By Mrinal Chatterjee
Petrol prices have been raised again. Middle class is hit badly. The opposition parties have already hit the road opposing the price hike. A nationwide bundh has been called on 31 May. On the face of stiff opposition the government might roll back the price a little. In about a week we shall reconcile with the price. It is too familiar a picture witnessed many times in the past.
Let us go to the root of the problem.
Fossil fuel is scarce. The stock is dwindling. It is near impossible to replenish it in foreseeable future. The only alternative left is to search for alternative sources of energy. Efficient, effective, economical, renewable and clean (non-polluting).
Among the easily available renewable alternative sources of energy are solar, geo thermal, wave and wind. Scientists are go hung about solar energy. Solar powered cars have been successfully tested.
The experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse", takes off for its first intercontinental flight Payerne, Switzerland, to Rabat, Morocco on May 24.
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype aircraft, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3 metres (193 feet) wings, attempted its first intercontinental flight from Payerne to Rabat in Morocco with a few days for a technical stop and a change of pilot in Madrid. This flight will act as a final rehearsal for the 2014 round-the-world flight.
If scientists can successfully and economically harness solar power, our dependence on fossil fuel will decrease.
I am waiting for that to happen. Soon.
In a study by Muscarella and Cunnhingham it was found that baldness was associated with more social maturity The assertion that male pattern baldness is intended to convey a social message is supported by the fact that pattern baldness is common in other primates and is often used to convey increased status and maturity. Gorillas have anatomically enlarged foreheads for this reason. This suggests that baldness may have happened to enhance the apparent size of the forehead and increase the area of the face to be displayed.
However, a recent study done among South Koreans has shown most people rate balding men as less attractive.
Now a dilemma before all aging male: should we go for maturity or attractiveness?