Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick notes: Hybrid plane, Spewing power plants...

  • Hybrid electric plane: The turbine powering the generator will run on jet fuel and provide power for the electric engine. Any excess power from the generator will be stored in banks of batteries in the fore and aft holds with the stored energy to be used during take-off and landing... Similar to the Serial Hybrid architecture in Chevy Volt.

  • Surround Delhi with a deep ring of forests: Not only will this modify the weather within the city, but the forest will absorb a major portion of airborne dust from across the Thar Desert and from Pakistan. Without afforestation, even if you take all cars off road, it would just scratch the surface of Delhi's smog.

  • Pollution from power plants: The worst of this pollution runs from north of Patna in the state of Bihar to south of Raipur in the state of Chhattisgarh.

  • BJP feeds the hostile media: Modi govt spent Rs 3,755 crore on publicity blitz - 1,656 crore on electronic media and Rs 1,698 crore on print media. The govt's allocation for pollution abatement in the last three years has been only Rs 56.8 crore.

  • Marxist-Leninist-Maoist: Left alliance sweeps Nepal elections, Oli set to return as Nepal PM

  • Oneness:

  • Satya Nadella's off-break: Microsoft's Redmond campus to have a cricket field.

  • You are being programmed: Facebook and others had succeeded by exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology... Facebook lies about its ability to influence individuals based on the data it collects on them.

  • Sri Rama Setu is man-made:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bangladeshi Triggers Suicide Bomb in NY Subway

A 27-year old Bangladeshi man has survived his bungled attempt to detonate a suicide bomb in the New York subway system:

The bomber's family have generated some backlash with some ill-thought remarks:

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Quick notes: Indian drone, Microwave weapon...

  • A drone from an Indian Start-Up: Can achieve an altitude of "at least 65,000 feet". NewSpace Research and Technologies did all research and development in-house, which is being validated by Boeing.

  • Microwave weapon: The U.S. has microwave weapons that could dismantle North Korean missiles by firing microwave energy to interfere with ground controls and power circuits within the missiles themselves.

  • “It was all theater”: Pentagon-backed Kurdish commander confirms U.S. made secret deal with ISIS to let thousands of fighters flee Raqqa... Russia has long accused the U.S. of being supportive of ISIS and other jihadi groups

  • Israeli startup helping bring kirana stores online: Seemba is a mobile phone-based platform that helps businesses build their websites, giving the country’s 51 million kirana stores an online identity through a website.

  • You remember more of what you read out loud: Hearing your own voice boosts the likelihood that it will stick to your memory. This trick can be used not just by students but adults and seniors working on recall

  • Sand to soil: China's success in reversing desertification.

  • A legitimate Tesla rival: The Jaguar I-Pace signals the beginning of the end of Tesla’s hegemony in the premium, high-performance electric vehicle market.

  • A world with fewer cars: Volkswagen thinks its ride-sharing electric minibus will take 1 million cars off the road

  • Future generation: Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution

  • Religion in politics :

Friday, December 08, 2017

China Doing a Kargil, Occupying Doklam Posts

China appears to be doing what Pakistan did in Kargil - they're occupying the winter posts vacated by Bhutan:

Logically, they may likely do this for all theie border posts with India, too - since those provide more immediate advantage to them.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Rooftop Solar Growing Fast in India

Rooftop solar installations are the fastest growing part of the solar market in India:

China's Geography

Looking at China's geographic strengths and weaknesses, it would seem obvious that India would benefit greatly from trying to unify the divided group of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand to turn them into a united front against China. And yet we never hear our strategic experts ever talking about such an idea, even when discussing 'Look East'.

China Squeezes Funds to Pakistan

China is tugging on the leash - imposing new restrictions and cutting off its funding of various Pakistani projects, after experiencing Pakistani pushback and corruption on various ventures:

It seems all is not well in the heavenly marriage. Should we be surprised?

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Quick notes: Real-life Mowgli, Brown cloud...

  • Two-year-old Samarth Bangari: Meet real-life Mowgli, darling of monkeys, from village near Dharwad

  • Asian Brown Cloud? European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P captures dense carbon monoxide cloud over India and China. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen.

  • Harmful "vegetable" oils: Why you should avoid consuming new age oils -- Canola, Corn, Soybean, Sunflower and Safflower. The best part is that none of these “vegetable” oils is vegetables and all, with the exception of coconut oil, are extremely dangerous for you. 

  • Cow manure to fuel: Toyota plant to produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen fuel per day and 2.35 megawatts of electricity -- all from cow manure ... Perfect for India. Show this to Nitin Gadkari.

  • Dharmic foundation at home: When TamBram ladies marry white guys or Muslims, in most cases their children grow up as Hindus. Strong dharmic foundations.

  • Does Amazon create jobs? Well, it hired 75,000 robots in 2017.... 2017 saw 170,000 fewer retail jobs in the US and 75,000 more Amazon robots.

  • Amazon tax: "Since 2008 Walmart has paid $64B in corporate income tax, while Amazon has paid $1.4B. This is despite the fact that, in the last 24 months, Amazon has added the value of Walmart to its market cap. The most uncomfortable question in business, in my view, is how do we pay our soldiers, firefighters, and teachers if a firm can ascend to $460B in value (#5 in the world) without paying any meaningful corporate taxes" -- Prof Scott Galloway is renowned for his marketing acumen and having accurately predicted that Amazon would buy Whole Foods.

  • Congestion charges: London traffic model in New Delhi soon?

  • Pedal Power: Ola begins offering a bicycle-sharing service

  • Solar fires – DC arc faults: Why you should stay away from cheap Chinese solar inverters.