Minneapolis: When Liu Jingyao introduced herself, in the lobby of her apartment building, I didn’t recognize her. It was a puzzling feeling. For an entire year, photos of her had blanketed the Chinese internet. Like tens of millions of other Chinese, I had watched and rewatched surveillance video of her in this very building. She was one of the most talked about and mysterious women in China, and I thought I knew what she looked like. In the video, she wanders the halls of a mazelike building, with a man trailing along. They get in and out of several elevators. She seems unsure about how to get to her apartment. She wears striking waist-length hair and a long, dark knit dress. She doesn’t look glamorous, exactly, but for a 21-year-old college junior, she is dressed smartly. But on a morning in early August, she greeted me in a loosefitting checkered dress. Now 22, she looked pale and nervous. Her lips were chapped. She invited me upstairs and began an intense conversation … [Read more...] about She Accused a Tech Billionaire of Rape. The Chinese Internet Turned Against Her
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Guwahati/Shillong/Kohima/Kolkata: Protests against the amended Citizenship Act continued to jolt the eastern region on Saturday with agitators torching about five trains, three railway stations and tracks, and at least 25 buses in West Bengal, while an oil tanker driver was killed in Assam's Sonitpur district. Amid the unrest, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the test, announced that the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for candidates scheduled to appear in Assam and Meghalaya has been postponed. Suspension of Internet services across Assam was extended for 48 hours till December 16 though curfew was relaxed in Dibrugarh and Guwahati and also parts of Meghalaya, while a six-hour shutdown was observed in Nagaland. In West Bengal, protesters mostly targeted railway properties with Murshidabad, Malda and Howrah districts bearing the brunt of their ire. Official sources said public property worth crores of rupees have either been destroyed or looted. Chief Minister … [Read more...] about Torched Trains, Internet Shut, Exams Delayed: Bengal, Northeast Continue to Burn Over Citizenship Act
Q How does a fully charged mobile phone lose its charge when left unused for several days together?A Kingshuk RoyIISER, PuneLithium-ion battery chemistries are associated with self-discharge phenomena. A passivation layer develops on the electrodes over time (on performing several charging-discharging cycles) which results in self-discharging of the battery. It means internal chemical reactions reduce the stored charge of the battery without any connection between the electrodes or any external circuit. Studies show a self-discharge rate of Li-ion battery is 5% in 24 hours, then 1–2% per month. It must be borne in mind that even when the phone is kept idle, there are a lot of applications working in the background like phone-watch, calender, to name a few. These applications in-turn cause a charge loss.Q How does water rise up tall trees during autumn and winter when there is very less water evaporation from leaves?A Senthil SubramanianSouth Dakota State University, U.S.During … [Read more...] about Question Corner: How does a fully charged mobile phone lose its charge when left unused?
The rapper, whose name will be remembered as Juice Wrld, had just finished up shows in Australia, his second time touring down under. He stuck around a few days to celebrate his 21st birthday. The day after he shared a photo to Instagram of him partying on a boat in Sydney Harbour, a party he planned to continue for the remainder of the week. Juice was seemingly still in the partying mood when he returned to the United States, hopping on a private jet to his hometown of Chicago on which authorities would later claim to find 31 kilos of kush and six bottles of prescription cough syrup, better known as “lean”, and abused for the opiate high of its codeine content. There were also three guns on board, believed to belong to security personnel who may have had permits for them, but will face court at the end of the month. While federal agents searched his jet at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, Juice Wrld collapsed, had a seizure, and died, despite two doses of … [Read more...] about Promising rapper Juice Wrld’s death at 21 shares sad similarities with past deaths, as devastated fans in denial cling to conspiracy theories
Protests against the amended Citizenship Act continued on Saturday in West Bengal and in some states in the northeast. While there was large-scale violence in Bengal, Assam DGP claimed that the situation was returning to normal in the state. Here are the top developments and reactions of the day:Violent protests in West BengalWest Bengal saw large-scale violence on Saturday against the amended Citizenship Act prompting Mamata Banerjee to appeal for calm and also warn those indulging in violence of strict action. A portion of Sankrail railway station complex in Howrah district was set on fire by a mob which also thrashed security personnel guarding it. Roads in and around the Sankrail railway station was blocked by the protesters who also set a few shops on fire, police sources said. Train services were affected in Howrah and Sealdah sections. A number of private and public buses were torched by angry protesters on the arterial Kona Expressway that connects NH2 (Delhi Road) to NH6 … [Read more...] about Protests continue against amended Citizenship Act: Top developments and reactions