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From flight to birth: How India showed world the way to demystify science

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By Devika Sharma

Since times immemorial, people have tried to address the missing link between modern technology and ancient mysticism. But rarely has anyone been able to explain the advanced concepts of engineering, astronomy, algebra, arithmetic, medicine, genetic technology and other scientific inventions mentioned in Sanskrit literature.

On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers showed the world man can fly and the world was astound. But what about the description of flying machines called ‘vimanas’ mentioned in the Indian vedic literature.

According to a book written by sage Bhardwaj, titled “Vimana Prakaran” and translated in English by GS Josyer , ancient Hindus could navigate the air and not just navigate it but even fight battles. Now to be that perfect in the science of aeronautics, they must have undoubtedly known of all nitty gritties related to this technology including high end and rigid concepts like that of relative temperature, humidity, specific gravity of gases, also electricity, magnetism, heat etc.

India has had a treasure trove of high-tech warfare technology that even the mighty west does not possess till date. In our epics like Mahabharata there is mention of Agni baans  (fire arrows), which can be compared to the missiles of today. We also have mention of the Brahmastra which is analogous to the modern day nuclear missiles. It is shocking to observe how even today, not all counties have been able to know the secret of nuclear technology when we had it millions of years ago.

The cloning of the first sheep in the world created a wave among science experts worldwide, causing them to think that this was a revolutionary advancement in their field. But cloning and test tube babies was something known to us since ages. Gandhari, in the Mahabharata aborted her baby and sage Vyasa took the flesh of the baby to put it in 101 pots thus leading to the birth of 101 children of Gandhari! What can be a better example of test tube baby technology in the history of mankind.

Sages could reach miles away in fraction of a second, this was way more advanced than teleportation, a concept that scientists are still trying to figure out completely. What other examples can be more instrumental and astounding in saying that our heritage was way more advanced than the so called “modern advancements in science and technology” present today.

There have been multiple theories and speculations about these issues but there is lack of concrete evidence to prove it, all beyond reasonable doubts. But it is important to remember that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Along with expressing awe and admiration for the current advancements in science today it is vital to realize that there is a lot more to discover and present to the human kind. We must make all possible efforts to eradicate and unleash the truths of the universe from the great abyss of knowledge. If ancient Hindus did have these technologies then there is no way we cannot.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Now Available In India

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material

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Global chip-maker Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft have collaborated with leading retailers from across the world to offer new "always connected" Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform. Wikimedia Commons
  • Microsoft released its Surface Pro in India
  • It is a high-resolution tablet with 12.3-inch touch-display
  • Customers can buy the Surface Pro from a number of retailers in India

Microsoft on Thursday announced its Surface Pro notebook and accessories are available in India. Surface Pro features a high-resolution 12.3-inch “PixelSense” touch display that supports the new Surface Pen 4.

The first generation, 2-in-1 detachable of the Microsoft Surface series — with a configuration of Intel Core m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615 — will cost Rs 64,999.

Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons

Customers can buy the device through more than 130 commercial resellers, the company said in a statement.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Surface Pro in India and offer our consumers another superior device that will enable them create, study, work and play virtually anywhere,” said Vineet Durani, Director, Windows and Devices, Microsoft India.

Also Read: Microsoft Announces Indian Languages Support For e-mail Addresses

With a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, users can now put the device into “Studio Mode”, thus, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.

It also has a tilt functionality that detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading.

At 8.5-mm thickness and weighing 767 grams, the notebook packs the in 7th-generation Intel Core processor with a fanless design.

Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons
Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons

 

Its battery supports up to 13.5 hours of life.

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material. IANS

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