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Sunscreen won’t save dark-skinned people from melanoma

The notion that regular application of sunscreen will reduce an already extremely rare occurrence is nonsensical.
A worker sorts eggs on a farm Canada

A multibillion-dollar race is on to replace the egg

The market for egg alternatives is growing with fake egg whites, vegan eggs, and eggs made from any number of ingredients decidedly unrelated to chickens.

Want to know what makes chocolate taste so great? It’s physics

Not very long ago, chocolate was far from the creamy, rich delicacy it is today. Back in the 19th century, it was brittle, hard, and not quite a favoured sweet.

There’s a science behind suicides, just like any other public health issue

As the number of suicides climb, understanding the science behind it will help identify those at risk and also find ways to address their suffering.

Hiroshima, the city that disappeared, now rediscovered as tiny glass blobs on its beaches

After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, material from the city rained down in the form of glassy beads and settled on its beaches.
A full moon night | Pexels

When Earth’s gravity meets a shrinking Moon, lunar quakes shake it up

Finding is significant as humans are looking to establish a base on the Moon by turn of the century. Information about tectonic activity will help decide locations for explorers to reach. 

Scientists make black, hot ice in a lab, unlocking another secret of the universe

'Superionic water ice' may help scientists better understand the universe, especially the solar system's most distant planetary denizens, Uranus & Neptune.
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Modi’s Balakot ‘cloud cover’ theory fails our accuracy test 100%

Radar, particularly of the kind used by the military and air traffic controllers, is designed to penetrate clouds and detect solid objects.
A forest fire in Kodagu district of Karnataka

A shocking new report reveals 1 million plants & animals will disappear in a few decades

Human activity has 'significantly altered' 75% of our planet's land and 66% of the ocean and led to an extinction crisis.
Human evolution gallery at Indian Museum in Kolkata

We must stop human evolution right now. It’s our moral obligation

We remain at the mercy of natural selection, the least moral way for a species to develop.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.