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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rare 'Firefall' Makes Its Return to Yosemite For Just a Few Weeks

California’s Yosemite National Park is famous for its collection of stunning waterfalls, but for roughly two weeks in mid-to-late February, Horsetail Fall puts on the most magnificent show of all.
Horsetail Fall, located on the eastern edge of El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley, only flows in the winter and early spring. When the setting sun strikes the waterfall in February, it douses the water in an orange glow that makes it seem as though fire is streaming down the rock formations.

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Cityblog Features: Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions: Spanish paella

Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions

Spanish Paella

This time of the year has brought back lovely memories from last year, when I toured Spain with my BFFs (Best Female Friends!) It was the “ME” time for each of us and also our “US” time. And we connected with one another on a very special level all over again to celebrate 25 years of our friendship.
Each moment we spent together is still fresh in each of our memories and that week and half will remain close to our hearts forever. Amongst all those ‘out of the box’ activities that we treated ourselves to, some of them are very dear to my heart. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cushy hotel rooms and fussy amenities in luxury hotels are the latest casualty of Instagram

  • Some high-end hotels are making a move towards "lean luxury" with smaller room sizes and fewer amenities, Quartzy reported.
  • While the change is driven in part by cost-consciousness, another factor propelling the change is Instagram: Simple designs photograph well.
  • The trend is complemented by other luxury hotels - such as the $1 billion Burj Al Arab in Dubai - that are still offering expansive rooms and lavish amenities to their wealthy guests. 
There's a new look among some luxury hotels, and it's a whole lot smaller - and barer - than it used to be. 

Cityblog Science Club: Promising Molecule Drug aimed to treat cancer

Cityblog introduces Science club for young and old interested readers. This section is edited by  Riya Naik (CT USA)

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Promising Molecule Drug aimed to treat cancer

The common aim for the majority of the biological scientists is to tackle Cancer. Cancer is a growing complication due to lifestyle changes like long exposure to the UV light, disrupted sleep cycles, stress, and pollution. Many people experience stress caused by their workload. For personal or professional reasons it is a common tendency to compromise sleep which results in a disrupted circadian rhythm. In simple words, circadian rhythm means the normal sleep cycle of human beings. In research named”Circadian Rhythm Disruption in Cancer Biology” conducted by Christos Savvudis and Micheal Koutsilieris, it is cited from the International Agency for Research on (IARC) 2007 that, “shiftwork that involves circadian disruption [as] probably carcinogenic to humans”. Therefore, the disruption in circadian rhythm is linked to the development of cancer in humans.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Afghan Government Is Missing From Afghanistan's Peace Process

Can a peace process work if it excludes the government of the country in conflict? We may be finding out.
At present, there are two distinct efforts under way to bring peace in Afghanistan: In one, Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held several discussions with Taliban leaders. In the other, a meeting in Moscow this month brought together influential Afghans, including former President Hamid Karzai, and Taliban leaders. Conspicuously missing from both? The Afghan government.
The absence of President Ashraf Ghani’s democratically elected, internationally recognized administration in a process that could decide the future of his country raises questions about who is deciding what about Afghanistan’s fate; whether the United States’ policy of maintaining troops in Afghanistan until the conditions are right for withdrawal can outlive the wishes of President Donald Trump, who wants to pull out; and whether the Taliban can be trusted to keep any promises it makes. (Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, was in Afghanistan on Monday on a surprise visit and met with Ghani. He denied he had orders to “step down our forces in Afghanistan.”)

Cityblog Feature: Life Coaching by Aparna Ramesh: How To Motivate Yourself Daily!

How To Motivate Yourself Daily!

Remember the time you got all pumped up about something - a new idea or opportunity and pushed yourself hard. But after few days, you got bored. The idea doesnt seem exciting anymore, the process isn’t fun and you wondered if this is really worthy of your time. And then you see someone who achieves their goal and you wonder how they did it.

I was recently asked this question - How are people able to motivate themselves to achieve what they want? And why am I not able to do it?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Evidence of life on Mars' found in NASA image, say scientists

Scientists have reviewed images taken by the Spirit rover nearly a decade ago, and have concluded that NASA may have previously overlooked evidence contained in them that could point towards them being biosignatures for past early forms of life in outer space on the planet.
A new study published in Nature Communications suggests rocky outcrops and regoliths formed of opaline silica that the rover photographed in the Gusev crater in 2007 potentially have these biosignatures, which are natural traces of current or past life. 
Experts Steven Ruff and Jack Farmer, of Arizona State University (ASU), looked at data from the rover's visit to Home Plate, a plateau of layered rocks in the Columbia Hills area of the crater.
It is an ancient area of eroded volcanic ash, thought to still contain an active hot spring, which has formed silica outcrops, including finger-like formations photographed by the rover.
Fossils here on Earth are one example of a biosignature of past life. 

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Cityblog Feature: Nayakgir: Whatsup Roundup: Final Leg

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Final Leg
As 2019 has seen end of its first month, coming days are definitive towards shaping of future for many. This is the last leg of definite period be it for entire World and is Most important time for India, Maharashtra, Pune, Indian Businesses and finally Indian Cricket team. We started this column in Aug 18 when we started countdown of nine months leading to April 19. Collectively as a society we should be aware and evaluate all options whether to lead India into chaos of inactive corruption or provide stability while correcting few flaws of clean assertive governance
For World the most important aspect for all the nations should stress upon is Climate. Already we have seen vagaries of nature resulting into deaths and destruction be it extreme cold, heat, draughts, cyclones, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis. Another is widening gap between haves and have-nots creating many socio-political, economic strife resulting into wars and terror. Common playing field for business and strategic cooperation across boundaries is something countries should facilitate.  We have seen such deadlocks during US shutdown, Brexit. Rise of Nationalism across liberal countries is also worrying trend. China’s ambitions have already impacted the region and influenced Korean peninsula , Japan and SE  and south Asia.  Its trade though has been impacted. We need to rein autocratic regimes. South America is facing severe law and order problems like those in Brazil, Venezuela. US withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan will create vacuum which is dangerous. Stock markets worldwide have taken beating and few experts predict biggest slowdown worse than 2008. Social media and ecommerce is seriously challenged by privacy policies and security.
For India 

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Can Pilots ‘Step on the Gas’ if They’re Behind Schedule?

It’s a familiar scenario for passengers: your flight is delayed by 30 minutes. Then 45 minutes. You risk missing that important meeting. It’ll be touch and go. But then, you board and get airborne. The captain then comes on the PA:
Sorry about the late departure from LaGaurdia, but looks like we’ll have you at the gate in Chicago five minutes earlier than our originally scheduled time. So, sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.”
Wait, what? What happened? Did the pilots step on the gas?
Yes, it turns out they can, and do.

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1 Admi ne EK ungli se 8 admi ko upar pahucha diya
aur wo rajnikant b nahi tha
Batao kese?
Lift se yaar

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