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In disaster-prone Mozambique, cyclone Idai likely to become worst-ever tropical storm

In Mozambique, which has the longest stretch of Indian Ocean coastline, death toll is expected to cross 1,000 & Idai has destroyed 90% of its coastal city Beira.
Climate Change

The idea that all climate goals will be realised by 2030 is clearly fanciful

Our choices can make the difference since new study shows pursuit of some goals appears to stir up far fewer conflicts than pursuing others.
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Symptoms of schizophrenic women change tones with menstrual cycle, study shows

Study was conducted at a tertiary care mental hospital in eastern India, where the moods of 40 schizophrenia patients were monitored for 15 months.
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Viruses could be the best bet for fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs

As antimicrobial resistance continues to rise, we're racing against time to figure out the next-best solution to battling superbugs.

7 of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are in India

Reducing particulate matter in the air could add 1.3 years to the lifespan of the average Indian, and nearly three years to residents of Delhi.
Smog surrounds buildings in Bangkok

Earth has seen spikes in carbon dioxide before, and it wasn’t pretty

While global warming continues and carbon levels rise, scientists have realised that 4 of the 5 of mass extinctions so far were likely triggered by large amounts of carbon being released into the atmosphere.
MMR vaccine | @RobMax4/Twitter

MMR vaccine doesn’t increase autism risk, says Denmark study

Scientists at Statens Serum Institut also find that vaccines do not trigger autism in children who are at risk. Study comes amid fears of falling vaccination rates.  
Commuters drive through heavy smog at Rajpath

India has 15 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world, says study

Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Bhiwadi are ranked in the top 6, suggests the report.
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The microbes inside your garden wall have clues to ancient earth’s biological evolution

The amoebae can be predators, but they can also be grazers, or even harbor symbiotic algae that produce their food, making them primary producers.

This Bengaluru-based startup is helping save India’s soldiers on the frontlines

Axio Biosolutions, which produces a cheap haemostat, is the first Indian company to receive US FDA clearance for a wound dressing.

On Camera

An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

Tejas

Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?