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  • Google doodles in honour of periodic … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 22 hours ago
    Google doodles in honour of periodic …

    The name Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev probably wouldn't ring a bell for many. It's an element with the atomic number 101 in the periodic table, and named after its creator. Dmitri Mendeleev published his version of the periodic table in 1869, with the correct placements of the then known 63 elements.

  • North Korean rocket puts object into … Reuters - Mon 8 Feb, 2016
    North Korean rocket puts object into …

    By Ju-min Park and Louis Charbonneau SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea drew renewed international condemnation and the threat of more sanctions on Sunday after launching a long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations rules just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. South Korea and the United States said they would explore whether to deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea "at the earliest possible date." The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes.

  • Paradip Refinery Inaugurated: PM Modi … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 8 Feb, 2016
    Paradip Refinery Inaugurated: PM Modi …

    Two days after he took a dig at the UPA government over its failure to implement the Assam gas cracker project on time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday slammed it again - this time over the delay in adhering to the timeline of any project. Inaugurating the Rs 35,000-crore 15-million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) oil refinery of Indian Oil Corporation in Paradip, Modi said Congress leaders are criticising him for inaugurating projects started by their government. The Paradip refinery was planned in the early 1990s by the state government then led by Biju Patnaik, but its foundation stone was laid only in May 2000 by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • J&K govt formation: To BJP or not to … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 8 Feb, 2016
    J&K govt formation: To BJP or not to …

    In a state where the turnout at funerals is viewed as a measure of popularity, less than 4,000 people attended Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s funeral at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium. Many in the Kashmir Valley, from where Mufti’s PDP won 26 of its 28 seats, have read this as a message that the people have not forgiven the party for joining hands with the BJP. CM-designate Mehbooba Mufti made this clear when she told PDP legislators that her father “took a courageous but unpopular decision” and called for assurances from the BJP for implementation of the “agenda of alliance”, the common minimum programme drafted by the two coalition partners.

  • NISER: PM Modi urges scientists to make … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    NISER: PM Modi urges scientists to make …

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked scientists to make innovation useful for the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses with "zero defect" and "zero effect" on the environment. "Everybody engaged in research may not get a Nobel Prize, but the real award for them is to make their invention useful for the common people," he said after inaugurating the new campus of the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Jatni near Bhubaneswar. On the country's traditional knowledge, Modi said, "Dr Manjul Bhargava became one of the great mathematicians by gathering knowledge from scriptures.

  • In Aleppo, underground schools face … Reuters - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    In Aleppo, underground schools face …

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don't go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky. Syria's largest city before the civil war, Aleppo is the scene of heavy bombardment as the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, tries to encircle it and wrest control of the rebel-held areas that are home to around 350,000 people. Marcell Shehwaro, executive director of Kesh Malek, said the group's schools had closed for a holiday and had not re-opened due to the intensified bombardment in recent days.

  • North Korea will continue launching … Reuters - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    North Korea will continue launching …

    North Korea intends to continue to launch rockets carrying satellites into space, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the North Korean embassy in Moscow as saying in a statement on Sunday. "The state agency on space exploration, following the policy of the Workers' Party of Korea on giving priority to science and technology, will continue to launch more man-made satellites," the embassy said in a statement, according to Interfax.

  • Augmented Reality and not VR, will spark … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    Augmented Reality and not VR, will spark …

    The quiet revolution underway in augmented reality (AR) could create a world like that, in the creative space. Virtual reality (VR) is getting a lot of media attention, since it is widely expected to be the next big wave in media and entertainment. AR adds a digitally generated layer to objective reality, and is likely to enter our lives sooner because it has many more uses.

  • Reverse swing: Racist Bangalore, ra … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    Reverse swing: Racist Bangalore, ra …

    A mob in Bangalore, of all places — a city that struts as “India’s Silicon Valley” — had set upon a Tanzanian woman, reducing her top to shreds, raining blows on her and beating up her African male companion. Officers of the Bangalore police stood by as the mob thrashed the Africans, and passengers ejected the victims from a passing bus they’d attempted to board to save themselves. Racism (and racist violence) is only one of many forms of intolerance in which India specialises.

  • All in good taste The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sun 7 Feb, 2016
    All in good taste

    In a world fascinated by food and the practitioners of the culinary art, from au courant cooking shows to the fortunes of a Michelin genius, cookbooks retain an old-fashioned allure. Other than the best ingredients and the sharpest tools, a chef worth his salt is also immersed in the literature of his art: the most popular books are the eponymous works by Michelin-starred chefs and the cookbooks of famous restaurants. For instance, Manisha Bhasin, senior executive chef, ITC Hotels, demurs when asked to choose one cookbook over others.

  • Eye on safety, Govt defers GM musta … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 6 Feb, 2016
    Eye on safety, Govt defers GM musta …

    HELPING THE government buy peace with activists protesting against granting clearance to the first transgenic food crop in the country, the biotechnology regulator on Friday deferred a decision on allowing the cultivation of a genetically-modified (GM) hybrid mustard. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), a body under the Environment Ministry that regulates the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), asked the developer of the hybrid mustard — Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants — at Delhi University, led by former vice-chancellor Deepak Pental, to provide some more information on bio-safety related data.

  • Welder’s son bags Rs 1.2 crore job  … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 6 Feb, 2016
    Welder’s son bags Rs 1.2 crore job  …

    A native of Bihar’s Khagaria district, he then enrolled with a coaching centre in Kota. With his meagre earnings, it was going to be difficult for his father, who also took care of Chauhan’s five siblings, to fund his education. “Supporting his coaching classes in Kota for another year would have been difficult and I told him he could still get into an IIT with that rank,” said his father Chandra Kant Singh, who makes and repairs metal grilles, gates, shutters, almirahs at a shop in Khagaria, earning nearly Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh annually.

  • Zika found in saliva, urine in Brazil; … Reuters - Sat 6 Feb, 2016
    Zika found in saliva, urine in Brazil; …

    By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Authorities in Brazil said on Friday Zika has been detected in patients' saliva and urine, adding to the concern over the spread of the virus, while U.S. officials offered new guidance on sex for people returning from Zika-hit regions. Zika, linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, but word surfaced this week of infections through sex and blood transfusions, and news of the presence of the virus in the saliva and urine of two patients prompted new worries. In fact, the president of the Brazilian federal biomedical research institution that made the announcement urged pregnant women not to kiss strangers during the country's free-wheeling Carnival celebrations.

  • The next big thing The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 6 Feb, 2016
    The next big thing

    The Swiss mountain town of Davos has gone quiet. About a fortnight ago, however, it was abuzz with talk of the fourth industrial revolution: Robots, 3D-printed human organs, driverless cars. In case you were wondering, the doyen of Davos, Klaus Schwab, in a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, explained the fourth industrial revolution as one that is “building on the third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century.

  • Remembering a Master Builder The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 6 Feb, 2016
    Remembering a Master Builder

    Architect Achyut Kanvinde was a pioneer of modern architecture and mentored many architects who have established themselves on the national and international scene. Under German architect Walter Gropius, Kanvinde’s study at Harvard led him to design many public institutions in Gujarat and Delhi, which have taken on an iconic status, for their power of technology and the empathy of spatial dimensions. The Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association (ATIRA), one of his first buildings, appears suspended with its plastered surfaces and exposed brick bands, almost waffle-like.

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