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What drones can do for India, and what India can do for the world’s drones

India formally entered the drone ecosystem in 2018. By 2021, the country’s UAV market is expected to be worth $885.7 million out of the world’s $21.47 billion.
Deforestation

Introducing biotech trees to help stop disappearing forests is easier said that done

Releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health represents a new frontier in biotechnology. 
Healthcare

The key to the future of biotechnology is you, and your body

As developments in technology and medicine race forward, our body data such as biomarkers and lifestyle logs could help accomplish advanced healthcare systems.
Cloves

World’s oldest clove? What the find in Sri Lanka says about early spice trade

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed the world's oldest clove from an ancient port town on Sri Lanka's north-west coast, dating back to around 200BC.
ISRO chief K Sivan

Pilots might stand a better chance at being chosen for Gaganyaan mission

ISRO chief K Sivan said they were looking for people with flying experience to send on India's first manned space flight being planned for 2022.
Space start-up Rocketeers launched the first commercially-available model rockets in India

The Bengaluru start-up that is building affordable model rockets you can buy

Rocketeers, the brainchild of two alumni of the Indian Institute of Space Technology, has launched model rockets which fly at up to 900 feet.
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Phosphorus: 350 years after its discovery, this vital element is running out

Looking for gold, an alchemist in the 17th Century discovered phosphorous from a most unusual source, urine. Now, centuries later, we face a critical shortage of the element.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan

ISRO announces Chandrayaan-2 launch in April, Gaganyaan could be in space by 2021

Speaking at a press conference, ISRO chairman K. Sivan also said that he hoped women astronauts would be part of the human spaceflight programme. Bengaluru:...

In a first, scientists photograph how a (dead) star is born

Scientists may have just captured the birth of the objects left behind when a star explodes.
India is pushing to develop quantum computers | Bloomberg

India sets off on pursuit of quantum computers, the ‘holy grail’ of modern tech

India is starting work on building infrastructure and acquiring human resources in the first phase of its push to develop quantum computers.

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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.