Monthly archives: August 2014

Past life regression

Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations, though others regard them as fantasies or delusions or a type of confabulation. Past life regression is typically undertaken either in pursuit of a spiritual experience, or in a psychotherapeutic setting. Most advocates loosely adhere to beliefs about reincarnation,though religious traditions that incorporate reincarnation generally do not include the […]

Soon batteries to run on sugar

New York: In a breakthrough to develop long-lasting batteries for smartphones and other gadgets, scientists have successfully created a sugar biobattery that completely converts the chemical energy in sugar substrates into electricity. This biobattery can achieve an energy-storage density of about 596 ampere-hours (A/h) per kg – an order of magnitude higher than the 42 A-h/kg energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery used in various gadgets. “A sugar biobattery […]


Meet The Indian Turbanator: He Wears The World's Largest Turban

Avtar Singh Mauni, 60-year-old resident of Patiala, is on the verge of a world record courtesy his 100 pound turban. When unwrapped, Mr Mauni claims, it stretches to 645 metres – almost the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools. If validated, he will break the existing Guinness World record of Major Singh, a Nihang Sikh, whose 400 metre long turban weighs around 77 pounds. Mr Mauni didn’t always wear […]

This Is What Weight Loss Does To Your Brain

New research shows weight loss surgery can reverse the negative effects body fat may have on the brain Obesity harms most organs in the body, and new research suggests the brain is no exception. What’s more, the researchers found that getting rid of excess fat actually improves brain function, reversing the ill effects of the extra weight. The new study, which focused on people who underwent bariatric surgery, found that […]

How to Get Ahead Without Sucking Up

At every title or level, there are people who feel undervalued, underestimated, and underappreciated by their superiors—and maybe even by their peers. And so in frustration many resort to sucking up, ingratiating themselves in all the wrong ways to become visible and to be valued. But nobody really wants to be that person—slavishly hanging around the boss, making sure they’re out front, the loudest voice in the room, and possibly […]

Why Mark Zuckerberg Has a 99% Approval Rating From His Employees

I can not speak for the rest of the Facebook employees, but I can tell my stories to explain why I believe the 99% approval rating is pretty fair. After I joined Facebook in 2010, I worked on a secret project “graph search”. Within a couple months, I attended two Zuck reviews to discuss the project. He absorbed our ideas and provided feedback and support. I am not sure how […]

Indian American scientist invented e-mail 32 years ago

Washington: Know who is the inventor of e-mail? The credit goes to an Indian American V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai who received official recognition as the inventor of the computer program for electronic mail system from the US government Aug 30, 1982. Studying at Livingston High School in New Jersey, Ayyadurai began his work on the email system for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In 1978, he developed […]

Government aims to tackle child pornography with more 'control' over social networking sites

Alarmed by a spurt in online child abuse and sex crimes linked to pornography, the Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that social networking sites – including Facebook, Google and Twitter – will be asked to have servers in India so that authorities can keep tabs on objectionable content. “We wish to have some control over the content of social networking sites but the hurdle is that all of […]

Why do the Chinese want a train to Sikkim?

China is spending billions of dollars to improve infrastructure in Tibet and other parts of its border with India. Claude Arpi explains why New Delhi can’t afford to ignore Beijing’s plans. India dreams to catch up with China in infrastructure. Whether it is highways, bullet trains or airports in remote corners of the Middle Kingdom, China is way ahead compared to India which struggles to develop a decent infrastructure, particularly […]

7 health facts you didn't know about your cellphone

  Does cellphone radiation really cause brain tumors? If you’re venturing a guess, then you probably don’t know about these health facts about mobile phones. It’s funny if you didn’t know at least half of what’s on this list, given how you probably use your cellphone more than any other portable gadget. Let’s change that now, shall we? Techie or not, read up and be in the know. 1. Not […]