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India criticises rich nations on broken climate promises

Other emerging nations have also joined the chorus of criticism on rich countries’ lack of progress on emission cuts and funding to adapt to the increased frequency of storms, droughts and floods.
A rat used for an experiment

The rats can help you trace your lost keys and it’s good news for Alzheimer’s research

A new breakthrough in understanding rodent memory, published in Current Biology, promises to aid the pursuit of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
With the world becoming aware of the energy crisis with each passing second, solar energy has emerged as one of the most popular forms of energy | Wikipedia Commons

Breakthrough: Indian-origin scientist uses solar energy to extract Hydrogen from water

In a big push for solar fuel, Govinder Singh Pawar has created a semiconductor that can store solar energy more efficiently than any other method we know today.
IIT-Kanpur

IIT-Kanpur signs Rs 15 crore deal to develop flying taxis in India

Premier institute hopes to have viable prototype in next 5 yrs, to depute students on project.
Our brain chooses sounds that are comfortable to it | Flickr

Laurel or Yanny? Depends on who is listening

The latest Twitter row on an audio clip has echoes of the dress debate and just as the, the answer lies in our brains.  

E.C.G. Sudarshan, theoretical physicist nominated for Nobel 9 times, passes away

His most notable contribution was the Sudarshan-Glauber quantum representation of light, for which the Nobel was infamously given to Glauber only.
Monkey

Indian study finds unique behaviour in monkeys that could be precursor to human language

The first-of-its-kind study, by NIAS, Bengaluru, could have huge implications for areas such as anthropology and evolutionary biology.
Bangabandhu Satellite-1

With Bangabandhu-1 launch on SpaceX rocket, Bangladesh aims to compete with India in space

A Bangladeshi satellite in the vicinity could offer stiff financial competition to India when it comes to providing satellite-based services to other south Asian nations.

What do religious fanatics & conspiracy theorists have in common? They believe fake news

It turns out that people who “endorse delusion-like ideation” are more likely to believe fake news — as are “dogmatic individuals and religious fundamentalists.”
Duststorm hits the capital | Twitter | @TrumpDiatribe

So, the superstorm warning was a dud. Here’s why the Met often gets it so wrong

Our most accurate models can predict weather only up to five days in advance, with nearly a 90 per cent probability of getting the next 24 hours spot-on.

On Camera

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.

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.