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More access to Internet makes people feel dumb

Researchers found that people were less likely to rely on their knowledge when they had access to the Internet. The Net has also made it less acceptable to say you know something, but turn out to be incorrect.

Plain talk: Now for some real science

Five scientists look at the science we missed at the Indian Science Congress.

Currency: Paper trails

The Reserve Bank of India has announced withdrawal of currency notes issued before 2005.

Thirst for raw power

China’s Tianhe-2 became the world’s fastest supercomputer in June,setting a new record in strategic technology. While this field grows at a phenomenal pace,the need for speedy calculations accompanies it. Supercomputers can zero in on solutions,eliminate duds,and test probabilities of variables much faster. Here’s a look at these gigantic arrays of processing power and what lies beneath

Predicting the next epidemic,one tool at a time

Data tools are combining airline records and demographics to track disease threats

A new day for the sun

Last week,solar plane HB-SIA completed a coast-to-coast flight across the US over 45 days. This project has shown for the first time that it’s possible to fly long distances—by day and night—on solar power. Since it took off from California,it has only been setting records. What’s next: around the world in 2015 in a solar plane.

‘Jharkhand herb may help treat typhoid’

A herbal medicine used by a local healer in a Jharkhand village has been found to inhibit up to 40 antibiotic-resistant strains of the disease.

Connecting the dots

Social network analysis is witnessing a surge in activity at the Indian Institute of Science,Bangalore,with work involving data from Enron,Twitter and even terror networks in the mix.

Keeping count of life on Earth

Scientists have named and catalogued 1.3 million species till date. A new study says there might be about 8.7 million in all,but critics say the Earth’s diversity could be far greater.

Tracing social networks of the Asian elephant

Socialites know how hard it is to juggle friendships—there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for everyone.

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Education should be used as tool for character building: Rajnath Singh

Lucknow, Jan 22 (ANI): Addressing a convocation ceremony of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow on Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the purpose of education is not only to gain knowledge, but also to culturally groom oneself. He asserted that students should learn from Swami Vivekananda, who said that “character makes a man”.

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