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Lunar surface. | Photo: ISRO/Twitter

Earth’s oxygen creating rusty mineral on Moon, data from Chandrayaan-1 shows

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.
Lunar surface. | Photo: ISRO/Twitter

Discovery of water on moon: What India’s first Chandrayaan mission achieved a decade ago

Inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was instrumental in discovering water on the moon, and had a brief tiff with NASA over this.

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.
ISRO engineers | Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images

ISRO’s women scientists who busted ‘Mars is for men’ and other such myths with MOM

Mars Orbiter Mission allowed Indians to see women scientists upfront, dispelling long-held stereotypes of the fuzzy-haired Einsteinian male scientist.
The launch of PSLV C31

ISRO seeks to tap the south side of the moon for waste-free nuclear energy

It will launch a rover in October to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyse crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. 

On Camera

People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
A customer holds a SIM card packet while waiting to connect his mobile phone to the carrier Reliance Jio | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Rs 4,000 smartphone running on Reliance Jio — How Ambani plans to dominate telecom market

Reliance is apparently in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that will run on Google’s Android and be offered with low cost wireless plans from Jio.

Defence

The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?