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How to grow crops on Mars if we were to live on it

Synthetic biology can be a more rational alternative to grow crops on Red Planet.

The search to cure Alzheimer’s leads to a crash and raises more questions

There’s no approved product that can slow or stop the ailment, and about 200 drugs have failed.

Mainstream media continues to peddle pseudoscience on eclipse day

Despite scientists and astronomers trying to bust myths, media outlets continued to advise people not to eat, among other things.
A surgeon using a VR headset at the Royal London Hospital | Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Doctor in your pocket: How digital technology is revolutionising healthcare

Mobile apps that manage cardiovascular health or provide mental health support are now changing how healthcare is practised. 

Get ready tonight for the longest lunar eclipse and a view of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

The vision can be witnessed from anywhere in India, and will begin at 1 am and end at 2.43 am.
A screengrab from the Martian poles

Liquid water on Mars is no surprise but here’s why it makes the planet tougher to explore

Water on Mars is exciting but laws of planetary protection state that we cannot send any craft from Earth near a potential site of life for fear of contamination. 
Cath lab

New way to predict heart attacks: A high-resolution camera that peeps into your arteries

The procedure, called OCT, is done in addition to a normal angiography, and produces a three-dimensional image from inside the heart.
New findings on ageing research | Wikimedia Commons

Is a longer lifespan the key to greater happiness?

Philosophers offer important insights on whether a long life makes our lives better or just longer.
Physical exercise stimulates brain development and academic performance | pixabay

Exercise your way to better grades

Physically fit children have greater volume of grey matter that leads to enhanced academic performance, suggests study. 
A French entrepreneur to design aircraft with wings that come off to hasten turnover at airports and make boarding easier and closer to passengers’ homes

Flying trains could be coming your way

Akka Technologies’s ‘Link & Fly’ will allow passengers to board a train-like tube which later transforms into an aircraft.

On Camera

Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church, Sri Lanka | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Sri Lanka attacks mark birth of terrorism 3.0

Terrorism 3.0 is defined by the Islamic State — a globally dispersed, highly lethal, financially capable, deeply innovative organisation.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.


Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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.