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Falcon Heavy all set to launch today

Flacon Heavy.  Image by spacenews.com

SpaceX’s most powerful rocket yet, The Flacon Heavy is all set to launch today , on 6th of February at 1:30 pm eastern time (12 am, Wednesday, Indian Standard Time). Disrupting the whole space industry with his company SpaceX, Elon Musk is about to launch a rocket to the mars orbit with his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster as the payload. The live stream can be seen on the SpaceX website or on Youtube.

This is a test launch and the rocket will lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre, launch complex 39, in Florida. It was also the launch pad for several milestone missions, mainly the Apollo mission or Project Apollo that sent humans to the moon in 1969.

The Falcon Heavy

Falcon Heavy

With its debut lift off in a matter of hours, it will be the most powerful operating rocket in the world. With the capability to lift a massive 141,000 pounds into the orbit, it can lift double the cargo than the Delta 4 Heavy which is the next closest operational vehicle.

The Flacon Heavy comprises of 3 Flacon 9 boosters that provide 3 times the thrust. These boosters are recoverable and reusable, which is the USP of SpaceX, thereby cutting down the space travel costs to a miniscule.

SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk said, “Rapid and complete reusability is really the key to opening up space.”

Two of the three Falcon 9 boosters will return to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, whereas the third one will return to a drone manoeuvred mobile launch pad in the ocean.

Each booster consists of 9 Merlin engines, thereby blessing the The Falcon Heavy with 27 Merlin engines that generate more than 5 million pounds or 22,819 kilonewtons of thrust at liftoff. It has the most thrust to payload ratio and is drastically cost effective. It costs a mere 90 Million USD to launch it to up to 8.0mT to GTO (Geosynchronous transfer orbit). This is considerably lower than the billion dollar government projects.

Falcon Heavy comparison

The payload

Tesla Roadster as the payload.

On being asked about his tesla roadster as being the payload of this test launch, Musk said, “It’s just for fun. A lot of people don’t understand the purpose of sending a car to mars. There’s no point obviously. It’s just for fun and to get the public excited. Normally when a rocket is tested, they put something really boring on board, like a block of concrete or a chunk of steel or something.  And that’s pretty boring. So let’s watch the most fun thing we could put on.”

The Mission behind SpaceX

The main goal of SpaceX is to make life multi-planetory. It aims at sending humans to mars and to colonize mars by 2022.

The video uploaded by SpaceX showcasing the Falcon Heavy animation can be seen – here.

All being said and done, this test launch might be the stepping stone to making human life multi-planetary. Do not miss out on the launch and be sure to watch The Falcon Heavy lift off today.

Watch the live streaming of The Flacon Heavy launch – Here

The OnePlus 5T Review

OnePlus 5T

 

Since its launch in India, Indian markets have been flooded with the OnePlus phones. They are sturdy, durable and good quality smartphones that do not cost you an arm and a leg. In November 2017, the company launched their best and most powerful phone yet, the OnePlus 5T. This model was launched just after a few months of the launch of the original OnePlus 5.
 
This phone can indeed be called the company’s best launch yet. Beginning at 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, the phone is a steal.
The OnePlus 5T supports a 6.01 inch HD display with full optic AMOLED in an 18:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 401ppi. This large screen makes gaming and the movie watching experience on the phone a complete delight. The larger screen as compared to the OnePlus 5 has been neatly accommodated by shifting the finger print scanner to the back of the phone. Talking about the fingerprint scanner, it is one of the extremely fast and reliable in the game. A new feature that has been added by the company on this phone is the face unlock feature. Unlike the iPhone X face unlock that is a fine amalgamation of the hardware and software of the phone; the OnePlus uses 100 verifications points to take a few seconds to unlock. This feature however can only be used to unlock the phone and reach the home screen and nothing else. This is because the company itself admits that it is not the most secure security feature.
 
The camera on the OnePlus 5T is something that the OnePlus family is extremely boastful about. The front camera supports a 16-megapixel camera, while the back camera has a dual lens of 16 megapixel and 20 megapixel. Unlike the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T does not have a zoom lens and the 2 times optical zoon feature. However, low light pictures taken with the back camera are way better than any other phone of the same price. The low light feature however does not automatically activate unless subjected to extremely dim surroundings. The portrait mode when used with the back facing camera gives you a wider frame as compared to the OnePlus 5, and gives shaper and finer results.
 
The physical dimensions of the phone, namely 156.1x75x7.3mm and 162g make it similar in weight and size to the iPhone 8 plus.
On using the phone for a while, it can be realized that the company has indeed paid close attention to details that increase the overall experience of the device. The notification slider on the side of the phone allow you to easily switch between three modes, the silent, do not disturb and loud.  The phone comes with customizable setting and allows the user to change the colors that are displayed on the phone. The inbuilt selection of wallpapers work well with the phone, making it look great all in all.
A plus point on the OnePlus 5 is the reading mode that makes long reading hours on the phone a great experience.
 
Another wonderful thing about the phone is that at its cost, it offers a variety of colors and types for the user to choose from. The two original colors are the midnight black and sandstone white with the black having a shinier finish to it. However, the company also launched two new models, the Lava red edition and the star wars limited edition. The lava red edition has a shiny red finish to it and is priced at 37,999 in Indian markets. Apart from the color, all other features of the phone are similar to the OnePlus 5T black or white edition.
 
The limited edition Star Wars edition supports a different color scheme and was launched at 38,999 as the last leg of the movie franchise was released and is for those die-hard star wars fans’. The phone is indeed strong enough to rule the galaxy. The color panels of the phone are customizable and that is what distinguishes it from the standard version of the phone. Some of these features are a star wars logo on the back of the phone, a red alert slider, 10 preloaded wallpapers and other features.
 
On an overall note, phone is an exceptionally good one as compared to other at its price, comes in a variety of colors, and most importantly, does not burn a hole in your pocket.
 

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition

Buy the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition – Here

OnePlus 5T Lava Red

Buy the OnePlus 5T Lava Red  – Here

Un-“Branded” Alternatives

Suppose you promenade into a small garment shop to snap-up some new trendy garbs, and a splendid $80 tee at once seizes your interest. You are tempted to buy it but then prompted to immediately alter the decision. What has actually impelled so? – The very thought of shopping from an ‘unbranded’ store at a high price. What if you stumble upon the same in a branded showroom where rates are as soaring as $100. What is likely to hit your mind then?- ‘A brand is worth its cost’.
For some items, the thought might be true as brands never compromise with their excellence and so, they can be deemed vindicated for charging more; but you mustn’t always be so certain that others can’t offer the same at reasonable (or relatively lower) prices. In fact many a times, unbranded things can have more shelf life than the branded ones. Though it is apparently a rocky task to overthrow the belief that non–branded stuff cannot bid good quality, nonetheless, the following 5 reasons may better explain why they can be reckoned as a better option.
1. Rock-bottom Rates
The brands over-price their articles as they tend to capitalise from ones obsession to buy exclusively from them. The idea is to add more to their profits and maximise the gains. It’s never a challenge to get the same stuff among non-branded kiosks or sites who propose comparatively fair rates. In their desire to flourish in the marketplace and acquire as much market share as possible, they tend to become more customer-oriented and amenable.
2. Variety
Even though brands deal in diverse merchandise, they fail to provide range (owing to their public image of rendering specialised products only); and may fail to come with things  that are more unique. For instance, Reebok deals entirely in casual, fitness and sports items and doesn’t seem to deviate from it because that’s what it’s popular for. It is sure of having no dearth of customers. On the contrary, other garment and accoutrement stores will try to cover all arenas to attract and serve each and every kind of buyer, and you are bound of finding variety.
3. Personal Care
As brands are confident of getting buyers, they are least concerned to give attention to a particular customer or personally considering the choice of each of them. The staff employed will just execute the tasks of managing the showroom, displaying the products and billing, thus playing a minimal role. But from private shop owners and their staff, you can expect warmth and personal attention to help you choose best for yourself.
4. Fashion Fickleness
The era we are living-in is itself dynamic which consequently influences our mindset. Many people easily get bored with the accessories and clothes they buy and then they urge to frequently swap with something new. This is possibly due to change in preferences along with fashion trends. When so is the case, it is indeed economical not to go for expensive brands and rather shift to a more affordable alternative. And also, if you understand the worth of every penny earned, the thought of casting away a pricey thing will sting your heart.
5. Haggling 
It is human frailty to wrangle for desired prices, and brands have preset market rates(unless they readily offer discounts). While in the private shops, one can expect cut down on prices when something seems to be overcharged. Bargaining is not by any means possible with the branded store.
So, the next time you find yourself in the dilemma of making a choice, contemplate on the above mentioned points and decide what’s best suited for you.
Here are a few sites/start-ups that offer much affordable alternatives to all your fashion desires.

1. Fugazee

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2. Shein

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3. Club Factory

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The science behind losing weight.

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There comes a phase in all our lives when we start gaining weight. Be it because of the never ending streaks of gulping down junk food, or the plight of sitting down at a chair all day at work without having to move a single muscle, our soaring weight hits us like a tsunami. During the initial stages, when we first notice our increasing weight, we often tend to be in denial and claim things like, “I’ve got it under control. This is nothing but a little baby fat. I could drop it in a week if I wanted to.” But I think we can agree that it’s never the case. Losing weight may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you get the hang of it, once you understand the science behind it, it’ll come to you as easy as baking bread.
 
Many are under the impression that if you want to lose weight, you need to starve yourself daily or spend countless hours at the gym. Let me assure you, that is not the case. Dieting and gyming are not the prerequisites to losing weight. Not only do you start resenting not being able to eat what you love, but once you give up, the relapse is catastrophic. You end up eating a lot more than you used to.
 
So, how do you lose weight? Let me reveal the science, that many are oblivious to.
It’s all about manipulating your caloric intake according to your goals i.e whether you want to lose weight or gain weight. The food we eat has a set number of calories. An apple that weighs roughly around 100g has 52 calories. On the other hand, a slice of pizza weighing the same has 285 calories.
An average person with little to normal physical activity requires a daily caloric intake of 2000 calories for her/his body to function properly. Most of us have a similar caloric intake requirement. But it may vary from person to person depending on weight, height and body size.
 
Let’s just say that you need 2000 calories a day. If you consume the said number of calories, you’ll neither gain weight nor lose weight. If you eat well over 2000 calories, you’ll be in a caloric surplus and you’ll end up gaining weight. However, if you eat less than 2000 calories a day, you’ll be in a caloric deficit and you’ll drop weight. It won’t happen overnight, but if you maintain a caloric deficit for a month or so, you’ll notice the changes.
But, being in a caloric deficit does not mean  that you starve yourself. 5 apples have 260 calories, whereas a single slice of pizza has 285. We both know that no one suffices after eating a single slice of pizza. If you eat 3 slices, you’re consuming a massive 855 calories from one meal. By the end of the day, you’ll have consumed way more than 2000 calories. That is why people don’t lose weight.
 
Thus, you need to put a hold on junk food, and fried food and shift to whole foods, vegetables and fruits, chicken, eggs, fish, lentils etc.
Also, inorder to lose weight, you need to maintain a caloric deficit of around 300-400 calories daily. This is the ideal range for losing weight without depriving your body of its needs.
 
Maintaining a caloric deficit is just a single aspect of the losing weight, the second pillar is working out. When you work out, you burn calories. Let’s say you consumed 1600 calories and you’re done for the day, but you feel hungry so you eat something and bring up your caloric intake to 2100. Now, you need to burn a few calories inorder to be in caloric deficit. So, you burn 300 calories in the gym or while doing any sort of physical activity like going for a run, or skipping. Now, you’re at 1800 calories, which means that you managed a caloric deficit of 200 calories that day. GREAT!!! Most people have a daily caloric intake of 4000-5000 calories eating everything from fried food to junk food to soft drinks. They are oblivious to it. You need to be aware of what you are putting into your body.
 
Thus, maintaining a caloric deficit and then engaging in any physical activity that helps you burn those extra calories is the crux of it all. A 3500 caloric deficit over a period of 2-3 weeks will help you lose roughly around a pound of weight.
You need to be patient and consistent.
 
If you want to track your calories, WHICH YOU SHOULD, there are a lot of free apps on both the Appstore and the google play store, but the one I’d recommend is My Fitness Pal. I found it to be the most user-friendly and easy to use. It’s used by everyone in the fitness industry and it’s free.
You just enter the food you consumed and you’ll know what it amounts to as your caloric intake.
So, fire away. Now that you know the science behind losing weight, be patient, consistent and conquer your demons.
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My Fitness Pal

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