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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.
Representational image | Commons

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.
The Crew Dragon at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California

SpaceX launches historic test of craft meant to carry humans to space

The successful launch of the Crew Dragon craft is being seen as a milestone for Elon Musk's goal of enabling humans to live on other planets.

North India sees coldest February in 5 years. Here’s why

With temperatures in north India hitting a five-year low, ThePrint explains what a polar vortex is and how it breaks down.
The team at the petroglyph site | Murugeshi Taruvekere

Stone Age rock art site discovered in Karnataka’s Udupi

The petroglyphs, giant images carved on rock by chipping away parts of it, could date to between 10000 BCE and 3000 BCE, falling right in the middle part of India's Stone Age period.
Low hanging stratocumulus clouds | Flickr

Study shows climate change has a new victim — a type of cloud

A supercomputer simulation study at Caltech shows that at current rate of emissions, low lying clouds that cool the planet will go extinct.
ISRO’s PSLV-C44 carrying military satellite Microsat-R and students payload 'Kalamsat' | R Senthil Kumar/PTI

In a first, ISRO to launch PSLV-C45 with three-tier orbit deployments

Set for a 21-March launch, PSLV C-45 will carry an Indian electronic intelligence satellite, and 29 guest satellites from other countries.

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Anil Ambani pays up: Defaulting tycoons can no longer game the system or is it a one-off?

Anil Ambani Tuesday escaped a three-month prison term after his elder brother Mukesh Ambani agreed to repay money Reliance Communications owed to Ericsson’s local unit.

Defence

File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Five IAF Spice 2000 bombs hit JeM camps in Balakot, govt satellite images show

High-resolution images procured by India show two JeM structures were hit by IAF in Balakot on 26 February.
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?