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Letters - January 16-31, 2014

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
Backdoor for big brother With regard to the article “How private is privacy?” (December 16-31, 2013), I was curious to know how far the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US and other similar organisations with online surveillance programmes have succeeded in getting hold of encrypted softwares. Will we ever know the extent of the damage done? Anupama anupama.kumar@balliol.ox.ac.uk Response from author

Polar vortex: did warming bring the chill to US?

Issue Date: Jan 10, 2014
Small islands getting submerged because of rising sea levels are no longer the poster images of climate change. North America and eastern Europe have replaced them. Since January 2, parts of North America and eastern Europe are experiencing extreme cold weather, at places the temperatures have fallen below -50 degree centigrade.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2014
MATERIAL SCIENCE Titanium could get cheap

Loud and unclear

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2014
Does the Indian government’s loud voice in international negotiations produce results? At the recent WTO meet in Bali, the Indian government went all guns blazing to defend the rights of its farmers and to ensure food security for millions of poor. It opposed the Agreement on Agriculture that limits government food procurement at 10 per cent of the value of total production, based on the prices of late 1980s. It said this clause would impinge on its right to offer farmers a supportive price and to procure food stocks for its food safety programme.

Nations worst-hit by extreme weather

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2013
Posted on: 23 Dec, 2013
Intro:  Second only to Haiti in list of most-affected nations on climate risk index The Philippines, which is still counting its losses from typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the island nation this month, has been rated among the three countries worst affected by weather-related events last year. Haiti was the worst affected while Pakistan ranks third, according to a new report, Global Climate Risk Index 2014, released by NGO Germanwatch based in Bonn.

Science for people

Issue Date: Dec 21, 2013
Science is generally treated like an orphan in India. As always, 2013 started with the Indian Science Congress, where a mish-mash of research from across the country was presented. This was the centenary year for the biggest science meeting in the country. It might be difficult to ascertain in which direction Indian science is moving going by what transpired at the science meet, but there was something to cheer about a few months later. The year witnessed one of the biggest achievements for Indian science.

Aam Aadmi Party can deliver if

Posted on: 18 Dec, 2013
It should focus on alternative politics and not on becoming a political alternative. It should strive for solutions outside the vexed bureaucratic system

Who’s under pressure?

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has resorted to YouTube to ramp up pressure on the opposition Labor Party for repealing the controversial carbon tax scheme. A bill to repeal the scheme is set for debate in the Senate, where the opposition is in majority. In the video statement, Abbott repeats his government’s assertion to abolish the carbon tax.

Forests feel the heat

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
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