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Dry cracked earth in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

US weather agency issues El Niño alert, says conditions for its development right

In India, the El Niño has been known to cause or exacerbate drought as well as affect seasonal monsoon. Its impact this year, if it develops, remains to be seen.
plastic waste

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from 8 Asian rivers

Indus & the Ganges carry second & sixth highest amounts of plastic debris to the ocean.
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Curbing teen pregnancy can help check India’s anaemia epidemic, study finds

An estimated 53% of India’s women in the reproductive age group are said to suffer from anaemia, according to the latest National Family Health Survey.
Square number three

When did humans first learn to count?

All computation and algebra that we know today, had developed over time in India and gradually transmitted to the Western world by Islamic scholars. 
Rsearch shows psychedelic drugs can alter the brain structure | Pixabay

Psychedelic drugs can be the answer to depression and much more

Psychedelic drugs can affect brain function and alter its neuronal structure impacting how we feel and behave, claims research. 
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The homophobic, anti-abortion preacher making the rounds of South India’s science colleges

Abhishek Clifford, who heads the NGO Rescue 108 is believed to be of British origin and claims to be known by many names.
File image of Prakash Javadekar launching the Smart India Hackathon ’17, in New Delhi | Ministry of Human Resource Development

IIT Madras students build robots that can prevent rail accidents

‘Artemis’, the robot, developed by IIT-Madras students can detect cracks on rail tracks, send out real-time data and help prevent accidents.
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Curiosity finds mysterious methane, organic building blocks of life on Mars

Though not a confirmation of alien life, the results do take us a step closer to deducing that Mars is a tad more hospitable to life than previously thought.
Jacob's dream

What might heaven be like?

There are a lot of competing images of heaven through history. But it is widely believed that it will be this life made perfect beyond the grave.

This is how we can solve 5 of the biggest threats to our oceans

Oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface. For a healthy planet, we need healthy oceans. Here are five of the biggest challenges our oceans face, and what we can do to help.

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File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.