Changes in the Air: Levi Strauss Tries to Minimize Water Use

From the cotton field in rural India to the local rag bin, a typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, Levi Strauss & Company says, or enough to fill about 15 spa-size bathtubs. That includes the water [...]

Indian publishers should learn from young authors

The camaraderie is infectious. Their zest and spirit will put the top rugby team to shame. They back one another like there is no tomorrow. The world though labels them and their writing as irreverent. Irreverent they are, but only about the [...]

Fairness Products And The Unusual Racism In India

(By Sanika Natu) Every time I turn on that idiot box they call Television, apart from those daily soaps or cranked up reality shows, I stumble upon innumerable commercials. From cold drinks to toilet cleaners and automobiles to cell phones, [...]

Green Column: Airlines Weigh the Advantages of Using More Biofuel

The world’s airlines will carry 2.8 billion passengers and 46 million tons of freight this year. They will burn somewhere between 210 million and 220 million tons of fuel and generate 650 million tons of carbon emissions in the process. Strong [...]

Funeral for Nobel winner Maathai

Mrs Maathai was cremated in a casket made of bamboo, water hyacinth and papyrus so that no trees would be cut down A state funeral for Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has taken place at a Kenyan national park [...]

Greenland cold snap linked to Viking disappearance

A cold snap in Greenland in the 12th century may help explain why Viking settlers vanished from the island, scientists said on Monday. The report, reconstructing temperatures by examining lake sediment cores in west Greenland dating back 5,600 [...]

8,000 Year Old Civilization on Konkan Coast, India?

Are these man-made structures — walls? Did the coastline of the Konkan, from Shrivardhan in Raigad to Vengurla in Sindhudurg, have human habitation around 8,000 years ago? Did that population have well-developed engineering skills? Was [...]

Top Ten Myths About the Brain

When it comes to this complex, mysterious, fascinating organ, what do—and don’t—we know? 1. We use only 10 percent of our brains.This one sounds so compelling—a precise number, repeated in pop culture for a century, implying that we [...]

Only an attractive return can keep the youth in farming

Many farmers’ children do not want to continue in agriculture. Most professionals may want their children to follow in their footsteps, and take over the practice, But ask a farmer whether he wants his children to follow him – and [...]

A tale from Long Long Ago

If Karunya wants to borrow books, she switches on her computer, presses a few buttons and makes a wish! The books will reach her the very evening. Once upon a time, she would have had to travel all the way to the lending library. Not any more, [...]