Lunar Eclipse—All you Wanted to Know About Blue Moon!

On Jan 31, 2018, this year i.e. 2018, a rarely occurring lunar phenomenon took the world by storm! The rare lunar eclipse was named Super Blue Moon, which appeared blood red in color.

This view was observed from many places in India and several other parts of Asia, Australia and North America. The last time such super lunar phenomenon was observed on December 30, 1982. NASA had a close observation on the event as this will help them to decide the landing position of a planetary rover on the natural satellite of Earth.

Lunar Eclipse—All you Wanted to Know About Blue Moon!

What this rare Super Blue Moon is?

A combination of super moon, blue moon and full lunar eclipse comprises super blue-blood moon, all three occurring at a time is indeed rare. The moon appears blood red as it passes through the Earth’s shadow during the phenomenon.

Usually, it takes 28 days for the moon to complete one revolution around the Earth. We call it blue moon when it appears full before 28 days. This blue moon appears after every 3 year on average.

The moon follows an oval shaped orbit to revolve around the planet. Therefore, it appears nearer some nights than on other nights. When the moon appears to be nearest and bigger in radius, it is known as super moon. In 2018, this super moon appeared 14 % larger and 30% brighter than the previous years.

According to Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist in NASA, The blood moon or reddish hue occurs because of the sun’s rising and setting phenomenon all across the planet which shines back from the moon

Time and places from where the phenomenon was observed clearly in India

The event took place around 5:53:54 PM Indian Standard Time, as per the website of Nehru Planetarium. The event completed at 9:30 PM Indian Standard Time.

No special equipments were needed to see the eclipse as stated by Brian Rachford, Physics Associate Professor.

Cities that gave clear picture of the phenomenon were New Delhi, Ludhiana, Chennai, Meerut, Shimoga, Sariska and Surat. NASA played the event live on its online platform as well.

Those who missed this one can gear up for the next similar super lunar phenomenon on the last day of December, in 2028.


Rs. 100 Million Notice Served To Pakistan Defense Minister By Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan bans organizations and public from donating to the JuD, the FIF and other companies, which are enlisted on UN Security council sanction list.

Recently Hafiz Saeed served a 100 million dollar legal defamation notice to Pakistan defense minister, as the government stopped donation to his organization Jamaat-ud-Dawah. This declaration was made after US Donald Trump’s ferocious speech on Pakistan’s continuous support to the terrorist activities.

Rs. 100 Million Notice Served To Pakistan Defense Minister By Hafiz Saeed

Defense minister Khurram Dastgir received an official notice from Saeed’s lawyer, AK Dogar. He asked the minister to send a written apology to his client and if this is not done, a charge as per Pakistan penal code section 500 will be raised against him.

Dastgir has recently announced that JuD, FIF and other terrorist organizations have been denied of any funds so that they are unable to open fire school children anymore or do other damages by buying weapons with the funds received from Pakistani companies and individuals.

Saeed’s lawyer claimed that his client has never been associated with any terrorist organization like Lashkar-e-Taiba in past or present. He went ahead to accuse the minister for making an irresponsible statement which has led to damage to the reputation of his client.

As a matter of fact, Hafiz Saeed had been considered as the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) also declared that not every company in the country and individual are permitted to provide any funds to JuD. This organization is mentioned on the sanction list of the UN Security Council as the front face of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Besides Lashkar-e-Taiba, there are some other such terrorist organizations which are on the UN Security Sanction List and public is instructed not to provide any support to these organizations as well, be it in monetary terms or any other.

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Sprint To Provide Free Service Of Hulu In An Attempt To Vie With Rivals

Sprint Corp. will provide free subscriptions to its limitless data plan users of Hulu LLC, the streaming service, the companies claimed this week to the media. This marked the latest decision by a U.S. wireless provider to pack content with mobile facilities.

Under the deal, unlimited plan of Sprint, having a price tag of $60 each month for a sole line, will wrap $7.99 per month basic subscription of Hulu. The 4th largest wireless provider in the U.S. is also operating on plans to provide $39.99 live TV streaming service of Hulu to users in 2018, possibly at a discounted cost, claimed senior vice president at Sprint for marketing, Allan Samson, to the media in an interview.

The U.S. wireless providers are looking for methods to offer content to win over users in a flooded market. In September 2017, T-Mobile US Inc. claimed that it will provide free subscriptions to Netflix Inc. with its limitless data family packs. AT&T Inc., which is in the procedure of purchasing Time Warner Inc for $85.4 Billion, has already began packing HBO, the premium channel, with wireless amenities. Previously this year, Sprint experimented a promotion with Sling TV, the streaming service of Dish Network Corp., in Atlanta and Chicago.

Sprint has been amid a turnaround strategy to shore up cash and cut costs. The carrier claimed previously this month that it concluded merger discussions with T-Mobile since Masayoshi Son, the Chairman of Sprint, was not ready to give up control of the firm. The deal with Hulu offers Sprint an extra perk to provide users as it plans for a future as a separate firm. Users are employing their mobile handsets to stream additional video, and providing Hulu assists Sprint distinguish its service, Samson claimed to the media.

“We do not essentially believe you have to possess the content,” he claimed. “What we have to achieve is have great associations where we can tactically put it within our pack.” The joint venture also allows Hulu, whose service is chiefly inclined toward teen audiences, to have a share in user revenue as well as reach broader user base of Sprint comprising families, the companies claimed.


Telecom Sector Set To See 20,000–30,000 Job Cuts In The Upcoming Months

Telecom Sector Set To See 20,000–30,000 Job Cuts In The Upcoming MonthsJob losses occurring out of merger in the telecom industry are expected to expand more in next year, with a variety of jobs all over categories possibly to be impacted, placement companies claimed. On the other hand, the forecast for those laid off are not completely miserable. Alternative jobs are obtainable, even though candidates might have to update their talents and settle for minor salaries. As Reliance Communications closes the majority of its wireless commerce and the Tata Group trades, its mobile commerce to Bharti Airtel, the knife will fall on a standard 20,000 to 30,000 jobs over the course of upcoming 12 Months, as per predictions by the managers of companies comprising Manpower Group Services, TeamLease Services, Randstad India, ABC Consultants, and Korn Ferry.

Those operating in sales and distribution, infrastructure and networking engineering, HR and finance, telecom engineering, and other support functions including call center will be in problem, experts claimed. “The sector is loaded with a huge money yet to be paid, almost Rs 8 Lakh Crore, and is working below great pressure post the entrance of Reliance Jio with its cheap-tariff free-to-dirt schemes,” claimed co-founder of TeamLease Services, Rituparna Chakraborty, to the media in an interview. “Now there is a massacre in the middle of the cost-cutting and merger. Mid to senior executives will be most defenseless, particularly on the technological side,” claimed head for ABC Consultants’ technology, telecom, and education practice, Vivek Mehta, to the media in an interview.

Most of the losses of job will be in the frontline sales, telecom infrastructure space, and distribution, claimed principal for global technology at Korn Ferry India, Gaurav Burman, to the media in an interview. “The sector is seeking at moving towards software-described infrastructure and networks as a service, and most prominently in the space of user experience.” Jobs in tele-calling, data entry, and ground sales, with yearly salaries tuning in Rs 1.2 Lakh and Rs 2.8 Lakh, will turn out to be obsolete. “The huge effect will be on the lower and mid levels, mostly the support operations will encounter the heat,” claimed Chakraborty to the reporter while describing the situation.


Steel-like spider threads created in lab

Even though the technology has advanced there is no beat to the little house spider. The spider silk threads have got the engineers surprised due to its huge energy absorption power without breakage. It is stronger than steel and also springier than rubber too.

The scientists have created synthetic silk threads which have similar properties as the normal spider counterparts. Earlier, synthetic fibers have been produced in the goat milk and silk proteins called “spidroins” have been produced in the bacteria, yeast and insect cells. These have been used to form scaffolding for the developing brain cells. Since the spiders produce a small amount of thread, there is a need for recombinant spidroins production in order to generate synthetic spider silk threads.

The earlier generated spidroins weren’t the exact replicas of the original ones; therefore, they clumped up, were produced in low quantity at low concentration or remained insoluble in the liquids. Also, they lacked luster and physical properties if they weren’t treated extensively.

According to the scientists, the spiders produce the fibers in the silk-spinning ducts. The ducts have a pH in the range 7.6 to 5.7. The change in the pH causes the protein to assemble in a lock-and-trigger pattern, which is then pushed through a duct with a force that causes the fibers to form strands.  The different spiders had different pH range and solubility.

Hence, the researchers were doubtful about whether mimicking the spider glands is possible. The researchers produced a hybrid spider silk gene called “NT2RepCT” combining spidroin genes of two different spiders. The hybrid gene had the amazing properties such as high solubility and sensitivity to pH. The gene was inserted into a bacterial DNA where the proteins were produced. The protein solution produced was highly concentrated, cloudy and viscous similar to the spider protein in its glands. The solution was then forced out of a thin glass capillary that mimicked the shearing in a spider for fiber formation. The synthetic silk threads produced were 3,280 feet in a 0.26-gallon flask. The NT2RepCT fibers had elastic or toughness behavior similar to spider silk until a yielding point. After which its properties decreased and resulted in breakage.

Thus, the scientists are still finding out new means of its production.


Delicious Recipes With Apple

Apple is one such fruit that is tasty as well as healthy. Well, there are many other such fruits, but apple is the only one that is recommended across the globe. But we often get tired of eating a raw apple. Don’t worry, now that you are here, we will show you some best recipes that you can make from apple. Here they are.

Apple Cider Mimosa

Dip champagne glass in sprinkles after dipping it in water. Pour 1/4th with apple cider and the rest with champagne. Garnish with apple pieces and enjoy.

Apple-Cheddar Waffle Sandwich

Mix maple syrup with mustard and spread on one side of the waffle. Then place grated cheddar cheese as a top layer. Put sliced apple and sprinkle some more cheese, then cover it with a waffle. Heat oil in a pan and lightly cook until the cheese melts. Slice in half size and enjoy.

Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal & Brown Sugar

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Mix cloves, oatmeal, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Remove the core of the apples and put the mixture. Top each of the apples with butter and cover in foil then bake for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and continue baking till the apples are soft and the brown sugar melts. Serve with vanilla ice cream scoop.

Gingered Sweet Potato and Apple Cobbler

Take butter, sweet potato, ginger, sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and sliced apples in a bowl then mix properly. Sprinkle cobbler crust then transfer the entire mixture to a lightly buttered baking pan. Preheat the oven to 218 degrees C and bake until the crust turns golden brown. Cool down by setting aside before serving.

Apple-Cheese Danish

Mix apple slices with lemon juice then add sugar and set aside. In a bowl, mix 1/3 cup sugar, cheese, vanilla extract, salt, and egg. Cut the readymade pastry strip in square and place the cheese mixture. Then layer with apples. Fold the opposite corners of the dough and make them meet just at the center. Transfer to parchment paper and sprinkle sugar. Finally, cook for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 205 degrees C. Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream.

Israeli Couscous and Apple Salad

Heat oil and add couscous then fry until it turns golden brown. Mix a pinch of salt and 2 cups of water then let it boil. Let it simmer at a reduced heat until cooked, drain the water and keep aside. Mix sliced apple pieces with lemon juice and small chopped onions. Then add the couscous and mix properly. Generously sprinkle pine nuts and set aside.

For the salad dressing, blend oregano, lemon juice, and mint in a food processor. Then add olive oil until it blends properly. Drizzle over the salad and toss, then enjoy.

Apple and Sage Roasted Chicken

Rub the inside of the chicken with salt and set aside. Chop apple, onion, celery and mix properly. Toss the mixture after adding sage and garlic. Take the mixture and put inside the chicken. Use kitchen twine to tie the leg of the chicken. In the meantime, also preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.

In a bowl, make a smooth paste of mustard and butter then cover the chicken with the same. Then sprinkle white pepper and salt. The next step is roasting it for about 3 minutes and brushing the pan dripping on the chicken. Then roast for 1 ½ hours more.

Sprinkle sage and thyme after rubbing the pan dripping. Then put the apples and onions around the chicken. Next step is cover it with the rest of the dripping and roast for about 20 minutes. Remove the apples and onions then continue with roasting until the chicken is done. Place it on a serving dish and decorate with the cooked onions and apples. Before serving prepare the jus

Scoop the liquid from the roasting pan and add apple cider. Boil over high heat and then pour over the chicken on the plate.

So hurry up and let us know if they are tasty or not.