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Explained: ‘COVID tongue’ and other unusual symptoms of Covid-19
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

COVID tongue is an inflammatory disorder that usually appears on the top and sides of the tongue, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicina (AAOM).

Explained: Why has Italy blocked shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Australia?
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Currently, Australia is lagging behind its target of administering at least 60,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of February.

Explained: What are human challenge trials, which UK will conduct for Covid?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

While human challenge trials (HCTs) have helped give important information about several diseases, some have been surrounded by controversy and questions about ethics.  

Explained: The future of SARS-CoV-2 and what endemicity means for India
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic or can it be eradicated? A recent modeling study published in Science magazine suggests that in a few years, SARS-CoV-2 may be no more virulent than the common cold.

Explained: Are the new Covid-19 strains discovered in US more contagious?
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

SARS-COV-2 Virus: Researchers are tracking virus variants since some of them might be more deadly than the original virus, they may be more easily transmissible and can have repercussions on the effectiveness of vaccines.

Explained: Why France has advised a single vaccine dose for those who have had COVID-19
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

About 2.2 million people in France have received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine so far in what is being seen as a slow rollout considering the country has a population of 67 million.

Explained: Why has Columbia granted temporary legal status to Venezuelans?
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The decision covers more than 1.7 million Venezuelans who have fled to Columbia in the last few years.

World’s smallest reptile? How it compares to other reptiles
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Previously, the chameleon species Brookesia micra was thought to be the smallest. The average length of adults of this species is 16 mm (29 mm with tail), while the smallest adult male has been recorded at 15.3 mm.

Explained: Who are the far-right group Oath Keepers, members of which were involved in the Capitol Hill siege?
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the organisation garnered media attention after their presence was noted in protests and unrest that followed the shooting of a young African-American by a Ferguson police officer in 2014.

Explained: What are the amendments in Thailand’s abortion law?
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

The opposition to abortion comes mainly from Thailand’s majority of conservative Theravada Buddhists who believe that abortion goes against the teachings of Buddhism.

Explained: What is the Daniel Pearl murder case, and who is Omar Sheikh?
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Daniel Pearl, aged 38, was an American journalist who worked as the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.

Explained: Australia Day, and the controversy surrounding it
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Australia Day: In recent years, the celebration has become controversial because of a "change the date" campaign, the supporters of which demand the date of Australia Day be changed from January 26 to May 9.

Explained: Who were the minds behind US President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech?
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

The Office of Speechwriting is a presidential department in the White House, responsible for researching and writing the President’s speeches.

Explained: From climate to masks, Joe Biden’s Day-1 agenda
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Rob Klain said the administration faces "four overlapping and compounding crises": Covid-19, crisis the resulting economic crisis, climate change, and racial inequity.

Explained: Why has Russia detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny?
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Following this, the US and European countries have demanded that Navalny be released from detention.

Explained: Why has the US National Rifle Association filed for bankruptcy?
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

In August 2020, New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, sued the NRA based on allegations that the association’s top executives diverted millions of dollars for their personal trips.

Explained: Who is William Burns, nominated as CIA head by Joe Biden?
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

William Burns retired from the US Foreign Service in 2014 and holds the highest rank in the service - that of a career diplomat.

Explained: Who is Loujain al-Hathloul, the Saudi activist sentenced to nearly six years in prison?
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Loujain al-Hathloul was charged under the Saudi's broad counter-terrorism laws for undermining national security and trying to change the political system of the country, a Reuters report said.

Explained: Jupiter and Saturn will meet again in the ‘Great Conjunction’
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Great Conjunction: A pairing between any pair of planets is a conjunction. Jupiter and Saturn are the two largest planets visible to the naked eye, hence the expression ‘Great Conjunction’.

Explained: What does SpaceShipTwo’s first crewed test flight mean for space tourism?
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Saturday’s flight will mark the first crewed flight of the rocket-powered spacecraft that eventually aims to carry tourists to space, which the company claims will start in 2021.

Explained: How a telescope in Australia is creating a ‘Google map’ of the Universe
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

ASKAP surveys are designed to map the structure and evolution of the Universe, which it does by observing galaxies and the hydrogen gas that they contain.

Broken economy or family feud: Why has Erdogan son-in-law quit govt?
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Albayrak announced his decision on Instagram on November 8, saying he was resigning for health reasons. The resignation went largely unreported by the mainstream Turkish media, apparently for fear of a backlash from Erdogan.

Explained: How severe is hurricane Iota that made landfall in Central America?
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Aid workers are struggling to reach communities cut off by washed-out bridges, downed trees and flooded roads in some regions of Central America, which are still reeling from the effects of hurricane Eta.

Explained: What is the Ariel Space Mission adopted by the European Space Agency?
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Ariel (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey), which scientists are planning to launch in 2029, will perform a large-scale survey of over a thousand exoplanets over a period of four years.

Explained: What is SpaceX-NASA’s Crew-1 mission?
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 14.

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