Science and Technology

The question of how many jobs are going to be affected by technology and to what level, has the potential to be debated for at least another decade if not longer. One particular event brought the topic into sharp focus in past several weeks and that was UBER launching driverless cars as a part of their service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA [1].

Perhaps nothing can quench boundless human curiosity and enthusiasm other than the amazing feats of science that enamour inquisitive mind. The incredible power of science by bestowing wings to power of imagination and creativity of mankind ushered scientific ilk into a new world of exciting innovations and discoveries.

ISRO has mastered the multi-burn technology by successfully placing satellites into two different orbits. The advanced version of the ISRO’s workhorse PSLV-C35 during the launch on September 26th hoisted 8 satellites into multiple orbits.

About PSLV-35

Since time immemorial the human race has always been fascinated by stars and space. We have looked at them and made segregated them into shapes of the zodiac, amongst other things. But our desire to know more about them has never been satiated.

With the successful operational launch of GSLV F-05 rocket that hoisted the meteorological satellite INSAT-3DR into the geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), ISRO has entered into a new phase of self-reliance. Till now, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles), the trusted workhorse adorned the prestigious crown of ISRO with over consecutive 30 successful launches.

I still remember the time Steve Jobs took the stage on 29th June 2007, when he unveiled the iPhone for the first time. It was almost like a magician pulling off his best trick ever. His sarcastic jibes on how phone companies built phones during those days is very evident in his presentation.

There's hardly anyone who's ever been on the internet and hasn't heard of Yahoo! You could hardly claim to be using the internet and not have used any of their services at least once. Be it their famous Yahoo search, Yahoo Messenger (one of the early providers of emoticons) or Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Groups, Yahoo answers, etc, they all had a huge loyal customer base.

The Context

America couldn’t have asked for more on its birthday. NASA has yet again scripted a momentous success through insertion of Juno Spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit on a very special day. NASA has accomplished such astounding feats earlier on the historically important July 4th, the independence day of America.

India has proved to be one of the fastest growing economies in Asia with a growth rate of 7.9 percent in the last few quarters of 2015. With such rapid growth and ever increasing energy needs of its increasing population, it has already started charting out ambitious plans to sustain this high speed growth.

This study was undertaken in the winter of 2015 to assess selected environmental conditions in the National Capital Region (NCR). The study was motivated by the public anxiety with the high level of smog during winters causing acute respiratory problems in the NCR.

Should a tolerant person tolerate intolerance? At an individual level this is a paradoxical question. How a person intolerant of intolerance could be called, by definition, tolerant? This is a pertinent dilemma for an idealist mind. Idealism insists on consistency, and it does not allow one's moral code to be influenced by others' behavior.

I had written here earlier how media uses a common technique called Agenda Setting to influence public opinion. The whole premise of the theory being: “Media does not tell us what to think, but rather what to think about.

For the last few weeks, an interesting legal battle has ensued between Apple and the FBI which has gathered a lot of press.

You might have heard the story of that boy who refused to let his own dad into the home while his mom was talking the bath. The boy simply refused to let his own dad in. Why? Because his mom told him. That boy was just doing his duty.

Zika virus infection has been declared as a global health emergency on 1st Feb, 2016. The director General of World Health Organization (W.H.O.), Dr Margaret Chan, made this announcement after W.H.O. emergency committee led by Prof David L Heymann of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine made this decision.

Brazil grappling with money laundering scams, drinking water crisis and political unrest is now racing towards a health epidemic of dangerous proportions owing to the Zika Virus. The South American country all set to unveil the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics; the biggest sporting fiesta on the planet, in over six months is now grappling with health emergency.

As per the latest IMF predictions India is now currently the fastest growing economies of the World and is poised to retain the newly acquired status outpacing China (1).  A renewed boost to the growth progression following the implementation of a new set of chartered strategies like faster clearance of projects, better infrastructure, promoting ease of doing business offers a promise of s