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American scientists were able to ‘revive’ brains of dead pigs

Though cellular activity was restored in the brains, scientists are ‘still not close to actually awakening the dead brains’.

Saturn’s moon Titan has lakes of methane over 100 metres deep, and they’re much like ours

Titan, one of over 60 moons of Saturn, is the only other body in the solar system to have liquid on its surface.

Male or female, mating is equally risky for these insects, finds IISc study

According to an IISc study, insects who call out to potential mates face as much of a risk of attracting predators as the ones who answer their call.

How Chinese scientists created monkeys with human brain genes

The study was published in Beijing’s National Science Review journal in March, but has led many to question the ethics of the experiment.

If you are not sleeping at work, you should be fired

If employers are going to interfere with employees’ leisure time, organisations should then provide opportunities for the needed recovery to occur at work.
Adult guinea pigs

Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for humans

Once the best antibodies for fighting a disease have been identified, they can be made in bulk and used as a treatment.

First private landing on moon fails as Israel’s Beresheet lander crashes

Beresheet crashed at 1925 GMT Thursday, when the craft’s main engine shut off during the braking procedure before touching down.
A child affected by Leishmaniasis in Pakistan | @DrBadarAwan5/Twitter

This parasitic skin disease is scarring one million people every year worldwide

Leishmaniasis is caused by bite of infected female sandflies. In India, it is prevalent in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.

The world gets its first look at a black hole. Here’s how we got there

The black hole is located at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy. It is 6.6 billion times the mass of the sun, and is located 53.5 million light years away.
Gold bars | Pixabay

No one knows who discovered gold, but it is quietly shaping our world

Gold was always considered to be chemically “inert” – but in recent decades it has found a variety of interesting applications.

On Camera

Pakistani generals want to restore their golden era & that’s why Musharraf’s team is back

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.