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No glass ceilings were broken to write this
Sun, Feb 27, 2022

If it is indeed a man’s world, women can work towards creating their own, rather than trying to one up those who, in the first place, created the version that currently exists.

Explained: The $73 million Remington settlement and what this means
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

The families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have reached a historic settlement with Remington, the gun-marker whose rifle was used by the gunman. A look at the lawsuit, and gun control in the United States.

Explained: The Ramna Kali temple, Dhaka landmark rebuilt from the ruins
Sat, Dec 18, 2021

The temple was destroyed by Pakistani forces during their Operation Searchlight in March 1971, the brutal crackdown that led to the genocide and the Bangladesh War of Liberation.

Explained: Why UAE suspended $23 billion arms deal with US
Sat, Dec 18, 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended talks with the US regarding a $23 billion deal that involves the purchase of 50 F-35 fighter jets, 18 armed drones and missiles. Here's why

Explained: Saudi Arabia’s ban on the Tablighi and Da’wah group
Tue, Dec 14, 2021

Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi and Da’wah group, also known as Al Ahbab, calling it a 'danger to society'. A look at the roots of this group, which is active in more than 150 countries and is the largest Islamic missionary movement.

Holding social media platforms accountable for trolls: what a draft Bill in Australia proposes
Tue, Nov 30, 2021

The Bill comes in response to a Australian High Court judgment that media companies could be held liable for comments that were left by third parties on their social media pages.

Explained: What is deep brain stimulation?
Wed, Oct 06, 2021

A procedure in which electrodes are implanted in the brain, now used to treat for depression.

Explained: Who can take Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in the US?
Fri, Aug 13, 2021

The United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday authorised vaccine booster shots for certain Americans. Countries such as Israel, Germany and France have already laid out plans to roll out the administration of booster shots.

Explained: Why we need to worry about the wildfires raging in Greece
Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Greece wildfires: The worry is exacerbated especially because these wildfires seem to be coming closer to civilisation, damaging buildings and forcing mass evacuations.

Explained: The tiniest surviving babies, and the risks of low birth weight in infants
Wed, Aug 11, 2021

The earlier a baby is born from the average gestation period of 40 weeks, the greater are the risks of death or developing serious disability.

Explained: Why a key NASA telescope is at the centre of a LGBT debate
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

Before the infrared James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches, NASA has an important decision to make — whether to rename the $8.8-billion telescope. 

Explained: Ramappa temple in Telangana, and its UNESCO tag
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The decision to inscribe the Ramappa temple was taken at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO held on Sunday in China.

Explained: Why The Associated Press will not name suspects in minor crimes
Thu, Jul 01, 2021

Because of the ubiquity of search engines and easy access to archived news stories, there has been a debate in the Western media over naming suspects in cases where trials are ongoing.

Explained: America’s fascination with UFOs, and what a govt report has found
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

The concept of "flying saucers" has captured the American imagination since the 1940s and 1950s. This has been connected to their ideas about life on the Moon, canals on the Red planet and Martian civilisations, notes an article published by the Library of Congress.

Explained: What are the race-related lawsuits against Harvard and Yale?
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Students for Fair Admissions have called Harvard's racial classifications and preferences in college admissions "unconstitutional”, while Asian American groups filed complaints regarding Yale's conduct towards Asian Americans.

Explained: What is New Shephard, the rocket system designed to provide cost-effective access to space?
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

New Shephard has been named after astronaut Alan Shephard - the first American to go to space - and offers flights to space over 100 km above the Earth and accommodation for payloads.

Brood X: The lives and encounters of America’s largest group of cicadas
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

These are part of a group named Brood X, based on their life cycles and periodic appearances. The cicadas in Brood X number in billions and come out of their underground homes every 17 years.

Explained: What are the two missions that NASA has selected for the exploration of Venus?
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

These missions are part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which began in 1992 to give scientists the chance to launch some missions that use fewer resources and have shorter developmental times.

Explained: What are the Covid-19 vaccine incentives being adopted around the world?
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

To counter waning demand, authorities in various countries have come up with methods to incentivise people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from Covid-19. Here are some incentives being offered.

Explained: How big a role can sniffer dogs play in detection of coronavirus?
Wed, May 26, 2021

A series of studies has shown how effectively dogs can detect coronavirus in sweat or urine samples of infected individuals. But can they replace conventional RT-PCR tests? Not yet.

Explained: EU’s new rules for Covid vaccinated travellers from outside the bloc
Thu, May 20, 2021

As of May 19, over 202 million doses have been administered in the EU and 40 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose. Further, the EC has secured contracts with six vaccine developers for the delivery of a total of 2.6 billion doses.

Explained: What are the new storage conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine?
Wed, May 19, 2021

With the new recommendations, an unopened thawed vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be stored between 2-8 degrees Celsius for up to a month, which means that it can be stored in a regular refrigerator once it has been taken out of the deep freeze.

Explained: The WHO classifies India variant as being of global concern. What does this mean?
Tue, May 18, 2021

B.1.617 was first designated as a VUI on April 1 by the UK health authorities who requested India to send samples of the B.1.617 strain to carry out wider studies on it and determine how effective existing vaccines are against it.

Explained: How Twitter’s new prompt, to cut down toxic tweets, will work
Fri, May 07, 2021

Apart from social media platforms, agencies such as the UN have also taken note of hate speech in recent times.

Explained: How IIT research may improve lithium-ion battery performance
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Researchers from IIT Guwahati have developed a technique which can precisely estimate one of the most important battery internal states known as SOC, short for state of charge.

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