IIT Madras Offers 4-year BS in Programming & Data Science, Anyone Can Apply, JEE Not Required

After the success of its online course in BSc in Programming and Data Science, the top-ranking institute in India Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is now offering a BS Degree course option as well. The BSc in Programming and Data Science now comes with an option for a four-year BS Degree in Data Science and Applications. This is made available after strong demand from students all over the country, claims the IIT. As part of the BS level, students can do an 8-month apprenticeship or a project with companies or research institutes.

Students who are currently in class 12 can also apply and secure admission to the programme. Admitted students will start the program after successfully completing their class 12. Students from any stream can enrol. There is no age limit. Anyone who has studied English and Mathematics in Class 10 is eligible to apply. As the classes are conducted online, there is also no geographic limit. The last date to apply for the September 2022 term of this Data Science Program is August 19. Interested students can apply through the website –

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“This first-of-its-kind program makes it possible for students to study from IIT Madras without attempting the intensely-competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). This directly benefits the students from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds for whom attending JEE coaching classes would be a significant hurdle. The program also offers up to 100% scholarships for deserving students in financial need,” the IIT said in official notice.

This course is designed to offer students multiple entry and exit options where the learner can earn a certificate, diploma, or degree – depending upon the level they are leaving the course at. This provides flexibility to learners and empowers them to choose what they want to accomplish through this programme. These multiple entries and exits are part of the flexibilities offered under the NEP.

In the course, students will learn how to manage data, visualize patterns to gain managerial insights, model uncertainties, and build models that assist in producing forecasts to make effective business decisions. Through extensive hands-on training and experiential learning, the students are also well trained to meet the industry standards, the IIT said adding that it will also facilitate internships and placements for the students who have completed the diploma level of the programme.

Currently, more than 13,000 students are enrolled in the programme, with the maximum number of students from Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. In-person exams are conducted in 116 examination centers across 111 cities in India. The examination centers have also been opened in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Sri Lanka.

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The Secret to Longevity? Here Are 7 Health Tech Gadgets That Can Help

In a world submerged by economic, social and ecological crises, health emerges as the number one priority for people. Everyday life has become so stressful that it takes its toll on our well-being.To stay alert and in sync with everything, we are glued to our phones, making plugging off a real mission. Physical activity is a real struggle.

Luckily for us, there’s also a whole branch of technology, helping us navigate this rugged terrain. The Recursive compiled a list of 7 health tech gadgets developed in Southeast Europe with a mission – to take better care of our bodies and minds. From wristbands, to headbands and glasses, these health tech gadgets aim to help us understand our hearts, brains and needs better, in order to lead a better life.

Health tech gadgets developed in Southeast Europe

Name: Zeit Medical

Year of founding: 2019

Headquarters: California, United States

Founders: Orestis Vardoulis and Urs Naber

What it does: The company developed a headband for people to wear while sleeping. The wearable monitors the impulses of their brain. The software analyzes those impulses and it can detect a few hours early if a stroke or seizure will happen. It is advised to be worn by patients prone to neurological injuries.

The band can be set to call for help as soon as possible if even the smallest danger is detected. The latest round of investmentin total of 1.8M was raised by American VCs SeedtoB and Digilife in 2021.


Year of founding: 2015

Headquarters: Sofia, Bulgaria

Founders: Aleksandar Dimitrov, Branislav Nikolic

What it does: The company developed glasses which project blue light for 20-30 minutes, imitating natural sunlight, improving the human internal body clock. The specific light sends signals to the brain, through the retina, and then makes changes in the creation of the sleeping hormone – melatonin. Users experience better sleep, boosted energy levels and reduced jet lag effects in a natural way. The goAYO app provides personalized therapy, with science-based guidance, to help customers reach their goals for a healthier lifestyle. When downloading the app, they complete a simple test which helps the software get an idea of ​​the body’s usual rhythm, the unique wake/sleep cycle, and from then on it makes recommendations for changes in their routine.Their latest round of investment is 190K in total, and was raised by Eleven Ventures.

Name: SparkVision

Year of founding: 2021

Headquarters: Sofia, Bulgaria

Founders: Ilko Simeonov and Ivan Tsvetkov

What it does: Glasses with bluetooth connection and installed camera to help visually impaired people orientate better when outside, but also read text and call a friend, if needed. The little speakers on the glasses enable people to hear the text they had scanned before with the glasses’ camera. It uses a specific software, available both in English and Bulgarian.

Name: ECG for Everybody

Year of founding: 2016

Headquarters: Novi Sad, Serbia


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A Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Programming

Quantum Computing Concept

A new guide on programming quantum algorithms leads programmers through every step, from theory to implementing the algorithms on IBM’s publicly accessible 5-qubit ibmqx4 quantum computer and others.

The guide covers the fundamentals, along with a summary of the main quantum algorithms and instructions on how to implement them on publicly available quantum computers

As quantum computers proliferate and become more widely available, would-be quantum programmers are left scratching their brains over how to get started in the field. A new beginner’s guide offers a complete introduction to quantum algorithms and their implementation on existing hardware.

“Writing quantum algorithms is radically different from writing classical computing programs and requires some understanding of quantum principles and the mathematics behind them,” said Andrey Y. Lokhov, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author of the recently published guide in ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing. “Our guide helps quantum programmers get started in the field, which is bound to grow as more and more quantum computers with more and more qubits become commonplace.”

The book reviews 20 quantum algorithms in brief, stand-alone parts and includes well-known, fundamental quantum algorithms like Grover’s Algorithm for database searching and much more, and Shor’s Algorithm for factoring integers. The tutorial then teaches programmers how to implement the algorithms on several quantum computers, including IBM’s publicly available 5-qubit IBMQX4 quantum computer, to make the connection to the real world. In each instance, the authors go through the implementation’s outcomes and clarify the differences between the simulator and actual hardware runs.

“This article was the result of a rapid-response effort by the Information Science and Technology Institute at Los Alamos, where about 20 Lab staff members self-selected to learn about and implement a standard quantum algorithm on the IBM Q quantum system,” said Stephan Eidenbenz, a senior[{” attribute=””quantum computing scientist at Los Alamos, a coauthor of the article and director of ISTI when work on it began.

It was intended to train employees who had little or no training with quantum computing to implement a quantum algorithm on a real-world quantum computer in order to prepare the Los Alamos workforce for the quantum era, according to Eidenbenz.

These staff members, in addition to a few students and well-established quantum experts, make up the long author list of this “crowd-sourced” overview article that has already been heavily cited, Eidenbenz said.

Before moving on to the more complex topics of unitary transformations and gates, quantum circuits, and quantum algorithms, the first section of the guide explains the fundamentals of programming a quantum computer, including qubits and qubit systems, superposition, entanglement, and quantum measurements.

The section on the IBM quantum computer covers the set of gates available for algorithms, the actual physical gates implemented, how the qubits are connected, and the sources of noise, or errors.

Another section looks at the various types of quantum algorithms. From there, the guide dives into the 20 selected algorithms, with a problem definition, description, and steps for implementing each one on the

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Graphic Design

John Fetterman and Dr. Oz trade memes in Twitter fight

Over the last few weeks, the Fetterman and Oz campaigns have been locked in an online tit for tat as the midterm election cycle continues to heat up in Pennsylvania. The Oz campaign has repeatedly slammed “radical liberal” John Fetterman over Twitter for his 2016 Bernie Sanders endorsement and “crazier than you think” policy platform. But rather than distancing Fetterman from the criticism, his campaign has embraced the attacks as content inspiration.

The standoff burst into full view on Wednesday when Dr. Mehmet Oz posted a photoshopped image of Sanders and Fetterman styled as a 1980s department store glamor shot, taken from the film Step Brothers. The Fetterman campaign replied with an image reading, “graphic design is my passion,” mocking the meme’s crummy editing job.

Joe Calvello, the Fetterman campaign’s director of communications, said the approach is largely inspired by their opponent’s social presence. “A lot of the time, [Oz] is just asking for it,” he told The Verge on Wednesday. “I don’t know why he does bad posts.”

Invoking the infamous graphic design meme was just the Fetterman campaign’s latest troll targeting Dr. Oz. Last week, the campaign enlisted “Jersey Shore” star Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki,” to scold Oz over his alleged New Jersey residency. “I heard that you moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to look for a new job,” Snooki said in the video. “Personally, I don’t know why anybody would wanna leave New Jersey, ’cause it’s like the best place ever, and we’re all hot messes.”

There are nearly four more months until Pennsylvania voters decide who to send Washington. But for now, “We let the people decide the ratio,” Calvello said.

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LLG Designs, Green becoming popular graphic designer amongst local athletes

Photos courtesy of Leslie Green

When a local athlete posts a graphic on social media at any level, middle school, high school or college, more likely than not it was made by Owensboro native Leslie Green—owner of LLG Designs who has become a go-to choice for athletes making college decisions.

Green grew up in Owensboro playing basketball, before eventually returning home after college and having her daughter Zoe. Much like her mother, Zoe went on to play as well which only strengthened the love of sports Leslie has.

“Sports are a big part of my life,” Green said. “I grew up playing basketball, then I got to teach/watch my daughter Zoe do the same. I am a fan of almost all sports. I still love to play ball and occasionally hit the golf course for fun.”

While Green is an insurance broker during the day and has been with Assured Partners since 2005, her love of art and graphic design carried over from her studies at the University of Southern Indiana.

“It started with graphic design classes at USI, but I have always had a love for art,” Green said. “Recently a friend of mine reminded me that in elementary school, my friends would pay me to draw their names in bubble letters. I guess I have always had a passion for creating.”

With her being so passionate about both career options, she began doing little things here and there as a freelance designer when the opportunity arose.

“I love my career as a broker, and I love designing and creating as well,” Green said. “I am enjoying being dedicated to both careers. When I have my broker hat on, I am focused on just that. And on my free time, I work on my designing skills by participating in workshops,

taking classes, partnering with other designers in the field, and reading….a lot.”

She initially started honing her skills by looking at photos of her daughter before gradually venturing out. It was then that Green realized she had the chance to turn her hobby into a business if she wanted to—thus LLG Designs was created.

“I would look at sports images and I would think of ways I could use them to create something special,” Green said. “I started off just practicing with images of my daughter and kept practicing by slowly opening the window to people I knew, and then it just took off from there. I realized about a year into it, with the markets I was tapping into that I could make a business of it.”

Quickly Green went from getting messages on Facebook and Twitter from parents and athletes, to having zoom calls with college coaches, prep schools and more. Her marketing plan? Simply letting her work do the talking.

“I use my social media and word of mouth to help grow my business,” Green said. “I figure that if I put in the work on my craft that athletes and parents will notice. I know

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