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Engineers’ Day 2022: History, significance and messages to share on this special day 
Lifestyle

Engineers’ Day 2022: History, significance and messages to share on this special day 

Engineers’ Day is marked to recognize and appreciate the contributions that engineers have made to every branch of science and technology in our nation.

Magic trick or science? Helicopter appears to ‘float’ towards the ground on camera
World

Magic trick or science? Helicopter appears to ‘float’ towards the ground on camera

This common visual illusion happens when the shutter speed of a camera matches up with the rotational speed of an object that it is filming. This results in the rotating object appearing to be completely still in the video.

Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhaan: Exhortation for innovation and the unconventional
India

Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhaan: Exhortation for innovation and the unconventional

The call for a decade of technology by the prime minister is a welcome step and an indication that the State aligns itself with 21st-century technological advancements, anticipates future technologies, and wishes to benefit the nation by enhancing its engagement with technology

How scientists solved mystery of the ‘angry minion’ with no anus
Explainers

How scientists solved mystery of the ‘angry minion’ with no anus

The 535 million-year-old microscopic fossil called Saccorhytus coronarius was thought to be an ancestor of humans. But new research shows it is more closely related to penis worms and mud dragons

How US president Joe Biden learnt from his mistakes and scored a win on climate plan
World

How US president Joe Biden learnt from his mistakes and scored a win on climate plan

Many pieces of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda have been thrown overboard, but his proposals on climate change remain largely intact

Former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar bats for genetically modified crops to improve food security
India

Former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar bats for genetically modified crops to improve food security

Sharad Pawar, the Union agriculture minister from 2004 to 2014, said that India has lately become complacent and has started neglecting the developments in science, particularly new genetics and breeding

'Dil dhadakne do': How scientists grew a piece of a human heart in a laboratory
Health

'Dil dhadakne do': How scientists grew a piece of a human heart in a laboratory

Scientists and researchers from University of Toronto and University of Montreal in Canada have grown a small-scale model of a human left heart ventricle — the main chamber of heart — in the lab. This can help in studying heart diseases and test out therapies without the need of invasive surgeries

Big catch! Fisherman hooks largest freshwater fish in Cambodia's Mekong River
World

Big catch! Fisherman hooks largest freshwater fish in Cambodia's Mekong River

The discovery has given hope to scientists about Mekong River which has been threatened by environmental challenges. Freshwater fish are the ones that spend their entire lives in freshwater as opposed to those that migrate between fresh and saltwater.

Explained: Why are some medications taken in the form of pills and others as injections?
World

Explained: Why are some medications taken in the form of pills and others as injections?

Pharmaceutical scientist Tom Anchordoquy explains that drugs are designed to enable patients to take their prescribed medications in the right amount and at the right time. Apart from active drug, medications also include “inactive ingredients” that enhance flavour and other qualities of a drug

Book Review | In The Gutsy Girls of Science, Class 11 student Ilina Singh celebrates women scientists who paved the way
Arts & Culture

Book Review | In The Gutsy Girls of Science, Class 11 student Ilina Singh celebrates women scientists who paved the way

Ilina Singh adopts a friendly, conversational tone to ask her readers if they would like to consider a career in the fields that each of these women chose to work in. Her writing style is in in tune with what her peers would enjoy.

Amulya KN Reddy, IISc electrochemist and ASTRA founder, chose to imagine a different science
India

Amulya KN Reddy, IISc electrochemist and ASTRA founder, chose to imagine a different science

Reddy's stress on environmental sustainability at a time when it had still not come into popular conversation is an indication that he foresaw the destruction that blind devotion to ‘growth’ paradigms would bring

NASA's new space telescope 'hunky-dory' after ground controllers fixed a pair of problems
News & Analysis

NASA's new space telescope 'hunky-dory' after ground controllers fixed a pair of problems

The $10 billion telescope — the largest and most powerful astronomical observatory ever launched — rocketed away Christmas Day from French Guiana

With Kashi Vishwanath restoration, India is on the cusp of a cultural renaissance
World

With Kashi Vishwanath restoration, India is on the cusp of a cultural renaissance

If we do a few right things in the next few years, we could bring about a cultural renaissance for the entire world

Governor Gavin Newsom stays in power as recall fails in Democratic state of California
World

Governor Gavin Newsom stays in power as recall fails in Democratic state of California

Newsom said he wanted to focus on what California said 'yes' to as a state: 'We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic'

ISRO to launch Gaganyaan mission by end of 2022 or early 2023 after COVID delays, says Jitendra Singh
India

ISRO to launch Gaganyaan mission by end of 2022 or early 2023 after COVID delays, says Jitendra Singh

He said a brainstorming exercise by space scientists and government officials in 2015-16 helped them understand where space technology could be used.

UN human rights chief calls for moratorium on AI technology use, flags it as 'risk' to civilization
World

UN human rights chief calls for moratorium on AI technology use, flags it as 'risk' to civilization

AI-based technologies can be a force for good but they can also 'have negative, even catastrophic effects' Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement

St. Stephen releases first cut-off list for undergraduate courses; interviews to be held online
India

St. Stephen releases first cut-off list for undergraduate courses; interviews to be held online

St. Stephen's College releases a separate cut-off list from the Delhi University that has 85 percent weightage, and the remaining 15 percent is based on online interviews

China accuses US of politicising COVID origin research; warns of 'counterattack'
World

China accuses US of politicising COVID origin research; warns of 'counterattack'

China, the US and WHO are entangled in a feud over whether the virus that causes COVID-19 could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, where the disease was first detected in late 2019

NASA shares satellite images of phytoplanktons; see pictures here
World

NASA shares satellite images of phytoplanktons; see pictures here

Taking to their Instagram handle, the space agency posted a few photos that featured phytoplanktons in turquoise, green, and light blue colour in water.