Science & Technology

Technology Translating into Virtuality and Reality

Reading Time: 4 minutesTechnology is a life changing experience with the boundaries between the virtual and real diminishing fast, says Bangalore-based Farheen, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  Disney Research’s Magic Bench is an enriching experience because it helps you interact with the adorable animated characters, such as a baby elephant, giraffe, frog, and others. This […]

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Mean and Monstrous Hurricane Irma set to Batter Florida Brutally

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe eye of the Hurricane Irma is scaring people affected by it and many others all around the world. Irma is mean and monstrous. Anumita, our Managing Editor, reports, exclusively in Different Truths. Every half hour I pick up the remote of the TV and switch on to CNN. “Irma is here,” says the reporter, […]

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Shantiniketan: Tagore set a School Amidst Nature, Unfettered the Young Minds – I

Reading Time: 6 minutesRabindranath was unhappy with the British schooling system of sitting enclosed within four walls of high raised solid buildings. It was a feeling of suffocation he experienced, when the cold brick walls, he felt, were trying to strangulate a child’s mind like cold grips of death. Being detached from nature was a great torment for […]

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Gauri Lankesh Gunned Down, Brit Paedophile Assaults Blind Children, Personal Data as Currency and Golf through Fire

Reading Time: 2 minutesShail re-creates four news of the week gone by in verse. A fearless journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was gunned down at point blank range at her Bangalore home, by unknown assailants. A Brit paedophile assaulted three blind children in Delhi.  The Data Dollar Store, a pop-up shop in London, accepts personal data as currency. In the […]

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Technology: Pain, Sweat, Blood and Body Heat

Reading Time: 3 minutesTechnology can now quantify pain experienced by a patient and help doctors’ prognosis. It won’t be easy to fake pain anymore. A device made from paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases. And our sweat can act as fuel too. Farheen tells us about the amazing advancement of biotechnology, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different […]

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What is Man?: Reality is a Symbolic Creation – VI

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe assumption underlying the notion that so-called reality confrontation is an antidote to Phantasy is: there is one true reality; it is possible to know it directly, independently of any imaginative apprehension or valuation of it. But it would seem instead that all knowledge of reality is symbolically mediated. Reality is always a symbolic creation. […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Mumbai Deluge, Unholy Baba and Blue Whale: Of Deaths, Shame, and Rape

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom beating drums, fire signals and cries of the ancient man, we had travelling bards moving from villages to villages, recounting many stories (read news) in India and elsewhere. These were the rich oral traditions. The storytellers were the first newspersons. We celebrate our legacy. Shail recounts top news of the week gone by, in […]

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Despite the Devastations Wrecked by Harvey, People Reached Out to Help

Reading Time: 4 minutesDuring difficult times Houston showed its true spirit, the kind of humanity we often think has disappeared. This is when I saw neighbours helping neighbours, strangers helping strangers. Black, white, yellow and brown all coming together as one. In the midst of this inclement weather, shelters opened up. People rushed forward with their pillows, toilet […]

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Technology: A Magical Wand

Reading Time: 3 minutesBangalore-based Farheen tells us how technology has made our lives easier. Here she tells us about a translator devices, SmartHalo that is your personal Navigation, Light, Alarm, Fitness Tracker and Personal Assistant. Lastly, she tells new parents about a device that takes care of new born babies and how it helps them. Read more in […]

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