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Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain with a fleet of five ships to find a western route to the Spice Islands  | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Ferdinand Magellan — the explorer whose daring sea voyage gave the Pacific Ocean its name

Magellan’s controversial journey contributed immensely to geographical studies and helped shape what we know of our world today.
A researcher prepares a sample inside a laboratory in China |

In 2018, scientists found ‘largest animal’, and China took gene-editing too far

In the concluding edition of ScientiFix for 2018, ThePrint takes a look at all the important stories, month-wise, highlighting the most significant developments in the world of science.
Dry cracked earth in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

US weather agency issues El Niño alert, says conditions for its development right

In India, the El Niño has been known to cause or exacerbate drought as well as affect seasonal monsoon. Its impact this year, if it develops, remains to be seen.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.