IIT-B, IIT-D, IISc among world’s best institutes

IIT-B, IIT-D, IISc among world’s best institutes

MUMBAI: The premier IIT-Bombay entered the big league of institutes globally by bagging the 179th position in the QS World Rankings released on Thursday. The premier institute jumped 40 positions, from 219th rank last year, to join IIT-Delhiand the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in the elite club of top 200 universities. IIT-Delhi and IISc-Bangalore were among the top 200 since the last two years. While IIT-Delhi (172nd) moved up a few notches this year to be the top institute in the country, beating IISc (190th), which is placed third,…

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Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world’s biggest carmaker

Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world’s biggest carmaker

Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world’s best-selling carmaker, the first time the German company has held the position. Japan’s Toyota, which had topped sales for the past four years, sold 10.175 million vehicles globally in 2016. That fell short of the 10.31 million sales which VW reported last week. The milestone comes despite VW’s scandal over emissions tests cheating, which sparked a global backlash and multiple lawsuits. Volkswagen, which makes the Audi, Porsche and Skoda brands, saw a 3.8% increase in sales buoyed by demand in China. And…

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Can start-ups stop the world’s students drowning in debt?

Can start-ups stop the world’s students drowning in debt?

It’s tough being a student these days. Debt levels are reaching crisis proportions in many developed countries, the World Bank says. And in many developing countries, aspiring students can’t get finance at all. In the US, where private funding is the norm, $1.3 trillion (£1tn) in education loans is outstanding. In the UK, the government-backed student debt burden is nearly £90bn. And trying to find the best way to finance your university or postgraduate education can be a confusing business. “I remember feeling overwhelmed by some competitor lenders,” says Alex…

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3 win Nobel chemistry prize for world’s tiniest machines

3 win Nobel chemistry prize for world’s tiniest machines

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world’s smallest machines, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the potential to revolutionize computer and energy systems. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Scottish-born Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard “Ben” Feringa share the 8 million kronor ($930,000) prize for the “design and synthesis of molecular machines,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Machines at the molecular level have taken chemistry to a new dimension and “will most likely be used in the development of things…

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Sleeping pods, slides, snack bars – do you work in the world’s coolest office?

Sleeping pods, slides, snack bars – do you work in the world’s coolest office?

Forget office sleeping pods or snack bars – Amazon has gone a step further, building treehouses for its workers. The treehouse meeting areas will be located in the company’s new offices in Seattle. The buildings will be sited around three transparent structures Amazon has called “spheres” that will act as hi-tech greenhouses. As well as including treehouses, they will also be home to plants, suspension bridges and indoor streams. Amazon isn’t the first company to do something like this: Apple is planting 8,000 trees on its new campus in Cupertino,…

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Are these the world’s coolest offices?

Are these the world’s coolest offices?

Imagine going on your lunch break – but instead of just hitting the work canteen, you wander through plants, streams and even a few treehouses. This isn’t some vision of a utopian work future, it’s the reality for Amazon’s employees who work for the company in Seattle. The treehouse meeting areas are among many features (including plants, suspension bridges and indoor streams) of the new buildings, which will be laid out across three transparent, conjoined structures that the company calls spheres. The sites will act as hi-tech greenhouses for employees…

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