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#Truancy: Indian worker goes on leave for a quarter century

An Indian public official has been sacked for taking leave 24 years ago and never returning to his desk in the country’s notoriously work-shy bureaucracy, the urban development ministry said. Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining India’s central public works department (CPWD) a decade …

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#ELECTRIFYING: US Students device new “ELECTRIC CONDOM”

Two American students have launched a fundraising drive to finance a new invention they say will "enhance" people's sexual pleasure.

Their idea?  An electric condom that stimulates the penis with bursts of electricity. 

It's the outlandish idea of the slightly-less outlandishly named Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer of the Digital Media Program at Georgia Tech University. 

The duo say that the condoms will "maintain the soundness and protection that the condoms already provide" whilst "enhancing the sexual experience". 

In a statement on a crowd-funding website, they said that the (appropriately named) "Electric Eel" will be a "digital" condom designed to "enhance your sexual pleasure."

The statement adds: "The prototype is built with conductive fabric and a Lilypad micro-controller and delivers short electric impulses along the underside of the shaft for increased stimulation."

The team cheekily adds that the amount of electricity used is "very small" and that the designs have been "personally tested" by the designers themselves. 

During one test - in which the pulse mechanism was connected to a 'breathing' sensor, the team said the results were "pleasurable, comfortable and exciting".

They are currently asking for $350 to make one of the devices on www.indiegogo.com.

Here's, erm, a demonstration on how the condom works:

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Blind Indian-American solves Rubik’s Cube

A blind Indian American man has solved a Rubik’s Cube, more than nine months after he began the puzzle. Sameer Doshi,32, reportedly modified the cube using Velcro strips and various stickers so he could use his touch to line up the colours. Mr Doshi, an engineer from Illinois, USA, was …

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