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US alert says Taidoor computer malware is tied to Chinese govt

The alert has no information about the prevalence of the malware or who has been targeted. But an official says China is leveraging Taidoor to gain intelligence.
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Disease route? Bacteria and virus use ‘highways’ of the sky to travel the world

Some scientists have speculated that even the COVID-19 virus may have been carried between countries by a jet stream through the atmosphere.
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NASA needs to be wary of viruses from outer space

There's no telling when and where the next pandemic will emerge. But with a little care, NASA and its partners can try to ensure it won’t be extraterrestrial.
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Why there are so many antibiotics and so few antivirals in the world

Viruses use our own cells to multiply, making it harder to kill them. It is also why we are struggling to create an antiviral for SARS-CoV-2.
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Why bats are huge reservoirs of viruses and how humans remain at high risk of infection

Loss of habitats has forced bats to live in close contact with humans, increasing chances of people getting infected with novel viruses.

All you want to know about hantavirus that killed a man in China this week

Hantaviruses are a family of viruses that spread in rodents and to humans from rodents. It is caused by inhalation of excreta particles or aerosols from infected rats.

Man dies of hantavirus in China — what is this virus and how it spreads

Chinese state-run Global Times reported that a person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus Monday.
Passengers at the Prayagraj Railway Station wear masks as a preventive measure for coronavirus, on 16 March 2020 | PTI

COVID-19 impact in India: A look at the statistics, the science and the reality

In episode 425 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains why a purely statistical, non-peer reviewer approach of looking at an outbreak is perilous & can create unnecessary panic.
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Coronavirus can infect infants too, not just those older than 15, says new study

The latest study found that 7 out of the 9 infected infants are female, contradicting previous studies which found higher percentages of infection in men than women.
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Why China’s happiest city is at the centre of a global virus outbreak

Wuhan has been pouring resources into science and research, while public-health spending has stagnated.

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If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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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.