Author: Abhinav K

Nobel Prize 2015

It is that time of the year when those in academic circles are excited beyond any comparison and are eagerly awaiting the identification of their own or their colleague’s accomplishments. It is a strong held belief in the academic world that there is absolutely no better recognition for the efforts of a scientist in the modern times than the prize instituted by the last will of the scientist, engineer and inventor – Alfred Nobel. Most notable for his invention of dynamite, Alfred Nobel amassed most of his wealth from his 355 inventions. In his last will, composed over a year before his death in...

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NASA Finds Evidence Of Water On Mars

NASA has found the currently strongest evidence of water on the surface of Mars. The scientists have not exactly seen flowing water but only some dark streaks of soil that flow down steep slopes in the warmest months on Mars. These streaks are made up of liquid hydrated perchlorate salts. First spotted in 2011 by Lujendra Ojha at the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleagues at labs connected with NASA, these streaks of salts are called recurring slope lineae (RSL). As the name indicates, these lines appear on slopes in roughly the same place every year. The RSL are about 5 meters wide and...

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Chennai-Mangalore Express Derails in Cuddalore, 7th Train Accident in 2015

One of the major routes of rail transport between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Chennai-Mangalore Express covers almost a thousand kilometers to connect 52 stations and serves thousands of people every single day. On 4th September, in the early hours before sunrise, the passengers on board the Chennai – Mangalore Express (16859) were little aware of what was in stock for them. At about 2 am, four out of the 21 bogies jumped the tracks when the train neared Cuddalore. Fortunately, unlike in several other train derailment accidents, there were no casualties. 39 were left injured in the wake of the accident. Authorities are...

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How Sundar Pichai went on to become Google CEO?

The 1970s and the early 1980s saw the beginnings of what technology historians call the Fourth Generation of computing. This was the time when microprocessors were developed. IBM’s first computer for the home user and Apple’s first Macintosh were also introduced in this time. This was the era that fuelled the eventual rise of the internet, GUIs, mouse and handheld devices. Hailed as the crucial incubatory phase for the future of computing technology, this is the time when children and teenagers were inspired to join the technology revolution. One Indian, born during that age, who was inspired and rose...

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Diversifying the Food Availability on Indian Trains

Introduced for the first time in India in 1853, rail transport has reached a phenomenal status in the world’s largest democracy. Indian Railways has always been looked up to in awe by other nations all over the world. This is mainly because of the mere number of rail networks laid down initially by the British Raj for personal (exploitative and time saving) purposes and eventually maintained and developed by India after independence. While the Indian Railways has been in the spotlight for several reasons, this time it is because of the food available for its passengers. Two years ago,...

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