Category: Features

The New Lighter Race for Space

The near future: tourists peer excitedly out of portholes far above the Earth, entranced by the sight of the starry blackness above and the curved blue horizon below. However, this is not a spacecraft, but a ‘near-space balloon’. It was launched from Mongolia, not Houston. And the tourists are Chinese....

Are we ready for the deadly heat waves?

When days and nights get too hot, city dwellers are the first to run into trouble. Some victims were found at home. An 84-year-old woman who’d spent over half her life in the same Sacramento, Calif., apartment died near her front door, gripping her keys. A World War II veteran...

Almost Invisible Animals

We’ve all heard of squid and octopus using pigments to blend in with their surroundings, but what about becoming completely invisible? To become actually see through, and appear as if you aren’t there, you need to either allow light to travel through you unimpeded, or bend light around you –...

Don’t Take Things So Personally

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt A very common problem that can drag your self-esteem down or build...

To Tackle The Rubbish Dump In Space

It was a breathtaking sight. Two Falcon Heavy boosters performed a synchronised vertical landing and, minutes later, another indelible image entered the world’s imagination. A bright red sports car orbited the Earth. The man responsible, SpaceX’s Elon Musk, received widespread acclaim for launching the largest rocket since Apollo’s Saturn V. The car...

The Best Buildings of 2017

Every year, a lot of infrustuctures have been built everywhere in the world. But few of such infrustructures leave a mark so that people will have a second look at them or maybe they will travel across the borders to have a look at them. Here are few of the...

A Ghost Island In The Indian Ocean

Ross Island, an abandoned British settlement in the remote Andaman archipelago, is being taken over by its rightful owner: nature. India’s idyllic islands Situated in the Bay of Bengal, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an isolated group of 572 tropical islands, of which only 38 are currently inhabited. Nautically...

Get Your Works Done with Less Stress

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle   It is early morning. You’ve had your breakfast and done your morning...

A Village with an Interesting Addiction

The green paint on the walls of Marottichal’s village teashop had started to flake, like coin scrapings on a scratch card, exposing a light blue tone of a bygone era. Perhaps this was once a rowdy bar or beer shop. But not anymore. Mr Unnikrishnan, the teashop’s owner, sat opposite...

The Storm That Trashed A City

It took barely 15 minutes. An intense and powerful – but brief – storm swept across north-west Europe one summer’s evening almost 350 years ago. It left a social and architectural imprint on the city of Utrecht that is felt to this day. A new study offers the best explanation...

1971 The Doctors’ Frontier -Dr. M.R. Saad

Bangladesh is going to celebrate its 47thIndependence Day on 26th March this year. The war of independence commenced on this day in the year 1971 and ended with the triumph of Bangladesh as an imperial nation against extortionist Pakistani Military Junta on 16thDecember 1971 which ultimately established the People’s Republic...

An Effortless Way To Improve Your Memory

When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – may be exactly what you need. Just dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy 10-15 minutes...

The Tiny Town That Rewired History

Walking among the slate-roofed brick homes of Roebling, New Jersey, along the banks of the US East Coast’s Delaware River, it’s strange to think that so many of the world’s best known transportation structures and mechanisms – from the lifts in the Eiffel Tower to the ski lifts in Lake...

What Will It Take to Go to Venus?

There’s a planet just next door that could explain the origins of life in the universe. It was probably once covered in oceans. It may have been habitable for billions of years. Astronomers are desperate to land spacecraft there. No, not Mars. That tantalizing planet is Venus. But despite all its appeal,...

Living a Happy Life: Things to Say Yes

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap....

7 Must-Read Books on Travel Bangladesh -Nafisa Habib

South Asian country Bangladesh is not still well known much from a positive perspective. Sometimes getting the right information and knowledge from the right source is also difficult. So here I’m helping you with some best travel books and guide books before traveling Bangladesh. The following books on travel Bangladesh...

Mesmerizing Classic Bengali Detectives -Kazi Falguni Eshita

Sleuths have been a part of the Bengal’s popular fiction for well over a century. The detective story in Bengali literature is known as the goyenda kahini (translation: ‘detective story’) and its beginnings lie in the 1890s, when Priyanath Mukherjee, a retired police official, started serializing his personal experiences every...

The Monster Atomic Bomb

On the morning of 30 October 1961, a Soviet Tu-95 bomber took off from Olenya airfield in the Kola Peninsula in the far north of Russia. The Tu-95 was a specially modified version of a type that had come into service a few years earlier; a huge, swept-wing, four-engined monster...

How ‘Big Cyclones’ Can Help Us

Given its location on the Atlantic seaboard of North America, Maine is no stranger to seasonal storms. I’ve lived through multiple hurricanes and a historic ice storm that paralysed my home state for weeks. In November, however, around 484,000 residents in Maine – nearly two-thirds of the state – were left in...