RESPLENDENT IN VARIOUS HUES

11 weeks ago
Durga Puja in Bengal means an outpouring of creativity at its best. If themes have been making wonderful strides in various community puja pandals across the city all these years, some of the organisers have made it a point to beat the trend. With Pujas almost round the corner, Devi Durga is getting a taste of London for the first time this year. Bhowanipore 75 Palli is set to bring a slice of London in the heart of the city. The gate of the pandal has been modelled after the Big Ben in London; the stage on which the deities will be adorned, will have the look of the London Bridge and the Westminster will be recreated. Fina...
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PRE-DINOSAUR HERBIVORE DISCOVERED

12 weeks ago
Did a horned 4-metre-long quadruped herbivorous reptile, believed to be a distant relative of the dinosaurs, roam over a wide region of central India 250 million years ago? Fossilised remains stumbled upon by a group of palaeontologists and researchers from India and Argentina firmly indicate that the giant animal that probably had a long neck and a small head with a pair of large horns directly above the orbits, might have a free reign in the region. Saswati Banerjee, Saradee Sengupta of the Geological Studies Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Martin D. Ezcurra of Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales...
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TACKLING SHILLONG’S E-WASTES

13 weeks ago
Amidst growing environmental concerns over accumulation and management of e-waste, the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) is planning to set up an incubation centre where people can dispose of their obsolete electronic parts. MSPCB chairman CP Marak said the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), State Council of Science, Technology and Environment (SCSTE) and Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board intends to promote the incubation centre. “We are working on a plan to ensure systematic collection and disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) in the state. There have been growing environmenta...