Whether a chic dog house (yes, those exist) or a carpet designed from satellite imagery, outrageously beautiful designs are all too often outrageously priced. It’s the downside of good designers’ insistence on using quality materials and thoughtful manufacturing. Here, 10 home products we came across in 2014 that we can’t pretend we don’t want, but also can’t pretend we can afford. Splurgy design snobs, break out the credit card. advertisement advertisement A Chic daybed for your dog Rosi & Rufus makes fancy furniture for the urban canine (or feline). With its first collection, the Danish company’s goal was to turn the standard doghouse, usually found in the backyard, into a piece of interior, contemporary furniture beautiful enough for a downtown loft or a brownstone. But you could rent a human-sized apartment for the price of this dog house: prices start around $1,500. A Pot That Unfolds As Your Plant Grows As an alternative to … [Read more...] about The Best Wallet-Draining Housewares Of 2014
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The very fact that it took more than 70 years post-independence for electricity to reach every village speaks volumes about the mess the sector has been in. Forget villages, even metro cities, and most state capitals still have to face load shedding. The entire problem in the power sector can be summed up in three words – vote bank politics.Politicians of all stripes have refrained from increasing tariff for fear of upsetting their vote banks. Besides this, blatant theft of power, at times under the patronage of political parties, is at the root cause of the problems in the power sector.Many schemes launched by various governments failed to achieve their desired goal because none of them dared to go anywhere close to the root cause. Ultimately it was the taxpayer who had to foot the bill of the huge bailouts.Close This, however, changed in November 2015 when the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme for reviving the discoms was launched in November 2015. At the time of … [Read more...] about Opinion | UDAY Scheme: It’s high time state governments said ‘let there be light’
Gaurav GargTelecom has always been purely a consumer-driven sector where companies had to change their products according to consumer demand and competition build-up.TataDocomo and Reliance Jio are the best examples where competition pushed off big players’ direction and pushed them to make huge changes in the products they offer.Close Offering 1ps/sec to cheap high-speed data, these companies gave a new turn to the sector offerings where everyone had to follow to prevent churn from their existing customer base. related news Nifty could see fresh leg of rally beyond its new life time high zones in the coming week Easing global worries keeps pressure on gold prices Easing trade tensions and OPEC’s production cut may lift crude oil prices Easy porting procedures and other social media connectivity options made it even more difficult for these firms to retain their clients.After the launch of Reliance Jio in 2016, the biggies of the telecom sector lost not only … [Read more...] about Telecom tariff hike: Is it sustainable?
Some time in the future, we may all drive electric vehicles (fingers crossed). But getting there is going to take time. There are already a host of quality electric on the road, from the Tesla Model S to the BMW i3. And yet sales are still pretty anemic, mostly because of concerns over cost and range. advertisement advertisement In the long run, the only thing that’s going to help is better, cheaper batteries. But there’s a host of ways we can encourage adoption of EVs now, even without new technology. The EV City Casebook, a new report commissioned by the Clean Energy Ministerial government group and the International Energy Agency, lays out 50 ideas from around the world. Below, six of the best: Re-using old batteries One of the most promising ways of offsetting the cost of batteries today is to use them for something other than powering cars. The University of Delaware is trialling “vehicle to grid” concepts where batteries back up the mainstream … [Read more...] about 6 Ways To Encourage Electric Transport
Cathal Garvey used to work in cancer research. Now he is the scientific director of IndieBio, a biotech accelerator based in Cork, Ireland which is about to open a branch in San Francisco. Garvey originally studied genetics. “I got into genetics after seeing a documentary about it when it was quite young.” he says.”I had already decided that I was going to be a biologist at an even younger age. And then I thought ‘Oh my God, living things operate on a code.’” advertisement advertisement After graduating, Garvey became interested in the DIYBio movement of amateur biotechnologists. “I started seeing all these people doing really exciting stuff,” he says. “They were just doing what they wanted to do. It was what I imagined I would do when I was going into college and what I imagined nobody ever got a chance to do when leaving college.” So Garvey quit cancer research, built a lab in his mother’s spare bedroom, and … [Read more...] about Biocoding For Beginners