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Tuesday 27 January 2015
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Shutterbugs In Sunlight
The mundane act of a man serving ‘chai’ to a white-collar worker or a ‘pourakarmika’, cleaning the street to earn her daily bread, is frozen when a photographer captures such moments on the lens.   Photographers in the City captured myriad shades and documented vibrant hues of Bengaluru recently in a photowalk organised by ‘Campus Diaries’ and ‘Pixelscapes’. Be it through their high-end DSLR cameras or simple mobile phones, budding and...
'i Like To Be Spontaneous'
Actor Akul Balaji, who is widely seen on television in various reality shows, says he does not want to neglect films this year. “I want to give films as much attention as I give reality television. I have decided I want to make at least two films this year,” he says.The ‘Pyate...’ series host has a few releases coming up this year. He will be seen in ‘Devarawne Bidu Guru’, a film that is directed by 23-year-old Pratham. How was it to work with such a young...
Innovation Rules The Runway
Style and glamour rained at the ‘Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week’ which was held recently. Variety and innovation being the theme of the shows, the seasoned designers took the fashion lovers on a voguish overboard. The crowd that started pouring in for the last day of fashion week were ecstatic at the panache of the shows. Veteran designer Deepika Govind’s collections had an eye for detail that struck a balance between Eastern and Western collections....
Masters In Concert
The audience went quiet as soon as they saw the musicians on stage. Chowdiah Memorial Hall was packed to its fullest as people thronged to watch the celebrated santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma perform live with his son, Rahul Sharma, in this year’s edition of ‘Splendor of Masters’.The rare combination of the delightful duo was heard recently in the City, where they enchanted people with their soulful tunes. They were accompanied by Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, a ghatam...
Let's Talk Shop !
It’s raining sales in the City and people are heading to the stores to purchase their favourite things at a discounted rate. A powerful tactic to lure customers in, these discounts are beneficial to the shoppers and stores alike. Though these offers have always been in existence, the response at some of the stores this time has been dull. According to shop owners, this is because of the online shopping facility that helps customers buy products at any time of the year and also...
Spectrum

From Here &Amp; There
Progressive pioneer Kodagina Gowramma, a significant writer in Kannada, is known for her progressive vision. She is also considered as the first woman to write short stories in Kannada. Born in 1912 to N S Ramaiah and Nanjakka, she showed keen interest in the happenings of the society from her childhood. While she studied at a convent in Madikeri, she developed passion for tennis and swimming. She married B T Gopalakrishna in 1928. She received active support from the family, before and after...
Tracking The Hounds Of Mudhol
The Mudhol Hound has had a very royal start, given that it was the preferred breed of dogs by the royalty for warfare, hunting and companionship.Humans and hounds have had a very ancient friendship. Hounds are believed to have originated in the Middle East. The Bedouin tribes of North Africa and Asia are known to have bred such dogs in the past. Many Egyptian antiquities have the hound motifs for decoration, indicating that they were the favourites of the Pharaohs as well. When the Egyptian...
No Waste, Only Energy
Oddoor Farm, located in Ganjimutt village on the outskirts of Mangaluru, is known among farmers and agriculturists of Dakshina Kannada and neighbouring districts for its numerous organic produces. It also has one of the largest private dairies with nearly 200 cows of different breeds that produce nearly 1,000 litres of milk per day. More interestingly, out of the 120-acre farm, it has reserved 15 acres only to grow fodder. However, the lesser known aspect is that it has a 65 kV generator...
Miscellany
Divinity beckons the devout Perched on a hillock in the picturesque woods of Attur, in the outskirts of Karkala town, stand the tall steeples of St Lawrence Church. The saint is believed to be a powerful intercessor before god. The church is said to enshrine a miraculous statue of this saint. People from far and near flock to this holy place on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the month of January, every year, when the annual feast of the saint is celebrated with great pomp and...
Empowering The Marginalised
T here is a level of formality in the informality that prevails here. The students of Ananya Trust may have come from impoverished or broken families or run away from home, but after a few years of grooming they can stand on their own feet. Many have excelled in sports. Some are already working. Others have gone for higher studies and are also working part time. All of them are emotionally well-balanced and have great interpersonal skills.Jayanthi says that Ananya has been the root of her...
Science & Technology

New Antibiotic Discovered From A Pile Of Dirt!
Aplastic storage crate filled with backyard dirt might have yielded the most powerful antibiotic discovered in decades. Employing a novel microfluidic device to grow soil bacteria, researchers in Boston and Bonn, Germany, say they have identified a new type of antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause pneumonia, staph, and blood infections.The antibiotic, named teixobactin, has yet to be tested in people. But it cured mice of these infections, and it is so different from current...
Fashionable Way To Track Your Steps
According to a study from IDC Health Insights on wearable fitness trackers, one in three users stop using the device within a year of purchasing it. Behind the primary reason of just losing interest in tracking their activity, people also cited wearability and the device’s look and feel as turnoffs. Most wearable fitness trackers look like either nondescript wristbands without any apparent function or cheap digital watches. FashionableOne new fitness band, the Withings Activité,...
New-Age Prosthetics
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena implanted a person’s brain with electrode arrays that read neural activity to control a robotic arm and stimulate the brain to deliver a sensation of what the arm touched. And since 2011, a team at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania has been working with a small number of people who control prostheses through neural implants. Just in time“It’s moving quick at the moment,” says...
What Orbit Do Exoplanets Follow?
A  recent report involved the dis-covery of a new planetary system, more than two thousand light years from the Earth. Apart from the oddities of the individual planets, like PH3c, which had a highly inconsistent orbit, what is striking about this planetary system is the ratios of their orbital time periods. According to Joseph Schmitt, a very quirky feature of this peculiar trio, is that the outer planets period is 1.91 times longer than that of the middle planet and the middle planets...
World's Thinnest, Strongest Material
Thought to be an impermeable barrier, research shows that graphene, in fact, allows protons to pass through it, opening up the possibility of its use as an ultrathin membrane in fuel cells. Meanwhile, a separate report reveals that graphene outperforms both steel and a composite Kevlar armour in its ability to withstand “bullets”.Proton filterProtons’ ability to travel through graphene suggests that the material could be used as a membrane to sieve hydrogen from air, and to...
Environment

Disco Clams Stage A Fascinating Light Show
“Disco clam” is an eye-catching mollusc, nestled in the coral reefs off Indonesia. The animal generates brilliant flashes of light that earned it its festive name. Though fascinating, this flamboyant bivalve (Ctenoides ales) is still poorly understood, something Lindsey Dougherty, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley is trying to change. Earlier this year, Dougherty shed light on how the clam’s flashing works – by reflecting light through tiny...
For The Greater Good
Recently, the world’s top climate scientists issued their latest warning that the climate crisis is rapidly worsening on a number of fronts, and that we must stop our climate-polluting way of producing energy if we are to stand a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Science says that the risk of runaway climate change draws ever closer. Indeed, we are already witnessing the consequences of climate change: more frequent floods, storms, droughts and rising seas are...
Protecting A Lifeline With Weapons
Matses are the indigenous tribe of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. There are almost 3,500 Matses – 1,700 of whom live on the Peruvian side and almost 1,600 on the Brazilian side. The Matses have publicly opposed operations by Canada-based firm Pacific Rubiales Energy for at least five years, but they say that neither the company nor Perupetro, the government body which granted the licences to two oil concessions in Peru, are taking any notice. “We have told the company no, but...
How A Dvd Case Killed A Whale
Recently, biologists from the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science  Center Stranding Response Team were notified of an unusual sighting in the Elizabeth river, a busy, industrial tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. A 45-foot-long young female sei whale was spotted swimming up the river, far from the deep waters of the Atlantic where the species, listed as endangered, is normally found.“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says the aquarium’s research coordinator...
Destructive Plantations Raid Indonesia
An estimated 80 per cent of forest destruction in Indonesia between 2000 and 2012 was illegal. Palm plantations were responsible for three-quarters of this illegal deforestation. That’s a big deal, given that palm oil has been the single largest driver of tropical deforestation in recent years. When the medical establishment deemed trans-fats heart-unhealthy in the mid-1990s, demand for the supposedly more benign palm oil soared, increasing nearly six-fold. Palm oil is now used in...
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Photo Gallery
India's BSF 'Daredevils' motorcycle riders perform stunts as they take part during Republic Day...

India's BSF 'Daredevils' motorcycle riders perform stunts as they take part during Republic Day...

Make in India tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Make in India tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 66th Republic Day...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 66th Republic Day...

Pranab Mukherjee with Obama and Modi during an At-Home reception...

Pranab Mukherjee with Obama and Modi during an At-Home reception...

BSF officials perform during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Attari Border in Amritsar...

BSF officials perform during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Attari Border in Amritsar...

Illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi...

Illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi...

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu and others using umbrellas as it rains...

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu and others using umbrellas as it rains...

Mechanised columns on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Mechanised columns on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

A view shows Indian Army soldiers marching past the India Gate during the Republic Day...

A view shows Indian Army soldiers marching past the India Gate during the Republic Day...

Navy's women contingent marches during the 66th Republic Day Celebration...

Navy's women contingent marches during the 66th Republic Day Celebration...

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