Researchers have been banking on millions of citizen-scientists around the world to help identify new treatments for COVID-19. Much of that work is being done through distributed computing projects that utilize the surplus processing power of PCs to carry out various compute-intensive tasks.
Under normal circumstances, India’s 450-million-plus labor force is considered an asset. Yet the government’s badly handled COVID-19 lockdown has caused large-scale labor distress, especially to the poorest and most marginalized workers, who make up about a quarter of that number. Experts predicting the impact of COVID-19 on India’s economy paint a dismal picture, especially with a recent spike in the number of cases.
Back in the late 1980s, for English composition class, I wrote myself into the British author Enid Blyton’s novel Secret Island in the form of an impressive 25-page story. It left my teacher, who would have preferred to see my prolificacy manifest in some original writing, unmoved. But it wasn’t originality that I was after. I was looking for a place where I was accepted without question, without the second glances and probing questions that accompanied me wherever I went.
In India, the COVID-19 crisis is turning out to be the perfect excuse for the government to consolidate its pre-pandemic surveillance ambitions. Since May 4, as restrictions began to ease, the government has mandated the installation of its contact-tracing smartphone app for anyone who works—whether for the government, a private company, or in the gig economy—or uses public transport. Failing to do so is criminal, says the home affairs ministry.
While the SETI@home project winds down, one of the world’s most versatile telescope arrays gears up to scan the skies for alien life.
While 2019 was a great year for gaming, 2020 is shaping up to outshine its predecessor. A ridiculous number of consoles are expected to hit the market this year alongside a slew of incredible games. On top of this, the world has had to respond to an unprecedented development in recent months: the COVID-19 crisis. As more and more people are forced to stay home, they are reaching for their gaming consoles and devices.
The betrayal felt in the still-recovering areas hit by the Delhi riots makes coronavirus more of a threat
Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, and more – those of us living our cushioned lives in India‘s capital hadn’t thought much about these areas until three-odd days of mob violence took 53 lives and injured over 200, a majority of the dead and injured being Muslims. Unofficial estimates have these figures much higher. Even though there are indications of the areas coming back to life, an uneasy calm lies just under the surface. Fear, grief, trauma, anger, disbelief, hopelessness, and most of all a loss of trust. History tells us that these kinds of losses linger for generations.
Amid heavy police and paramilitary presence, against a backdrop of a targeted destruction of homes and livelihoods, and accompanied by a near-total absence of state support, relief efforts in the violence-hit neighbourhoods of north-east Delhi are helping residents start to pick up the pieces. But any appearance of normality is superficial.
Yoga retreats are believed to be great enablers in reconnecting with yourself, and for mental and physical detoxing. A retreat, in particular, that is folded inside a lush, tropical landscape, far enough from the hurly-burly of urban life to make it seem like the middle of nowhere. I learnt two life-changing things about myself at Museflower’s three-night yoga getaway—one, I’ll never be a farmer; two, when backed against the metaphoric wall, I can swallow my debilitating dislike of worms, and escort them off the premises.
Phantom pain was all that Keven Walgamott had left of the limb he lost in an accident over a decade ago — until he tried on the LUKE Arm for the first time in 2017, and told researchers that he could “feel” again. The arm is a motorized and sensorized prosthetic that has been in development for over 15 years by a team at the University of Utah.
Researchers around the world have been developing prosthetics that closely mimic the part of the human body they would replace.
"Did you mean Chiang Mai?" I invariably get asked every time I mention my trip to Thailand’s biggest northern city, Chiang Rai. Located close to the Golden Triangle (where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet), Chiang Rai remains fairly undiscovered despite its history as the capital of the Mangrai dynasty.
This past June, as the US women’s soccer team was dominating the FIFA World Cup finals, player Megan Rapinoe offered one possible explanation for their success: “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team,” she said. “It’s never been done before, ever.”
The comment was a hat tip to Pride month, but it also acknowledged something significant: In this year’s women’s World Cup, there were more than 40 openly gay players and coaches—more than double the number who were out in 2015. (H...
Back in the day when Steam was just a fledgling, Valve's digital storefront only featured a handful of games from the developer itself. Almost two decades later, Steam is unrecognizable from that early form, its labyrinthine listings guaranteed (probably!) to satisfy even the most voracious gamer. When you sift through the good, bad, and downright awful, you can find some gems, though. And yes, some of them are even free.
Shooters, adventures, puzzles, role-playing, card collecting, solo, squ...
India and its cacophony of sights, sounds, tastes, and smells can be an assault to the senses, often overwhelming for some. Others like the challenge of navigating its mind-boggling diversity, and many seek—and find—balms for a tired soul. And then there are those who visit to heal their bodies. Bengaluru, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is a teeming metropolis with a friendly soul, featuring good food, stunning cultural delights, and high-tech hospitals, making it an attractive medical tourism destination.