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The Start of the Anthropocene

30 Aug 16

 

Holocene the 11,700 year old geological epoch has cut short the human impact on Earth’s chemistry and climate and has ushered in a new one.

The International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa has recommended that the “new age of man” known as Anthropocene, would start from mid 20th century if the recommendation is adopted.

The approval process will take at least two years and requires endorsement by three other educational bodies. After seven years of hard work, 35 strong Working Group has collectively acknowledged the Anthropocene as a reality. The recommendation has been voted 30 to 3 for the changeover to be officially registered.

Scientists stated that “If adopted – and we are a long way from that – the Holocene would finish and the Anthropocene would formally be held to have begun”. Scientists have referred to the period starting from 1950 as the “Great Acceleration”.

From the mid-century onwards concentration in the air of carbon dioxide, methane and stratospheric ozone, surface temperatures, ocean acidification, marine fish harvesting, and tropical forest loss and population growth, construction of dams have started.

These measures are not allowed to be taken in the consideration by the working group unless they are illustrated in the geological record. It is not counted if it’s not measured in rocks, lake sediments or ice cores.

 


Finding a Way to Smart Parking With The Help of Google Cloud IoT Core Platform

11 Dec 17

Parking has been a trouble that is growing each and every day with the rise in the number of vehicles. In a way to find out the solution to this problem the concept of Smart Parking has come. Smart Parking is the process to find out a parking area using Google's new Cloud IoT Core platform.  Smart parking uses sensors and advanced data analytics to make the parking experience more exciting. The Google's new Cloud IoT Core platform uses vehicle detection sensors that monitor the occupancy of parking spaces.

It is considered a very safe and secure platform. Initially Google Cloud IoT Core was developed to help businesses in the areas like utilities, transport and logistics, oil and gas and manufacturing to manage their expanding volume of smart devices and the IoT data they produce, from a central location of a particular area. Smart Parking was launched to the public in September 2017. At present it takes three to four days to configure it and for operational acceptance testing of the process. It guides the driver finding a parking space automatically and conveniently. AWS and Azure are the two different platforms that offer the same service; however, Google became the best choice due to its reputation in the market worldwide and for continuous innovation in technology. It is being hoped that Google Cloud IoT Core will help eliminating a lot of issues that we previously had to develop and manage for our infrastructure and smooth life.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.computerworld.in


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Yet Another Phogat Sister made India Proud

11 Dec 17

The Phogat sisters’ name has been very familiar in the field of wrestling. They have been making our country proud by there wrestling. However, no one can deny that they got huge popularity since the movie “Dangal” released. The true story behind the movie was of Geeta and Babita Phogat who set an example of dedication and discipline for women in the field of wrestling. Now, taking one step forward their cousin Vinesh Phogat and Ritu Phogat have continued the trend.

Recently Ritu Phogat won the silver medal in the 48kg category in the ongoing World U-23 Wrestling Championship. It is the first ever silver medal won by India in the prestigious tournament that is being held in Bydgoscz, Poland. As Ritu Phogat received a warning point during the match, she lost the Gold medal from the Turkish girl even after she managed to draw level towards the end of the match. She defeated Miglena Georgieva Selishka of Bulgaria by a 4-2 in the quarterfinal match and China's Jiang Zhu in the Semifinals in a close fight. Giving the reaction on this performance, her father Mahavir Singh Phogat said that his daughter could have played better and wrestled smartly and not let the gold medal slip from her hands. Although he said that he is very proud of her on her first medal in a world championship in the senior category.  He is really looking forward for her to win Olympic medal in 2020.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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Enjoy Sarasota Chalk Festival

10 Dec 17

Sarasota Chalk Festival is an event that celebrates Italian street painting. The festival is an American cultural event of public art that celebrates this kind of performing art form of pavement art.

In this festival, artists use chalks and sometimes a special paint to paint the road surface to make huge works of art and creativity. All the viewers on street can watch the process of creativity. The main focus of Sarasota Chalk Festival is street artists who are known as Madonnari in Italy. They are also known as Street Painters, Chalk Artists, Sidewalk Artists or Pavement Artists. This festival is held annually. It is held in Sarasota in Burns Square. New York Times featured this festival on 28th October, 2013 in it as a destination recommended on its Guide to Intelligent Travel.

One of the most interesting fact about this festival is that during its third season it became the first international street painting festival in the United States of America.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: Wikipedia

 

 


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Play Chess and Enjoy These Health Benefits

10 Dec 17

Chess is a game that can exercise brain which is the most crucial organ in our bodies. The Chess Grand master Bobby Fischer made it recognized in the 1950s and 1960s. Chess promotes brain growth. It can stimulate the growth of dendrites which are the bodies that send out signals from the brain’s neuron cells.

It is known that chess helps to exercise both sides of the brain. A German study showed that when chess players were asked to spot chess positions and geometric shapes, then their both the left and right hemispheres of the brain became highly active. Chess helps to prevent Alzheimer’s. It is very important to give brain a workout to keep it healthy and fit. A study was performed on 4,000 Venezuelan students which showed a significant rise in the IQ scores of both the genders. Thus, playing of chess helps in improving IQ too. Chess enhances creativity and increases problem – solving skills.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.healthfitnessrevolution.com


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Amazing Basketball Clubs Other than NBA

09 Dec 17

The world is getting more involved in the consistently growing basketball trend. Everyday a new student falls in love with the sport and begins dreaming about being a basketball player.  Each one of them aims to play in the NBA one day. But only a few of them know about other similar championships that they should also aim for. We bring you a few of them-

  • Euro League- Euro League has established itself as a benchmark amongst the basketball tournaments other than the NBA. It is one of the bets professional club tournaments in Europe which has been witnessing great growth over the past few years.
  • Euro Cup- Euro cup teams are said to be the best clubs in Europe. A large number of these teams have a multi-million dollar budgets and bounce between Euro League and Euro Cup.

These are just two, try and find out more such clubs.

By- Srishti Anand

Content: www.espn.in

 


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