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SM Chitre, stalwart astrophysicist who once shared office with Stephen Hawking, dies at 84

A Padma Bhushan recipient, Shashikumar Madhusudhan Chitre was a former senior professor at TIFR and ex-president of the Astronomical Society of India.

How dogs became our best friends — new study on diet of Ice Age humans, wolves has an answer

Research proposes new theory on domestication of dogs based on evidence that indicates Ice Age hunter-gatherers shared leftover meat with the canine's ancestors, wolves.

Pfizer vaccine could offer protection against new Covid variant, shows study

The study showed the vaccine is likely to generate a protective immune response to new coronavirus variants carrying the so-called N501Y mutation in the virus’s spike protein.

Warm and humid climate make rocks more brittle, accelerate weathering, study finds

New study by University of North Carolina confirms that increased humidity in air and rising temperatures leads to rocks weathering faster.

Blursdays — Covid distorted our sense of time. Will 2021 help?

Did it feel like 2020 went on forever or did it feel like it needed to slow down? You are not the only one feeling confused.

A long, unbroken night of sleep may not be enough for you, new study shows

Anthropologists have found evidence that during preindustrial Europe, bi-modal sleeping was considered the norm.

Assisted reproduction to end-of-life care — Redefining life & death in the Covid age

Notre Dame law professor O. Carter Snead on his proposal to place bioethics on a new foundation and what implications it has for everything, including Covid-19 response.

Mars, Moon & a fresh pair of eyes in the sky — the big space missions planned for 2021

Among other things, the coming year will provide a glimpse at the progress being made by the burgeoning private space industry — with many new rockets set for their maiden flights.

DRDO’s new quantum device can generate random numbers using light particles

The Quantum Random Number Generator relies on a fundamental property of light — the fact that light behaves like a wave and a particle at the same time.

Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space programme who was also a connoisseur of arts

Vikram Sarabhai, whose legacy lives on in India’s space programme, died of unknown causes on 30 December 1971 in Kerala. A crater on the Moon is named after him.

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Jaishankar to embark on his 1st visit to New Zealand from Oct 5

G20 has 5 daunting challenges and India’s presidency can turn this crisis into opportunity

India should highlight its leadership in low-cost vaccine tech, effective health immunisation delivery, generic pharmaceutical manufacturing, and solar energy.
Falguni Nayar, Nykaa's founder & CEO, and Sima Ganwani Ved, Apparel Group's founder & chairwoman, pose for a picture during a strategic alliance announcement in Mumbai, on 6 October 2022 | Reuters

Nykaa forge ties with Dubai’s Apparel Group to expand business in Gulf countries

Falguni Nayar, the online retailer founder and CEO, said the two companies would together build a multi-brand beauty retail business with Nykaa holding a 55% stake of the entity.

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Rescue operation underway after an army aviation Cheetah helicopter flying in the forward area near Tawang crashed during a routine sortie Wednesday | ANI

Multiple military & civilian chopper crashes in past years highlight a disturbing trend for India

An Indian Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter crashed Wednesday. Several such crashes over past few yrs have jolted the military. Non-military sphere, too, has encountered many crashes.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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