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Transparent Covid masks let you flash your smile and help the disabled

The life-saving potential of face coverings is being widely researched. But one woman is bringing an inclusive innovation.
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Struggling in online classes? It’s actually helping your future career

There may be a silver lining to virtual classrooms and distance learning, which many universities and schools across the world have adopted due to Covid-19.
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Amazon, Google, UPS competing to rule the skies in drone wars. 3 things will decide who wins

Successful drone delivery has proven over the past few years to be less about the technology and more about how the drones are used.
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Surfers can teach scientists a thing or two about global warming

Who better to study the sea than a surfer? They are using their surf boards to collect data on ocean warming.
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Doctor Copper is what hospitals need to fight Covid-19

The red metal’s pliability, conductivity and durability has been used in everything from early tools to plumbing to modern electronics & now healthcare.
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The planet is ready for cars to go electric, but our power systems may not be

Countries have already started banning petrol cars, but we need to ensure there is enough infrastructure to handle an increasing number of electric vehicles.
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Why people from Russia, Poland and Hungary don’t want a Covid-19 vaccine

A new study, which covers nearly 20,000 adults in 27 countries, reveals where in the world the take-up for a Covid vaccine would be the strongest.
Plastic pollution near sea

Washed your clothes today? You just threw out single-use plastic without realising it

As tiny as a grain of fine sand, hidden microplastics cannot be collected and recycled. But, little by little, they’re adding up to a huge problem.
A man wearing a protective suit crosses a street in Queens, New York City on May 15. | Bloomberg

Conspiracy theories made a comeback during Covid, but you can stop their viral spread

The pandemic has given rise to many new conspiracy theories – and UNESCO wants to educate people to identify and debunk them.
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US plans to plant 855 million trees to create jobs and save its forests

Countries are embracing reforestation, from Pakistan paying unemployed people to plant 10 billion trees, to a Chinese mobile app funding 120 million trees.

On Camera

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi, Shah think they don’t need allies like Sukhbir Badal. But they do

If Amit Shah is indeed the mastermind Chanakya of Indian politics, he would know that the invincible rise is not sustainable forever.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.