Asteroid coming close to Earth at 42 lakhs km

Asteroid coming close to Earth at 42 lakhs km

You must have heard about asteroids coming close to Earth and about to collide. Looks like a fairy tale. But this is true. February 4, 2018 which is less than a week from now will witness this when asteroid called “2002 AJ129” will zip past Earth at a speed of 1 lakh kmph and is designated potentially hazardous by NASA scientists. This is potentially hazardous because the asteroid which is 1.1 Km wide will fly about 42 lakhs Km away from Earth which is considered very close in space terms….

World’s largest amphibious aircraft-maiden flight takes off

World’s largest amphibious aircraft-maiden flight takes off

Everyday we hear about multiple breeds of air borne vehicles being rolled out or are in the experimental phase. Latest is the China’s homegrown AG600 which is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft which is also known as ‘Kunlong’. This aircraft took its maiden flight on Sunday (24th Dec 2017) from Jinwan Airport in China’s Guangdong province. With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It can take off from conventional…

If under 16 you cannot use Facebook without consent

If under 16 you cannot use Facebook without consent

Everyone knows Facebook, social media giant and part of our daily lives. A new law has been drafted where opening any account on facebook or any other social media need consent of parents or guardians if you under the age 16. Yes, this is true. This law has been drafted in France legislation to improve access to information that companies gather to use it for different purposes including disseminating information to other firms about people’s online activity. This will help companies alter or delete some of the information based on…

Duck like Dinosaurs Species found

Duck like Dinosaurs Species found

Dinosaurs have always been a mystery for human being and have always been a subject of experiment and finding something new about them. Recently a new species of Dinosaurs has been found and is named Halszkaraptor esuilliei after Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmolska. This species has a bill like a duck, teeth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, flippers like a penguin but walked like an ostrich. This meat eating Dino can also swim making it the first of its kind having swimming ability. Though the creature could…

Women vs champion rowers-Women are stronger

Women vs champion rowers-Women are stronger

Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers. Tiling soil and grinding grain for hours gave women more strength and gave them super power arm muscles. Repeated exercise of lack of it can affect bone density, curvature and shape. Unlike rowers who perform repeated tasks, prehistoric women performed multiple tasks that may not be repetitive like fetching water and food for livestock, processing meat and milk and converting hides and wool into textiles. As per Alison Macintosh researcher at Cambridge University, this is the first study to compare prehistoric women to…

If Rohingyas are illegal migrants so are Desi people settling abroad

If Rohingyas are illegal migrants so are Desi people settling abroad

India had taken stand on Rohingyas to deport them from India and send them back to their native place Rakhine, Myanmar as they were illegal migrants. But what about its own citizens who illegally emigrated to various countries across the globe. It was ridiculous to hear Union home minister Rajnath Singh taking a technical stand that Rohingyas did not follow the proper protocol to enter India as refugees. Since India has not signed any specific UN convention, it will not break any international law by sending them back. Thousands of…

Indian villagers making money in foreign currency

Indian villagers making money in foreign currency

  There are many people living in Meghalaya, a north eastern state in India who cross borders and trek to Bangladesh as village Huroi in Meghalaya does not have a motorable road to access infrastructure. Trekking into Meghalaya is quite tough due to long distance of basic amenities from Meghalaya-Bangladesh border village of Hunoi. Majority of income (approx 70-90%) of the village is in Takas. People falling sick, women suffering from labour pain and for other daily needs trek into Bangladesh and trade in Bangladeshi currency Takas. These people regret…

Why diseases should be named carefully

Why diseases should be named carefully

Disease names can have consequences. Yes this is true. Government agencies generally do not pay attention whenever disease is named. This is not only in India but is prevalent in other countries also. Swine flu has nothing to do with pigs but pigs were slaughtered in some countries at the time of spread of Swine Flu. In 2009 Egypt ordered killing of 300,000 pigs to stop its spread. Spanish flu did not originate from Spain. Many organizations working on Spanish flu brought Spain to limelight claiming it to be the…

Sudden change in colour of Bosphorus strait connnecting Europe & Asia

Sudden change in colour of Bosphorus strait connnecting Europe & Asia

Have you heard of Bosphorus Strait? This strait connects continents of Asia and Europe in Istanbul, capital of Turkey. People noticed this change as the colour of strait was bluish earlier and changed to milky turquoise this week. This sudden change has been attributed by scientists to increasing level of pollution in the sea and surge in a species of plankton across the Black Sea. Other reasons cited are earthquake in the region on 12th Jun 2017 afternoon and surge in micro organism Emiliania huxleyi popularly known as Ehux. If…

China plans to catch an asteriod and living on it

China plans to catch an asteriod and living on it

China plans to do mining and start living on an asteroid. But before that China plans to find, catch and land on an asteroid. It has plans to catch first asteroid latest by 2020 and make it livable. This was confirmed by Chinese chief commander of lunar exploration program Ye Pijian China wants to build space station on the asteroid so that it can command over the world through satellites and check what is happening around the globe. Ye also said to a Chinese state-run science and technology newspaper that…