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Friday, February 28, 2020

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Explained: What is 2020 CD3, a mini-moon?

February 28, 2020 8:35 am

A ‘second moon’ has been discovered, orbiting Earth. Actually an asteroid, it will break free at one point.

Explained: Why 2020 is a leap year, and why our great-grandparents skipped one of them

February 28, 2020 8:39 am

What is the reasoning behind the rule for leap years, the exceptions to the rule, and the exceptions to the exceptions?

Explained: Reading the Donald Trump's visit to India

February 28, 2020 8:46 am

PM Narendra Modi has broken through systemic prejudice against US engagement. But an India at war with itself can’t take advantage of the possibilities presented by the ‘Hindi-Amreeki, Bhai-Bhai’ phase in the relationship.

US anti-lynching bill: why it was needed, how previous efforts failed

February 28, 2020 8:49 am

Emmett Till Anti lynching Act: The Bill notes that between 1882 and 1968, at least 4,700 people, predominantly African-Americans were reported lynched in the US and that 99 per cent of the perpetrators of these lynchings were not punished.

Explained: Coronavirus in 47 countries, but is it a pandemic yet?

February 28, 2020 9:05 am

The novel coronavirus disease that emerged in Wuhan, China, in the final days of last year, is now in at least 47 countries around the world, spanning every continent except Antarctica. More than 82,000 people have been infected, and over 2,800 are dead.

Explained: Why China is sending ducks to tackle locust attacks in Pakistan

February 28, 2020 9:07 am

Earlier in February, Pakistan declared the locust infestation a national emergency. Even so, it is not the only country with a problem. As per the United Nations, the situation is “extremely alarming” in the Horn of Africa, where widespread breeding is in progress.

Explained: What is Henneguya salminicola?

February 28, 2020 8:52 am

Other organisms such as fungi and amoebas that are found in anaerobic environments lost the ability to breathe over time. The new study shows that the same can happen in the case of animals, too.

Explained: Why IndiGo has reduced Kunal Kamra flying ban from six to three months

February 28, 2020 9:06 am

Kunal Kamra IndiGo ban: A ban of three months is imposed when an offence is categorised as a Level 1 offence, which is the least critical, according to the norms.

Explained: What InSight has told us about Mars so far

February 27, 2020 7:52 am

This week, NASA published a set of six papers - five in the journal Nature, one in Nature Geoscience - to reveal “a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses”.

Explained: Govt to establish Central Consumer Protection Authority; what is it?

February 27, 2020 8:36 am

Govt has set the ball rolling for a Central Consumer Protection Authority under the new Consumer Protection Act. A look at its expected structure and its scope, including a crackdown on false ads.