Kabir Firaque, a newsroom veteran of three decades, has been part of The Indian Express editorial team since 2008. A civil engineer by education, he writes on science, mathematics, puzzles, and issues related to Assam. He tweets @KabirFiraque
In a cave in Laos, a tooth that likely belonged to a Denisovan girl from 1,60,000 - 1,30,000 years ago. Little is known of Denisovans; the find sheds new light on their habitat, adaptability and interbreeding with the ancestors of modern humans.
Two decades after most of the human genome was mapped, scientists have now filled in the gaps that remained. What are the parts newly sequenced, and how will the information be useful in understanding genetic disease and evolution?
Novel method involves collecting samples from smartphone screen and subjecting them to regular PCR testing. A double-blind study has found the non-invasive, low-cost test as accurate as regular PCR tests.
A lioness at Chennai's Vandalur Zoo died of suspected coronavirus infection last week. A 10-year-old tiger also died at Ranchi's Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park after suffering from fever. Are lions and tigers particularly vulnerable? What have studies found?
The Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and the Raijor Dal (RD), born out of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), ended up with one winning candidate between them — the jailed peasant leader Akhil Gogoi who heads the RD.
A team of experts has looked at available research and published their assessment that there is strong, consistent evidence that the primary transmission route of SARS-CoV-2 is indeed airborne. What are the implications of the assessment?
Fans of horror films showed less psychological distress during Covid-19, finds study, suggesting that the information we obtain from an imagined situation may serve us in analogous situations in the real world