Made it up

Love for fairly tales doesn’t end with childhood. We do spin many such tales quite often, when our ignorance about anything does not stop us from speaking about it. Unknowingly, we feel that we know it. Say someone asks directions to a place in a city you’ve lived for quite sometime, you would still want to help them though you have no idea about where it is. This phenomenon also underlines discussions or parleys, where urged to participate, we do indulge in the talk though we feebly understand the topic being discussed. Why is it that we feign ignorance? Are we wired to do so?

My take on this is jotted out at Pardon my brazen publicity.


European wind farms could meet global energy demand, researchers now say

A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.

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  • A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
  • The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
  • Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.
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French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.

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  • The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
  • French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
  • Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
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New vaccine (for cats) nixes allergic reactions for humans

You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.

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  • Cats live in a quarter of Western households.
  • Allergies to them are common and can be dangerous.
  • A new approach targets the primary trouble-causing allergen.
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