Former Central Bureau of Investigation director Ranjit Sinha died here Friday morning at the age of 68 in what is believed to be a COVID-19 related death, senior officials said. He was confirmed positive for coronavirus on Thursday night and breathed his last at 4.30 am, the officials said. Sinha, a 1974-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre who had cracked the coveted UPSC examination at the age of 21, headed the CBI for a controversial two-year term in 2012 as its 26th chief during which the agency earned the sobriquet of "caged parrot". The scathing remarks by Justice RM Lodha were a result of Sinha's nine-page affidavit to the Supreme Court giving details of his meetings with the then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and other senior officers during which changes were made in the coal scam probe report submitted to the apex court. "Whatever the Supreme Court says is correct," was his response to the reporters after the controversy. Towards the fag end of his tenure, … [Read more...] about Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha passes away
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Have you ever wanted to watch a wolf hunt freshwater fish? Thanks to the Voyageurs Wolf Project from the University of Minnesota, you can see it on YouTube any time you like. The researchers with the project trapped V089, a lone wolf, sedated him, and then strapped on the Vectronic-Aerospace camera collar. The collar recorded video in 30 second bursts during daylight hours, for a total of 7 minutes a day. The footage is very cool , though some of it is obscured by V089’s fur. (“The wolf’s beard needed a little trim... lesson learned,” one video caption says.) They found that V089 was clever enough to hunt near a beaver dam, going after fish that were trapped by the obstacle. “Up until recently, wolves hunting and killing freshwater fish is something that people didn’t even really know happened,” researcher Thomas Gable told Gizmodo . The Voyageurs Wolf Project documented wolves hunting freshwater fish in one pack a few years ago, but assumed that it was just a weird … [Read more...] about Camera footage from wolf’s collar reveals a very good boy
All close relationships involve the understanding that partners will try to protect each other. However, what happens when your closest partner engages in behavior that you find to be unethical? Perhaps your partner comes home with a story that you find disturbing, reflecting poorly on your partner’s moral judgment. A merchant charged your partner a considerably lower amount than the price tag on a high-end toaster oven. Rather than bring this to the merchant’s attention , your partner paid the lower amount and quickly left. You’re uncomfortable because you feel that this behavior was morally questionable. In fact, you’d rather not use the appliance at all because it seems tainted with this misdeed. Moving outside the realm of your relationship, it doesn’t take much thought to realize that people cover up unethical behavior all the time, given the media coverage of instances of bribery, fraud, and corruption. As noted by University of Koblenz-Landau’s Isabel Thielmann and … [Read more...] about Would You Lie to Protect Your Relationship?
Bipolar disorder is not the average teenager mood swing Source: Baruska at Needpix, Creative Commons “I shut down again. I went blank. One minute I was spinning, and the next minute my mind was dragging itself around in a circle, like an old, arthritic dog trying to lie down. And then I just turned off and went to sleep, but not sleep in the way you do every night. It's a long, dark sleep where you don’t dream at all.” In 2015, Jennifer Niven wrote the bestselling young adult novel, “All the Bright Places.” Based on a true story, the book revolves around a 17-year-old boy, Theodore Finch, with behavioural problems and suicidal ideation. The narrative follows Finch’s temper outbursts in school, depressive episodes, and struggles with an abusive father and an uncooperative school administration. This novel was one of the first depictions of youth bipolar disorder in mainstream media. Unfortunately, many youths with the disorder have similar experiences. For Dana*, it … [Read more...] about It’s Not a Phase, Mom: When Youth Live With Bipolar Disorder
Cortisol is your brain's signal that something is bad for you. It triggers the urge to push a threat away with your whole body. This baby's response to the food he's tasting helps us understand our cortisol response. Check out the rise in his shoulders at 0:15. It just happens without conscious intent. This is how you feel when you release cortisol. The point is not that we should grimace and shudder when we don't like something. The point is that we hold back these responses so much that we lose track of them. In daily life, we often have mixed feelings about things. We see the good and the bad, which means we release cortisol and a happy chemical at the same time. Often, you have good reasons to ignore your negative responses. You think something is good for you in the long run. You don't want to disappoint someone. You want to gather more information before jumping to a conclusion. A lot is written about saying no in our day-to-day lives, but sometimes you're … [Read more...] about This Is the Face of Cortisol