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Some deception, some posturing — the message from the Chinese military build-up in Ladakh

Satellite imagery experts say that Chinese presence in Ladakh has grown since May with the deployment of additional equipment and defensive structures.
A methane extraction column towers above the site of the Gazprom PJSC Amur gas processing plant in Siberia | Bloomberg

Now, a satellite to monitor culprits releasing harmful methane into the atmosphere

Iris — a microwave-sized gadget set to be launched into orbit from French Guiana this weekend— will track methane released from oil and gas wells, coal mines, power plants among others.
A worker in a protective suit checks the temperature of a man in Beijing. WHO has declared coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

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.
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Two satellites missed a close smash in space — but how did we reach this disaster

Collisions in space can be disastrous and can send high-speed debris in all directions. This endangers other satellites, future launches, and especially crewed space missions.
Workers load sack of Barley onto a truck at a grain market in Rewari, Haryana. | Photographer - Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

There are 40 million people in modern slavery. AI and satellite imaging can end that

Modern slavery is a market failure of massive proportions, present in just about every country, generating an estimated $150 billion of profit globally.
File photo of a model of ISRO's GSLV MkII at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota

Want to build satellites, rockets in India? Here’s how you can & challenges that lie ahead

While ISRO is the surest way forward, there about 150 private companies that work in the ISRO supply chain as new start-ups have emerged in the space sector.
A SpaceX satellite. Credit: Bloomberg

It’s time to bring in regulation for outer space

Growth of commercial space companies and the desire of more and more governments to exploit space is dramatically increasing collision risks.
ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru | PTI Photo

As the race for Moon heats up, Chandrayaan-2 could give ISRO an edge, and spoils

Private efforts to get to the surface of the moon have gained tremendous attention and investment over the last decade.
A glacier system of the Great Himalayan Range. | Commons

Cold War spy images show Himalayan glaciers are melting faster

650 glaciers under study were found melting twice as fast as they did between 1975 & 2000. About 13% of ice seen in 1975 disappeared by 2000.

How ISRO can help satellite launch startups tap a billion-dollar (and growing) market

Commercial satellite launches have emerged as a new business frontier as companies look to place their own devices in space for imagery, cheap internet and other services.

On Camera

People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

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

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.