Why does India plan to send humanoids to space?
ISRO wants to send humanoids because it wants to test its space module before they are used by humans. A humanoid with the necessary sensors could simulate a human's space journey and send data which could safeguard human space travel.
Humans should always be in control of AI and Robots says ILO report
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) wants people to be given priority over …
The magnetic North Pole is shifting and that too very rapidly
There is unusual activity at the North Pole. The magnetic north pole is sliding away from the Arctic region of Canada into Siberia. It has always tended to drift at about a few kilometres every year. From 9 km/year in the mid 1990s it picked up speed to 55 km/year.
IMD's India 2018 weather report
How did India's weather fare in 2018? Indian Meteorological Department's report on India's climate in 2018 has some important messages. It was the sixth-warmest year since 1901, when recording started. The annual mean temperature was 0.41°C above normal. Five of the warmest years were in the last decade: 2016: +0.720°C; 2009 :+0.560°C; 2017: +0.550°C; 2010: +0.540°C; 2015: +…
Oceans are warming at a faster rate than predicted
Oceans absorb 90% of the warming caused by human carbon emissions. A new analysis by University of California, Berkeley, suggests that oceans are warming at a faster rate than earlier predictions. They are absorbing excess heat 40% faster than what was previously estimated
Lead in Maggi shows how dangerous Indian food standards are
There seems to be a problem with India’s Food safety and standards. This comes in the wake of Nestle admitting that the lead in Maggi noodles is below the Indian standard. India’s Food Safety and Standards Act prescribes a maximum of 2.5 mg/kg (2.5 ppm) as the safe level for lead in noodles. But this standard is flawed and dangerous.
Are Delhi schools serving unhealthy food?
Schools in Delhi are serving unhealthy food to the students. An inspection by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has found that to be the case. Unhealthy foods can be classified as those, which are high in fats, salt, and sugar or HFSS. These foods can lead to childhood obesity, hypertensions and heart diseases.
Universal Basic Income explained in less than two minutes
With an eye on the 2019 elections, the BJP-led government may announce a Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. Under UBI, every citizen, regardless of their identity or social and economic position, will be entitled to periodic cash payments.
Novel cure on the horizon for dementia patients
People with dementia can get back their normal lives. Researchers at Queensland Brain Institute have managed to reverse dementia symptoms in mice. And now the Australian government has given them a $10-million grant to try this cure on humans.
Will 2019 Lok Sabha elections be fought over the agrarian crisis?
Agrarian distress has started to manifest in the election results. The first signs were visible in the 2017 assembly elections in Gujarat, where BJP lost a sizeable share of rural votes. In the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the rural population can prove decisive
India lost more than 70,000 people because of climate change-related disasters
A new report by an international thinktank Germanwatch has some bad news for India. It says that between 1998 and 2017, India lost, on an average, 3,660 people every year because of extreme weather events. In this period 73,212 casualties were reported from India.