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Texas abortion law shows when human life begins is a question of politics – not biology

As a biologist and philosopher, I have been watching players in the US abortion debate make claims about biology for many years.
Representational image of the novel coronavirus | Flickr

Mu — the latest SARS-CoV-2 ‘variant of interest’ first found in Colombia

Among notable characteristics of Mu are mutations previously associated with immune escape properties. No samples detected in India yet. WHO says it is monitoring variant.
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Pilots saw red warning light during Branson’s spaceflight, probe on for off-course descent

Branson’s spaceflight was a success for the company with safe landing of the crew, but a new report says the agency is under investigation for veering out of its designated air space.
Representational image. | A school in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Asthma, obesity more likely in Delhi kids than in Mysuru, Kottayam, says study, blames pollution

Led by NGOs Lung Care Foundation and Pulmocare Research & Education Foundation, study compares respiratory health of school children in Delhi with those in cities with cleaner air.
A cube of uranium from a failed German World War II-era nuclear reactor | John T. Consoli | University of Maryland

Where are Nazi Germany’s uranium cubes? New tracking method could reveal its missing trail

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develop forensic tracking techniques to locate parts of atom bomb & nuclear reactor Nazi scientists worked on during WW2.
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Scientists have found a ‘second brain’. And it’s in your gut

The enteric nervous system can do what most neural networks in our bodies cannot — function independently of the brain and spinal cord.

Mushrooms are the next big thing in the meat-free protein market

Mycoprotein, found by fermenting spores of mushrooms, has a meat-like structure that gives both a cost and texture advantage over plant-based proteins.
The launch of Chandrayaan-2 | Twitter

​Moon lander, GSLV, end of PSLV’s 24-yr streak — what ISRO’s 3 ‘failures’ in 4 yrs mean

ISRO is hailed for its track record of impressive launches but a series of unsuccessful missions seem to have cast a shadow on its reputation.
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Coronavirus mutated same amount during pandemic as humans since Homo habilis walked earth

Mutations are the ultimate engine of evolution and provide the raw material for natural selection to act.
A BMC health worker collects a swab sample of a passenger for the Covid test, at a station in Mumbai, on 30 June 2021 | PTI

Mumbai sees ‘first Delta Plus death’ — What is the new variant & where it came from

The Delta Plus variant, also known as AY.1 and designated as a variant of concern in India, has been detected in the genome sequence of a Mumbai woman who died of Covid on 27 July.

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Double vaccination halves risk of developing long-lasting Covid symptoms

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of getting long Covid is to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Sugarcane farmers wait with their bullock carts to unload their crop outside the Modi Sugar Mills in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Yogi announces hike in sugarcane MSP by Rs 25 per quintal, months before UP polls

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said Sunday that the new price will enable sugarcane growers to increase incomes by 8%, and will transform lives of 45 lakh farmers.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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