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The rats can help you trace your lost keys and it’s good news for Alzheimer’s research

A new breakthrough in understanding rodent memory, published in Current Biology, promises to aid the pursuit of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
With the world becoming aware of the energy crisis with each passing second, solar energy has emerged as one of the most popular forms of energy | Wikipedia Commons

Breakthrough: Indian-origin scientist uses solar energy to extract Hydrogen from water

In a big push for solar fuel, Govinder Singh Pawar has created a semiconductor that can store solar energy more efficiently than any other method we know today.
IIT-Kanpur

IIT-Kanpur signs Rs 15 crore deal to develop flying taxis in India

Premier institute hopes to have viable prototype in next 5 yrs, to depute students on project.
Our brain chooses sounds that are comfortable to it | Flickr

Laurel or Yanny? Depends on who is listening

The latest Twitter row on an audio clip has echoes of the dress debate and just as the, the answer lies in our brains.  

E.C.G. Sudarshan, theoretical physicist nominated for Nobel 9 times, passes away

His most notable contribution was the Sudarshan-Glauber quantum representation of light, for which the Nobel was infamously given to Glauber only.
Monkey

Indian study finds unique behaviour in monkeys that could be precursor to human language

The first-of-its-kind study, by NIAS, Bengaluru, could have huge implications for areas such as anthropology and evolutionary biology.
Bangabandhu Satellite-1

With Bangabandhu-1 launch on SpaceX rocket, Bangladesh aims to compete with India in space

A Bangladeshi satellite in the vicinity could offer stiff financial competition to India when it comes to providing satellite-based services to other south Asian nations.

What do religious fanatics & conspiracy theorists have in common? They believe fake news

It turns out that people who “endorse delusion-like ideation” are more likely to believe fake news — as are “dogmatic individuals and religious fundamentalists.”
Duststorm hits the capital | Twitter | @TrumpDiatribe

So, the superstorm warning was a dud. Here’s why the Met often gets it so wrong

Our most accurate models can predict weather only up to five days in advance, with nearly a 90 per cent probability of getting the next 24 hours spot-on.
Karttikeya Mangalam

How an IIT grad saved the life of a diabetic on a Moscow-New Delhi flight

Thomas already had some cartridges of short-term fast-working insulin, all he needed was a method to inject them. But he didn’t have one handy.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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.