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How solutions found for space garbage could help fix the plastic problem on Earth

Agencies advise capturing space waste with harpoons, nets or robotic arms and bring it it back to Earth in one piece, a process that can be replicated to gather plastic in the ocean.
A homegrown asafoetida or hing sapling | Photo: CSIR-IHBT

India starts cultivating hing, a staple ingredient that costs $130 mn each year to import

Hing is currently imported from Afghanistan and Iran but scientists from CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, have begun growing it in Himachal’s Lahaul and Spiti district.

Johnson & Johnson halts Covid vaccine trial due to unexplained illness in one participant

While there are hundreds of Covid vaccines being developed, J&J is among a short list of vaccine makers who have progressed into final-stage human studies.
The Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile | Twitter/@defenseworld

Nirbhay missile develops technical snag during test firing, aborted minutes after launch

Nirbhay missile was test-fired by DRDO from an integrated test range in Balasore in Odisha at around 10:30 AM.

Coronavirus could stay for weeks on currency notes, touchscreens, Australian study finds

Scientists showed SARS-CoV-2 is 'extremely robust', surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on smartphones and plastic banknotes at room temperature.
A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Patna, Bihar, Wednesday | Photo: ANI

5 ways in which Vitamin D can help prevent multiple organ damage from Covid

Adequate Vitamin D levels may prove key in preventing Covid risk & reducing severity of infection. But levels of supplements needed should be decided in consultation with doctors.
Climate change

Last month was hottest September globally in recorded history

This is an alarming indication of the ongoing climate emergency wherein human emissions are causing global temperatures to rise, say scientists.
Pregnant women wait for their turn to meet the doctor at Mohali Civil Hospital, a dedicated Covid facility in Punjab's SAS Nagar district | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Covid-positive pregnant women could experience symptoms for months, study says

From air pollution making the virus more dangerous to hepatitis C drug as possible treatment, ThePrint brings the latest research on Covid-19.
Illustration of Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna | Twitter | @NobelPrize

Why 2020 Chemistry Nobel went to CRISPR-Cas9 tool that can ‘rewrite code of life’

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the first Nobel jointly awarded to two women for their work on developing CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique Wednesday.
(L-R) 2020 physics Nobel winners Roger Penrose, Andrea Ghez, and Reinhard Genzel | Credit: Wikipedia/MIT News

Einstein proved right & a Milky Way secret revealed — why black holes ruled 2020 physics Nobel

The Nobel 2020 for physics was awarded to three theoretical physicists for separately proving the existence of black holes and discovering Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

On Camera

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.


INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.