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Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report

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London, July 12 Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported. "We're aware many Snapchatters are experiencing crashing on the app. We're looking into it and working on a fix!" Snapchat Support said in a tweet. According to a report in The Independent late on Wednesday, the app is down across Britain. The app started crashing one day after Snapchat announced that it was rolling out a new "lens explorer" to allow users to browse through thousands of lenses created by the app in recent months, the report said. The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices. Many users took to social media and expressed the issues they were facing with the app. Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added. — IANS...
                 

Gravitational waves could reveal how fast universe is expanding

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Boston, July 12 Gravitational waves emitted by a rare system — a hugely energetic pairing of a spiralling black hole and a neutron star — can be used to determine the Hubble constant, which describes the rate at which the universe is expanding, scientists say.                Since it first exploded into existence 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding, dragging along with it hundreds of billions of galaxies and stars, much like raisins in a rapidly rising dough. Astronomers have pointed telescopes to certain stars and other cosmic sources to measure their distance from Earth and how fast they are moving away from us — two parameters that are essential to estimating the Hubble constant, a unit of measurement that describes the rate at which the universe is expanding. However, the most precise efforts have landed on very different values of the Hubble constant. This information could shed ..
                 

You will lose some of your Twitter followers

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New Delhi, July 12 Twitter has announced it will remove locked accounts — which are disabled owing to suspicious activity — from follower counts across profiles globally in the coming days resulting in some users seeing a drop in their base of followers. If you lose some followers, do not fret as most people will see a change of four followers or fewer. But if you are a celebrity or a public figure, you are set to lose more followers with this exercise. "Others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation," Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Head, said in a blog post late on Wednesday. The locked accounts are different from spam or bots and in most cases, these accounts were created by real people. Twitter spots such accounts once there is a sudden changes in account beh..
                 

Oxygen levels on early Earth fluctuated several times

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Mediterranean diet may help reduce bone loss: Study

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LONDON: Eating a Mediterranean-type diet - rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil, and fish - could reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis, a study claims. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the first long-term, pan-European clinical trial looking at the impact of a Mediterranean diet on bone health in older adults. "This is a particularly sensitive area for osteoporosis as loss of bone in the femoral neck is often the cause of hip fracture, which is common in elderly people with osteoporosis," said Susan Fairweather-Tait, a professor at the University of East Anglia in the UK. More than 1,000 people aged between 65 and 79 took part in the trial, and volunteers were randomised into two groups - one which followed a Mediterranean diet and a control group which did not. Bone density was measured at the start and after 12 months. The diet had no discernible impact on participants with normal bone density, but i..
                 

Better eye-to-hand coordination could make kids smarter

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Time your MBA well

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Jatin Bhandari A lot of students jump into B-schools right after engineering? Why do we have a gap between an MBA and a technical education? How the back-to-back model will not help the students? The average work experience of MBA is between zero and four years. The student mix is changing. Students have now started working post MBA. They have now started exploring the MBA programmes as experienced professionals. How will the ‘direct to IIM from IIT’ model survive or look like in 10 years from now? While the earlier model was preferred and was the most popular one 10 years ago, now the mix is changing and more and more people are keen on gaining work experience before starting an MBA. It is becoming more acceptable to study again after a gap of five years or so.  Earlier, people had a mindset that favoured finishing the entire education in one go before jumping into the work force. People treated work and education as two different entities. While this system rewar..
                 

‘Don’t let one failure define you’

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Simran Saini Seventeen-year-old Tarannum Pratap is all set to fly high after being awarded with the prestigious Tata Scholarship worth Rs 2 crore to pursue undergraduate course in Cornell University, New York. She would be leaving for USA in August and is looking forward to studying economics and mathematics. An English Olympiad winner, Tarannum aspires to serve as a global ambassador. 'Living a purposeful life is my end goal'. In an interaction with Jobs and Careers she shares her journey from the City Beautiful to New York. Excerpts:   How did you find about this scholarship and what preparation you made for it? I have been working hard to achieve my aim of getting into the prestigious university for the past one year. The application for Tata Scholarship is the same as that for other students, and if you're an Indian requesting financial aid, your application is considered for the scholarship. My SAT score as well as 97 per cent score in Class XII were the key factors i..
                 

Learning in a new dimension

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For most students, choosing a university is as simple as checking up on the higher-secondary board results, finding a website that ranks the institutes in order of their ranking, attending a few counselling sessions to whittle down the list. But things are more complicated for distance learners, for whom studying off-campus brings a whole new set of considerations.  A distance learner needs to consider, among many things important, if the university offering the programme is a genuine university with all permissions and licences in place, the flexibility that it provides to the learner, if there is an off-line component that needs to be covered (which is important for several courses that need lab sessions), the fees being charged, if the university provides extra skilling over and above the mandatory theoretical papers, if the university has adequate examination centres, if the university uses an interactive online learning platform, the student services infrastructure and final..
                 

A dash of nature to academics

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Tula’s Institute is recognised as one of the top engineering colleges in Uttarakhand (Dehradun) for its excellence in academic programmess at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The endeavor is to create a congenial atmosphere to nurture talent through the support and guidance of experienced faculty with an access to state of the art infrastructure. The college is affliated to Sri Dev Suman University, Uttarakhand Tula's Institute offers various UG and PG courses under their recently launched programme BSc forestry. Here are some details about the eight-semester course.  Course duration: 4 years No. of enrolled students: 60 Eligibility: A candidate must have passed Class XII with science subjects or Class XII in agriculture. Fee structure: Rs 33,000 per semester  Career options: Ample job opportunities are available for B.Sc. forestry graduates in the Forest Department of Indian Government. One may land the job of a forest department officer in state governments..
                 

Online recruitment declines

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Online hiring activity declined on monthly as well as yearly basis in June even as the production and manufacturing sector showed strong recruitment activity, says a report. The Monster Employment Index for the month of June stood at 254, down 3 per cent over the year-ago period. On a month-on-month basis the index fell 8 per cent. “The slower online hiring growth could be owing to the on-going mergers & acquisition landscape across several sectors where employers are exhibiting caution in their hiring plans,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO, Monster.com- APAC & Gulf. The production and manufacturing sector on the other hand continued an upswing owing to favourable demand conditions. Mukherjee further noted the telecom and ISP sector struggled amidst a difficult landscape but hopefully the new telecom policy expected by July-end will provide the much-needed stability. Sector-wise, online demand exceeded the year-ago level in 13 of the 27 industry sectors monitored ..
                 

Suspending fake accounts won't hurt user metrics: Twitter

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San Francisco, July 10 While confirming a The Washington Post report that Twitter has been suspending as much as one million questionable accounts per day in recent months, the micro-blogging site refuted the claim that the move will lead to decline in the numbers of monthly active users. Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July, The Washington Post reported. "Some clarifications: most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted," Twitter CFO Ned Segal said in a tweet on Monday while responding to the report in The Washington Post. Twitter reported 336 million monthly active users at the end of the first quarter of this year. "If we removed 70 million accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. This article reflects us getting better at improving t..
                 

Novel smart bandages can monitor, treat chronic wounds

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Washington, July 9 Scientists have developed a smart bandage that can actively monitor chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. The research, published in the journal Small, is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge. Chronic skin wounds from burns, diabetes, and other medical conditions can overwhelm the regenerative capabilities of the skin and often lead to persistent infections and amputations. With the idea of providing an assist to the natural healing process, the researchers at Tufts University in the US designed the bandages with heating elements and thermoresponsive drug carriers that can deliver tailored treatments in response to embedded pH and temperature sensors that track infection and inflammation. Non-healing chronic wounds are a significant medical problem. Patients are often older and limited in thei..
                 

'Teens drinking regularly face worse alcohol problems than adults'

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SYDNEY: Teens aged under 17 who drink alcohol weekly are three times more likely to binge drink and be dependent on alcohol as adults compared with their peers who don't drink, an Australian-led research said on Wednesday. "The study further debunks the myth that teen experimentation with alcohol promotes responsible drinking, instead it sets a young person up for later-life drinking problem," Xinhua news agency quoted Professor George Patton from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute as saying. The researchers looked at the drinking patterns of 9,000 adolescents in Australia and New Zealand. The findings suggest that delaying drinking alcohol would have "significant public health benefits" as well as showing that public health messages "need to focus as much on frequency of drinking as the amount consumed", said lead author Edmund Silins. "Discouraging or delaying alcohol use in adolescence is likely to have substantial benefits in adulthood..
                 

WhatsApp shares 'easy tips' to spot fake news, hoax

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New Delhi, July 10 Under fire over fake and provocative messages being circulated on its platform, WhatApp today began an awareness campaign to help users identify and prevent the spread of false information, hoax messages and fake news. With rumours on Whatsapp triggering lynching in parts of the country, the Facebook-owned messaging service brought out full-page advertisement in leading newspapers, first in the series of its user awareness drive, giving "easy tips" to decide if information received is, indeed, true. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had last week asked for greater accountability from WhatsApp, saying that the government will not tolerate any misuse of the platform to spread fake messages designed to "provoke" and "instigate" people. In response, WhatsApp had informed the government that fake news, misinformation and hoaxes can be checked by the government, civil society and technology companies "working together". Reiteratin..
                 

Curating curriculum for employability

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Geetu vaid Low employability quotient of graduates, especially those from the engineering field, has been a matter of grave concern over the past few years. Industry giants are getting proactive to deal with this situation and as a result industry-academia collaborations and tie-ups are becoming more popular. IT industry giant IBM has taken concrete steps on this front by getting actively involved in curating and assisting courses that cater to the industry demand by equipping professionals with  IT skills that are relevant as well as futuristic. “There is a dire need for industry-academia collaboration as the set curriculum of different courses churns out degree holders having skills that are no longer relevant in the industry. There is a need to prepare students for the next 5 to 8 years rather than making them study things that are currently in demand in the industry as by the time they would pass out the skills learnt by them would have been overtaken by new technology&..
                 

Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chair Fellowship

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PhD degree holders, interested in having a career in teaching and research and willing to undertake Post-Doctoral in social science discipline i.e. political science, economics and, or, sociology from Banaras Hindu University, can apply for this fellowship. Eligibility: Candidates should not be aged over 45 years. They should have a PhD degree in any of the above-mentioned disciplines. Details: Selected scholars will be given a monthly stipend of Rs 28,000 with contingency of Rs 20,000 p.a. Deadline: July 15, 2018 How to apply: Online. Short Source URL: http://www.b4s.in/JC/PDD1 Fulbright Nehru Post Doctoral Research Fellowships  Proficient researchers and faculties, willing to escalate their research potential in the areas of agricultural sciences, anthropology, bioengineering economics, education policy and planning, energy studies, history, international law and other areas of interest, can to apply for this eight to 24-month duration scholarship.  Eligibility: PhD..
                 

FPM admission

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SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, invites applications for admission to Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM) for the academic session 2018. Eligibility: A master’s degree in any discipline, with at least 55 per cent marks or equivalent grade point average. Five year/ four-year integrated master’s degree programme in any discipline, with at least 55 per cent marks; a professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS, with at least 55 per cent marks and; A valid GMAT/GRE/CAT/NET mgt. /MAT/XAT score. Validity score (other than CAT) should be two years from the test date and needs to be valid at the time of applying. Must have obtained at least 50 per cent marks in Class XII Preferable three years of work experience which is relevant to their specialisation or in a related discipline.  How to apply: Online Deadline: September 3, 2018 Check out: www.spjimr.org/fpm MBA course Applications are invited for admission to ..
                 

Steer clear of hiring faux pas

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Harrish Sairaman Hiring is an extremely important managerial function. ‘Human’ is the greatest asset to an organisation and thus, managers have to take their hiring function extremely seriously. The success of any organisation ultimately boils down to the caliber of its employees. An organisation that’s growing has an ever-increasing demand for manpower. Such an increase in demand often exerts tremendous amounts of pressure on managers. Managers are tasked with the responsibility of filling in job positions with the right kind of people, at the right time, for the right remuneration packages. In the process, sometimes the pressure gets to them and they end up making a costly mistake.  In the absence of proper hiring there is a constant disconnect between the recruitment department and the department that holds the hired. Here are the five most common hiring mistakes that under- pressure managers make: Inability to select the correct source of recruitment Back..
                 

Robotics, the in-demand field

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With increased adoption of automation across industries, job seekers for robotics profiles have seen a significant jump over the last few years with Maharashtra having maximum openings in this sector,  says a report. According to data from global job site Indeed, there has been a rise of 186 per cent in the number of job seekers for robotics profiles between May 2015 and May 2018. During the same period, job postings in the sector grew 191 per cent. “Robotics is one of the most exciting sectors emerging in India today. Sectors like construction, manufacturing and healthcare are boosting the demand for robotics talent, and there is enormous scope for its application across an even wider array of industries,” said Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed.  Kumar further noted that “as access to internet connectivity and open source platforms improves, a favourable environment for the sector’s growth and development is being created. Even as people fear t..
                 

Earth may get twice as hot as predicted

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Geneva The Earth may end up being twice as warm as projected by climate models, even if the world meets the target of limiting global warming to under two degrees Celsius, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, showed that sea levels may rise six metres or more even if Paris climate goals are met. The findings are based on observational evidence from three warm periods over the past 3.5 million years when the world was 0.5-2 degree Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial temperatures of the 19th Century. The research also revealed how large areas of the polar ice caps could collapse and significant changes to ecosystems could see the Sahara Desert become green and the edges of tropical forests turn into fire dominated savanna. "Observations of past warming periods suggest that a number of amplifying mechanisms, which are poorly represented in climate models, increase long-term warming beyond climate model projections," said Hubertus Fisc..
                 

'Facebook must protect kids from addictive habits'

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London, July 9 Speaking of an "insidious grip" that social media activities may have on young people, a top health official in England has asked social media companies like Facebook to do more to protect children from addictive habits and dangerous content, The Telegraph reported. "There is emerging evidence of a link between semi-addictive and manipulative online activities and mental health pressures on our teenagers and young people," Chief Executive of National Health Service (NHS) Simon Stevens was quoted as saying. "Parents are only too aware of the insidious grip that some of these activities can have on young people's lives," he added. In order to deal with the fallout for an explosion of social media, NHS England which leads the national health services in the country is planning to ramp up its mental health services. But Stevens pointed out that it is important to think about the prevention of mental health issues, and not just the cure, s..
                 

Living without AC can lower students’ cognitive abilities

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Boston, July 11 Living in dormitories without air-conditioning (AC) during a heat wave can lower students’ ability to focus, harm their working memory and increase reaction times, a Harvard study has found. The field study, the first to demonstrate the detrimental cognitive effects of indoor temperatures during a heat wave in a group of young healthy individuals, highlights the need for sustainable design solutions in mitigating the health impacts of extreme heat. “Most of the research on the health effects of heat has been done in vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, creating the perception that the general population is not at risk from heat waves,” said Jose Guillermo Cedeno-Laurent, research fellow at Harvard University in the US. “To address this blind spot, we studied healthy students living in dorms as a natural intervention during a heat wave in Boston,” said Cedeno-Laurent, lead author of the study published in the journal PLOS Medicin..
                 

A perfect policy

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Krishanu Karmakar Public policy is both what the government does and doesn’t. Government action and inaction touches, controls and coaxes our behaviour at every step of life. In India, public policy making has traditionally been in the hands of the elected and selected government officials – politicians and bureaucrats. At the time of Independence, it was thought that the political leadership, with the help of technical experts, would think and plan the policies and the civil servants would implement these policies.  The idea was that the political leadership would act as benevolent social planners and choose the most efficient and effective policies. However, it was soon realised that there hardly ever was “the best” policy. Blaming poor implementation for the failure of policies, which were designed with flawed assumptions, rarely took us anywhere. It was the realised that for the policies to be successful, the views of the stakeholders and alternative..
                 

Is agri economics the right field for me?

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Pervin Malhotra email your queries to careers@tribunemail.com  Q. I am doing my bachelor’s in economics. Can you please tell me something about agricultural economics? What are the prospects for a career in this field? — Punit Ishwaran A. Achieving food security has been the overriding goal of our agricultural policy. To achieve this goal, we require agricultural scientists as well as agricultural economists who can apply the principles of economics to ensure better agricultural productivity and distribution. As growth in this sector is a result of greater liberalisation and investment, the demand for agricultural economists is on the rise. Besides land appraisal, crop grading, marketing and sales, agricultural economists are involved in farm management, co-operative management, farm utilities, wholesale and retail marketing of agricultural products, priority setting for research, investment planning, and assessment of returns on investment as well as maintai..
                 

A bright future demands some labour

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Anmol Nath  Bali  Labour studies deals in labour laws and social welfare. It is a combination of concepts and theories of several subjects — economics, law, political science and sociology. The subject focuses on labour-related issues in the country, their history and what can be done for the economic welfare of this mostly unorganised sector.  Why labour studies? India is a developing nation, striving for even development across all sections. However, equal development seems like a distant dream till our labour class is elevated. These courses, as a part of labour studies, may help youngsters understand perennial problems of labour, unemployment, underemployment and informal employment. In 2012, there were around 487 million workers in India, the second largest after China. The country’s labour force will expand by 160-170 million in 2020, according to an ASSOCHAM-Thought Arbitrage joint study. The expansion will take into its ambit population growth r..
                 

Fly high on vocational wings

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Aditi Raina Aviation is the fastest growing industry globally providing a host of employment opportunities to youngsters. From ground-duty jobs to flying in the air,  this field offers job options where the pay is good and one also gets a chance to travel across the world. As the footprint of the aviation industry grows in the northern region, the job opportunities for those interested in getting into this field have also multiplied. “Chandigarh is now the central link for many destinations because of which Singapore Airlines, Emirates, British Airways and many others are eyeing this centre to expand their operations. This has widened the scope for job aspirants in the aviation sector,” says K S Kohli, Chairman, Frankfinn group. The 25-year-old institute has trained more than 60,000 students in Chandigarh in the past 10 years, out of which 70 to 80 per cent candidates have got placements in major airlines. Cabin crew training and travel and ticketing courses prepare s..
                 

Turn weak points into strengths

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DC Sharma A research in organisational psychology has proved that success of an organisation depends on how a manager deals with his team and gets the work done. If the manager has negative behaviour, he might turn the company’s assets into liabilities. While trying to extract maximum work from the employees by dominating them might deliver results for some time, in the long run, it will only prove detrimental for the growth of an organisation. Avoid bias Managers must learn to be unbiased towards their subordinates. Their personal experiences shouldn’t define what’s right and wrong at work. Biased managers are generally judgmental. They label employees. Someone who performs at a slow pace is tagged lazy.  The one who makes an arithmetical error is deemed as careless. The one who wears flashy clothes is termed not serious about work.   Such managers fail to understand that such judgements harm the organisation’s interests. Here is how a manage..
                 

Intuit bags second spot in best companies’ list

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Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, has been ranked #2 in 'India's Best Companies to Work For - 2018' list. In addition, the company was also recognised in two special categories Best Workplaces - Career Management and Culture of Innovation. This marks Intuit's 5th consecutive Top 10 ranking and its second-best rank over the past nine consecutive appearances on the list released annually by the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Institute. Last year Intuit India ranked #1 on this list. Intuit India's operations include more than 1,000 employees working in the company’s India Development Center and the India business organisation.  “We are constantly evolving smarter talent processes with a focus on employee experience,” said Somnath Baishya, HR Director, Intuit Global Development Centers. "We continue to invest towards new technologies as Intuit India believes that Innovation is the fu..
                 

Spending time outside may boost your health: Study

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LONDON: Living close to nature and spending time outside may reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, and stress, a study claims. According to the research involving data from over 290 million people from 20 countries, populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are more likely to report good overall health. "Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing has not been fully understood," said Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. "We gathered evidence from over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people to see whether nature really does provide a health boost," said Twohig-Bennett, lead author of the study published in the journal Environmental Research. The team analysed how the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to that of people with the highest amounts of expo..