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NASA’s latest exoplanet discovery could help explain how planets evolve

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
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Old drugs, new trials — hopes pinned on HIV, malaria, ebola, TB vaccines to fight Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads faster and wider, a look at ongoing trials and experiments on the most promising drugs.
A thermal screeening device checks passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong in view of outbreak of Novel coronavirus (CoV) in China | PTI

How China’s coronavirus compares to the flu, Ebola and SARS

The mild nature of the coronavirus infection has experts worried it will spread far, and fast.
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If Ebola, Zika and Nipah can cross borders, so can technology. That’s where solution lies

A good example of dealing with infectious diseases is how Kerala handled the Nipah outbreak.
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Promising cures found for Ebola and TB, and Bill Hader’s Tom Cruise deep fake goes viral

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them.
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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.
Fighting against Ebola in DR Congo: A MONUSCO Ghanaian peacekeeper showing a young girl how to properly wash hands

Ebola is proving hard to beat in Congo. Global efforts must be redoubled

Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science.
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Overuse of the word ‘epidemic’ in healthcare warnings has become a common scare tactic

Health scares exist only because common-sense assumptions in healthcare do not grab the attention of editors at top news sites.

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Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
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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.