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Robots to Search for Washed Away Dwarka City in India

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The Hindus believe that Lord Krishna, with his tribe of Yadavs, travelled from Mathura in north India to build a new kingdom of gold in Dwarka at the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat. The devotees, some among them historians, believe that after Krishna's death a great flood washed away the city. The date of the event is not clear. But there seems to be some consensus that it could be 1500 BC. The Department of Science and Technology in India is actively considering to entrust the mission to robotic vehicles that will go down into the sea near Dwarka to look for the fabled city and collect information. The Chennai institute has already built robotic vehicles that can withstand the massive pressure of 5,000 meters deep underwater, and function

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An Airline That Wants Passengers to Keep Standing During Flight

In a seemingly strange business move, a budget airline is considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand. According to Yahoo News, budget airline VivaColombia hopes that the move will make flight fares cheaper. If they do push through with it, the airline will be able to squeeze in more passengers into each flight, making air travel accessible to working class Colombians as well as holidaymakers. However, civil aviation authorities are not welcome to the idea. The concept of vertical seating has been around since 2003. Despite being a dated concept, it has never been approved by any country so far.

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World’s Oldest Emergency Helpline Number Turns 80 in UK

The helpline was launched after a major fire in London in 1935 resulted in five fatalities. A committee was set up to look at how telephone operators could identify emergency calls. The world’s oldest emergency helpline 999 today completed 80 years of its existence in the UK with Scotland Yard celebrating the “cornerstone” of the British policing by organizing several events. In 1937, the first ever emergency number system anywhere in the world came into being in London and just 24 staff in the old Victoria Embankment headquarters of the Metropolitan Police dealt with a couple of hundred calls a day. Now, there are three centralized communication complexes in Bow, Hendon, and Lambeth, employing over 2,000 people dealing with 13,000 to 20,000 calls per day.

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UK Tops the List of Money in Swiss Banks

The latest data from Zurich-based SNB claims that the total money held in Swiss banks by foreign clients from across the world, incidentally rose by a small margin from 1.41 trillion Swiss francs (CHF) to CHF 1.42 trillion during 2016. In terms of individual countries, the UK accounted for the largest chunk at about CHF 359 (over 25 percent) of the total foreign money with Swiss banks. The US came second with nearly CHF 177 billion or about 14 percent. No other country accounted for a double-digit percentage share, while others in the top-ten included West Indies, France, Bahamas,Germany, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong, and Luxembourg. Indians' share is not even one-hundredth of the total money.

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Smartphones are Altering Our Gaits and the Speed at Which We Walk

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK found that when using a phone, irrespective of how it is being used, people look less frequently and for less time at the obstacle on the ground. The relative amount of time spent looking at the obstacle reduced by up to 61 percent, researchers said. Researchers found that writing a text results in the greatest adoptions in visual search behavior and walking style, or gait, compared to reading texts or talking on a phone. When writing a text the lead foot is 18 percent higher whilst clearing the obstacle compared to not using a phone, and is 40 percent slower. Similar, but less extreme, results are seen when reading texts and talking on the phone, said the researchers. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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