Monthly archives: February 2016

World's first Zika virus vaccine? Indian scientists claim to have made it

An Indian pharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad on Wednesday claimed that they have developed the first ever method of treatment for the deadly Zika virus. Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech said two vaccines made by the company are set for pre-clinical testing in animals. The company in its statement said, “We are probably the first in the world to file for the global patent for […]

The best way to deal with stress, according to a 69-year-old monk who scientists say is the 'world's happiest man'

Matthieu Ricard, a 69-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, has been called the “world’s happiest man.” That’s because he participated in part of a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson. And Davidson found his brain waves and activity to be off the happiness charts. In 2008, Davidson had a group of expert meditators (including Ricard) and a group of controls (people who were […]


Incredible India’s ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ tourism ad- Watch if you missed it!

Jammu and Kashmir – immensely popular as the paradise on earth, is abundantly blessed by nature. The scenic beauty of the Valley is simply mesmerising and one can’t help but go crazy raving about its gorgeousness. The Indian entertainment industry couldn’t ever resist the temptation of grabbing the magical beauty of Kashmir on celluloid. The iconic Dal Lake and the houseboats became symbols of the land of incredible exquisiteness. Tourists […]


This Video Is Taking The Internet By Storm Right Now. It Will Make You Question Everything

In the eye opening video posted above, a variety of speakers, hailing from a diverse range of racial and cultural backgrounds, perform a spoken word piece. They make an important point: WE are NOT what we LOOK LIKE. There is more to us as individuals than what we look like, what religion we practice, or where we were born; underneath all these constructs we are one. We are human. So […]

How The Quota System Has Outlived Its Utility!

The recent instances of violence in Andhra Pradesh set me think on the quota issue all over again. Even as I pen down this piece, the Kapu Quota stir unleashed violence in many parts of the state and there were even threats of fast till Friday by several protestors. The demand is that the ‘Kapu’ caste be included in the OBC category. The point that I want to emphasis is […]

Teach your child about child sexual abuse

In July 2014, a six year old child was raped in an elite school in Bangalore. In January, this year, a class V student was raped in a school in Mumbai. News stories of children being raped and molested in places that one would assume as safe – schools and homes, have become so common place, that they have lost their shock factor. According to an official study conducted by […]


Berlin Film Festival to open with Coens’ Hail Caesar!

The Berlin Film Festival will open on February 11 with Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar! This will be the second time that the Brothers will get the opening night Red Carpet honour. In 2011, their True Grit — an American Western, based on Charles Portis’ novel with the same title, opened Berlin. True Grit was first adapted to the screen in 1969 with John Wayne playing the lead. Hail Caesar! has […]

Yeti mystery solved? Trekker 'captures' movements of Abominable Snowman in Bhutan

Despite making a tremendous advancement in the science and technology, the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman continues to remain a mystery so far. But an English trekker has claimed to have solved the mystery. But according to a report in the Mailonline, a trekker has claimed to have unravelled the mystery. According to the trekker Steve Berry, the footprints in the photographs, taken at depths of the remote Bhutan mountain, […]

Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials

A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night’s attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at […]


Watch: NASA's incredible video of magnetic Sun in action

The US space agency NASA has released a stunning, yet first-ever video model of the Sun showing how its magnetic field behaves. According to scientists, the Sun’s magnetic field is responsible for everything from the solar explosions that cause space weather on the Earth — such as auroras — to the interplanetary magnetic field and radiation through which our spacecraft journeying around the solar system must travel. The video displays […]