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Cute as a button: Dogs look like their owners because we groom them in our own image

Ethologist Konrad Lorenz found people generally find infant-like characteristics cute. Pets piggyback on this, with their cuteness inspiring us to care for them.
Medical staff outside the special isolation ward set up for coronavirus treatment at Kochi Medical College | PTI

Coronavirus pandemic can lead to these 8 good things too

The lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic will pay dividends in the future and help human beings prevent worse ones.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference on 17 March 2020. Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, is seen to his right | Kevin Dietsch | Bloomberg

Coronavirus won’t make Trump lose. That’s what modern history tells us

The pandemic may lead some in US to favour conservative politics – further advantaging Trump – because it easily feeds an isolationist ethic.
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.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts and 2020 presidential candidate, gestures as she speaks during a campaign event. | Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Not just 2020, why the US has never had a woman president

It is not the lack of qualified women. Record numbers of women currently serve in the House and Senate.

Using food as incentive or punishment for children must stop now

Rewarding and comforting kids with food can lead to overeating when they are not hungry. This is how to kick the habit.
Research shows Australian women do, on average, about 70% of unpaid domestic labour in couple households. | Photo: Pixabay

When a woman earns more in a relationship, it leads to dissatisfaction in both partners

Women on average were least satisfied with the relationship when she became the primary breadwinner due to her partner being unable to work due to illness or disability.
Uyghur women in old city, Kashgar, Xinjiang | Commons

I saw my Uyghur friends disappear when I was in China

Uyghur migrant friends began to tell me, in whispers or coded text messages, that they had to go back home and they could no longer contact me.
While a bit of shrinking is a normal part of ageing, it can suggest more serious issues. | Photo: Pixabay

Do you get shorter as you age? Yes, this is why

While a bit of shrinking is a normal part of ageing, it can suggest more serious issues.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Coronavirus pandemic has given Chinese government even more powers over its people

China's new forms of power and control will surely linger once the threat of COVID-19 is overcome. And the state has all the data it needs.

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A file photo of migrant labourers gathered at a bus stand in Jaipur | PTI

My lord, migrant labourers need more than just food, just like we all do

The act of feeding is a conscience cleaner, a hand wash that also kills hopes of the poor wanting anything more than food. These are old models of charity.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.


USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

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.