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Imperfect and absurd, the modern literary heroine is the woman we need

The 21st-century heroine may be scarred, imperfect or absurd, and she is in the mood of noncompliance with the world that men have organised.

Big gods came after the rise of civilisations not before, finds study

Our statistical analysis showed that beliefs in supernatural punishment tend to appear only when societies make the transition from simple to complex.
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Monopoly was created 100 years ago to teach the dangers of capitalism

Progressive writer Elizabeth Magie Phillips designed the game in 1904 to teach players about the disadvantages of wealth concentration.
Search and rescue team members look at debris recovered from the crash site on the dockside at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia

How airplane crash investigations work, an aviation safety expert explains

Major crash investigations are an enormous effort often involving many countries’ governments and input from dozens of industry partners.

Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in an ancient Indian legend

According to the legend, Mauryan king Asoka battled with android warriors guarding Buddha's relics, and ultimately reigned over the army of automatons himself.
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This invention 143 years ago led to the small & powerful computers we all carry with us now

Today's smartphones wouldn't have existed if it weren't for Alexander Graham Bell, who fought off controversy over whether he was indeed the inventor of the first telephone.

Facebook’s policy shift is less about privacy and more about profits

Users are already moving from open-sharing on Facebook to closed groups on WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg is merely preparing to shift resources to follow them.
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Viruses could be the best bet for fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs

As antimicrobial resistance continues to rise, we're racing against time to figure out the next-best solution to battling superbugs.
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#MeToo wasn’t the first: Women-led movements aren’t new, especially in India

Long before #MeToo swept India, women successfully organised movements to protest issues like moral policing, sexist policies and sexual assault.

Why people with good looks view sex differently than others

Good-looking people on average have more sexual opportunities and partners, enjoy larger benefits when it comes to romance.

On Camera

India is a leading global player in the manufacturing of HCQ with Ipca laboratories, Zydus Cadila and Wallace Pharmaceuticals as top pharma companies

The HCQ study mess: How 3 Indian researchers put reputation of Lancet, NEJM at stake

In episode 489 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta discusses the controversial studies that were retracted after scientists around the world raised questions on its data accuracy.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

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India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.