Friday, 18 January, 2019


Reportage and analysis on the latest developments in the world of science.

India is pushing to develop quantum computers | Bloomberg

India sets off on pursuit of quantum computers, the ‘holy grail’ of modern tech

India is starting work on building infrastructure and acquiring human resources in the first phase of its push to develop quantum computers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the 106th Indian Science Congress in Jalandhar | PTI

Vedic plastic surgery to test-tube Karna — non-science claims flowed from Modi downwards

Not just at the Indian Science Congress, incredulous scientific claims have been made by prominent people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
A man in a hospital in Kashmir, India

Everything you want to know about monkey fever that has killed 6 people in Karnataka

At least six people have died of monkey fever or Kyasanur Forest Disease in Karnataka since December, with another 15 testing positive for it.
Image of a gorilla | Commons

Pseudoscience gorillas are endangering citizens & the planet

Pseudoscience poses a great danger by preventing the right thing from being done and by also by doing the wrong thing big.
Alpha-gal is transforming the landscapes of those affected by it

Why are so many people getting a meat allergy?

Known as alpha-gal allergy, the condition dictates what you can eat, wear, how you relax, and even which medicines are safe.
An artist impression of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe | China National Space Administration

China’s moon landing may fuel humanity’s drive to other galaxies

Space experts believe that while short-term opportunities to mine the moon for minerals might be less, long-term implications for space exploration are real.
An artist impression of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe | China National Space Administration

Chang’e-4 and Chandrayaan-2 — China & India missions have similar objectives, landing sit...

Chang'e-4 landed on the far side of the moon Thursday, setting the stage for a new chapter in India and China space race.

ISRO sets target for 2019, plans 32 missions including Chandrayaan-2

The Indian space organisation also announced that India's maiden human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan will go full steam in 2019.
Satish Dhawan

Remembering Satish Dhawan, the science wizard who pioneered India’s space programme

On his 17th death anniversary, ThePrint takes a look at the life of the space pioneer after whom the Sriharikota launch centre was renamed in 2002.
An artist impression of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe | China National Space Administration

China’s Chang’e-4 first spacecraft to land on dark side of the moon

The feat caps a series of lunar missions China has launched over the past few years as part of its plan to become one of the world’s top three aerospace powers by 2030.
Illustration by Soham Sen |

Rahul Gandhi’s pitch that Modi is the worst doesn’t mean Congress is the best

Which constituency is Rahul Gandhi addressing? How exactly does he define his base? Or, does he even know what his base is?