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Freak Storm Hits India

A violent dust storm tore through northern India killing at least 100 people. 800 mph winds and rain uprooted trees, cut power and killed livestock. The storm struck at night and killed many in their sleep. People were buried under their collapsed mud homes.

Dust storms are not unusual in northern India. But a storm on this scale and the resulting death toll have been described by a meteorologist as a "freak incident."

Shivam Lohia Alwar Hotel Owner said "I haven't seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years. It was a nightmare."

Scientists associate the increase of storms with global warming. Venkatesh Dutta Associate professor at BBAU said "Thunderstorms, flash floods and heat waves are likely to increase in future and their intensity will be more visible in northern India."

People are now bracing for another thunderstorm forecast to hit soon.

Asia's Largest and Prettiest Tulip Garden

This is India's Answer to Amsterdam Keukenhof Tulip Garden. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden in Kashmir is now in full bloom. There are about 12.25 lakh Tulip bulbs of 40 varieties and colours. This is the largest Tulip Garden in all of Asia.

Welcome to the Tulip garden of Srinagar which is spread across 30 hectares. The seven terraced garden has been built to promote tourism and floriculture in kashmir. Tulip festival is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the range of flowers.

The colourful tulips at the Tulip Festival are set against the stunning Dal Lake. Other than Tulips, you can also check out Hyacinths, Daffodils and Narcissus. The Tulip Garden is expected to remain open to the public until May 1, 2018. The entry fee of Rs 25 for kids and Rs 50 for adults with timings from 9 am to 7 pm.

World's Longest Suspension Footbridge

This suspension footbridge in Randa, Switzerland, is the longest one in the world. The bridge spans 1620 feet in length and its highest point is 279 feet above the ground. It opened to the public on July 29, 2017.

The bridge is a two hour hike from Randa and a six hour hike from Grachen or Zermatt.Those with a fear of heights need not apply. The valley below is visible through the bridge's grated floor, which is only two feet wide!

Superhuman Muscles Soon

Scientists have designed carbon fibre based artificial muscles that can lit up to 12,600 times their own weight.

Composition - Coils comprised of commercial carbon fibres and reinforced siloxane rubber (polydimethylsiloxane).

Charged By Electricity

When electrically actuated, the artificial muscles show excellent performance without requiring a high input voltage, according to the study published in the journal Smart Materials and Structures. 0.4 millimetre (mm) diameter muscle bundle is able to lift half a gallon of water by 1.4 inches with only 0.172 volt/centimetre (V/cm) applied voltage. The team transformed carbon fibres, a very strong lightweight material which is commercially available, into artificial muscles.

Low cost and light weight artificial muscles can be used for RoboticsProstheticsOrthoticsHuman assistive devices

Run In Flip Flops - iGUANEYE Jungle

These shoes are an upgrade on flip flops which are perfect for the beach and they won't fall off! Creators say it feels like you're walking barefoot and they are called iGUANEYE Jungle. Portuguese company iGUANEYE make the shoe.

The shoe is made of flexible rubber and the design wraps around the big toe and heel. This creates a secure hold on your foot. THe design is inspired by the Amazonian Indians. There are two different versions, the light and waterproof "Jungle LIGHT" and the stronger and flexible "Jungle LUX". 
They are available in sizes up to 10.5 (UK). The shoes have been successfully crowdfunded and you can buy a pair on Indiegogo. Prices start at $59

Helio Portable Solar Power

This portable bank powers your adventures with solar. Helio is a rugged device that collects energy from the sun wherever you go. It has a built in light if you need a flashlight or it can charge up any dying device! Helio is ideal for long outdoor treks when power isn't available.

It's perfect to have ready in case of a natural disaster like a hurricane. What's awesome about Helio is that 100% of profits help others. Helio's mission is to give light and power to those who need it most. Could this little device help change the world?

Authentic And Tasty Poha At Keshav Poha Wala

This Poha Stall in Nagpur sells over 200 plates of poha in one hour. Keshav Poha Wala at Dev Nagar is known for his authentic and tasty poha. Running since 40 years, Keshav mankar and brothers are the proud owners. Tarri Poha is the highest selling dish and comes with various toppings to choose from.

Tarri is the spicy floating oil on chana gravy, which is what makes it unique. Saoji channa tarri on poha costs Rs 25. Mixed with channa tarri and sprinkled with chivda, sev, onions, lemon juice and masala. It's as authentic as it gets and really pocket friendly. You can't be called a true Nagpurite if you haven't tasted Tarri Poha.

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