Debasish Buragohain

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Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid?

In architectural renderings, Gujarat International Financial Tec-City resembles a thicket of glassy blue skyscrapers soaring above the Sabarmati River in Gandhinagar, capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Its “signature towers” include the Diamond, a 410-metre spire resembling an icy …

Smart Cities

The number glitch that can lead to catastrophe

A surprisingly simple bug afflicts computers controlling planes, spacecraft and more – they get confused by big numbers. As Chris Baraniuk discovers, the glitch has led to explosions, missing space probes and more.<p>Tuesday, 4 June 1996 will forever be remembered as a dark day for the European Space …

University of Cambridge

Google fights phishing with a new Chrome extension

No matter how sophisticated your security is, the biggest risk is always the same: users clicking the wrong links and submitting their passwords to the wrong websites. It's a tricky problem to solve, but Google has a new idea about how to fight it. Today, the company is unveiling a new Chrome …

A bill for juvenile injustice

Nearly 25 years ago, India ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and joined the world in making a promise to protect and …

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

The company's pilot plant, which is operated by German startup Sunfire in Dresden, produced its first batches of the "e-diesel" this month. German …

Energy Efficiency

Not everyone is happy that hackers attacked TRAI for releasing email addresses of millions of Indians

TRAI had made public the addresses of those who replied to its net neutrality consultation paper.<p>The net neutrality wars got a little more serious on …

Infiltrating the porous Bangladesh-India border | Bangladesh

<b>Latarkhal, India -</b> Barely two kilometres from the India-Bangladesh border in this tiny village sits Jurun Sarkar under the azure skies.<p>He shades his eyes with his hand from the sun that beats down over his half-hectare paddy field in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal state, about 80km …

India

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Why do people sometimes give generously to a cause — and other times give nothing at all?<p>That's a timely question, because humanitarian groups fighting the Ebola outbreak need donations from people in rich countries. But some groups say they're getting less money than they'd expect from donors …