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Why NASA’s Katherine Johnson is a legend
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

She broke through gender and racial barriers at work, did the mathematics that sent humans to space.

Explained: What is UK’s new points-based immigration system?
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Patel was quoted in a UK government press release as saying, "We're ending free movement, taking back control of our borders and delivering on the people's priorities by introducing a new UK points-based immigration system, which will bring overall migration numbers down."

Fact Check: Can dams to control rising sea levels work?
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Scientists have proposed the construction of two dams of a combined length of 637 km — the first between northern Scotland and western Norway; the second between France and southwestern England.

Explained: What is causing the supergiant star Betelgeuse to dim and change its shape?
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Instead of appearing round, the star Betelgeuse now appears to be “squashed into an ova”.

Coronavirus is now COVID-19: Here’s how WHO names new diseases
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Names that are assigned by the WHO may or may not be approved by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) at a later stage.

Explained: What is genome mapping?
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

One of the most comprehensive genome mapping projects in the world is the Human Genome Project (HGP), which began in 1990 and reached completion in 2003.

Explained: In Kenya’s digital ID system, echoes of India’s Aadhaar  
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

A briefing paper published by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSFI) has defined NIIMS as a “national population register”, which will be the “single source of information about Kenyan citizens and foreigners resident in the country.”

Explained: How did scientists recreate sound of 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

The sound, which has been reproduced, is “vowel-like” and has been produced based on precise measurements of the mummy’s existing vocal tract. These measurements were determined by taking a computerised tomography (CT) scan of the mummy.

Explained: How effective are surgical masks against a viral infection?
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Several studies, in fact, have found that surgical masks work well in protecting healthcare workers in hospitals from infections from sick patients

Explained: Delhi has 2 lakh new teen voters; here’s where they are being added
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Out of Delhi’s 70 constituencies, the highest additions in the electoral rolls can be seen in the bordering constituencies located in North Delhi, South West Delhi and southeast Delhi.

Yada Yada Virus: A new pathogen discovery that’s just, well, yada yada
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Yada Yada is an alphavirus, a group of viruses that the researchers described as “small, single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses (that) include species important to human and animal health..."

Explained: UK court says ‘ethical veganism’ is a philosophical belief. What is it?
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

'The Ethical Case for Veganism' in the Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, loosely defines veganism as a lifestyle choice to refrain from eating meat as well as products made from or by animals.

Explained: What are Michelin Stars, the global gold standard in fine dining?
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

In order for a restaurant to be reviewed by the Michelin Guide, it has to be located in a territory or country for which a Michelin Guide already exists. In Asia, Michelin Guides exist for Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, and Seoul. There is no Michelin Guide for India yet.

Explained: CBSE’s 75% attendance rule for taking Class 10, 12 exams this year
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

These students are supposed to take their Class 10 and 12 Board exams, and as per rules, those who do not have at least 75 per cent attendance will not be allowed to appear for them.

Explained: Why Uber is suing California
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

The Assembly Bill 5, now a law, is set to go into effect from January 1, 2020 and will affect those individuals who are residents of the state of California and work within the state.

Explained: The significance of July 13 and December 5, removed from Ladakh’s holiday list
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Martyrs’ Day is observed on July 13, and December 5 is the birth anniversary of former Jammu and Kashmir prime minister and chief minister Sheikh Abdullah, also the founder of the National Conference. Both holidays are not mentioned in the new list for Ladakh.

Explained: Why Amazon rainforest is reaching a dangerous tipping point
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

The Amazon basin is the world’s largest repository of biodiversity and produces about 20 per cent of the world’s flow of freshwater into the oceans. In the recent few years, the rainforest has been under threat from deforestation and burning.

Explained: Donald Trump impeached, what happens next
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Trump has become the third US President to be impeached. Significantly, no US president has been removed from office as a result of impeachment.

Explained: In numbers and dimensions, the global refugee crisis
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Globally, more two-thirds of all refugees come from five countries: Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.3 million), Myanmar (1.1 million), and Somalia (0.9 million).

Trial and death: The Pervez Musharraf story
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

The case against Pervez Musharraf began in December 2013, six months after Nawaz Sharif, whom the general had ousted in 1999, returned to power. He was charged with treason for having imposed an emergency in November 2007 and arresting several judges, and was indicted in March 2014.

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