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The GSAT-31 was successfully launched from from French Guiana today

India successfully launches communication satellite GSAT-31

The GSAT-31 is a high power communication satellite which is going to replace another communication satellite that is due to expire soon.

IIT-Madras develops a unique kitchen laser using a carrot

Using techniques devised by C.V. Raman, the team has created a laser using a carrot, which is important because it answers the call for eco-friendly devices.
The change in oceans’ colour takes place because of the difference in quantities of phytoplankton, a microscopic algae | Pixabay

By the end of the century, our blue oceans will turn green

MIT scientist who led the study says there will be a notable difference in the colour of 50% of the oceans by 2100, and it could be ‘quite serious’.

Scientists got it wrong, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day

Lacking a regular breakfast routine kept our ancient ancestors lean, and modern day research says it could even lead to weight loss.
GSAT-7A | isro.gov.in

ISRO sets up centre in Bengaluru for manned space mission Gaganyaan

The space agency planning a human spaceflight programme which is likely to include a woman astronaut.
Latest news on Uranus | Commons

Uranus remains mysterious but now we know why it spins on its side

Unlike all the other planets, Uranus and its rings are tilted by almost a right angle.
Representational image of a snake | Ajay Giri

Indian farmer’s gruesome snakebite photo keeps a 200-year-old medical journal popular

Photos of the New England Journal of Medicine, which are available online, can range from weird to grotesque, but are compelling nonetheless.
ISRO’s PSLV-C44 carrying military satellite Microsat-R and students payload 'Kalamsat' | R Senthil Kumar/PTI

ISRO kicks off 2019 with launch of 2 satellites, including the Kalamsat built by students

ISRO launched the Microsat-R, an imaging satellite for the military, and the experimental Kalamsat for studying communication systems of nano satellites.
Representational image | Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

Doomsday clock moves closest to the end of the world since 1953

Threats from nuclear weapons & climate change have exacerbated, says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, taking us closer to global annihilation.
A scientist at work in a research lab in Bengaluru | Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

India pays more than any developing country on funding R&D for dengue, malaria, HIV

According to a new report, India accounts for nearly three quarters of the total public funding on R&D by low- and middle-income countries.

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.