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Steam billows from the cooling towers of the Yallourn coal-fired power station operated by EnergyAustralia Holdings Ltd

New wave of satellites could pinpoint greenhouse gas offenders

More than a dozen govts & firms are planning to launch satellites that measure concentrations of heat-trapping gases such as methane.

American scientists were able to ‘revive’ brains of dead pigs

Though cellular activity was restored in the brains, scientists are ‘still not close to actually awakening the dead brains’.

Saturn’s moon Titan has lakes of methane over 100 metres deep, and they’re much like ours

Titan, one of over 60 moons of Saturn, is the only other body in the solar system to have liquid on its surface.

Male or female, mating is equally risky for these insects, finds IISc study

According to an IISc study, insects who call out to potential mates face as much of a risk of attracting predators as the ones who answer their call.

How Chinese scientists created monkeys with human brain genes

The study was published in Beijing’s National Science Review journal in March, but has led many to question the ethics of the experiment.

If you are not sleeping at work, you should be fired

If employers are going to interfere with employees’ leisure time, organisations should then provide opportunities for the needed recovery to occur at work.
Adult guinea pigs

Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for humans

Once the best antibodies for fighting a disease have been identified, they can be made in bulk and used as a treatment.

First private landing on moon fails as Israel’s Beresheet lander crashes

Beresheet crashed at 1925 GMT Thursday, when the craft’s main engine shut off during the braking procedure before touching down.
A child affected by Leishmaniasis in Pakistan | @DrBadarAwan5/Twitter

This parasitic skin disease is scarring one million people every year worldwide

Leishmaniasis is caused by bite of infected female sandflies. In India, it is prevalent in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.
First Image of a Black Hole

The world gets its first look at a black hole. Here’s how we got there

The black hole is located at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy. It is 6.6 billion times the mass of the sun, and is located 53.5 million light years away.

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
GoT

Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?