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La La Land: Why do certain types of music make our brains sing
World

La La Land: Why do certain types of music make our brains sing

Our prediction of musical events remains inexorably bound to our musical upbringing. It is why every brain reacts differently to a piece

Hello Kitty: Can you communicate with your pet cat?
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Hello Kitty: Can you communicate with your pet cat?

A study titled ‘The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication’ shows that if humans slow-blink at cats they will respond by blinking back at them. The narrowing of eyes and slow-blinks translate into a ‘smile’ for cats

Explained: Can earbuds be used as hearing aids?
Health

Explained: Can earbuds be used as hearing aids?

Researchers in Taiwan have found that earbuds, specifically Apple AirPods, could potentially bridge the gap between persons with hearing difficulties and their first step to seeking hearing assistance. However, they should not be viewed as a long-term solution

Can rats dance to the beats of Lady Gaga?
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Can rats dance to the beats of Lady Gaga?

Japanese scientists found that rodents have an innate ability to synchronise their movements to the beat, which was previously thought to be a human-only skill

Explained: What is the Mother Tongue Survey of India and why is it significant?
India

Explained: What is the Mother Tongue Survey of India and why is it significant?

The Mother Tongue Survey of India (MTSI) with field videography of 576 languages and dialects across India is complete. This comes amid the Centre’s push for using mother tongues at home and in education

Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?
World

Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?

The researchers found that people who are most attractive to mosquitoes produce a lot of certain chemicals on their skin that are tied to smell

From memory foam to baby formula, NASA’s coolest inventions regular people use
Explainers

From memory foam to baby formula, NASA’s coolest inventions regular people use

While NASA has undertaken some incredible tasks and had some spectacular achievements, it has also improved the lives of millions by contributing, directly and indirectly, to the invention of everyday items. Here’s a closer look

Rat race: What mental health lessons can be learnt from rodents
Explainers

Rat race: What mental health lessons can be learnt from rodents

After first catching the world's attention for their ability to operate tiny cars in 2018, the University of Richmond's 'rat drivers' are hitting headlines again. The animals are now part of a project that could help resolve human mental health challenges

IISc, Indian Navy sign MoU to collaborate on aviation research and development
India

IISc, Indian Navy sign MoU to collaborate on aviation research and development

The MoU provides a formal basis for the Indian Navy to interact with relevant faculty members at IISc and also promote joint research programmes in areas of mutual interest

'COVID-19 infection doubles risk of mental health problems, financial difficulties in older adults'
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'COVID-19 infection doubles risk of mental health problems, financial difficulties in older adults'

New research, recently published in the journal PNAS, used data from 5,146 adults between the ages of 52 and 74 to examine the immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19 on their mental health, well-being, social interactions, and financial outcomes

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in first year, say scientists
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COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in first year, say scientists

The main finding — 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented — is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by vaccines

Explained: How researchers are trying to design nanoparticles treatments for cancer
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Explained: How researchers are trying to design nanoparticles treatments for cancer

While nanomedicine has seen many successes, some researchers have been disappointed by its underwhelming overall performance in cancer

Centre intends to establish more research centres in country to support research of ISRO, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh
India

Centre intends to establish more research centres in country to support research of ISRO, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Singh said that the existing Space Technology Incubation Centre, Regional Academic Centre for space will get a grant of Rs 200 lakhs per year maximum and new proposed cells also will adopt the same guidelines

COVID-19: Mask wearing, social-distancing practices declining among public, finds pan-India survey
India

COVID-19: Mask wearing, social-distancing practices declining among public, finds pan-India survey

The report suggested the need for awareness creation and ensuring compliance in Tier-3, 4 towns and rural districts where, in some cases, compliance was at near-zero levels

India a land of opportunities, open to innovation and investment: PM Modi at Dubai Expo address
India

India a land of opportunities, open to innovation and investment: PM Modi at Dubai Expo address

Referring to the theme of India's pavilion — ''Openness, Opportunity and Growth'' — Modi stressed that today's India is one of the most open countries in the world, open to learning, open to perspectives, open to innovation and open to investment

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise
World

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise

Facebook's policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but publicly denied it into the 21st century

Study reveals that majority of people think smartphones and internet ruin wellbeing
News & Analysis

Study reveals that majority of people think smartphones and internet ruin wellbeing

It is also revealed that 50 percent of Gen Z face issues such as tiredness, poor sleep, and headaches as a result of digital consumption.

India seeks to create $5 billion worth of defence equipment by 2025, says DRDO
India

India seeks to create $5 billion worth of defence equipment by 2025, says DRDO

The aim is to fight the next war with Indian weapons, said DRDO Director General (Technology Management) Hari Babu Srivastava

Soon, it will be too late to find out where and how the COVID-19 virus originated in China
science

Soon, it will be too late to find out where and how the COVID-19 virus originated in China

The WHO panel visited China and found evidence pointing to the pandemic starting as a result of zoonotic transmission of the virus, meaning a spillover from an animal to humans.

Fraudulent science: COVID-19 directs spotlight on mistakes made in research papers
science

Fraudulent science: COVID-19 directs spotlight on mistakes made in research papers

Elizabeth Bik, scientific integrity consultant said serious cases — like extensive plagiarism or fabrications of experiments or results — are rare.