Have you travelled by sea just like you travel by bus or metro?
It is now possible with the launch of seaplane in India that will take its maiden flight from Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Varanasi is a town in Uttar Pradesh where river Ganga flows along its shores.
Amphibious aircraft can take off and land on both short strips and water bodies. Amphibious aircrafts are slower and heavier but are more versatile than the usual land planes. They could be slightly tricky to manoeuvre as these planes, unlike helicopters, cannot hover in the same place and cannot land vertically.
Spicejet chairman Ajay Singh told times of India newspaper “I was aiming to start flights with amphibious plane in 2018 and Varanasi could be the launchpad for this service. Each seaplane costs about $5 million and I am planning for at least 100 such seaplanes.
Many states in India have approached for this service so that the states could have better connectivity.
Many places have been identified for deploying seaplanes and include Andaman, Lakshadweep, the northeast states, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
India has shortage of airport infrastructure and hence these amphibian planes will be great help in improving transport infrastructure as they can land and take off just from anywhere. This will be helpful for last mile connectivity and these planes open up a lot of areas and create a lot of flexibility.
Everyday we hear about multiple breeds of air borne vehicles being rolled out or are in the experimental phase.
Latest is the China’s homegrown AG600 which is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft which is also known as ‘Kunlong’. This aircraft took its maiden flight on Sunday (24th Dec 2017) from Jinwan Airport in China’s Guangdong province.
With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It can take off from conventional aircrafts including landing and takeoff from the sea. It has a maximum flight range of 4500 kms (2800 miles).
The plane has been in testing and development phase for 8 years by state owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) before its maiden flight and is considered a step up part of military modernization. This aircraft is specially developed keeping in view the dispute over South China Sea.
The aircraft has received 17 orders from Chinese government and companies.
Santa hat eyebrows.
Yes this is the latest beauty trend that is turning everyone’s eyes.
The trend is very much in demand especially because Christmas is arriving soon. This style statement is the latest hot topic on instagram.
This hat eyebrow turns your furrows into an elongated version of Father Christmas signature hat and is a combination of red and white shades.
To recreate the look, some of the ladies have opted to colour their brows red – adding a little white dot to the tail end, to look like Santa’ bobble.
Everyone knows Facebook, social media giant and part of our daily lives.
A new law has been drafted where opening any account on facebook or any other social media need consent of parents or guardians if you under the age 16.
Yes, this is true.
This law has been drafted in France legislation to improve access to information that companies gather to use it for different purposes including disseminating information to other firms about people’s online activity. This will help companies alter or delete some of the information based on the age group.
The social media pages will have a tick box that needs to be checked to proceed further. This check is a declaration governed by the law.
But we need to see how effectively this will be implemented and how enforceable such a process would be once the law is passed and comes into force.
Dinosaurs have always been a mystery for human being and have always been a subject of experiment and finding something new about them.
Recently a new species of Dinosaurs has been found and is named Halszkaraptor esuilliei after Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmolska.
This species has a bill like a duck, teeth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, flippers like a penguin but walked like an ostrich. This meat eating Dino can also swim making it the first of its kind having swimming ability. Though the creature could run and swim but it was not able to fly.
This tiny creature only about 45 centimeters tall roamed about 75 million years ago in area which is now Mangolia.
Scientists believe that this creature would likely have been comfortable both on the water surface and on the land, making it a particularly versatile carnivore.
The full research paper was published in the magazine Nature.
Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers.
Tiling soil and grinding grain for hours gave women more strength and gave them super power arm muscles.
Repeated exercise of lack of it can affect bone density, curvature and shape.
Unlike rowers who perform repeated tasks, prehistoric women performed multiple tasks that may not be repetitive like fetching water and food for livestock, processing meat and milk and converting hides and wool into textiles.
As per Alison Macintosh researcher at Cambridge University, this is the first study to compare prehistoric women to modern day rowers where arm and leg bones were scanned through small CT scanner. The study compared women from early Neolithic agricultural eras to farming communities of the Middle Ages.
The bones of women for both eras were same in size but strength wise earlier women (living 7000-7400 years ago) were 11-16% stronger than modern rowers and about 30% stronger than typical Cambridge students.