Monthly archives: August 2014

Four Indian-Origin Economists on IMF's "Generation Next" List

Washington:  Four Indian-origin economists have been featured in in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) list of 25 economists under 45 who are shaping the way one thinks about the global economy. The “Generation Next” list of “economists under 45 (who) will have the most influence in the coming decades on our understanding of the global economy,” was compiled by IMF with information from “readers, assorted international economists and journal editors.” […]


'Sailing rocks' mystery of Death Valley solved

A team of scientists say they believe they have solved the mystery of how hundreds of rocks slide mysteriously across a dry lake bed in Death Valley, Calif. The “sailing rocks” at the Racetrack Playa, a dry lake bed, have been under investigation by researchers since the 1940s. The rocks, some weighing as much as 320 kilograms, move across the lake bed over a period of years, leaving tracks. A […]

Massive solar flare can damage GPS, communication signals on Earth

New York: The most powerful solar flare ever is beginning to rotate to a position directly in line with Earth that, if it hits the ground, can send GPS and communication signals out of gear, the NASA reported. The sun is going through an 11-year cycle which at its peak is called a solar storm maximum. “These solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that can disturb the atmosphere in […]

Health benefits of having oats daily

Oats are rich in fibre and a good source to boost your energy. But there are several other reasons why you must include oats in your daily diet. We give you 13 reasons to have oats daily, whether it is for breakfast or as a snack. Improves immune system Oats contain a fibre called beta glucans which has been extensively studied over the years. Beta glucans is also present in […]


This Man is the King of Jugaad. Slow Clap

Where there is a will, there is a way: this inspirational English proverb has a one word Indian counterpart – jugaad. Jugaad is great a way to deal with things when they aren’t working out. The basic raw material required is sheer determination, and results are often innovative. When Madeshwaran, a street food vendor in Bangalore, was faced with ill-health and exhaustion, he decided to fight back with a solution –jugaad. His job […]

Stimulating brain with electric current could improve memory

Washington: A new study has found that stimulating a specific part of brain with non-invasive electric current, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, could boost a person’s memory.  Senior author Joel Voss at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said that the study showed for the first time that memory functions of the brain in adults could be specifically changed without surgery or drugs. It had tremendous potential for treating memory disorders. […]

Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

This is Russia. This is “not Russia”. That’s the message the Canadian Nato delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers “who keep getting lost and ‘accidentally’ entering Ukraine”. “Geography can be tough,” it notes snarkily. On Tuesday Ukraine released video of Russian paratroopers it says it captured within its eastern border. In response, Russian military sources said the men had crossed an unmarked portion of the border “by accident”. […]

5 Weird Ways Stress Can Actually Be Good for You

  We hear over and over again that stress is unhealthy. And all that talk makes us, well, stressed. But getting worked up isn’t always a bad thing, says Richard Shelton, MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Birmingham; after all, the body’s fight-or-flight response is meant to be protective, not harmful. It’s only when stress becomes chronic, or when we feel […]


The Most Disturbing Meal Ever!

There are some things that make you squirm, yelp and shriek in horror. They make you question humanity and a man’s ability to differentiate between right and wrong. This is one such story. The Japanese have been known for their bizarre obsession with eating animal-based delicacies like horse sashimi, fermented duck eggs and wasp crackers. But eating a fresh frog that twitches and blinks while on your dinner plate is […]

ISIS recruiting Indian Muslim youths to fight in Iraq, Syria?

New Delhi: In what could be a warning bell for the security agencies in India, reports have emerged that the dreaded Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group have been recruiting youths from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir to fight in Iraq, Syria and other places in the Middle East. As per reports, over hundred youths may have joined the jihadist militant group as of now […]