Monthly archives: February 2015

Deep freeze covers most of Great Lakes with ice for 2nd straight year

  For the second consecutive winter, bitter weather threatens to turn the surface of the Great Lakes into a vast, frozen plain. Nearly 81 per cent of the lakes’ surface area was covered with ice, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reported Friday. That was down slightly from more than 85 per cent the previous day — a glitch that probably happened because strong winds broke apart some ice […]

The Psychology Behind Why People Still Get Married

I think about weddings often. Not in the lovey-dovey, bride-wannabe kind of way, but more in the this-is-such-an-unnecessary-spectacle kind of way. The decorations, the cheesy tradition of the couple’s first dance, the DJ — none of it impresses me much. Upon reading the title of this piece, you may have said to yourself, “This writer is trying to be a smartass.” I’m not; I’m writing out of genuine curiosity because […]

Facebook’s first female engineer says ‘move fast and break things’ doesn’t work for all startups

This female entrepreneur says that in order to succeed in business, it’s worth questioning conventional wisdom. At Y Combinator’s Female Founders Conference this weekend, Ruchi Sanghvi, former VP of operations at DropBox and Facebook’s earliest female engineer, discussed what it takes to get ahead as a founder. The best way to achieve success, she says, is to set aside your biases and come up with new solutions. “And that’s hard […]

Women are leaving the tech industry in droves

a Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew. In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a management position. Garann Means became a programmer for similar reasons. After 13 years, she quit too, citing a hostile […]

How a 23-year-old makes $500,000 a year tweeting random facts

When Kris Sanchez joined Twitter in 2009, he didn’t expect much to come of it.  “I really started my Twitter account because I wanted to follow Britney Spears,” Sanchez told Business Insider. “I’m a huge fan.” He found he didn’t have much to tweet about in his daily life, so he started sharing random facts he found while procrastinating on the Internet. He obviously had a knack for it. “By […]

Common Myths about ADHD Debunked

There are many myths and misconceptions about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – everything from doubting the very existence of ADHD to misjudging its severity.   Some of the misconceptions about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) include the following:   ADHD is not a real disorder. ADHD is a medical disorder, not a condition of will. ADHD affects certain areas of the brain, the executive area of the brain that […]

Shameful: Devadasi practice flourishing in Telangana and A

New Delhi: Despite the repeated denials by the successive governments, Devadasi system continues to thrive in rural areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.   According to a report submitted by one man commission headed by Justice Raghunath Rao, the two states together have about 80,000 Devadasi women. The figures are much higher than the number of the AP social welfare commission, which put the figure at 24, 273.   The […]

Oscars 2015: Complete list of winners

Honoring the best cinematic talent from Hollywood, the 87th Academy Awards or the Oscars have finally wrapped up. Presented in 24 different categories, the winners for the most coveted film awards have been announced, putting an end to the suspense. While The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman faced a tie bagging four awards each, Whiplash managed to pick three trophies. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore […]

Z++ security for Rs 1,900 crore Shivaji statue

MUMBAI: The state has proposed an elaborate security arrangement for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai, including a system that will keep it invisible on radars, bunkers and an independent security unit, including the National Security Guard (NSG).   The measures are aimed at deflecting or countering terrorist attacks, like 26/11 when the terrorists sailed into the city, at the memorial isle that the government […]

These Ants Travelled the World by Sea

Do you know how tropical fire ants from Mexico crossed the Pacific ocean to reach the Philippines, and from there to other parts of the world?   Researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant, the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.   A new study reveals that 16th century Spanish galleons shuttled tropical fire ants from Acapulco, Mexico, across the Pacific to […]