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ISRO chief K Sivan

NASA says cooperation with ISRO intact days after calling India’s A-SAT test ‘terrible’

In a letter to ISRO, NASA said based on guidance received from the White House, it was looking forward to continuing to work with the agency.
Birds fly over the Quito Glacier on Greenwich Island, Antarctica

Climate change is accelerating, says another UN report. Here’s why

A new UN report says climate change is occurring at an increasing rate and its consequences are affecting people on every continent.

UK study conducted in India finds children born into poverty have weaker brain activity

The study, conducted in UP on children aged four months to four years, finds a link between mother’s education and mental development.

NASA is not the final word on space debris from A-SAT, says former DRDO chief Saraswat

NASA said it disapproved of India’s 27 March test of an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile on account of the space debris it created.
ASAT Missile

NASA slams A-SAT test for leaving debris in space, increasing risk factor for space station

On 27 March, India entered an exclusive club of nations capable of destroying space-borne satellites as it launched a missile to destroy an Indian satellite.
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in A-SAT missile test, Odisha | PTI

NASA says India’s A-SAT satellite test a ‘terrible thing’, has put ISS at risk

The A-SAT test by India last week resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris that could damage the International Space Station, a NASA official said.
Indian currency coins (representational image) | Pixabay

Not just April Fool’s, 1 April is the day measurements became simple for India

1 April 2019 marks 62 years since India accepted the 100-paise-to-a-rupee formula, or the 'decimal coinage system'.

These are the 4 countries which hitched a ride aboard ISRO’s latest PSLV

ThePrint takes a look at the 28 foreign satellites — from American to Swiss — that travelled with ISRO's EMISAT, and their utility.

There’s a mysterious Indian spy aboard the PSLV that ISRO just launched into space

ISRO's latest mission marks the first time the PSLV will be launching and placing satellites in three different orbits.
An image representing human senses

What is the best sense? Scientists are still battling it out

The debate has opened up some surprisingly deep questions – like what actually makes a sense more or less valuable? And, are some senses fundamentally more important in making us human?

On Camera

Pakistani generals want to restore their golden era & that’s why Musharraf’s team is back

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.