Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Meera to contest in elections

As the election fever grips the country with politicians holding rallies and striking deals to grab larger share of seats, Lollywood actress Meera also plans to contest election for Punjab Assembly on reserved seats for women. Speaking to a private...

Researchers make Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin have created a new, ultra-thin (0.15mm) Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak. Until now, most invisibility cloaks have been large, cumbersome, desk-mounted constructions that really stretch the definition of the word cloak; for the most part, they’re more like...

Textbook bias: Muslim students ask non Muslims to convert

Intellectuals from a number of fields came together to point out the horrifying prejudices found in text books in Pakistan at a talk on ‘Biases in Textbooks and Education Policy’ organised by the National Commission for Justice and Peace...

Pessimists might live longer

Here’s a bit of a surprise: Pessimistic people actually appear to live longer than their sunnier peers, a study suggests. Researchers reviewed 40,000 subjects over a 10-year period and found that “being overly optimistic” was linked to “a greater...

TED prize emerges out of a computer in Delhi

Sugata Mitra on Tuesday was awarded a million-dollar TED Prize to pursue the promise of building schools in the Internet cloud where young minds can learn unfettered by grown-ups. Mitra’s journey to the prestigious TED gathering in the Southern California...
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China seeks partners for asteroid hunting probe

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners China plans to launch an ambitious asteroid exploration mission and has...