Is there a Life after Death?

Humans are the only species on earth who know for a fact they will die one day. But then again, this knowledge isn’t the one they relish. Throughout history, people have sought eternal life trying almost everything and most recently trying to fulfill this hope by pinning it to science. The only thing that surpasses this hope that death can be postponed forever is the hope that life will continue after death. And this belief in life after death comes in all shapes and sizes. In between the views involving continued existence in a physical body, and those in which survival takes place outside the body we are still stuck with it, trying to reason and understand the same.

Today let’s talk about that one question which has troubled every mind for centuries, And the question is, is there life after death? I mean, what we know for a fact is that one hundred percent of the people that you’ll ever meet are you going to die because we are structured to. But, is that it? What happens to you after you die? And if that is so, what’s the basis of the same? How does it even work? Let’s try to evaluate.

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If words of Plato were to be considered, he said that “I’m not sure what’s after death but nature seems to give us a picture of what it will be like, some new kind of life after death. Inside of every piece of fruit is a seed and if you plant the seed, you get the tree that brought it. An oak tree has an acorn and the acorn, if you plant it, you get another oak tree. The caterpillar goes into this cocoon and it seems to die and then it bursts forth as a butterfly.” Does that mean we have an ulterior purpose ? or is it all about For you are dust, And to dust, you shall return.”

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According to Anthropologists almost every culture and religion known on the face of the earth believe in some kind of afterlife – everyone from the primitive cultures to the Amazon to the Himalayas to urban cultures.

There is this something in human beings that believe that death is just not an end, there’s something. Some people end up building pyramids while others build tombs, if we look closely into the rituals, people think that they can take their riches with them. Somehow death unites us all (at least the way we think). There’s a universal belief system in terms of life after death – a common thread of all people.

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That hunger, that thirst for knowing the meaning, the significance which never quite gets satiated. No matter what we accomplish, no matter how good it gets, there’s always that, hmmmm, we’re not quite there. And that is another reason to believe that there is life after death. Heaven or hell whatever you name it, there has to be something.

And then, even a part of science, i.e. “NDE” or the near-death experiences conducts various researchers trying to put an end to this mystery. With numerous people reporting near-death experiences where they see a light at the end of the tunnel or a mystic figure waiting to take them has been largely reported.

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Then comes our mythologies, the Hindu Mythology for that matter has a whole book called “Garur Puran” which tells you about how will you treated in hell or heaven according to your past deeds and the way you had led your life on Earth. Bible Claims that Jesus resurrected after being dead and buried for 3 days which yet again gives us hope of the same.

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What is the truth behind Life and Death? Can we somehow live forever? Is there a light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel? Only time will tell. Till then let’s hatch more conspiracy theories.

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7 Cool Gadgets from CES 2018 We Need ASAP!

Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest electronics trade fair shows that is held in the city of sin every year. Here all types of electronics companies big and small introduce their upcoming slate of products. Below is a list of all the diamonds found in the show.

1. Project Linda

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This cool gadget is every gamer’s dream. Razor has come up with a smartphone that doubles up as a laptop. The smartphone fits into space that is filled by the touchpad on a laptop body, then connects to the monitor, keyboard, and hard drive via USB-C. This gadget tests the waters for a merger between the desktop and mobile computing devices. Project Linda repurposes the phone’s screen as a touchpad, which can also passively display information.

2. Philips SmartSleep

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No, it won’t help you in getting more sleep. But, it will surely help you in getting deep quality sleep. The device transmits a sound apparently develops slow-wave sleep. It is a stage of sleep cycle at which brain waves and breathing are at their lowest levels. According to its makers, such kind of sleep can further increase attentiveness and the ability to keep focus. Two sensors on the headband identify when you fall asleep and can identify when you enter deep sleep. Then, an algorithm customizes the amount and level of the sound being transmitted in a way that will heighten slow wave activity in the brain.

3. L’Oréal UV Sense

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One of the tiniest gadgets, it is a sensor which is able to detect ultraviolet exposure. It is so tiny that you can wear it comfortably on your fingernail like a nail art. The great thing is, it is battery-free and has an NFC antenna, a temperature sensor, and a UV sensor. It can store up to three months worth of information and transfers information to the accompanying app. The app keeps a record of the exposure levels and provides tips for handling sun intake.

4. My Special Aflac Duck

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This cute looking duck is specially designed to provide comfort to children diagnosed with cancer. Children can imitate their medical care routines on it and can communicate their feelings through it by pressing a circular token to its chest which indicates it to assume the corresponding emotion. Holding a token with a smiling happy face or a frowning angry face to the duck, for instance, will allow it to react accordingly. This gadget is supposed to provide company to kids as they undergo treatment and therapy.

5. Sensio Air

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A must-have for those who suffer from allergies. This football-shaped allergen detector tracks grass, mould, pollen and dust inside your space so it can alert users that their allergies could act up. In case the user goes out, the Air’s corresponding app joins with 220 sensors placed all around the world by Sensio to measure environmental conditions like pollution and weather.

6. Oska Pulse

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It is literally a painkiller for those people who suffer from chronic pain. This Pulse Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) device is created to boost blood flow to affected areas of the body. The company claims that the gadget relaxes muscle stiffness and briefly relieves minor pain. It works with an app so users can manage the device remotely or track the pain relief progress.

7. ModoBag

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Probably, the most fun gadget on the list. ModoBag is a piece of luggage which can charge your devices through its USB ports and it also has a small hidden handlebar and stirrups which transform it into a miniature electric motorbike which you can use to zip around up to a speed of 8 mph. No more dragging of luggage instead let the luggage drive you around.

There is little that technology can’t do at CES and with such innovative products around the corner, the future of mankind looks exciting. 

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‘Block Chain Technology-The new Internet’

There is a new kid on the block and it goes by the name of Block Chain Technology. This new kid has taken the world by storm yet normal people like us are still unclear and puzzled at best, and scratching our heads figuring out its meaning and significance in our lives.
To put an end to the confusion surrounding this subject, we have tried to explain this path-breaking technology in simple, plain English for you all.

Who’s behind this technology?

This intelligent invention is the brainchild of a person or group of people known by the alias, ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’. On Jan 3, 2009, the genesis block was mined and was still in experimental stages. The technology was limited to cryptographic community and was successful in becoming the backbone of Bitcoin.
Enabling digital information to be shared but not mimicked, blockchain technology is now the backbone of a new type of internet.

Bitcoin is also called the “digital gold ” and today the total value of this cryptocurrency is close to $9 billion US.

What’s the meaning?

Authors Don & Alex Tapscott of the book Blockchain Revolution (2016) explained the technology in following words-

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

Basically, it is an anonymous digital ledger which employs a data structure to simplify the way we perform transactions. Think of it as a huge global spreadsheet on which can anyone can perform the entry.

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You must be wondering what’s in a Block?  The Bitcoin miners use robust, functional software to obtain transaction data and build blocks to attach to the blockchain. These so-called ‘miners’ form part of the consensus system operated to keep an account of all the transactions, and they make a Bitcoin as a reward for each block calculated. Blocks are comprised of four parts:

  1. Reference to the previous block
  2. Summary of entered transaction
  3. Timestamp
  4. Evidence of work for creating the block

For instance, A wants to send money to B. A block is created after every component of a transaction is completed. The block is broadcast to every party in the network and those in the network approve the transaction is valid. The block can be added to the chain, which provides an indelible and transparent record of transactions. Thus, money successfully moves from A to B.

Blockchain is Fraud-Proof

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  • It permits users to manage this ledger in a safe way without the interference of any third party.
  • It is a constantly updated list of transactions
  • It is supported by a peer-to-peer (P2P) network that is either public or private
  • Every member of the community network uses the same “consensus mechanism” to verify every transaction made through the network.
  • The blockchain is anonymous, protecting the identities of the users. This makes blockchain a more secure way to carry out transactions.
  • It creates a unique, permanent audit trail.
  • There is no single point of failure and no way to make modifications to the transaction record.
  • The algorithm used in blockchain reduces the dependence on people to verify the transactions.
  • It is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

What’s the Impact of Blockchain?

Let’s have a closer look at how this innovative technology has influenced different sectors of the industry and in future how it is going to shape our human lives.

  • Financial Service Industry

First and foremost, the Blockchain technology has given a 360-degree change to the ways people do financial transactions.

  • It has reduced the costs of overall transactions and IT infrastructure
  • Provided irrevocable and tamper resistant transactions
  • Has decreased systematic risks and eliminated credit and liquidity risks
  • Consensus in a variety of transactions
  • Ability to store and define ownership of any tangible or intangible asset
  • Increased accuracy of trade data and reduced settlement risk
  • Near-instantaneous clearing and settlement
  • Improved security and efficiency of transactions
  • Enabled effective monitoring and auditing by participants, supervisors and regulators
  • Shipment & Logistics

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    In a classic shipment and logistic industry scenario, communication is often undertaken through emails, memos, forms, document, signed declarations, barcodes, etc but with the integration of blockchain-based system in the industry, there is an unprecedented efficiency, speed, and scale. The Port of Antwerp has recently combined blockchain operation to streamline its container logistics.

  • Medicine

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  • Manufacturing

    Application of blockchain can shed light on the entire process from manufacture to retail. Irrespective of where the product goes and how many times it is repurchased, we would be able to track the journey of any product to its roots. From a cow on a farm to the steak at your table. From fabric manufacturer to the jacket in your closet. No more troubles with identifying whether a product is.

  • Investment Management Industry

Due to endless legislation and regulations in the investment industry, the speed, security and transparency of blockchain technology has endless applications here. It can bring down operations management and transactions cost of the industry by more than $22 billion yearly, as published in a 2015 Santander Report.

What’s the Future of Blockchain?

Apart from so many the benefits, the experts at Harvard Review predict it can take several years before the technology actually seeps into each and every fibre of political and economic infrastructure of the society. There was a similar scenario when almost two decades back, the Internet was born, it was a disruptive, game-changing force behind various industries – blockchain technology holds the same potential. Apart from being a revolutionary force in the financial sector, the technology is going to make most enterprises, institutions and governments rethink, redesign and discard various conventional processes and bring more transparency in the working of various organisations.

The best is yet to happen. Fingers crossed.

Can You put on Weight by Smelling Food ?

Yes. say scientists. In a recently published paper, scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, claim that you can put on weight by smelling the aroma of food.

The scientists observed two sets of mice. One set had lost its sense of smell, and the other set could smell well. Both sets of mice were fed high fat diets. The mice who could smell food, gained weight, while

obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight.

What’s weird, however, is that these slimmed-down but smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of fatty food as mice that retained their sense of smell and ballooned to twice their normal weight.

In addition, mice with a boosted sense of smell — super-smellers — got even fatter on a high-fat diet than did mice with normal smell.

The findings suggest that the odor of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can’t smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.

The scientists say

“Sensory systems play a role in metabolism. Weight gain isn’t purely a measure of the calories taken in; it’s also related to how those calories are perceived,”

so maybe instead of dieting, it might be simpler to wear a clip on one’s nose and not smell food 🙂

What Connects Frogs and Dinosaurs ?

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About 65 million years ago, it is believed that a really large asteroid struck earth. The asteroid — measuring about 10 kms wide, hit earth, created a massive crater (a really, really, really, wide and deep pothole), and threw debris — dust and stone into the atmosphere. The sun was practically blocked out, leading to a massive climate change, and the death of over 75% of all the species on earth — including the dinosaurs. As per current evidence, dinosaurs had been around for about 230 million years, before they became extinct.

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While frogs as a species, evolved some 200 million years ago, it is only when the dinosaurs went extinct, could they really multiply. This is the evidence found by a new study, which was authored by scientists working in the area of amphibians (animals that can live on both land and water), and reptiles (snakes, lizards, dinos and the rest). The researchers used fossil records to find out about how the world changed after that massive explosion.

“Frogs have been around for well over 200 million years, but this study shows it wasn’t until the extinction of the dinosaurs that we had this burst of frog diversity that resulted in the vast majority of frogs we see today,” study co-author David Blackburn, associate curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus,

it is likely that without the dinosaurs around to snack on them, frogs could multiply without limit, leading them to be everywhere, in varied shapes and sizes

Can another asteroid strike earth ? scientists believe it can, in the not so distant future. And, this is one of the reasons why people like Elon Musk are trying to find human beings another planet (as a back up plan). It is expected, that in 2029, an asteroid called Apophis, will come very close to earth. Will it hit us, we don’t know.

“We can rule out a collision at the next closest approach with the Earth, but then the orbit will change in a way that is not fully predictable just now, so we cannot predict the behavior on a longer timescale,”

What do you think ?

The Big Bang or How the Universe Began

When did the universe begin? Did it begin ? what happened, before the universe began ? Is there only one universe, or more than one ? If questions like this interest you, you may want to check out this short video on Big Bang.

The Big Bang Theory — in addition to being a popular American TV show — is also a scientific theory that explains how the universe may have come into being.

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Most astronomers believe the Universe began in a Big Bang about 14 billion years ago. At that time, the entire Universe was inside a bubble that was thousands of times smaller than a pinhead. It was hotter and denser than anything we can imagine.

Then it suddenly exploded. The Universe that we know was born. Time, space and matter all began with the Big Bang. In a fraction of a second, the Universe grew from smaller than a single atom to bigger than a galaxy. And it kept on growing at a fantastic rate. It is still expanding today.

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If you are interested in space, the stars, and the universe, you may want to visit your nearest planetarium, and find out how you can learn more. And, there is always Google. 🙂

How Deep is the Ocean

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Water covers over 70% of the earth’s surface, and most of it is in oceans. Ever wondered, how deep the ocean is, and what secrets it hides.

This 3 minute video from tech insider, is a great start to learn about the ocean.

You can read about director, James Cameron’s deep ocean adventure here . He made his own submarine to get there. Watch him talk about it on the Jimmy Fallon show.

In the decades to come, it is believed that science and engineering will look at colonising the oceans, just as we are trying to colonise space. Are underwater cities possible ? This is a longer read, that explores that space.

Maybe, this is the future you can help build.