Oh no! Superflare may destroy Earth one day – Deccan Chronicle

Earth could continue to host life as long as the sun does not experience a massive burst of energy called a superflare, a recent study claims.

Astronomers probing the edges of the Milky Way have in recent years observed some of the most brilliant pyrotechnic displays (a firework display) in the galaxy called superflares, says the study, published in the journal of ‘The Astrophysical.’


These events occur when stars, for reasons that scientists still don’t understand, eject huge bursts of energy that can be seen from hundreds of light years away. Until recently, researchers assumed that such explosions occurred mostly on stars that, unlike Earth’s, were young and active.

Now, new research shows with more confidence than ever before that superflares can occur on older, quieter stars like our own may be more rarely, or about once every few thousand years.

“The results should be a wake-up call for life on our planet,” said Yuta Notsu, the lead author of the study.

If a superflare erupted from the sun, Earth would likely sit in the path of a wave of high-energy radiation. Such a blast could disrupt electronics across the globe, causing widespread blackouts and shorting out communication satellites in orbit.

“Our study shows that superflares are rare events. But there is some possibility that we could experience such an event in the next 100 years or so,” added Notsu.

“When our sun was young, it was very active because it rotated very fast and probably generated more powerful flares. But we didn’t know if such large flares occur on the modern sun with very low frequency,” he added.

To find out, Notsu and an international team of researchers turned to many data. Over a series of studies, the group used those instruments to narrow down a list of superflares that had come from 43 stars that resembled our sun. The researchers then subjected those rare events to a rigorous statistical analysis.

It all concluded age matters. Based on the team’s calculations, younger stars tend to produce the most superflares. But older stars like our sun, now a respectable 4.6 billion years old, aren’t off the hook.

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A Bachchan-Kapoor Family Pic: Rishi Kapoor, Aishwarya, Aaradhya And Ranbir (Bonus: Alia Bhatt) – NDTV News

Rishi Kapoor, whose treatment for cancer started in the US in September last year, featured in his daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni’s super-duper fam-jam picture, surrounded by his loved ones with a big smile on his face. Rishi Kapoor along with his wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor and his rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt posed with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek and Aaradhya in the picture. Rishi Kapoor’s sister Ritu Nanda and his niece Nitasha along with some close friends also joined in. For the uninitiated, the Bachchan-Kapoor family link is – Abhishek’s sister Shweta is married to Ritu Nanda’s son Nikhil. In another picture from the same day, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor can be seen posing with Ranbir, Alia and Riddhima. Only Riddhima’s husband Bharat Sahni was MIA – as she noted in caption.

Neetu Kapoor shared the same set of pictures on her own Instagram page and wrote: “Your family is your whole world. So, so many LOVES in these beautiful moments.”

Take a look at Riddhima and Neetu Kapoor’s Instagram posts:

When in the US, Rishi Kapoor had a star-studded guest list, which included Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, the Ambanis, Vicky Kaushal and Anupam Kher to name a few.

In May, Rishi Kapoor told Deccan Chronicle that he was cancer free and in remission and after a bone marrow transplant he will journey home. Earlier this month, the actor told Mumbai Mirror that he wants to celebrate his 67th birthday on September 4 in India. “Yes, I am trying to return by August-end, depending on what the doctors at the hospital say. I have recovered well and I am feeling good. Must be 100% fit by the time I am back,” the 102 Not Out actor said.

Rishi Kapoor was last seen in Netflix film Rajma Chawal.

Live: Sensex, Nifty Fluctuate; Hotel Leela Jumps Over 13% – BloombergQuint

Fab Four Stocks Of The Day

Max India

  • Stock rose as much as 8.4 percent to Rs 69.80.
  • Radiant Life completed purchase of 49.7 percent stake in Max Healthcare.


  • Stock rose as much as 3.1 percent to Rs 73.60.
  • Won an order valued Rs 840 crore for emission control equipment from NTPC

CG Power and Industrial Solutions

  • Stock rose as much as 7.8 percent to Rs 31.
  • The company plans to sell remaining Kanjurmarg land for Rs. 499 crore.


  • Stock rose as much as 2.6 percent to Rs 565.25.
  • Fresh longs seen with high OI of 9.62 percent.

Market Check: Sensex, Nifty Head For A Volatile Close

Indian equity benchmarks are headed for a volatile close after fluctuating between gains and losses during today’s trade.

The S&P BSE Sensex traded 67 points lower at 39,127 and the NSE Nifty 50 hovered around 11,700 levels.

Stocks Moving On Heavy Volumes


  • Stock fell as much as 15 percent to Rs 245.90.
  • Trading volume was almost 300 times its 20-day average.

Glenmark Pharma

  • Stock fell as much as 8.2 percent to Rs 459.20.
  • Trading volume was almost 13 times its 20-day average.

Hotel Leelaventure

  • Stock rose as much as 19.4 percent to Rs 10.75.
  • Trading volume was more than 12 times its 20-day average.

Igarashi Motors India

  • Stock rose as much as 17.7 percent to Rs 214.90.
  • Trading volume was more than nine times its 20-day average.

Reliance Power Drops Nearly 15% After Block Deal

Shares of Reliance Power fell as much as 14.7 percent to Rs 4.65.

About 53 lakh shares of the company changed hands in a block deal, Bloomberg data showed. Buyers and sellers were not known immediately.

The stock declined 10 percent in the past five days and fell 37 percent in the past 30 days, Bloomberg data showed. Reliance Power traded at 1.4 times its estimated earnings per share for the coming year.

TVS Motor Extends Decline, Shares At Over Two-Year Low

Shares of TVS Motor extended fall for the second consecutive trading session and fell as much as 5.3 percent to Rs 428.45, the lowest since March 2017.

Trading volume was almost three times its 20-day average, Bloomberg data showed. The stock was the second-worst performer on the NSE Nifty Auto Index.

Sensex, Nifty End Lower For Second Day As Metals Drag

‘Kabir Singh’ box office collection Day 3: The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer witnesses a huge fi – Times of India

Shahid Kapoor and
Kiara Advani starrer romantic drama ‘

Kabir Singh‘ is working wonders at the box office as the film witnessed a huge first-weekend collection. Fans flocked into theatres to watch the
Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial which is the Bollywood remake of his 2017 film ‘
Arjun Reddy‘. Shahid Kapoor essays the character played by Vijay Deverakonda in the regional hit. The film which hit the screens on June 21 marked a huge opening, the highest for any Shahid Kapoor starrer.

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According to the latest report on the Boxofficeindia.com, on Sunday, the film has managed to rake in a total of Rs 27.75 crore on its third day at the box office. The film has managed to collect a total of Rs 70.75 crore in three days at the box office.

The film has beaten all records of previous Shahid Kapoor starrers by huge distances and is already his highest solo grosser. The film released in 3123 screens across India. The film is already dominating the theatres this week, with Salman Khan’s Eid release ‘Bharat’ still running at the box office.

The songs of ‘Kabir Singh’ had created ripples and emerged as chartbusters ever since they were released. The film has received a mixed response from the critics, the audience is totally in love with Shahid’s character from the film. Many are calling the movie as one of Shahid’s best film till date.

The plot of the film revolves around a short-tempered house surgeon Kabir Rajdheer Singh (played by Shahid Kapoor) who goes into a self-destruction mode with substance abuse after his girlfriend (played by Kiara Advani) is forced to marry another man.

Helmed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film also stars Arjan Bajwa as
Kabir Singh‘s brother, Suresh Oberoi, Kamini Kaushal, Adil Hussain and Nikita Dutta. The film hit the screens on June 21.

Study shows oral health inequalities among kids – TheHealthSite

A recent study highlights the oral health inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous children across the country.

The study was published in the journal ‘Journal of Dental Research’ on June 22 at Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This study compared relative oral health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and adolescents ages 5 to 15 years old from Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and many more.

Data were collected by the researchers from the most recent nationally representative oral health surveys in each country and gingival inflammation, dental caries experience, untreated decayed teeth and missing and filled teeth were assessed in the primary and permanent dentitions. Parent-reported child oral health was also evaluated.

The authors of the study found that irrespective of country, Indigenous children had worse oral health than their non-Indigenous counterparts in all indicators. The magnitude of these differences was greatest in Australia for the proportion with dental caries experience, untreated decay or gingival inflammation.

For missing teeth, filled teeth and poor parent-reported child oral health, the magnitude of inequality was greatest among Brazilian children. These findings suggest that Indigenous and non-Indigenous oral health inequalities begin in childhood. This reinforces the need for equity in social and economic policies, along with culturally appropriate and early oral health interventions.

Published: June 24, 2019 12:03 pm

Microsoft founder Bill Gates reveals one of the biggest mistake of all time – India Today

The greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform, said Bill Gates.

Bill Gates


  • Bill Gates recently attended an event hosted for the founders of Village Global.
  • Billl Gates said that one of his biggest mistakes was to allow Google to develop Android.
  • Bill Gates also shared his views on work-life balance and tips to making a company successful.

Android and iOS are two of the most widely used mobile operating systems right now. While iOS is restricted to iPhones, Android today is running on virtually almost every smartphone that isn’t an iPhone – making it one of the most widely used mobile operating systems in the world right now. While some of you might think that the mobile OS world doesn’t exist beyond the iOS and Android but not so long ago, Microsoft had its own mobile OS running on the Windows phones. But the market never took off and the Redmond, Washington based tech giant in 2017 announced end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. This was a big blow for Microsoft — a company that has been ruling the personal computer universe since…well…forever.

So, it came as no surprise when Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed that one of his biggest mistakes (and perhaps even the greatest regrets) of all times was to allow Google to develop Android, which as describes as “the standard non-Apple phone form platform”.

“You know, in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, [meaning] Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” Gates said in a statement to Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz at an event hosted for the founders of by the venture capital firm Village Global, as reported by TechCrunch.

Apart from talking about his biggest regret, Gates also talked about work-life balance. But in case you were hoping to get few tips from the billionaire philanthropist on getting your own life in order, don’t bother as Gates doesn’t believe in the concept of work-life balance or taking vacations. “For my particular makeup – and it really is true that I didn’t believe in weekends; I didn’t believe in vacations,” he told Hartz.

“I have a fairly hardcore view that there should be a very large sacrifice made during those, those early years, particularly if you’re trying to do some engineering things that you have to get the feasibility,” he added.
Interestingly, the Microsoft also shared a key tip for making a startup a grand success. Gates in his conversation with Hartz said during the initial years of a company it is essential to have a team that is “pretty maniacal about the company”.

“But yes, it is nice if during those first several years, you have a team that has chosen to be pretty maniacal about the company, and how far that goes, you should have a mutual understanding, so you’re not one person expecting one thing, and another person expecting another thing,” he added.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e & Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Launched In India – iGyaan Network

Samsung has silently launched two new Android tablets in India, both of which cater to an entirely different audience. The two newly launched devices include the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab S5e, out of which, the former is targeted to the mid range segment while the latter is targeted to premium segment. 

Galaxy Tab S5e Design and Features

Galaxy Tab S5e FrontThe Galaxy Tab S5e has an attractive design with thin bezels around the display and a sleek side profile. The tablet measures 245 x 160 x 5.5 mm and tips the scale at 400 grams. It features a 10.5 inch Super AMOLED display that has a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 px and a pixel density of 287 ppi. The bezel above the display houses an f/2.0 aperture equipped 8 MP selfie camera that has a pixel size of 1.12 ultra micron. Galaxy Tab S5e Rear

The right side of the Galaxy Tab S5e houses the SIM card slot, volume rockers, and the power button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The device has a total of four speakers, out of which two sit on top and two on the bottom. The rear of the tablet is occupied by a 13 MP camera, Samsung branding and AKG logo. AKG is an Austrian company that is famous for its headphones and microphones. The company is now owned by Samsung and the logo behind the Galaxy Tab S5e conveys that the device has an admirable audio output. The tablet can also capture 2160p videos at 30fps from the rear camera and 1080p videos at 30fps from the front shooter.

 Galaxy Tab S5e is kitted with the Snapdragon 670 SoC which is comprised of Adreno 612 GPU and an Octa-Core CPU. In terms of connectivity, the tablet supports 4G VoLTE, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a bottom mounted USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The device is powered by a mammoth 7,040 mAh battery that also supports fast charging. It runs on Android 9.0 pie which is skinned with Samsung’s One UI. In terms of memory and storage, the tablet has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. Besides, it also supports memory expansion up to 512 GB via a microSD card. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Design and Feature

Similar to the Galaxy Tab S5e, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 also features a large screen display on the front and a metal unibody which provides an elegant look. Speaking of dimensions, the tablet measures 245 x 149 x 7.5 mm and weighs 470 g. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 a 10.1 inch LCD display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 px and a pixel density of 224 ppi. 

For photography, it features a 5 MP front facing selfie camera and an 8 MP rear camera. Both the front and rear camera can also shoot 1080p videos @ 30fps. Connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack and a bottom mounted USB Type C port. The tablet is powered by a large 6150 mAh battery which is claimed to provide a battery backup of 13 hours.

Under the hoods, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 packs the Exynos 7904 SoC which is also featured on the Samsung Galaxy M30 and Galaxy A30. The chipset consists of an Octa Core CPU and Mali G71 MP2 GPU. The tablet has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable upto 512 GB via a microSD card. 


10.1 inch, LCD

1920 x 1200 px 

224 ppi

Front Camera

5 MP


Rear camera

8 MP


Battery 6150 mAh

Exynos 7904

Octa Core

Mali-G71 MP2


802.11 Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0


USB Type C



Android 9

One UI

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Price, Availability and Colours

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 To Retain 3.5 MM Jack Claims Report

Both the Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 are offered in three colour options which include Black, Gold and Silver. The two tablets are offered in Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + LTE variant for which the prices are as follows:

  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi- Rs 14,999
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi + LTE- Rs 19,999
  • Galaxy Tab S5e Wi-Fi- Rs 35,999
  • Galaxy Tab S5e Wi-Fi + LTE- Rs 39,999

The high end S5e is now available for purchase on Samsung India website while the Tab A 10.1 is currently listed as ‘notify me’.


Microsoft Partners NASA to Get Kids Interested in Space – NDTV News

Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space.

The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. 

The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and data analysis lessons. 

Most of the courses would require three or four 50-minute time commitments and would cost around $2 to $3 (roughly Rs. 140 to Rs. 210) per student. 

The partnership between the companies was a result of a meeting at the International Society for Technology Educators Conference in 2018, according to Karon Weber, Partner Director at the Microsoft Education Workshop, the report said. 

The course is also intended to create exposure to Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules by asking students to detect seasons from biome images. 

Students would require Windows 10 and a Microsoft Office subscription to finish the class. 

In 2018, Microsoft teamed with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to bring similar lesson plans.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed Running Alone on Field After Week of Harassment Goes Viral, Fans Say Sorry – News18

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Pakistan’s emphatic victory over South Africa seems to have finally washed over the spoils of an unimpressive beginning to the team’s World Cup campaign so far.

Sarfaraz Ahmed Running Alone on Field After Week of Harassment Goes Viral, Fans Say Sorry
File photo of Sarfaraz Ahmed

For Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed the journey so far at the World Cup, particularly in the last twenty-four hours, has been life-changing. Ahmed has been facing scathing criticism and furious public response from the start of this tournament, and last week turned out to be particularly rough, after India’s demolition job on Pakistan came heavily at his expense.

Fans sequestered him endlessly with vitriolic comments, with some going as far as fat-shaming him and calling him a ‘fat-pig’. Others accused his team of remaining stubbornly unfit and maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle filled with ‘pizzas and burgers’ and ‘no dangal’.

All this was finally put to rest for the best on Sunday, when Sarafaz and his boys sent the Proteas hurtling out of the World Cup and once again became the true Comeback Kid of cricket. The unison between the fans and the team was instantaneous and Ahmed was also seen giving autographs after the game.

Not just that, but a video of Ahmed doing the hard yards at the Lords Cricket ground all by himself before the showdown against South Africa, has further melted hearts. In the viral footage, the skipper can be seen running one lap after the other all alone.

People shared the video on Twitter and elsewhere, praising him for his indomitable spirit. Fans were also quick to turn over a new leaf and extol sincere apologies to him for their brutish treatment.

Pakistan’s emphatic victory over South Africa seems to have finally washed over the spoils of an unimpressive beginning to the team’s World Cup campaign so far.

A picture of a fan, who brought the banner of “Sarfaraz We Are Sorry”, to the Pakistan vs South Africa match is also doing rounds on social media.

As the team and fans prepare themselves to move to Birmingham with hope for their next showdown against the unbeaten New Zealand, social media was guzzled with apologies to Ahmed.

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