Is Electronic Voting Trustworthy?


The electronic voting system is being followed in developed and developing democracies across the globe during elections. The voting system ensures there is no duplication and the voter rolls are verified. The counting process is hastened with optical scanners. The doubts that arise is if the voting can be done online or should the voter visit the voting booth to cast their votes? Is online voting secure? Can hacking prove detrimental to the voting system? These are some of the questions that need an answer. The discussion will be related to this topic.

With everything going online today, electronic voting is going to change the political scenario. Governments across the globe are taking a call on online voting and the trial has already begun. Critics have always cautioned on the electronic voting system calling it insecure for our democracy. The United Kingdom ran trials on the electronic voting for their local elections during the years 2002, 2003 and in 2007. Estonia was the first country to go online for voting for their general elections in the year 2007.

electricA research by the WebRoots Democracy informs that there is a higher chance of young voters voting if the voting system goes online. Moreover, the cost incurred for the election could be drastically brought down with the online voting system. Though some security concerns do arise despite there were no attacks on the e-voting system. But it is not denied that the e-voting system may become vulnerable to attacks if the system is widespread.

Besides securing the e-voting system from malware and other related threats it has to be protected from manipulations. There are no signatures to authenticate the voter, very similar to the postal ballot system. With this said e-voting is not completely free from malpractices. Cyber security issues are also a cause for concern in the electronic voting system. It could be scary and make democracy a gamble.

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Jack Kaye On Discover satellite


There are thousands of satellites in the orbit moving around the earth. There are 2,271 satellites in the orbit listed by Gobbard Space Flight Center. Russia has over 1,324 satellites in the orbit and the US has 658 to its credit. GPS runs on the information given by the satellites and it is the foundation of modern communication. Without satellites, we cannot monitor the meteorological happening and other surface conditions. Talk to Jack Kaye on the imaginary uses of the satellite. Jack is from the NASA Earth Science Division.

sateliteJack Kaye is the member of Senior Executive service. He was earlier associated with Goddard Space Flight Center, managed the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at the NASA HQ. Jack talks about the images of the moon taken from the Discover satellite launched the year before. He says space allows you to look at earth differently. Though the picture is the backside of the moon, it is actually the front for the satellite, informs Jack.

The complexity of the Earth is drawn from the oceans, clouds, greenery, brown areas and the photograph was taken some millions of miles away from the earth. Jack says the Discover satellite has two instruments, one is the EPIC, camera for the images that captures the pictures and the other is for Earth radiation budget. The Discover satellite was launched by the NOAA, the Department of Defense and the NASA last year.

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Diabetes And Paleo Diet – What You Should Know?


Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of concern in both developed and developing countries. Despite many diet regimes to control diabetes, the Paleo diet is trending not just for controlling the disease but also helping in losing weight healthily. Paleo diet was followed in the Paleolithic era. It has beneficial effects on those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Does the diet have a promising effect on the health, see what the University of Melbourne, Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos has to say about Paleo diet.

The conversation with Norman Swan with Sof Andrikopoulos goes as follows: Paleo diet is all about avoiding processed food and opting for high protein wild food. This is what the hunter-gatherers did in the past and there is nothing wrong in following the diet that is dense in energy and low in sugar informs Sof. To be more precise Paleo diet is high in fat, low on carb and medium on protein. Well, the studies are still in progress and the results of the jury are awaited.

The Professors says that Kerin O’Dea on his work with the indigenous Australians said that hunter-gatherers lived on high protein and carbs and low on fat but the social media has it as high fat and low carb. Again it depends on which part of the world the Paleolithic man lived and how he hunted or ate his food. Sof says that he found two studies on the paleo diet. Both the studies published revealed that none of the two comparative diets are any better in controlling blood sugar and weight loss. The two comparisons are one from the American Diabetes Association and the other is the diabetes diet.

According to the Paleo people, it is the high fat that keeps you full and the ketosis that suppresses the craving for more food. Here fat is used for energy instead of sugar and fat produces more ketones resulting in eating fewer calories.