India unveils Pratyush, its fastest supercomputer yet

Context: India’s supercomputing prowess moved up several notches Monday after it unveiled Pratyush, an array of computers that can deliver a peak power of 6.8 petaflops. One petaflop is a million billion floating point operations per second and is a reflection of the computing capacity of a system. About Pratyush: According Read More …

Spectre and Meltdown

Context: As serious security issues have been discovered with processors, tech companies have been trying to fix them. Intel’s processors are the worst affected with almost all the chips manufactured post-1995 at risk of an attack. What happened? On January 4, 2018, researchers from Google’s Project Zero team reported that Read More …

Sahara Desert, the hottest in the world, received 16 inches snow last weekend

Context: For the third time in the last 40 years, and second time in less than two years, the Sahara Desert has its encounter with snow. While the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra received a fleeting shower in December 2016 that created chaos across the area, the snowfall this Read More …

Unclear abortion law on mother’s mental health has High Court in a fix

Context:  A woman’s plea in the Bombay High Court seeking to terminate her 28-week-old pregnancy because the foetus has grave medical abnormalities has the court in a quandary: in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, section 5 allows medical termination of pregnancy after the permissible 20-week period if the pregnancy Read More …

The age of crypto-economics

Context: The Finance Ministry recently issued a statement warning against investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (CCs). Likening CCs to ‘Ponzi schemes’, it linked them to terror-funding, smuggling, drug-trafficking, and money-laundering. The stern advisory came after three other warnings issued by the Reserve Bank of India. Why the distrust? Two Read More …

Dark clouds across Asia

Context: More disorder, coming with increasing signs of a breakdown in inter and intra-state relations, is perhaps on the horizon. The Asian region is nowhere near achieving the kind of equilibrium that the Concert of Europe brought to 19th century Europe. Region’s Intense Competition: The region is today an area Read More …

Three cryptocurrencies you need to know about

Context: After the way cryptocurrency has dominated the news over the past few months, it is safe to assume that most people are familiar with the term and the basic premise. Today, we go a little deeper and touch upon the basics of some of the biggest names in the Read More …