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Sarthak Ray

Articles By Sarthak Ray

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From Railways safety, Ganga cleaning to NPA resolution, here is what grabbed infra spotlight recently

The recent derailing incidents put the focus on ensuring track safety.some that arenft past even 25% of their lifespan are showing fractures. But after the Elphinstone Road tragedy in Mumbai, the focus must be widened to en

Railways safety, Ganga cleaning, NPA resolution, GST, infrastructure 

Fight against malaria; the question is whether to ACT or not to ACT

A decade ago, the malaria research community was stung by the discovery that a strain of the malaria parasite found in western Cambodia had developed resistance to artemisinin.

Malaria, drug, combodia

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: Not just Diwali, what’s SC plan for other periods?

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: Pollution does spike in Diwali but it is very high at other times as well and, as yet, little action has been taken on this.

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A climate change opportunity

After all the doomsday talk on climate change, what if someone told you that the situation is still gloomy but not bleak as we have believed for some years now?

Climate, Nature Geoscience

Petrol, diesel prices: Yes, Arun Jaitley has kept oil taxes high, but he did this to stimulate GDP

Between central government excise duties and state VATs, taxes in Delhi comprise around 52% of the retail price of petrol and around 44% in the case of diesel.

Petrol, diesel, fuel prices, Arun Jaitley, oil taxes, GDP, VAT rates

Cars of the future to be made of wood? THIS peek into future will leave you wonder-struck

One of the plot points in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the invention of an alloy far stronger, durable and lighter than steel called “Rearden metal”, named after Hank Rearden, the fictional industrialist who invents it

Cars of the future to be made of wood? THIS peek into future will leave you wonder-struck

Pharma industry: After the wrong diagnosis, a worse prescription

With the government’s understanding of the pharma industry so wrong, not surprising draft policy is so flawed

pharma, pharma industry, pharmaceutical industry india, healthcare, healthcare india, healthcare news, healthcare latest news

Algal bloom: This global warming threat is rarely discussed; know how it will harm us in 100 years

A robot checks for toxicity from algal blooms stationed 18-ft under the water surface.

For robots to understand your subtlest gestures, there is a technology; read all about it

In a face-to-face conversation, you end up saying more in subtle gestures, tics, and shifting of pose than you do in words. Unfortunately, most of us would likely miss most of these cues.

robots, technology, Carnegie Mellon University, new technology, Robotics researchers, CMU researchers, dataset

Heart treatment: New tech signals sea change from conventional therapy

Stents have for some months now been put under a price-control regime. Thanks to this, there has been little to no attention on the technological advancements.

Cardiovascular diseases, CVDs, mortality in India, Ischaemic heart disease, thrombosis, restenosis

Colonising Mars: Why life will be a constant struggle on the Red Planet

The members of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board have reset the Doomsday Clock, an analogy for the threat of future global catastrophe that could wipe out humans, to two and a half minutes from mid

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MIT researchers develop chip faster than Artificial Intelligence neural networks

Everyday, the envelope is being pushed a little bit further on what artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually be like.

artificial intelligence, AI, artificial brain, artificial neural networks, human brain

Arresting those cheering Pakistan team on sedition charges is ridiculous

Even Supreme Court has cautioned against such casual use of the sedition law

Pakistan team, sedition charge, pro islam slogans, bjp, madhya pradesh, pakistan cricket team victory, J Jayalalithaa, Bombay High Court, Champion Trophy final

HEERA: Proposed higher education regulation needs to overcome many shortcomings

The proposed higher education regulation framework needs to overcome the many shortcomings of its predecessors, that too in a changed regulatory context.

Centre, Narendra Modi-led Government, eduation, UGC

Minor planet named after Bengaluru student; here’s how names of planets are decided

A minor planet has been named after a Bengaluru student. What are the rules behind such nomenclature?

Bengaluru, universe, planet, nomenclature protocol, celestial body

Shocking revelation: Here’s how you could get your creative juices flowing

Electrical impulses to suppress your reasoning faculties could get your creative juices flowing

Queen Mary, united kingdom, Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, Nesta, LHS, LONDON

How to tell faces apart: Cluster of neurons read, memorize features, not entire faces

Long before we learn anything, we learn to process and recognise faces. At as early as four months, a Stanford research shows, infants’ brains do this with near-adult competence.

face recognition, stanford research on face recognition, how we recognise someone's face, identification through face recognition, research on face recognition

Drug price control: If it affects quality, it would have done more harm than good

If it affects quality and makes pharma cos wary of entering the market, it would have done more harm than good.

Plasma protein: Could young blood be the fountain of youth?

The defining trope across vampire mythologies is that these ageless and immortal creatures of the night must live off the blood of the living.

Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India: Here’s a definitive 7-point guide

Businessman Vijay MALLya’s short-lived arrest—he managed to secure bail within hours—in London on Tuesday sparked hopes of his extradition here in India.

Fight against cancer: As immunotherapy hopes fade, two new studies hold out hope

Towards the end of February, a study published in the British Medical Journal generated a lot of buzz. A review of 204 earlier works on the subject, it found that obesity is strongly linked to 11 different cancers.

British Medical Journal, Cancer Research, BMI, Body Max Index, risk of cancer, immunotherapy, immune cells, Salvador Aznar Benitah, lung tumours

Union Budget 2017 – income tax rates: Arun Jaitley did nothing to change fact that top rate kicks in early

Though some measures could encourage compliance, Budget 2017 does nothing to change the fact that the top rate kicks in early

Union Budget 2017 – political funding: Anonymity of donor is still preserved

With political funding being a preferred channel to launder black money in the country, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a R2,000 cap on donations where the source need not be disclosed—well below the current R20,000

Even as infrastructure for education improves ASER says little improvement in learning

While the infrastructure for education in the country may have improved, there has been little improvement in learning, reports Sarthak Ray in New Delhi, citing ASER 2016 (Annual Status of Education Report).

The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young by Somini Sengupta; Book review

What should India’s young expect—for themselves and for the nation—from the years that are yet to come? More importantly, how does their present reconcile with the million hopes they harbour of the future? These questio

Lodha panel row: BCCI on a sticky wicket, all you want to know in 4 points

Though it is unwilling to implement the Lodha panel guidelines, the Supreme Court is expected to push it down the path of deep structural reforms

Cauvery water row: All you need to know

Sharing of Cauvery waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has historically been a contentious issue. Though the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) gave its final order in 2007, it has frequently triggered protests in bot

Bengaluru, Cauvery water share, Cauvery news, Cauvery dispute, water dispute, cauvery Bengaluru
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