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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.

Sheep, gorillas and 24 other animals may be susceptible to Covid, study says

New mathematical equation to improve RT-PCR tests and how removing distancing measures increases virus risk, ThePrint brings the latest research on Covid-19.
Illustration of Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and and Charles M. Rice

Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to US-UK trio for work on identifying Hepatitis C virus

The Nobel Assembly said the 3 scientists have made a decisive contribution as the disease can now be cured for the first time in history, raising hopes of eradicating it.
Milky Way

Rogue planet with similar mass as Earth found floating in the Milky Way

Astronomers estimate that there could potentially be millions of such free-floating rogue planets in every galaxy.

On Camera

File image of BSE building at Dalal Street, Mumbai | Commons

How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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.