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Representational image | A research assistant at the artificial heart development laboratory at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur | Photo: Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg

Johns Hopkins to Peking — Universities are at forefront of COVID-19 fight. But not in India

Look at the website of any top science and medicine college in India, and you won’t see coronavirus updates. DU wants students to wash hands, but taps run dry.
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Scientists find skull of a hummingbird-sized dinosaur & 139 new ‘minor planets’ discovered

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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Brahmins on India’s elite campuses say studying science is natural to upper castes: Study

New study finds Brahmin domination in India's science stream and premier scientific institutions has led upper castes to say they are natural inheritors of science.
Physicist C.V. Raman. Illustration: Soham Sen

What is Raman Effect? The discovery that India celebrates with National Science Day

India celebrates National Science Day every year on 28 February. The theme this year is Women in Science.
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Researchers flag over 400 ‘dubious papers’ published in China in last 3 years

Researchers say these 'paper mills' provide everything — from fake experimental images to fake Gmail IDs for correspondence.
Golden rice is seen as a tool to fight Vitamin A deficiency

Now, Bangladesh set to steal march over India with GM rice that fights malnutrition

A GM rice variety called golden rice has been deemed safe in fresh tests conducted by researchers from the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute.
Wellthy app is an interactive portal that acts as a personal medical assistant

This app is helping patients make lifestyle changes to deal with diseases like diabetes

Founded by a former employee of a venture capitalist firm, Wellthy acts as a gatekeeper between patients and doctors in aid of traditional healthcare.
The teaching of a selective history can't be unlearned within a generation, writes Ammar Rashid

Mushrooms & moss: All students should be taught science like in this Uttarakhand village

There is not a person in Uttarkashi’s education network who has not heard of SS Kharola and his science and maths classes.
Research assistants at work in a lab in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in Kharagpur

How mega science projects could help India become a $5 trillion economy

Industries based on physics & mega science projects reportedly generate over 16% of the total turnover in Europe, topping contributions from financial services.
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Govt’s science adviser VijayRaghavan has a New Year message for ‘stewards of the planet’

K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt of India, talks about the issues his office tried to address in 2019, and the paths taken.

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.