Most of the ocean floor is a mystery, but this technology could help map it

The numbers are startling: According to even the most generous estimates, more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans are totally unmapped. The average ocean depth is nearly two and a half miles, and oceans cover 70 percent of the planet. Do the maths and, in terms of total volume, 99 percent of Earth’s biosphere is essentially unknown. We think we’ve explored our planet, but those statistics are sobering. Topographically, we know more about the moon than we do about Earth. The math is about to get a little brighter,…

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Smart home technology may help senior citizens remain independent

A new survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) reveals some results that go against the generalization that seniors won’t adopt smart home technology, especially when it comes to their health. The survey is revealing, even by its predictions. By 2022, the CTA expects the market for connected solutions for seniors to reach nearly $30 billion, while the largest section of that submarket, safety, and smart living technologies is expected to triple in size between 2018 and 2022, reaching over $17 billion. Sixty-five million baby boomers are about to outstrip the traditional age for…

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Family finance: Early planning, high surplus to help Gawades meet goals easily

He should invest the surplus for two months before starting investment for other goals. Nitin Gawade is a software engineer, who lives with his homemaker wife, Deepali, in his own house, in Pune. Gawade brings in a monthly salary of Rs 99,000, and manages a surplus of Rs 44,690 after household expenses, home loan EMI (for a Rs 13 lakh loan), insurance premium and investments. Though his portfolio is a meagre Rs 22.2 lakh at present, an early start to financial planningmeans he will be able to meet his primary goals with ease….

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Bringing People And Technology Together Will Help Us Win The Cyber Battle

Not one day into 2019 and the year’s first data breach was reported by the Victoria Premier’s Department in Australia, and a couple of days letter a truck load of high-profile German politicians and other individuals found their personal data had been leaked on Twitter. Seven days into the New Year and I have no doubt cyber security professionals are already exhausted at the prospect of what the next 53 weeks of 2019 holds. Cyber security is frequently referred to as a ‘cat and mouse’ game and while it’s certainly…

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Can standardisation of exclusions in health insurance policies help customers?

Different health insurance products carry different exclusions. Photo: iStock Malti Jaswal, chief operating officer, Health Insurance TPA of India Ltd Need to rationalise scope of exclusions One of the most contentious issues, which is also the reason for the highest number of grievances lodged by health insurance policyholders, pertains to “exclusions” under a health insurance contract. As more comprehensive products are being introduced, the list of exclusions by insurance companies (to avoid litigation and court awards) is also growing. Different products carry different exclusions, and the same exclusion could mean different things,…

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5 Great Apps That Will Help You Get to your Fitness Goals

Have you made a new resolution to get or stay in shape? Well, you may need help along the way to achieve your fitness goals. While it is advisable to work out with a personal trainer or a workout partner, we may not all have that luxury. However, you can achieve your goals without a personal trainer or partner. There is a wide variety of apps on the market that can help you in your fitness journey. Here are a few of them. 1. Map My Fitness Map My Fitness…

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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

Don’t let your Google Docs-loving friends tell you otherwise – Microsoft Office is still the king of the professional world. If you want to be a top performer in the office, you need to have a solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite. These programs can be challenging to learn, but there’s a new collection of online classes that’s great for newbies and experienced users alike: The Complete Microsoft Office Certification Bundle. This four-course collection gives you 20 hours of instruction in Excel, PowerPoint, and Access so you can not only learn the…

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IIT Kanpur help through artificial rain likely for pollution hit Lucknow

Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh capital might witness artificial rains through cloud-seeding by Indian Insitute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to combat air pollution which has reached crisis level. A few days ago, the Uttar Pradesh government had asked IIT Kanpur to explore the option of artificial rains. “IIT Kanpur got the project on artificial rains from the Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology a few months back. For this, the institute has got a grant of Rs 15 lakh,” the institute’s officiating director Manindra Agrawal has said. He said the institute…

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Need help to remember what you’ve studied? How to make notes that really work

The 2017 exam season is here and we are sure you would be gearing up for your tests. Notes can go a long way in making your revise more effectively. Abhishek Patil, CEO and co-founder of Oliveboard , an online preparation portal for MBA, banking and government exams, tells you how to do it right. The syllabus to be covered for all competitive exams is vast and especially so when you’re talking about the UPSC CSE. It’s important to remember that the whole process can be simplified through notes. The…

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