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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.
A doctor wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) holds a saliva swab in a test tube during coronavirus symptom tests | Representational Image | Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

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.
A scientist at work in a research lab in Bengaluru | Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

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.
A researcher prepares a sample inside a laboratory in China |

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.
Birds fly over the Quito Glacier on Greenwich Island, Antarctica

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.
A security force officer stands guard in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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.
A scientist positions human 'ES' cell-derived cardiomyocytes for viewing under a microscope (representational image) | Bloomberg

Why no experiment can explain the supernatural, making it an intellectual dead end

Betting on natural explanations for natural phenomena has paid off time and time again, while betting on supernatural explanations has not.

Through the mirror world, scientists want to detect parallel universes & exotic matter

Scientists are setting up relatively cheap experiments that just might give concrete evidence for a strange notion known as the mirror world.

On Camera

Yogi Adityanath said ‘gunda raj’ over and people bought it. But UP crime still the worst

The Yogi Adityanath govt’s brazen touting of encounter killings has gained popular support, but has failed to curb crime on the ground in Uttar Pradesh.
Workers at a metro construction site in Mumbai (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

Pangong lake area and its eight fingers marked out, near LAC | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | Twitter

Indian and Chinese troops begin disengagement in Ladakh, Army to remain very cautious

The Indian Army will carry out a verification process in a 72-hour window to ensure China's PLA soldiers have adhered to the agreement arrived at the Corps Commander-level meetings.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.