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Winston Churchill

Proved by science: Winston Churchill, not nature, caused 1943 Bengal famine

Researchers studied simulated soil conditions from 1870 to 2016, and found that while other famines during this period were caused by drought, the one in 1943 wasn’t.
Isaac Asimov

Computers, the environment & lunar mining — how well Isaac Asimov predicted 2019

In 1983, legendary science fiction author Isaac Asimov presented his vision of 2019, with about a 50-50 record of hits and misses.
Computer-generated image of space debris

Why space debris from India’s Mission Shakti may not be that dangerous after all

As countries like India look to develop ‘credible space deterrence’, ThePrint takes a look at the issue of space debris staring at the human race.
IIT Delhi | Commons

Artificial intelligence system by IIT-Delhi researchers detects malaria, TB, cervical cancer in seconds

The AI-based system that can help in detecting malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasite and cervical cancer in a few milliseconds.

Drinking very hot tea or coffee daily can increase risk of cancer by 90%, says large study

The study, published this week in International Journal of Cancer, was conducted on 50,000 people in Iran.
An artist's representation of binary stars

In Chile, a group of scientists are watching twin stars being born

The scientists, from Japan, Sweden & US, are observing a molecular cloud that’s on its way to forming a binary star system — the astronomical equivalent of twins.

West Bengal had India’s first arsenic poisoning case, 35 years on little has changed

Almost 70% of West Bengal’s districts report arsenic levels above the permissible limit of 10 µg/L but despite this, viable solutions remain elusive.  

When you die, it won’t be an egg that killed you

One of the biggest flaws of studies like the egg study is that these aren’t constructed in a way that would help people make better choices.
A full moon night | Pexels

Get ready for a bright night tonight with 2019’s last supermoon

Spring equinox to take place tomorrow. For the first time since 2000, a full moon has come this close to the first day of the spring.
File photo of destruction caused by cyclone Idai | @cobbo3/Twitter

In disaster-prone Mozambique, cyclone Idai likely to become worst-ever tropical storm

In Mozambique, which has the longest stretch of Indian Ocean coastline, death toll is expected to cross 1,000 & Idai has destroyed 90% of its coastal city Beira.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

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.