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Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India & Pakistan to get Ig Nobel Peace Prize, PM Modi among ‘Medical Education’ winners

Not to be confused with the prestigious Nobel Prize, the Ig Nobel is a satirical or parody prize awarded for unusual 'achievement'. The name plays on the word 'ignoble'.
DNA representational image. | Photo: Pixabay

27 genes in your body now have a new name because Microsoft Excel confused them for dates

Twenty-seven genes have got a new name over the past year to tackle a longstanding problem researchers faced while keying data into Excel, a powerful research tool.

NEP finally ends science-commmerce-arts school trauma. But will Indian parents ever grow up?

The Modi govt’s ambitious National Education Policy completely overhauls India’s education system, but one major decision is to eliminate ‘rigid’ separation of streams.
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Controversies over coronavirus research show science isn’t broken

In May, two papers were published on the safety of certain drugs for COVID-19 patients by the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Both were retracted.
Lunar surface. | Photo: ISRO/Twitter

Moon’s surface more rich in metal than believed, sheds new light on its formation

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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Why online astrologers are secretly thanking their stars, Covid, and science-averse Indians

Covid-19 is an uncertainty astrology cannot predict. The pseudoscience won’t tell you when the virus will leave, or when the economy will pick up.
Sudarsanam Babu, former IIT alumni, was appointed to the US National Science Board | Twitter (@BabuSureshS)

Three IIT alumni part of top US science board now, Sudarsanam Babu latest to join

Sudarsanam Babu, who currently works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been appointed as NSB member for 6-year term, White House says in statement.

These are the 4 pieces of good news on coronavirus this week

Long before Covid-19, scientists at University of North Carolina & Gilead began developing Remdesivir in anticipation of a new coronavirus epidemic.
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. 
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Evidence of brain surgery in ancient Greece, a sharp spike in methane emissions in 2019

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

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.