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ICMR’s Nivedita Gupta accused of ‘image manipulation, plagiarism’ in 2 papers, denies charge

Allegations against Nivedita Gupta, head of virology at ICMR, raised Saturday on PubPeer by Elizabeth Bik, a Dutch microbiologist and scientific research integrity expert.

Not just RT-PCR tests, now your ‘smart’ masks will also tell you if you have Covid-19

Researchers in Japan are using ostrich antibodies to detect Covid-19 under ultraviolet light, something they say will help pick up asymptomatic cases.

Sampling DNA from air could help track animals, transform wildlife monitoring

Two groups of researchers sampled DNA from the air in two European zoos and discovered a wealth of genetic material, including from animals outside the zoo and meat fed to animals.

Russian rocket stage could re-enter earth’s atmosphere today, weeks after failed test launch

The Persei upper stage of Russia’s new Angara A5 rocket will fall back into earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday or Thursday after a failed test flight two weeks ago. 

Feeling ‘blah’ after Christmas season? You are not alone, there’s science to it

The holiday season is usually joyous, but many feel “blah” soon after the celebrations. What is it that makes people feel this way?

How Corbevax and Covovax, the two vaccines newly approved in India, fight Covid

India granted emergency-use authorisation to two new Covid vaccines, Corbevax and Covovax, this week. Both use proteins of the coronavirus to induce an immune response.

With ‘precaution doses’ approved in India, here’s what we know about Covid vaccine boosters

PM Modi announced Saturday that booster doses would be rolled out from 10 January. Scientific studies have found that protection wanes after the 2nd dose, and recommended boosters.

Cough or fever first? Covid variants can make symptoms appear in different order, US study says

Symptom order can change with mutations in the virus, finds a study by researchers from the University of Southern California, published in 'PLOS Computational Biology'.

No one thought I could make it: Ramanujan Prize winner Neena Gupta who solved Zariski problem

Gupta received the Ramanujan Award, announced on 10 December, in particular for her solution to the Zariski Cancellation Problem — a fundamental one in algebraic geometry.

NASA picks up Indian-origin doctor Anil Menon as astronaut for future missions

Menon was SpaceX’s first flight surgeon, helping to launch the company’s first humans to space during NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission.

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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.

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The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

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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