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Lunar surface. | Photo: ISRO/Twitter

Discovery of water on moon: What India’s first Chandrayaan mission achieved a decade ago

Inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was instrumental in discovering water on the moon, and had a brief tiff with NASA over this.
Beef burger

Intolerance, naming & shaming, allegations — the red meat debate is getting nasty

The dispute can be traced to a series of studies from October that seeks to discredit popular wisdom about the ill-effects of red meat.
healthy diet

Ideal diet for humans isn’t affordable for 1.58 billion people, says Lancet study

Study says the EAT-Lancet diet would cost 64 per cent more than the lowest-cost combination of foods in low-income nations.
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Coffee lovers have 50% less chance of developing most common type of liver cancer: Study

The UK-based study suggests that antioxidants and caffeine present in coffee is likely to cut risks of hepatocellular carcinoma by half.
Previous studies have exaggerated the ability of indoor plants in purifying air | Pixabay

Potted plants don’t really improve indoor air quality, finds new study by US university

Researchers from US' Drexel University claim that decades of studies have vastly exaggerated the ability of indoor plants in removing volatile organic compounds.
ASAT Missile

At least 28 pieces of debris from India’s A-SAT missile test still floating in space

NASA tracked at least 101 pieces of debris initially, 28 of them still remain in low Earth orbit, says astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell.
An artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 2, which entered interstellar space in 2018, sends a message for Earth

NASA’s Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 were launched in 1977, but reached interstellar space 6 years apart.
IIT Delhi | Commons

IIT-Delhi ties up with ISRO for research cell, will help with India’s manned space missions

ISRO is helping set up a research centre at IIT-Delhi that is expected to contribute to Gaganyaan project, through which India hopes to send manned missions to space.
Capsaicin is an active ingredient in chillies that leads to higher metablism in teh human body | Petr Kratochvil | Needpix.com

Chillies could be the next big trend in weight loss regimen

A team of Indian scientists say they have found a way to enhance capsaicin — the hot factor in chillies — to increase a body's fat digestion function, effectively helping in weight loss.
Village women wait with their metal pitchers for the water to get filled in the holes they dug in a dried-up pond during this summer in Palletummalapalem village near Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh

Extreme heat due to climate change could kill 15 lakh Indians every year by 2100

Climate change expected to increase India’s average annual temperature by 4 degrees Celsius. Number of extreme hot days a year to also rise drastically.

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AI and tech

Era of ‘borderless’ innovation is over. US, India, China using national security to box tech

Security is now bleeding the economies of US and China, with flow of capital, people and technology being disrupted.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will joining Shiv Sena-NCP alliance help revive Congress or damage it further nationally?

The political deadlock in Maharashtra continues even as Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray met senior leaders of Maharashtra Congress.

Defence

Special Forces of the Army | Commons

Army wants officers to deactivate Facebook accounts, stay away from WhatsApp

The Indian Army advisory says WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence.

Imran Khan’s fantasy to revive Khalistan isn’t happening because Sikhs aren’t gullible

India isn’t made of porcelain. Kartarpur Sahib is open. It’s our moment of collective joy. Switch off that TV neurosis on the ‘return of Khalistan’.