Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here’s why

A solar eclipse seen from space.

The nation is preparing for the Aug. 21 “Great American” total solar eclipse, which is the first in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast.

That means buying special eclipse glasses because normal sun glasses – even those with the darkest lenses – aren’t enough to protect eyes from damaging rays.

It’s not that the sun is any stronger during an eclipse, but where you would squint, blink and turn away from the full sun, it can be more comfortable to look at the sun as the moon moves over the bright disk.

That doesn’t mean it’s safe. You can damage your eyes without immediately realizing it if you don’t wear eclipse glasses or look through a special eclipse viewer.

Related: Best places to see the 2017 solar eclipse.

Credit: NASA

Rick Fienberg, the press officer for the American Astronomical Society, said ordinary sun glasses transmit 10 to 20 percent of the light that falls on them.

This makes the landscape on a bright sunny day easier to look at without squinting, and cuts down on glare.

Eclipse glasses allow just 0.0001 percent of the light that falls on them through.

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“That’s at least 100,000 times darker than ordinary sunglasses,” Fienberg said. “Nothing can get through such glasses except the sun itself – just enough to be comfortable for viewing.”

The only time it’s safe to look at the eclipse is if you are in the path of totality and the fleeting moments when the sun is completely covered by the moon.

Related: Check your eclipse forecast.

About 12 million people live in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Millions more will travel to get into the path.

“The sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse,” NASA says on its eclipse website. “Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye.”

It is only safe to view a solar eclipse with the naked eye when you are in the path of totality and the moon completely covers the sun. Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used by NASA with permission)

Proper eclipse glasses are marked with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and 12312-2.

Some older solar-viewing glasses may meet previous standards for eye protection, but not the new international standard, Fienberg said.

NASA recommends glasses from Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

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Ralph Chou, professor emeritus at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada, told that he has seen patients with crescents burned into the back of their eyes after watching an eclipse without protection.

“Lifetime exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation is an established contributor to accelerated aging of the outer layers of the eye and skin and the development of cataracts,” Chou wrote in a Sky and Telescope article. “But more immediate damage takes place from directly observing the Sun with inadequate eye protection.”


NEET score to be used for NISH admissions 2017

Candidates applying for admission to BASLP should have passed government recognised 10+2 examination or an equivalent examination securing a minimum of 50 per cent marks.

NISH admission 2017

NISH admission 2017

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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scores will be used for admission to the Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP) course of National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) from the commencing academic year 2017-18.

The candidate’s NEET score should be reported along with the course application form; the rank list will be prepared based on this score, a press release here said.


  • NISH has been accredited as Excellent Institution by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and has been running the BASLP course, approved by RCI, since 2002
  • The course prepares professionals to work as audiologists and speech therapists
  • Candidates applying for admissions to BASLP should have passed government recognised 10+2 examination or an equivalent examination securing a minimum of 50 per cent marks
  • SC/ST or Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates with a pass mark alone will also be eligible
  • The applicant or candidate should have studied physics, chemistry, biology with an optional of mathematics / computer science/ statistics/ electronics/ psychology
  • source”cnbc”

IIM Bill 2017: Approved by cabinet, students will now get degrees instead of diplomas

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

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The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017, granting them complete autonomy. Under the Bill, the IIMs would be declared as institutions of national importance and provided statutory powers.

After getting an approval from the law ministry, the human resource development (HRD) ministry may place the proposed draft of the Bill in the upcoming budget session of the parliament.

Till now, only 20 premier institutes give post graduate diplomas to the students.

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted:


Prakash Javadekar


Historic decision to give IIMs real autonomy&grant degrees.We trust excellence&quality.This reflects vision of ModiGovt for higher education



As per the sources, the Bill will grant powers to the board of governors to order a probe against an IIM director, if his institute fails to perform as per the proposed Act. A person similar to the rank of a High Court judge will conduct the investigation.

According to the proposed draft, the board must evaluate the performance of the new institute within the first three years of its set up and continue to check on a period of short intervals.



“There was no negative marking due to which I marked all the answers with no fear,” says Bharti Chopra.

CBSE UGC NET 2017: Paper analysis

CBSE UGC NET 2017: Paper analysis

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted UGC NET 2017 on January 22. The exam had three following papers:

Paper 1: The exam comprised 60 questions and carried a total of 100 marks. It was held for a duration of one and a half hours.

Paper 2: The exam has 50 questions and carried a total of 100 marks.

Paper 3: It consisted of 75 questions and carried a total of 150 marks.

Bharti Chopra, who has done MA from Guru Jambheshwar University, has appeared for the exam. When asked about the question paper, she said, “The exam was very easy for those students who have studied for it. There was no negative marking due to which I marked all the answers with no fear.  Hoping for the best now.”

The answer keys will be published soon on the official website. The candidates are required to keep a check on the website.


UGC (University Grants Commission) is a statutory organisation established by the union government in 1956. Its main objective is to provide recognition to the Indian universities and provide funds to such recognised universities and colleges.

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) now conducts this exam on behalf of UGC for the post of Lecturer and for providing the JRF for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and in research. The exam is conducted in streams such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce


NEET UG 2017 Official Notification: To be released soon at

It is speculated that the the examination is likely to be held on May 7.

NEET UG 2017 Official Notification: To be released soon at

NEET UG 2017 Official Notification: To be released soon at

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The official notification for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 for undergraduate graduates courses is likely to be out next week on Monday, January 23.

Once the official notification of NEET UG 2017 will be out, all the candidates can check the same at

A few days ago, one of the leading media websites stated that the examination is likely to be held on May 7 at various test centres across the nation.

The exam was conducted for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in medical/dental colleges run with an approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Recent update on NEET-UG:

  • The NEET-UG will be conducted in six additional languages from the commencing academic session 2017-18, a statement released by the Union Health Ministry
  • The six languages in which the exams will be conducted are Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil, apart from conventional English, Hindi.

Paper pattern:

The exam will be based on the three subjects physics, chemistry and biology.

Meanwhile, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2016 was successfully conducted on July 24 and the results for the same were released on August 16. The results of the second round of seat allotment for NEET 2016 were declared on September 12.


Delhi Nursery Admissions 2017: Sell jalebis, instead of nursery seats, says Manish Sisodia

In the middle of admissions, a well-known Delhi school has denied admittance to parents having more than two kids.

Delhi Nursery Admissions 2017: Sell jalebis, instead of nursery seats, says Manish Sisodia

Delhi Nursery Admissions 2017: Sell jalebis, instead of nursery seats, says Manish Sisodia

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Every year, the nursery admissions create a lot of hue and cry.

Following the schedule, this year, the admission process began on January 2 in around 1,400 private schools in Delhi-NCR and is scheduled to close by March 31.

While commenting on the Delhi High Court putting a stay on a city government notification that made it mandatory for private unaided minority schools to admit kids in nursery under the unreserved category and on the basis of neighbourhood criteria, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday lashed out at private schools in the city, saying those who wanted to ‘sell’ nursery seats should sell ‘jalebis’ instead.

More about government’s nursery admission criteria:

  • With government releasing the notification for 298 private schools, which are built on DDA land, it is mandatory for schools to give priority to applicants who live within 1-6 kilometre radius of the school as their land allotment letters mandate it

Further, the government waived off the management quota, which was 20 per cent last year

Here’s why schools approached the court:

Recently, few schools, including minority institutes, went to the court against the direction, saying it violated their autonomy.

What did the court say?

  • Justice Manmohan said: “This court is of the prima facie view that minority schools are entitled to admit students in their own manner as long as there is no mismanagement.” While granting the interim stay, the court noted that the government cannot interfere in the day-to-day functioning of the minority schools including their right to administer and admit students.
  • Meanwhile, giving a sigh of relief to parents, Sisodia in recent Indian Express report said, “I am fighting for the parents who fall prey to these teaching shops.”
  • source”cnbc”

Case renders reveal the design of Galaxy J7 (2017)

Samsung are going bold with their A-series and J-series in 2017. The Korean company started the year with the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) and is now moving to the lower-standing J-series.

This is the slightly more affordable lineup and thus they create less buzz as they go about their business. The Galaxy J7 (2017) was revealed bit by bit, rumor after rumor. We already know most of the specs and we saw 3D renders. And now we eventually see an actual devices thanks to leaked case manufacturer’s images.

The design is a lot like the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), that today went online on Samsung’s online shop. We see a proper camera on the back, microUSB on the bottom along with 3.5-mm jack and a physical button below the touchscreen – nothing outstanding. The difference is actually under the hood. So far we know the processor is Snapdragon 625, the RAM is 2GB and OS is Android Nougat 7.0.

Sadly, there no info yet on pricing, color options or when the new J devices will be available on the market.


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets Bluetooth certified

After having been spotted in not one, but two benchmarks already, as well as in the database of an Indian import tracker, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is now Bluetooth certified.

As always in these cases, the revelation comes straight from the Bluetooth SIG itself, and its official documents. The Samsung SM-A720F had its certification published today. While this in itself doesn’t reveal any specs for the device (unless you count it having Bluetooth connectivity as something that couldn’t have been guessed), it does mean that the phone’s announcement is nearing.

Its predecessor, the Galaxy A7 (2016) was launched last December, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the A7 (2017) officially surfaced exactly one year later.

The handset is expected to pack a 5.5″ or 5.7″ 1080p touchscreen, a pair of 16 MP cameras (one on the front, one on the back), 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of built-in storage, and Samsung’s Exynos 7870 chipset at the helm. A fingerprint scanner should also be in.


Analyst: No iPhone SE refresh coming in March 2017

Apple won’t be releasing an update to the iPhone SE in March 2017, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated in a note to investors that AppleInsider got their hands on. Unlike any other major smartphone, the iPhone SE’s life will be extended past the usual one year period.

As reasoning behind such a decision on Apple’s part the analyst (whose predictions in the past have more often than not been right on the money) suggests a push to maximize gross margins and spare the true flagship iPhone 7 from internal competition. All that said, the forecast only covers the second fiscal quarter of 2017 (ending in March), so a later refresh is not entirely being ruled out.

Kuo has also forecast a total number of iPhone shipments for the current quarter between 40 and 50 million – down from the 51.2 million for the same period last year. For Q2 2017 the number he projects is 35 to 40 million, compared to 40.4 million last year.


XAT 2017: Check out test centres, paper pattern, other details here

All the candidates can check the complete examination schedule of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017.

XAT 2017: Check out test centres, paper pattern, other details here


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The registration process for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) has already begun on the official website,

The exam is scheduled to be conducted on January 8, 2017.

As per reports, it will be held by the Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur on behalf of the XAMI to select the most suitable students for management education.

For the first time, the institute will be holding the exam on the second Sunday instead of the first Sunday of the year. Apart from XLRI, the XAT scores are accepted by around 140 B-schools across India. Last year, XAT has undergone changes in terms of exam pattern.

Changes introduced last year:

  • The total number of questions in the main paper were brought down to 78
  • The time allotted was increased by 20 minutes
  • In XAT 2016, students had a choice of not attempting 13 questions
  • The number of questions in the GK section were reduced to 25.

Eligibility criteria

Educational qualification:

Those interested in applying should be holding a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university/institute. The duration of the programme should be a minimum of three years. Those in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.

Selection procedure:

The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the cut-offs set by each institute. The shortlisted candidates will then be asked to appear for a group discussion, written ability test and personal interview rounds.

Application fee:

All the candidates need to pay Rs 1600.

Exam pattern:

  • The test would be conducted from 10 am to 1.30 pm
  • XAT is a paper pencil based test divided into two papers
  • Paper 1 consists of 78 questions from quantitative ability and data interpretation, verbal ability and decision making and analytical reasoning
  • Paper 2 is a mix of objective as well as subjective questions from general knowledge and essay writing questions

Test centres:

Agartala Bhopal, Cuttack Guwahati Jamshedpur
Ahmedabad Bhubaneswar Dehradun Hyderabad  Kanpur
Allahabad Chandigarh Delhi Indore Kolkata
Amritsar Chennai Goa Jabalpur Lucknow
Bengaluru Cochin Greater Noida Jaipur Mangalore
Berhampur Coimbatore Gurgaon, Jammu Mumbai
Nagpur Nasik Noida Patna Pune
Raipur Ranchi Rourkela Sambalpur Surat
Tiruchirapalli Trivandrum Udaipur Vadodara Varanasi
Vijayawada Visakhapatnam

Also, XAT 2017 would be conducted across the following two international cities which include Dubai, Kathmandu.

How to apply:

All the candidates need to apply online.

Log on to the official website,

Important dates:

  • Last date of application: November 30
  • Last date of late application: December 11
  • Download admit card: December 20
  • XAT 2017 exam: January 8, 2017
  • XAT 2017 Result: Last week of January, 2017.
  • source”cnbc”