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An artist's impression of the star S2 orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way I Photo: ESO/L. Calçada

A dancing star in the heart of the Milky Way proves Einstein right, again

Astronomers at European Southern Observatory have discovered that the orbit of star S2 around a Milky Way black hole is flowery in shape, not elliptical. 
The image shows the distribution of hydrogen in the form of a large ring shown in red

Indian astronomers spot huge hydrogen ring around distant galaxy, don’t know what caused it

With a diameter of about 3,80,000 light-years, the ring is about four times the size of the Milky Way, which contains our solar system.
Artist's impression comparing Wasp-12b and Jupiter

A planet being eaten up, another blacker than coal — bizarre finds in quest for 2nd Earth

Since the first exoplanet discovery in the 1990s, scientists have found a bunch of extreme worlds around different stars in the Milky Way.

The 3 Physics Nobel Prize winners who transformed our understanding of the universe

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded with one half to James Peebles and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.
Red meat. | Photo: Flickr/Sarah Stierch

Red meat not all that bad for you, say new studies

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.
The central parts of Milky Way through Very Large Telescope | ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

Something is killing galaxies, and scientists are on the case

Where galaxies live in the universe and how they interact with their surroundings are major influences on their ability to form stars.
The central parts of Milky Way through Very Large Telescope. Credit: ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

New 3D map shows Milky Way isn’t shaped like pancake but a warped wave

The new map, created by the University of Warsaw, was created by mapping over 2,400 cepheids that are scattered throughout the galaxy.
The central parts of Milky Way through Very Large Telescope | ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

Astronomers spot flares travelling at 30% the speed of light outside Milky Way black hole

A summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them.
The central parts of Milky Way through Very Large Telescope. Credit: ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

Closest-ever image takes us a step closer to monster Milky Way black hole

Scientists in Europe have observed probably the closest material revolving around a black hole that is believed to exist at the centre of the Milky Way.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh | Photo: Flickr

Indian economy will be booming by next August, worst behind us — HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh

At ThePrint's Off the Cuff, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh said govt should reduce stakes in state-owned banks to 51% and pursue aggressive asset monetisation & privatisation.

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Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.