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//14th May 2019: San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies.// The word that came to my mind when I read about the above law (ordinance) was “Hypocrisy”. Silicon Valley is where most of the technology used in surveillance gets invented by tech giants and exported worldwide – now the elected…

Lack of scientific rigour - Shade balls in a reservoir vs Thermocol floated on the Vaigai dam in Madurai.

அமெரிக்கால லாஸ் ஏஞ்சல்ஸ் நகரின் தண்ணீர் (Ivanhoe reservoir, LA, USA) சேமிப்பு குளம் முழுக்கக் கருப்புப் பந்துகளைப் போடுகிறார்கள் – இது அறிவியல் புதுமையாம், எல்லோரும் பாராட்டுகிறார்கள், நாமும் வாயைப்பிளந்து பார்க்கிறோம், பகிர்கிறோம்.…

Pray for Nesamani

Today being a Friday, the auspicious day in the week according to the Hinduism for prayers, I am starting a temple pilgrimage, praying for the…

//A major scientific society the New York City-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  has banned employees of Huawei, the Chinese communications giant, from reviewing submissions to its journals because of U.S. government sanctions against the company// [Update 2nd June 2019: Following the clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the applicability of these export control restrictions, IEEE Lifts Restrictions on Editorial and Peer Review Activities. This is a welcome move, but the…