Archives: March 2016

FROM LIVE-IN TO LIVE APART 

Scientists studying relationships think the trick to a solid relationship could be a ‘LAT’, otherwise known as Living Apart Together. About 3.6 mn couples live apart from their spouse in the US, whereas 9% in UK, 7-9% in Australia, and 7% in Canada live apart from their serious romantic partner....

HOW THE HINDU SUCCESSION ACT PUTS WOMEN AT A DISADVANTAGE

A peculiar fact about the Hindu Succession Act (HSA), 1956, is that it differentiates between men and women who die without leaving a will: In Parsi, Muslim or Christian personal laws, a woman’s blood relatives can claim precedence over her husband or her husband’s relatives in the case of self-acquired properties,...

IF YOU KNOW A DINOSAUR, THIS MAN HAS DRAWN IT

Officially, Nobumichi “Nobu” Tamura is in charge of a super powerful x-ray microdiffraction machine at the Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. He is also a prolific paleoartist (someone who draws prehistoric life forms), who has illustrated 1,500 dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. That comes to a drawing almost every other day...

IN DUBAI, RESCUERS MIGHT SOON FLY IN LIKE SUPERMAN

Dubai has ordered 20 jetpacks from New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft to equip its Civil Defence department for responding to emergencies. “We see them performing a first-responder role,” Lt Col Ali Hassan Almutawa, director of the Dubai Civil Defence Operations Department, said about the jetpacks, adding that they would be particularly...

FEELING PAIN? GET RICHER

The richer you are, the less physical pain you experience, according to research. A 2008 study across 33,720 US households found that unemployed households spent 20% more on over-the-counter painkillers than households in which at least one member was employed. Similar results were achieved in other studies and also in...

IT’S YESTERDAY ONCE MORE: AMERICA WILL NEED A MILLION COMPUTER GRADUATES IN 2020

A report on the absence of diversity in US tech companies (fewer women and minorities) throws up data of interest to those looking to improve their career prospects: The report indicates that by 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 mn engineering and computer science jobs in the US, but...

MAKING IT COMPLICATED: HILLARIOUS EXAMPLES OF CORPORATE SPIN

English is being spun left, right and centre these days, and ‘Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language’ lists some ways to unmask the same. The book contains hilarious discoveries: Some food companies don’t want to say ‘sugar’ in their ingredients list because it is seen as unhealthy, so...

THE ORIGINS OF BHARAT MATA

From various accounts, the origins of “Bharat Mata” can be traced to a play by Kiran Chandra Bandyopadhyay that was first performed in 1873. Set in the Bengal famine in 1770, the play dramatises the story of a housewife and later her husband who have to flee into the jungle...

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