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After Einstein's prediction and LIGO's detection, 16-nation European Southern Observatory announces first direct visual identification of the source of a gravitational wave.
The physics Nobel goes to Ligo, but science fiction is the real star
The Talwars were constant story-bait for the same media which didn’t seem as proactive in covering Congress’ press conference on Jay Shah recently
Race remains a crucial context to the US gun violence narrative and how Kazuo Ishiguro has a pale view of the fake news world
The Nobel Committee corrects course — chooses a Japan-born Briton who, despite not being Murakami, has long been considered adequately worthy of the Award.
Swedish Academy makes amends for 2016 ‘miss’, recognises Laureates’ ‘decisive contributions to Ligo detector and the observation of gravitational waves’ — a vindication of Einstein’s prediction, and the biggest thing in physics since the discovery of Higgs boson.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2017 has gone to three American scientists for the discovery of the molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythms, the biological clock that anticipates day/night cycles to optimise the physiology and behaviour of organisms.
The importance of reading historical texts and why revisionists attempt to change history.
Media houses sometimes bury the news before its time, and Wittgenstein is telling you to pull the plug on the TV.
One newsman mistakenly appropriates a slice-of-life of another, and POTUS takes on the wrong ’Un
For language and literature to thrive in a diaspora, there needs to be a guardian angel to champion its cause.
Author Nayantara Sahgal imagines an India that is being bludgeoned into a monoculture in her new work. It is a story, she says, about the present.
The landscape of unfreedom is familiar, but Nayantara Sahgal’s latest work builds on that to offer an older, grimmer world
The government guns for development with the bullet train and why it’s time to sharpen those ‘little grey cells’
Gauri Lankesh’s assassination is another brazen attempt to bleed the press pen dry
The fictional addresses of London have become institutions unto themselves.
Rough ride at the courts for gurudom as Gurmeet Singh is convicted of rape, the latest in a list of babas undone by their sex lives
Chess champion Garry Kasparov’s unique account of man-machine contests, including that of his clash with IBM’s Deep Blue, and, why he finds machine chess ugly and unsettling.
Modern technology has created robots which are smart enough for scientists to fear if they can outsmart humans.
Clampdowns on websites that freeze frame the internet and how the Queen can still rock you with her wine routine
Bots with creative language skills have seized the popular imagination. They have also rekindled anxieties about a robocalypse
The incident at Facebook’s lab does not foreshadow a botmageddon but it freaked out the press, exposing a contradiction at the heart of artificial intelligence research.
Good science communicators are essential to great nations. Yashpal was one such, a rarity in India
Women have taken centrestage in most professions. Time then for a female lead to helm the longest-running scifi series ever. British TV actress Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor — it’s always “Doctor”, never “Dr Who”, except in the title of the series.
The statement of the Bulletin also highlights the unquantifiable consequences of artificial intelligence and cybernetics, which have also been headlined this year by professionals who know their onions — Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.
China cast some light into the orbit, while our home minister faced the online firing squad for a tweet.
PM Modi's Israel visit steers clear from Palestine as China’s Global Times hijacks Indian broadcast media’s monopoly on high-decibel nationalism
Perhaps, the finest rendering of the torment of waiting for the enemy was painted by the Italian journalist Dino Buzzati in The Tartar Steppe. His global fame rests on that one novel, which was translated into English by Stuart Clink Hood, whose earlier triumphs, as Controller of BBC TV in the early Sixties, included the commissioning of Dr Who.
In a week that Indian TV was overrun by Modi’s visit to the US while the American press remained less than enthusiastic, came a statement from the PM against cow vigilantism after a year of silence.
Indira Gandhi’s love for the outdoors set the tone of India’s environmental policies
What's bad news for journalism and why The Trump is all pumped-and-primed up
The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record. What would that mean for the world we know?
Satire is simmered just right in a 2011 fake interview of Henry Kissinger, doing the rounds for the third time now; and how the NYT is getting up to speed to help its paywall rake it in.
An act of media resistance for a less than grand cause and why a 12-year-old Indian student infuriates POTUS.
Publishing is an expensive, high-risk business, proving more reasons for ISBNs need to be issued.
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.