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Universe expansion rate

The universe is expanding 9% faster than expected, but it’s unclear why

New research done using the Hubble Space Telescope has not been able to explain why the universe is expanding faster, but scientists have 3 theories. 
Mars comes closest to earth | Flickr

First ever quake detected on Mars by NASA’s InSight lander

The detection of the quake has come in the form of a rumbling from inside the silent planet.
Karen Uhlenbeck

American mathematician is first woman Abel Prize winner

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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.
Smog surrounds buildings in Bangkok

Earth has seen spikes in carbon dioxide before, and it wasn’t pretty

While global warming continues and carbon levels rise, scientists have realised that 4 of the 5 of mass extinctions so far were likely triggered by large amounts of carbon being released into the atmosphere.
Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest | Commons

60% of life on Earth is lost, and 6 other science discoveries of 2018

In 2018, humans found out that evolution of complex life happened far before we thought, and memory can be ‘transplanted’ between organisms.
Climate change

The many ways climate change will leave us high & dry, in one table

An international group of researchers has plotted the different ways on one table to drive home the urgency of the climate change crisis.
Goblin planet

It’s not a planet or a comet. But this icy Goblin is another thrilling key to the universe

A 'tiny, cold world' has been discovered in a mysterious disc-shaped region far beyond Neptune.
Mars comes closest to earth | Flickr

As spacecraft finds lake on Mars, Earthlings may discover alien cousins

Enough meteorites have flown between here and Mars to open the possibility that we’ll find our own relatives up there.

How to grow crops on Mars if we were to live on it

Synthetic biology can be a more rational alternative to grow crops on Red Planet.

On Camera

No reason to believe Biden won’t be as friendly to Modi and India as Trump is

All administrations will see the world through the prism of US national security interests and India’s importance – with or without Modi – will weigh heavily.
Drought in India

Global GDP could fall 20% over next 80 years due to climate change, economists warn

According to an analysis, tropical and subtropical countries whose average temperatures are already warmer than 15° C today face catastrophic economic degradation.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

India considering ITBP patrols in LAC ‘grey zones’ to keep the peace on China border

This could mean that Army will be away from grey zone areas of LAC, where forces from both India and China patrol and come face to face. At present, Army & ITBP jointly patrol grey zones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.