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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 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Frequent thunderstorms and dust storms another gift of a warming world

The mechanisms for thunderstorms and dust storms are essentially the same; the only difference being that it’s a thunderstorm when there’s moisture, and a dust storm when it’s dry.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.

Defence

The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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