"Now" is very difficult to define because by the time we get down to it, it is already in the past! Even Einstein, who was the high priest of time, found it hard to get a grip on the concept. He said we understand both future and past, but it is very difficult to grasp "now".
Around 900,000 years ago, fire was first brought into our homes. This coincided with a peak in glacial activity, and probably helped the genus Homo to survive. This was the period of Homo Erectus, who went on to evolve into us. But today, more than ever, we need to harness the power of ice, of cold.
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The reason I've picked these two critical technologies is because of their unprecedented potential in impacting our future - in mobility and economic activities through markets respectively. However, there's a big difference in these two technologies in terms of regulatory controls. Self-driving cars may have to go through multi-stage regulatory clearance process, whereas ATS has already made large inroads and regulators are now struggling on how to control its potential misuse (though defining this misuse is a challenge in itself).
Chilling tales of local hauntings, robberies, and killings are not what scare these villagers in Jhansi. It is a 12-year-old girl. According to a report, this child — amazingly — can allegedly burn e...