Author: Dinpuii Hranleh

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Dinpuii is a postgraduate student of geology at BHU. She enjoys writing on science and sensitive topics

What if we told you that in the near future, you will be able to feel the texture of things that appear on your phone display? With your bare fingertips, it will soon be possible to touch and feel objects that you see on your screens – the rough edges of rocks, soft fabrics of silk, smoothness of leather and so on. The technology that enables this feature is termed ‘haptic technology’, or we can call it ‘surface haptic technology’ while referring particularly to the rendering of haptics in 2-D display screens. The 21st century is yet to witness another big leap…

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I never imagined virtual characters from my childhood in the 90s would be game changers for the 21st century consumer entertainment industry. Hard to believe; but we are currently witnessing a digital revolution brought about by a game involving ‘pocket monsters’ – Pokemon Go. Of course, Pokemon Go may seem childish or insignificant to many people, but there’s no denying it is more than just a game. Pokemon Go and Augmented Reality is a revolution – a revolution that familiarizes the promising technology of augmented reality to the global masses. Here, we shall look into how Pokémon make a successful comeback sparking an unexpected mindfulness…

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Humans have mostly depended on chemical combustion to power most of their transportation needs. From motorcycles to airplanes and especially rockets, we generally depend on energy from chemical fuels to cause motion. The enormous amounts of fuels we use are of course, causing pollution. The issues aren’t just limited to environmental reasons in the case of rockets – chemical fuels are bulky and not too efficient. We now have cars and motorcycles that run on purely electricity and even planes are hinted to arrive in the coming years. Speaking again of rockets, from recreational rockets to space as well as…

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Drugs – psychoactive ones, specifically – alter how the central nervous systems of their consumers function. These drugs are illegal or restricted in most countries; but users continue to rise each year globally. Many of them are considered non-therapeutic and widely used for recreational purpose – hence are often abused. Some common psychoactive drugs include cocaine, ephedrine, codeine, cannabis, ecstasy, LSD and so on. Among these, ecstasy – also called MDMA, E, Adam, molly, X, XTC, Mandy and so on, is a widely used party drug and has become increasingly common. It’s not just for partygoers anymore. According to The Global Drug…

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It’s been 43 years since the rise of the first ever mobile phone. Now, we increasingly deal in smartphones, not just simple mobile phones. The mobile phone market continues to grow at amazing pace, and with the rise of the smartphone, their usage is further peaking. The fact, however, is clear – the smartphone has evolved to a ‘commodity’ from its earlier status of being a novelty, or a symbol of luxury. The gap between high-end phones and mid-end phones is narrowing, and now, most people don’t get blown away by the release of new flagship smartphone anymore. Safe to say the smart phone market is on…

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Fans of Dan Brown must have heard about the Golden Ratio or what is called the Divine Proportion. A special ratio, sometimes termed as the Golden Number, Golden Section, or Divine Section due to its acclaimed recurrence in nature. This mysterious ratio has an irrational value , beginning with 1.618…represented with the symbol ɸ. The number is believed to be a magical number not just by mathematicians, but also by sculptors, artists, architects, etc. It remains one of the most famous numbers to ever exist. The Golden Ratio was first defined by Euclid in the 3rd Century BC as “the single…

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Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill base Black Mass on the book called Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Scott Cooper, as the director of the movie, tries to portray the life of James “Whitey Bulger” – a badass gangster chief from the 1970’s Boston. One of the main attractions is Johnny Depp who perfectly or almost perfectly played Whitey. The movie also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane and more. Released on 18th September 2015, the movie’s budget was $53 million. Standing second in Box Office in the following weekend,…

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Sound travels at speeds of about 343 meters per second. Imagine travelling faster than that. Some of you probably already have – in a time long gone. Supersonic flight has existed since the 1960s. Supersonic flights operate at speeds faster than 343.2 meters per second– even twice or thrice that figure. Their use in military and scientific experiment is quite common. What we’re going to bother ourselves with here, is ‘supersonic transport’ – one that serves the purpose of civilian transportation. We’ve had some supersonic aircrafts that were in commercial service, but as of today, all of them have been discontinued, primarily due to safety issues. Now many people around…

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Your wallet and your phone are probably the only essentials you need on you whenever you’re stepping out (a smartwatch too perhaps, if you’re that sort). Over the past half decade though, the tech and payments industry have been working together to deliver a merger of sorts for us consumers. Mobile payments have been allowing us to pay without actual cash or cards – wallets could soon be a thing of the past. Mobiles payments are performed primarily through 3 protocols: SMS or USSD, where transactions are completed by sending messages; Mobile internet, where the smartphone acts as a means to access the internet for…

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Of course, we are all excited to peek into the 3D-stimulated world that mainstream consumer Virtual Reality will soon offer. If you’ve been living under a rock, unfamiliar with VR and its future, it may be wise for you to take a quick look into this. This powerful technology is transforming our world in various ways – be it the scientific or entertainment domain – there is no stopping virtual reality. If you haven’t thought about it – consider the multiple ways Virtual Reality could transform our lives. Is it going to be as revolutionary as the internet? Probably not. As…

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Remember the New Horizons mission? Beautiful images of Pluto will remain our closest encounter with any planet for the next few centuries at least. It’s a momentous achievement for humanity – and it was realised largely thanks to an element after the planet itself – Plutonium. In fact, almost all our photos of objects in the solar system have plutonium to thank – the Voyager missions that brought us Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus – are still running multiple decades later thanks to a plutonium power source. We have all sorts of energy sources for our machineries – from fossil…

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Since the start of the industrial revolution our main source of energy has been fossil fuels – coal, petroleum and natural gas. But with the rising issues that arose with their usage, the world has been shifting stance. Over 441 nuclear reactors are currently running in about 31 countries and they account for 11% of the world’s electricity production. Related: Solar vs Nuclear – What energy future are we headed for? Nuclear power plants do not release any direct harmful emissions. Yet – they generate one of the most noxious form of waste that may require millions of years for degradation. Nuclear…

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