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Covid-19 behaves like a sexually transmitted infection

The SARS-CoV2 escapes an evolutionary trade-off that helps keep other pathogens in check like Ebola, and Marburg.
Troy Sutton works with potentially deadly pathogens but the right precautions greatly reduce the risks

I study coronavirus in a highly secured biosafety lab – here’s why it’s safer than outside

I hold live SARS-CoV-2 in my hands and this virus is not to be taken lightly, writes a scientist at Pennsylvania Statue University.

This 3D-printed bone brick can change how bomb injuries are treated

Many of bone-shattering injuries in war zones are untreatable because of the constant risk of infection from procedures in the field. The bone brick can help.

Rural US more vulnerable to Covid-19 than cities, data shows

Rural counties in America are primarily susceptible due to their large senior populations and outbreaks are likely to originate in elderly care facilities.

Four things to check before you use a public bathroom in coronavirus times

Researchers have found that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, can be shed in faeces for up to a month after the illness.
Workers cycle to their places of employment on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge (representational image) | Photo: ANI

A few ‘superspreaders’ transmit majority of coronavirus cases

Scientists estimate that in an outbreak of any pathogen, 20% of the population is usually responsible for causing over 80% of all cases of the disease.
Representational image. Health workers and family members wearing protective suits perform the last rites of a person who died of Covid-19, during his cremation at New Delhi | PTI

Why more men are dying due to Covid-19

The higher survival rate for women with Covid-19 shows why researchers should have been studying immune system sex differences years ago.
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Scientists are already fighting the next pandemic — superbugs

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 shows just how fast infectious agents can move with human travel. The impact of increasing antibiotic resistance is no different.
Bill Gates

Bill Gates to Azim Premji: How billionaires explain their donations

We analysed the letters of the signatories of the Giving Pledge to understand what drives the philanthropy of billionaires.
Some animals captured by camera traps in Salonga National Park, DRC

What we saw when we set up cameras for one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest

Five field teams walked a forest the size of Wales to deploy 160 camera traps in 743 places. This unprecedented effort produced more than 16,000 video clips.

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Shaktikanta Da

Imperative banks raise capital as pandemic could increase NPAs, says RBI’s Shaktikanta Das

The pandemic is the biggest test of the economic and financial system's resilience and robustness, Das said, adding that RBI has asked banks to conduct Covid stress tests.

Defence

Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.