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Fact check: Is President Trump tilting at windmills?

India’s installed grid-interactive wind power capacity as of December 31, 2018, was 35,288.10 MW, according to the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. The GWEC estimated the world’s wind energy capacity at the end of 2017 at 539,581 MW.

Fact Check: PM Narendra Modi says Congress coined ‘Hindu Terror’ term

Addressing a rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, citing acquittals in the Samjhauta Express blast case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied there were any acts of “Hindu terror.” And that the term was coined by the Congress. We fact check.

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Fact Check: Do ‘mushrooms’ on Mars count as evidence of life?

A new study, whose findings have been widely reported including by British tabloids such The Daily Mail and The Daily Express, claims to have found “evidence” — photographs that are supposedly of mushrooms — to support the hypothesis that life exists on Mars.

Fact Check: Why European Parliament has voted out daylight saving time

Daylight Saving Time: The key argument is that it is meant to save energy. According to those in favour of DST, if clocks show a later sunrise and later sunset, it means a longer evening daytime.

Fact Check: Why some babies are born with a twin stuck inside

A little known condition, foetus in foetu (FIF), has been brought in focus in which twins are formed post fertilisation but, because of a quirk of nature, one twin becomes a “parasite” of the other - it starts growing inside the body of its twin.

Fact Check: How does autopilot match up to a (good) pilot?

Investigators believe pilots of the Lion Air B737 MAX 8 weren’t fully conversant with the plane’s automated systems. The aircraft in the Ethiopian crash was a Boeing of the same make.

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Fact Check: What to make of the new HIV-cure claim

Being cured would mean getting rid of the virus forever; remission would mean it is there, but under control for the time being.

Minister Nitin Gadkari’s urine-to-urea idea: Experiments and constraints

This is an idea Gadkari has proposed earlier, too. In 2015, he had said he collects urine in a 50-litre can for use in his garden. Plants that received “urine therapy” showed better growth than those that got “plain water”, he had said.

Fact Check | How the Moon got ‘sunburns’: A result of sheer magnetism

Research using data from NASA’s ARTEMIS mission suggests how the solar wind and the Moon’s crustal magnetic fields work together to give the Moon a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls.

Fact check: Transplanting trees, easier said than done

The process of transplantation involves multiple steps and a tree cannot be transplanted from one location to another by just replacing it in another pit.

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