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How MS Swaminathan, father of India’s Green Revolution, got GM crops ‘all wrong’

M.S. Swaminathan and P.C. Kesavan authored a highly controversial review of GM crops that has been now been pulled off Current Science.

ISRO to launch advanced GSAT-7A satellite for IAF and Army today

The GSAT-7A satellite can detect flying military aircraft and distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft as well.

Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

Some of the big events included some major fossil finds and a major controversy whose outcome could rewrite human history.

13-year-old Indian owns software company with school friends & students as employees

Dubai-based Aadithyan Rajesh developed his own mobile app to beat boredom when he was nine.

NASA spacecraft finds signs that highrise-sized asteroid near Earth once had water

The finding made by NASA spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is particularly noteworthy because we are yet to figure out how water came to be on Earth.  

NASA’s Voyager 2 is only second human-made object to enter interstellar space

Voyager 2, which has flown in space since before any millennial was born, has repeated its twin’s 2012 feat.

In 100 years, we may not need soil to grow our food

We may not need to rely on soil to achieve adequate & quality food for as many as 20 billion people in the future.

Kolkata scientists develop ground-breaking model to predict solar cycles

Solar cycles can affect our daily lives in many ways, and Prantika Bhowmik and Dibyendu Nandi’s model can now predict them ten years in advance.

Researchers have developed a single test to diagnose all types of cancers

All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.

China sends off Chang’e-4 for historic mission to the far side of the moon

Expected to land in January, Chang’e-4 will be the world’s first spacecraft to land on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth.

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Representational image| File photo of students writing a test | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

More Dalit students going to Oxfords, Harvards. West now gets the caste divide

There are five primary factors driving an increasing number of students from marginalised communities entering the Western institutions.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.
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