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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?
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.
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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.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

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.