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An Indian computer science student talks about his research and life in New Zealand

22 Jan

Renoh Johnson Chalakkal is a doctoral student from India, doing his PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He moved from India to New Zealand in 2015. His PhD research project is on retinal image processing. He says, “Basically we are trying to develop an automatic system […]

Word Nerd: 6 magical English words from Greco-Roman mythology

17 Jan

Since ancient times, mythology has helped form a bridge between abstraction and personification, between imagination and belief, and mind and speech. Myth is a feature of every culture. In fundamental ways, it helps explain the world to us. The means of that explanation is language. Naturally, myths are embedded in our vocabulary. Often, we use […]

Word Nerd: 5 words banished from the Queen’s English in 2018

8 Jan

Every year since 1976, the Lake Superior State University publishes an annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use, and General Uselessness. Although the first list was inspired by the pet peeves of LSSU’s late public relations W.T. Rabe and his friends, the list is now culled from thousands of international […]

Why studying Architecture at the University of Portsmouth is a great idea

26 Dec

I came to Portsmouth to study for the BA (Hons) in Architecture. And it was the best decision I ever made. The city itself is a nice place because it is located on the south coast of England. It is known as the ‘’Great Waterfront City.’’ Right on the waterfront is where our University of […]

Word Nerd: Top 10 words and phrases of 2017

18 Dec

It’s been quite a year for words, hasn’t it? Here are our top 10 words and phrases of the year. Let us know what’s missing from the list! 10. Fidget spinner This was the year when this toy became a global industry. Contrary to some manufacturers’ claims, there is no scientific evidence that fidget spinners […]

Kali in Dundee: Indian student’s unique response to assignment

11 Dec

Imagine traveling all the way to Dundee to study anatomy, and coming face to face with the Hindu Goddess Kali. Thanks to the creativity of Tejesvini Padma, a student on the Medical Art MSc offered by the University of Dundee, this is now a probability. Tejeswini sculpted a facial model of Kali as a part […]

What it’s like to be an international student studying mechanical engineering

7 Dec

Going abroad for studies is always a big dream for anyone and a very big decision. I remember spending a lot of time researching the UK universities, fees, courses offered, course structure, rankings etc. But the best insight into life at the university can only be given by the student currently studying there, and I […]

My semester abroad at Duke Kunshan, China, taught me how to make the most of life

8 Nov

Vinamra Mathur studied Electrical Engineering at Shiv Nadar University in India, and spent the Fall 2016 semester as an international student at Duke Kunshan University (a partnership between Duke University in the US and Wuhan University in China). Vinamra, who now works with a tech company in the Delhi area, discusses why he decided to […]

5 amazing animation movies you must watch

7 Nov

Does animation only mean cartoons to you? A genre you’ve outgrown like braces? Well, it’s a way more nuanced medium than that. And after you’ve been through the movies on this list, you’ll understand exactly what we mean. The beauty of animation is that it allows a story to be told in infinite ways with […]

Word Nerd: 5 Aztec words that you definitely know

6 Nov

Technically, the language spoken by the Aztecs is known as Nahuatl, and there are many variants of it. It’s the language Europeans heard in the 16th century, when they first arrived in the great city of Tenochtitlan (the site of today’s Mexico City). Nahuatl has been spoken for more than 1,000 years in Mexico, where […]