Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

On Camera

YourTurn

Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

Defence

By special arrangement

Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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