Man who forgot password could loose 300 million Dollars in Bitcoin
A computer programmer from San Francisco, Stefan Thomas, has forgotten the password of his Bitcoin wallet which could set him back over 300 million Dollars. He had over 10 attempts to guess his password and gain access back into his wallet but he now has only 2 left. The password in turn would help him unlock a hard drive, known as IronKey, which is where his fortune is currently stored. Containing over 7002 Bitcoin’s, the wallet is estimated to be around a whopping 302 million Dollars! Thomas has even been approached by many high profile hard drive and password crackers to help him out in exchange for a small share of the 300 million Dollars. Alex Stamos, an internet security expert at Stanford Internet Observatory, claimed he can crack the password within six months in exchange for 10% (30 million) of Stefan’s fortune.
Scientists were able to encrypt ‘Hello World’ into the DNA of E. coli
As we all know, DNA stores all our genetic information but in a new turn of events, scientists were able use it to use it as a ‘storehouse’ of data. Genetic material like DNA is very useful because it can store a LOT of information in an extremely tiny space. Scientists have been using the CRISPR technology to edit genes by using specific DNA sequences. In a variant of this technology, they were able to encode DNA sequences in the form of binary data (The 1s and 0s of computer language). So, in a scientific milestone for mankind, a study published in the Nature and Chemical Biology Journal on January 11 outlines how the researchers led by Columbia University systems biologist Harris Wang used electricity and the DNA editing tool CRISPR to write “hello world!” into living bacteria’s DNA !!
Sanitary pad vending machines to be installed in Punjab schools
Taking a positive step towards ensuring and promoting menstrual hygiene among girls, the Punjab government has decided to install sanitary pad vending machines in schools. In fact, The Punjab School Education Department has issued a grant of Rs. 8.6 crore which will be given to almost 2521 high and senior secondary government schools in Punjab for the installation. Under this scheme, each school would also get an additional grant of Rs. 32,000 to look after the healthcare of girls. Prior to Punjab’s implementation, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat have already taken steps to help girls practice safe and proper menstrual hygiene.
Deadpool 3 to join the Marvel cinematic universe
Deadpool, the sarcastic and unconventional ‘superhero’ played by Ryan Reynolds, is every Marvel fan’s favourite. This R-rated superhero franchise quickly rose to fame and became a cult favourite among viewers. While fans wondered how this R-rated superhero would fit in within MCU’s perfect PG-13 universe, our doubts were cleared when the superhero himself shared news about Deadpool 3 actually happening! In typical fashion, he posted “Deadpool 3 to join the MCU as an R-rated movie, according to Marvel Studio’s president, Kevin Feige” along with the quirky caption ‘First order of business : find the guy who killed Bambi’s mom’.
Tarpaulin sheets are being used by China to prevent the melting of glaciers
While we all use blankets to keep ourselves warm and toasty, Chinese scientists have been using it to keep remote glacier’s cool. Unlike the blankets that we use at home, these blankets are made of very expensive and advanced geotextile materials which are environment friendly. With the Earth’s temperature’s steadily rising, China has been using these blankets to slow down the melting of glaciers. This is possible as the blankets act as a ‘shield’ between the glacier surface and the sun thereby prohibiting direct solar radiation and heat. While unconventional, this method has been used by Switzerland for over a decade! As of now, the scientists have used this environment friendly geo-fabric blankets to slow down the melting of the Dagu glacier.
Hundreds of villagers began digging up a riverbed to look for treasure that doesn’t exist
Based on a rumour that ancient coins and treasures from the Mughal era could be unearthed from the riverbed, 3 villages in the Rajgarh district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) have spent the last week hunting for this treasure that may not even exist. This rumour began circulating on January 2 when some local fisherman claimed that they found 2 silver coins which led to the villagers believing that they too, could strike fortune! Even though the District collector Neeraj Kumar Singh examined the coins and stated that they were of no value since they were made of bronze and iron, it did not hinder the villagers from trying their best to score a little bit of fortune.
Videos of Indian women doing stunts in sarees is going viral on the internet
A video of 24-year-old Indian gymnast Parul Arora, went viral earlier this week, as she performed triple backflips in a saree. Parul is a national level gold medal winner and had previously gone viral for performing gymnastics with her friend while wearing a saree ! This young gymnast has been a trained gymnast for over 15 years and has previously participated in over 35 tournaments. “Women appreciate the saree videos because for many, even walking in a saree or doing basic movements is tough. So it inspires and motivates them. By doing backflips and cartwheels in a saree, I want to motivate girls who may not wear western clothes that just because they wear sarees, doesn’t mean they have to be housewives.” she said.
However, she is not the only trending gymnast on the internet. Earlier in 202o, 17-year-old Mili Sarkar, also gained a lot of likes and views on social media for performing stunts and backflips in a saree.
Even 24 year old, Eshna Kutty, blew up on the internet last September when she uploaded videos of her dancing in a saree with a hula hoop!