Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Topic: Neanderthals

‘Countless’ interstellar objects found at edge of solar system & how bacteria make electricity

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

Why 50% Indians will be happy to have some Neanderthal DNA. Hint: It has to do with Covid

Researchers in Germany, Japan find that nearly half the Indian population has inherited a DNA sequence from Neanderthals that is believed to reduce risk of severe disease due to Covid. 

30% South Asians have Neanderthal gene that increases risk of severe Covid-19: Study

The study by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows the gene was present in a Neanderthal who lived in Croatia 50,000 years ago.

Canadian start-up predicted Coronavirus outbreak in China back in December

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

There’s a new problem ⁠— the term ‘modern humans’ doesn’t cut it any more

Scientists are pondering whether to differentiate our ancestors as neanderthals, denisovans, etc, or just call them all 'people' as genetics show modern humans aren't that diverse.

Himalayan fossil of adolescent’s jaw may explain how Tibetans, Sherpas master mountains

The new finding is the first Denisovan specimen found outside of the Denisova cave in Siberia and is dated at 1.6 lakh years old.

The Neanderthal gift that’s serving us humans well

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, will offer you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them. It’s your fix to stay on top of the latest in science. 

Neanderthals were no brutes. They were precise workers capable of caring for the weak

New evidence reveals that the Neanderthals were more similar to modern humans in their physical expression than previously thought.

This 73,000-year-old piece of art is changing what it means to be human

A new discovery is changing the belief that symbolic art is an expression only human beings are capable of.

The story of a very special 90,000-year-old girl

The fossil of a 13-year-old found in Siberia reinforces the theory that different subspecies of human predecessors courted each other and interbred often.

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J.P.Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division), MEA, meets Taliban's interim foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaki | Photo credit: Twitter/@QaharBalkhi

Hard-nosed, practical—why India has revived relations with Kabul, and why Taliban is welcoming

By protecting the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last ten months, the Taliban is sending a message to its neighbours and the rest of the world.
An employee works at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. facility in Chakan, Maharashtra | Bloomberg file photo

Bigger cars, smaller chips — Why Mahindra is worried about increased wait time

A major focus for Mahindra will be defending its market share in the large-format SUV segment from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.