Mohali centre develops technology for eco-friendly, economic farming method : The Tribune India

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, has developed the technology for aquaponic cultivation of plants, which is not only environment-friendly but also has high socio-economic benefits for the farming community.

Aquaponics is an emerging technique in which both fish as well as plants complement each other to sustain and grow. The fish waste provides organic food for plants and the plants naturally filter the water which is used to replenish the fish tank. There is no requirement for the use of soil and fertilisers.

“The process is completely organic, increases the productivity of the given land, saves water and also augments the farmers’ income,” Dr PK Khosla, director C-DAC, said, adding: “The technology has been developed and suitable protocols have been evolved for scientists and farmers,” he added.

A pilot project to develop the technology was awarded to C-DAC

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LG to launch new rotating-screen smartphone ‘Wing’ on Tuesday : The Tribune India

Seoul/New Delhi, October 4

LG Electronics said on Sunday that its new dual-screen smartphone ‘The Wing’ will go on sale in South Korea this week as the tech firm aims to boost its handset sales amid the pandemic.

The Wing will hit local shelves on Tuesday with a price tag of $940, according to LG. In the US, the Wing will be released on October 15.

LG already announced there would be no pre-order reservations for the Wing, reports Yonhap news agency.

The Wing, which was unveiled on September 14, is highlighted by its two separate displays, with the main screen swivelling 90 degrees horizontally to reveal a secondary screen under it and creating a T-shape design.

It is equipped with “gimbal motion camera” technology with six motion sensors, which gives a great level of stabilization especially when users shoot videos with the device.

The main screen will have a

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Smartphone reveals how spiritual texts can promote well-being : The Tribune India

New York, October 4

Smartphones not only reveal your screen time, chat history or gaming preferences but are a useful tool to find a link between individuals’ daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say, researchers.

While other studies have found such a connection between spirituality and positive emotions, the new study is significant because frequent texting over smartphones made it easier to capture respondents’ moment-to-moment spiritual experiences over 14 days rather than only one or two points in time.

Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University examined whether spirituality’s link with satisfaction is stable or momentary, “This study is unique because it examines daily spiritual experiences — such as feeling God’s presence, finding strength in religion or spirituality, and feeling inner peace and harmony — as both stable traits and as states that fluctuate,” said study co-author Matt Bradshaw, a research

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Blockchain technology is future of Twitter: CEO Jack Dorsey : The Tribune India

San Francisco, September 28

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has once again reiterated that Bitcoin and Blockchain technology is the future of his micro-blogging platform to keep it more secure from hackers.

Dorsey last year announced a non-profit platform called Bluesky to develop an open and decentralised standard for social media.

“Blockchain and Bitcoin point to a future, point to a world, where content exists forever. We’re not in the content hosting business anymore, we’re in the discovery business,” the Square CEO said during the virtual Oslo Freedom Forum 2020 last Friday.

Dorsey expects Blue Sky to create an open Twitter protocol, which users can contribute to and access data from instead of a centralized service where the social media platform hosts content on its website.

“(Blue Sky) is a completely separate nonprofit from the company (Twitter),” Dorsey said.

“We’ll focus on becoming a client of it so we

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Policy-makers discuss ways to address gender gap in new Science Tech and Innovation Policy : The Tribune India

New Delhi, September 22

Low percentage of Indian women in science and gender gap, especially in terms of women leaders in the subject, and ways to address them in the new Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020, were discussed at a webinar on Tuesday, the Department of Science and Technology said.

Vijay Bhatkar, the president of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), who presided over the discussion, emphasised that sustainability and self-reliance is possible only when women are given their due importance.

Several issues in terms of the low institutional mechanism to nurture women innovators, age-barrier issues, leaky pipeline, funding for women-led start-ups, leadership, gender bias and the need for women entrepreneurs, inclusive and diverse science technology and innovation ecosystem while addressing stereotypes with regard to family and parenting were deliberated upon.

At the discussion, Akhilesh Gupta, the head of STIP, 2020, presented some major interventions suggested during the track-two expert consultations,

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