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2020 could be the world’s hottest year on record, scientists say

Climate patterns like La Niña in the Pacific Ocean, occurring for the first time in 8 years, could determine whether this year will be the warmest on record.
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End large-scale lockdowns, Covid not law & order issue — 41 scientists demand in open letter

Scientists from IITs, Indian Statistical Institute and several other institutions say there are 3 primary problems with current Covid strategy, that is leading to loss of more lives.
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Indian scientists find Covid gene in wastewater — a breakthrough in tracking virus outbreak

The study conducted on Ahmedabad's wastewater paves the way for using wastewater-based epidemiology for real-time surveillance of Covid-19 in India.
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4 important advances made this week to understand, cure and contain Covid-19

From a positive trial for an antiviral drug to new clues to how the virus spread from China, scientists across the world are working to contain & cure Covid-19.
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What scientists know (so far) about how Covid-19 spreads

There is evidence that pre-symptomatic people or those with mild symptoms are driving much of the spread of the virus, but there is still a lot we don’t know.
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How to read news like a scientist during coronavirus information overload

The content from a research paper on coronavirus to a newspaper headline is almost like a game of ‘Chinese whispers’. Here’s how to read news better.
Climate Change

Over 11,000 scientists from 153 countries declare global climate emergency

The declaration is based on an analysis of data on energy use, surface temperature, population growth, land clearing, deforestation, carbon emissions etc.
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Americans are finally worried about climate change

A shift in political forces and adjustments in the way scientists learned to make their case changed the way Americans look at climate change.
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781 scientists, academics urge Modi govt to end Kashmir’s communication lockdown

Scientists from IISC, IITs, TIFR issue 2 statements — one expressing concern about situation at academic institutions, the other on discomfort faced by residents.
ISRO and chandrayaan 2

ISRO has Modi support. If all projects succeed, it only shows bar isn’t high: IIT-D director

Media should divert its attention from ISRO. It will do ISRO and the nation a lot of good.

On Camera

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Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
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Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.

Defence

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India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
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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.