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
The question, 'Who are the Assamese people?' has always been contentious. Now, a definition has been proposed by a committee that looked into implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. What is this clause? What is the proposed definition, and what are the implications?
If you speak a language with a high gender bias, you are more likely to associate men with career and women with family, a study of 25 languages has found. And, countries with a weaker language bias have a higher representation of women in science.
Shakuntala Devi, the subject of a new film, was never formally educated, and her performance in cognitive tests was not exceptional. How then could she multiply 13-digit numbers in seconds, and extract cube roots instantly?
Freeze frames of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein show dramatic change of shape after it fuses with a human cell. Scientists suggest it may help distract our immune system; findings may matter in vaccine development
Do not multiply your dog’s age by 7, a thumb rule that researchers describe as a myth. In new formula, they track patterns in the genome over time, and show how a dog’s age corresponds to a human's age.
Ultraviolet radiation in the 200-300 nanometre range is known to destroy the virus, making it incapable of reproducing and infecting, according to Pennsylvania State University, which was involved in the new research.