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The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle was tested from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Odisha’s Balasore | By special arrangement

‘Like lighting a match in cyclone’ — Beauty of India’s hypersonic flight tech is in its engine

DRDO's successful test of a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle this month is a result of several indigenous tech achievements and know-how obtained over two decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India & Pakistan to get Ig Nobel Peace Prize, PM Modi among ‘Medical Education’ winners

Not to be confused with the prestigious Nobel Prize, the Ig Nobel is a satirical or parody prize awarded for unusual 'achievement'. The name plays on the word 'ignoble'.

Jupiter-sized planet found orbiting a dead star — a first in space discoveries

Planet WD 1856b, located 80 light years from Earth, is thought to be about 14 times the mass of Jupiter and goes around the star every 34 hours.
The Covaxin vaccine | www.bharatbiotech.com

This is why blood from newborn cattle is being used to develop Indian Covid vaccine

Blood serum from newborn cattle is a key ingredient in biological research, such as the development of vaccines, and is widely available for import.
Venus | Wiki

In Venus’ clouds, scientists find gas that suggests life, but say it’s hint, not evidence

The researchers behind the finding, from US, UK and Japan, claim to have detected the gas phosphine in Venus atmosphere. The study has been published in Nature Astronomy.
A Covid-19 testing camp in Patna | Representational image: ANI

Researchers devise new Covid ‘smell test’ powered by Indian kitchen staples

The test is the brainchild of researchers at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute Mohali and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh.
A woman studies the moon's surface | Representational image | ThisIsEngineering | Pexels

The Moon is rusting, and that shows how much we still don’t know about it

Earlier this month, researchers published evidence of hematite at the Moon’s higher latitudes — an oxide of iron that turns red when it begins to rust and gives Mars its rosy colour.

13-million-year-old tooth found in Uttarakhand leads to discovery of new ape species

The fossil of a molar tooth unearthed in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, in 2015, belongs to the earliest ancestor of gibbons, who started migrating from Africa to Asia 13 million years ago.
The Breakthrough Prize trophy

Tool to design new protein and probe into dark energy win ‘Oscars’ of science

Recipients of prestigious 2021 Breakthrough Award were announced Thursday. Mark Zuckerberg is among founders and sponsors of the prize considered largest in the sciences.
Kalpana Chawla - a Haryana Girl

Northrop Grumman names US spacecraft after late astronaut Kalpana Chawla

The Indian-American astronaut made history at NASA as the first India-born woman to enter space. She died in 2003 when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon entering Earth.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.