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Interesting!

Minerva M has decided to post one Minerva Riddle of the day, as the days go by the toughness will increase. Till then enjoy this one

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Are We Alone?

Are we truly Alone?

“The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything as peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy.”
– Stephen Hawking

The universe is a pretty big place with about 80 billion galaxies and 10^24 stars. Humans have lived on this earth for millennia’s. We have always thought that are we the supreme beings in this cosmic junction are we the only sentinel beings in such a vast place. If it were only us wouldn’t it be an awful waste of space? I have always, as a child been interested at the enormity of our universe I have always wondered “are we alone?” We are just mere dust fleck in this vast cosmological sea. We are just a pale blue dot, the third rock from the sun lucky enough to sustain life.

We have heard of UFO sightings and of alien abductions all our life and we discard them as hokum or fun. We have all heard of little green men coming in ships to observe or annihilate us.

There have been numerous stories about contacts with extra-terrestrial life forms ranging from aliens abducting cattles to humans themselves. The most famous UFO incident ever dates back to July 8 1947 in place called Roswell, New Mexico. On that uneventful night a huge crash was sounded in the middle of the desert on the next day a huge army encampment was found and the headlines given by Walter Haut an army official read “RAAF captures Flying Saucer”, this led to huge hysteria among people.

At that place where the crash happened a farmer, W.W. “Mack” Brazel lived who saw what had crashed and he diatribe’s them as silvery-purple objects with certain humanoid forms inside. In the next week the army took back its statement saying that there weren’t any flying saucers but it was just a weather balloon.

Well there is another connection to Roswell incident and alien conspiracy theories and it is said that and secret US military base in the middle of the Mohave desert in Las Vegas Nevada called Area 51. It is said that the three alien life forms encountered at Roswell and the debris from the spaceship was taken to this site where it is till date being studied and deciphered. The movie independence day and the TV series 7 days even are based on such dogmas itself. Outside of area 51 a warning states that violent force will be used if anyone tries to enter within the radius of the facility and photography is strictly prohibited. The US Govt. denies that area 51 is even a base of operations.

Stephen Hawking believes that if ever we encounter alien life it won’t be better for humanity. If they travel so far from outer space they won’t go without making contact. Probably a civilization which is so developed to travel hundreds of light years, it could probably have expired its resources and plans to attack earth. It might be possible such an developed civilization can even annihilate us if it found us. For them we must be like vermins infesting a planet full of resources and nature’s bounty.

Some scientist believes that we don’t have to go looking for alien life in the far reaches of the universe; we might find it in our very own solar system. Our own neighbor Mars has shown the prospect of life; it still has frozen water, scientists believe that any number of bacteria or virus can live at the depths of mars craters. Although this life might be primitive but would surely qualify as extraterrestrial contact. Films like Mars Attacks and Andromeda strain to the classic book by HG Well War of the World have depicted as mars having life and its inhabitant’s invading us. Europa one of Jupiter’s moon has a 6 foot of frozen ice layer on its’ surface but inside has flowing water and scientists believe that maybe marine life might exist there and aphotic bioluminescent bacteria might exist there.

SETI search for extra-terrestrial intelligence was started by one scientist Frank Drake in around 1960 where he pointed all his auditory satellites up to look for outer audible signals and thus began an intensive search of space for electromagnetic radiation which are the best source if aliens contact us. Project Orion started by US deals solely with SETI and listening to outer space is heard.

The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Dr. Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University. Delaware, Ohio.[1]The signal bore expected hallmarks of potential non-terrestrial and non-solar system origin. It lasted for the full 72-second duration that Big Ear observed it, but has not been detected again. The signal has been the subject of significant media attention. Scientists believe that WOW signal was of alien origin probably sent by an intelligent life form. . Only about 15% of the know space is known to us.

There is a famous quote from X – Files which I love that is “The truth is out there” these lines have a profound meaning just as CIA agent Fox Mulder passionately keeps on trying to find clues to extraterrestrial life forms in the same way humanity must itself keep on striving to find our cousins light years far away from here. And maybe then we could answer one of the question that haunts humanity from time immemorial and that “why are we here? And what is our purpose?”

By Ali Akbar
(A Minerva-M Writer)
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Finally something that aptly describes us

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This picture completely describes what Minerva M is trying to do.


Mumbai

Breaking News: New sect of people “Educated yet Uneducated!”

This is a sect of people who went to schools yet are uneducated! These are the people who read the importance of a clean environment still refuse to help clean the city. Not only the people who throw garbage everywhere except the bins, but also the people who don’t help in clean the garbage thrown formed the “Educated yet Uneducated” sect.

Mumbai city is a clear example! My college is 5 minutes from Marine Drive, the most beautiful place in Mumbai (supposedly). Today morning I went there, and guess what I found? GARBAGE! Yes poly bags, wrappers, cigarette packs, liquor bottles, and loads more! I walked around the area to find a patch of clean water but I couldn’t find so!

I see so many I-am-so-well-educated people throwing garbage on the road. The funny part is that it makes the dustbins the cleanest thing on the road! Why do they blame the government officials for the unclean roads? They are the ones you made the city dirty! We blame the government for everything, but do we realise that the number of people that form the ‘Government of Maharashtra’ is far less than the number of people living in Maharashtra! Let us assume we have the laziest of government, but that doesn’t become we should become lazy. We can, at least, throw our own wrappers, poly bags, etc. in the bins if not others.

Now the most common reason for not doing so is because the bin was on the other side of the road or it was a bit away from my destination. Well, then look at it this way, not only you are keeping your ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ clean but also exercising! Yes walking 20 steps extra will help reduce some grams! Also, you might just encourage people around you to do the same. See one habit and so many benefits! You won’t get such an awesome deal ever!

Apart from this the government should enforce the laws properly. People defacing Mumbai or any city for that matter should be penalised in a manner that makes him/her remember the first incident. Give them a harsh memory, either through a huge fine or serious punishment! Also, the existing laws should be enforced in full pace. Here a person throws a chocolate wrapper that very moment he gets penalised!

That is what the government can do. But now a better solution, what we as individuals can do to get the city clean! Make sure you walk the extra 20 steps to throw the garbage in the bins! In Mumbai, we call live in colonies and societies, follow social boycott! You the irritating uncle/aunty, who throws the garbage outside the window, socially boycott him/her. Let them know that what they do is wrong. One thing I love about Mumbai, is the ‘you-did-wrong-stare’ given when someone does anything wrong! Use it when you see someone throwing garbage on the road. Pick it up, throw it in the bin and give the stare! Next time hopefully the person won’t do it again.

Another thing that can be done is to make small kids learn to throw things in the bins. This could be done in two ways, first, every single class room should have a dustbin and regular ‘class/school clean up drives’ should take place. Even in colleges such drives should take place! If you see your employees in the corporate office aren’t cleaning their tables and areas around, you it is time for a clean-up drive! Secondly, the parents should make sure their little ones or grown-ups throw the garbage in the bin

There is a limit till when we can rely on the government and honestly they can’t make the whole city clean, we as individual citizens should take the step to clean our city and eventually our country. Nothing is started at large, it grows slowly and steadily! Take the first few small steps and see it growing big! Let us all get together and give a beauty treatment to our ‘Aamchi Mumbai!’

By Riya Singla
(A Minerva M Writer)
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