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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Explained: What is the Perseids meteor shower set to peak mid-August?

August 12, 2020 6:11 pm

The Perseids occur as the Earth runs into pieces of cosmic debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The cloud of debris is about 27 km wide, and at the peak of the display.

Explained: How will restoration of 4G internet services in J&K on trial basis work?

August 12, 2020 7:38 am

From e-commerce, travel bookings to even filing of GST and income tax returns, resumption of 4G in the valley will be beneficial for citizens wanting do these activities.

Explained: Microsoft's TikTok bid spotlights Windows maker's history with China

August 11, 2020 9:35 am

Microsoft Corp has emerged as the most likely buyer of the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese short-video app that U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to effectively ban on national security grounds.

Explained: Sunspots, and why they occasionally spark worry

August 11, 2020 9:37 am

When a Sunspot reaches up to 50,000 km in diameter, it may release a huge amount of energy that can lead to solar flares.

Explained: What a new study has found about an ancient reptile whose neck was longer than its body

August 12, 2020 12:52 pm

The Tanystropheus lived on Earth some 242 million years ago, around the Monte San Giorgio basin on the Swiss-Italian border.

Explained: Why is Wikipedia asking users for donations?

August 12, 2020 12:55 pm

The fundraising drive sparked heated debates amongst social media users — some of whom questioned whether one of the world’s most popular websites really needed donations to stay afloat.

Explained: Why has Trump cited the action by India to order bans on TikTok, WeChat?

August 09, 2020 10:33 am

The order states that 45 days from now, no US citizen or any citizen on whom US laws apply, will be allowed to carry out any transactions with either ByteDance or its subsidiaries, which include TikTok, or Tencent Holdings, which owns WeChat.

Explained: Why @realDonaldTrump and @PMOIndia are not affected as Twitter starts labelling government handles

August 09, 2020 10:34 am

Twitter has started labelling accounts of key government officials and institution, as well as state-funded media. Which accounts will be labelled? Will Indian Twitter handles be labelled too?

Explained: What is SpaceX’s SN5 Starship prototype that completed its first test flight?

August 07, 2020 8:08 am

Designed by SpaceX, Starship is a spacecraft and super-heavy booster rocket meant to act as a reusable transportation system for crew and cargo to the Earth’s orbit, Moon and Mars.

Explained: What is ammonium nitrate, which caused the Beirut explosion?

August 10, 2020 10:11 am

Beirut blast: What is ammonium nitrate, how and where is it used or misused, what hazards does it present, and what are the rules and regulations about its use in India?