Rohit Harshvardhan

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Each December, economists make predictions. And each new year, they get hit by unexpected events that make them look more clueless than prescient.<p>This year's bolt out of the blue was the plunge in oil's price, which no one saw coming.<p>Still, top economists' forecasts did get a lot right for 2014. …

Plastic Bag Industry And Allies May Dispose Of California's Ban

Last October, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that would ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, and allow shops to sell customers environmentally-friendly bags for 10 cents. Senate Bill 270 was set to take effect in July 2015.<p>But now, The American Progressive Bag …

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can't do it all alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in.<p>On a recent morning, parents and children gathered in the …

Political Crisis Hammers Greece's Financial Markets

Markets in Greece were hit hard after the country called early elections. But this time, the problems in Greece are not spreading to markets in the rest of the eurozone.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Markets in Greece were hammered after the country plunged itself into political turmoil by calling …

Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

A year ago, Russia's economy was riding high. Today, the country is widely thought to be entering a recession, if it's not already there.<p>The plunge in oil prices has been the main culprit, but Russia's economy has had trouble regaining its footing because of sanctions imposed by the West after the …

The challenge of mapping the brain

<i>President Barack Obama announced the “BRAIN” Initiative in 2013. It's an effort to show the brain's neural circuits work together in real time. To find out more about efforts to map the brain, watch the "Moonshots" special on December 28 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.</i><p><b>Zakaria:</b> <b>Is it more difficult to map</b> …

Nasa to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix 'amnesia' fault

<b>Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, Nasa has said.</b><p>The six-wheeled vehicle - not to be confused with Curiosity, which launched in 2011 - keeps resetting unexpectedly.<p>The Opportunity team thinks an age-related …

India’s Government Asks ISPs To Block GitHub, Vimeo And 30 Other Websites (Updated)

<b>Update 01/02:</b> The government said it has lifted the block on GitHub, Vimeo, Weebly and Daily Motion, but the other websites remain blacklisted.<p>Our original story is below.<p>China may be the ‘home’ of global internet censorship, as recent issues accessing Gmail from the country proved, but India seems …

Happy New Year! Now, Look Back At The Most Popular Stories Of 2014

With a few hours left before we turn the page on 2014, we decided to get nostalgic.<p>We ran numbers — we <i>swear,</i> we only do this once a year — to reveal what the NPR.org audience most appreciated.<p>Here are three top five lists, using different metrics.<p>Most Popular Stories On NPR.org By Page Views:<p>1. …

U.S. Easing of Oil Exports May Foil OPEC’s Strategy

The Obama administration’s move to allow exports of ultralight crude without government approval may encourage shale drilling and thwart Saudi …

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures also threatened CNN (update)

The Guardians of Peace didn't just threaten Sony Pictures and theaters that planned to show <i>The Interview</i>; it also shook its fist at the press, too. <i>The Intercept</i> has obtained an FBI alert noting that the group implied threats against a "news media organization" on December 20th. While the bulletin …

A qubit candidate shines brighter

Photonic cavities best enhance the signal of NV centers located in a "hot spot" where the cavities' resonant fields are strongest, but making sure an …

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hospitalised | Saudi Arabia News

Saudi Arabia's ailing King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 91, has been admitted to hospital for "medical checks," the royal court has said.<p>The king, whose age and frequent hospitalisation have raised concerns about the future leadership of the key oil producing country, was admitted to the King Abdulaziz …