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Raja Mitra
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Infocomm Pro, Corp. Manager & Leader,, Entrepreneur with Asia-Pacific experience.
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Rather too long but a compelling read nevertheless.

h/t: +Gideon Rosenblatt

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India's economic growth story is blighted by the fact that at least one-third of young Indians are underemployed and/or poorly trained for meaningful employment.

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Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain the basics of EU trade to Trump about 11 times before comprehension dawned. 

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An artificial womb successfully growing baby sheep. Humans next? 
In an incredibly interesting development, an "artificial womb" has successfully grown sheep from 105-120 days in pregnancy (roughly the equivalent of 22-24 weeks in a human) to full term. The womb consists of a sealed transparent bag, inside which an electrolyte fluid flows, keeps the developing lungs supported, and removes waste (much like amniotic fluid does) and an umbilical blood system which provides nutrients, oxygenates blood, and so on. As you can imagine, this was tremendously difficult to develop -- e.g., the umbilical system can't have its own pump, since that would damage the developing heart, and instead fluids must flow easily enough that the fetus' own heartbeat is enough to keep its circulation going.

What's amazing is that this seems to be working. Eight lambs have been born through the system, and researchers are monitoring them closely to see how they develop.

This isn't a complete uterine replicator; the environment in early development is even more complex than it is in late development, and there's no suggestion that you could start from an embryo or a zygote here. What this could have an effect on is extreme prematurity -- infants delivered at or before the 28th week, who currently have a fairly poor prognosis, both for survival and later quality of life. The further effects that such technologies could have in the future are, of course, even more profound. (And have been discussed at length in the science fictional literature, with Bujold being probably its most famous explorer)

Current estimates suggest that this could be 3-5 years away from the first human tests. Those are likely to be difficult, of course, since human development is more complex than sheep development, especially as regards the brain; however, if applied to extremely premature fetuses, it could be a reasonable experimental treatment as the alternative is even worse.

via +David Fuchs

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Some of the juiciest revelations from the book 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign's

1. Hillary’s major failure
Although Shattered is filled with examples of bad decisions and mishandled crises, it posits the Clinton campaign’s main failure was Hillary’s inability to explain “her motivation for seeking the presidency.” As the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the U.S., Clinton was a groundbreaking candidate. But her candidacy was also tied to the complicated presidential legacies of her husband Bill and her former boss Barack Obama. “Hillary still struggled with whether she was running for Bill Clinton’s third term, Obama’s third term, or her own first term,” write Allen and Parnes.

That lack of clarity was compounded by Clinton’s personal preference for explaining the nooks and crannies of specific policy, while Sanders and Trump offered broad but energizing visions for the country. Allen and Parnes report that Clinton herself admitted during the campaign, “I don’t understand what’s happening with the country. I can’t get my arms around it.”

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Tech bust: As Disruptive Technologies find increased adoption & business models change radically, more and more Indian IT engineers are losing their jobs to automation. 

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Understanding AI and the shades of difference among its subsets

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Different strokes for different folks? Why is the marriage of Emmanuel Macron, the man most likely to be the next President of France, to Brigitte Trogneux, his schoolteacher once upon a time and 24 years his senior, fodder for the English tabloids suddenly? Why wasn't Trump's marriage to Melania subjected to the same scrutiny by these tabloids? 

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Cruelty and Cowardice in Kashmir - +The New York Times editorial

'Members of India's armed forces reached a new low in the long history of alleged human rights abuses in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir when they beat and then tied a 24-year-old shawl weaver named Farooq Ahmad Dar to the front of a jeep on April 9, using him as a human shield against stone-throwing crowds. As the jeep drove through villages, Mr. Dar said, "I saw people breaking into tears on seeing my state."
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