This 15-year-old cracks IIT JEE Advanced 2017, wants to run a start-up dealing in robotics

While at the age of 15, most students appear for their class 10 examination, 15-year-old Abhay Agrawal from Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad has cracked the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced 2017 and scored 2467 All India Rank. He secured a seat in mechanical engineering at IIT-BHU. “I took admission in a coaching class in my city. Some people discouraged me but that motivated me to study hard,” Abhay said. As per a TOI report, vice-chairman of IIT-JEE Kanpur zone Prof Shalabh, along with other staffers, were surprised when they checked Agarwal’s documents….

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Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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Facebook wants users to define ‘objectionable’ content

New York: After facing criticism for its censorship policies, Facebook now wants to empower its users to define what is “objectionable.” In this way the social networking major is eventually empowering them to decide how much nudity and violence they are comfortable seeing, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. These policies help a user understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook and what type of content may be reported to the social media giant and removed. “The idea is to give everyone in the community options for…

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Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets

Google wants to bring smarts to cool gadgets and devices made using Raspberry Pi 3 or Intel’s Edison. The company is chasing makers with open-source tools needed to add artificial intelligence to consumer, industrial, and retail devices made using board computers. The plan may include machine-learning tools, which are central to A.I. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana answer questions with the help of A.I., and the technology also helps self-driving cars cruise the streets safely. “We don’t have any specifics to announce right now, but we’re excited to…

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Targeting millennials, Big Food wants to make frozen meals cool again

If platform shoes can make a comeback, why can’t TV dinners? That’s the hope of food manufacturers eager to lure health-conscious millennials back to the freezer section. B&G Foods (BGS) wanted to inject some life into the wilting Green Giant when it purchased the brand from General Mills (GIS) last year for $765 million. Green Giant’s frozen vegetable sales have declined by 25 percent, to $477.6 million, since 2011, according to Euromonitor, but B&G wants to revive the brand and appeal to young consumers with new products like Riced Veggies,…

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Trump Wants Everyone to Eat Unregulated Food. Or Maybe Not.

Thursday morning, the Donald Trump campaign announced a plan to rein in the police—the “FDA food police,” that is. In a “fact sheet” trumpeting the candidate’s  “pro-growth” economic plan that will “create 25 million jobs,” the campaign railed against Food and Drug Administration rules for “farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, [and] food temperatures,” Mother Jones’ Kevin Drumreports. The document also denounced “inspection overkill.” Even with these allegedly Draconian rules in place, food-borne illnesses sicken 48 million Americans annually, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, the Centers for…

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Mallya wants to come back to India; files plea with trial court

United Breweries Chairman Vijay Mallya has submitted a plea to trial court saying that he wants to return to India. But Mallya caveats it by saying that it will be difficult to do so because his passport was revoked this year. In April 2016, Mallya’s Indian passport was revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs after numerous summons by the Enforcement Directorate failed to get him back to the country. His recent plea to come back is to comply with a summons order for a 1995 Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation case…

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