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People who are easily disgusted by body odours are also drawn to authoritarian political leaders, says a research paper published in the Royal Society Open Science.
Mar 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Chemist, doctor and patriot

Chunilal Bose was a man way ahead of his times. He sought to spread awareness about the benefits of hygiene and sanitation in rural Bengal and spoke out against adulterated food as well as environmental pollution. A brilliant student of Chemistry and a medal-winning medical graduate, he spoke of the importance of a balanced diet and daily exercise in the early 20th century.
Mar 12, 2018 00:00 IST

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Scientists have for the first time created a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning, which lives for a surprisingly long time in comparison to a lightning strike.
Mar 12, 2018 00:00 IST

Modicare poor ware

Though the exact cost of Modicare - the government's extension of health insurance for poor people, estimated at Rs 1 lakh crore - is open for debate, what is not disputable is that the cost of insuring India's poor won't fall with time. A sure way of accelerating healthcare inflation, that is speeding the rate of increase of healthcare costs, is by subsidising or paying for health insurance. Insurance is like Newton's Second Law of Motion - velocity keeps increasing as long as force is applied.
Mar 05, 2018 00:00 IST

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Victor Buso was testing the new camera on his telescope when he caught the beginning of a supernova in the NGC 613 galaxy. 
Mar 05, 2018 00:00 IST

Black hole in the bath

Black holes are possibly the most mysterious objects in the universe. The physics that explains these massive cosmic bodies is equally esoteric and beyond the comprehension of all but a select few. The most complex physics can, however, be demonstrated by a deceptively simple experiment. Recently, physicists at the University of Nottingham, UK, showed how black holes behave, using a bathtub and coloured water.
Feb 26, 2018 00:00 IST

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Engineers at the University of Maryland, US, have found a way to make wood more than 10 times as tough, creating a substance that is as strong as titanium alloys known for their toughness, but much lighter and cheaper.
Feb 26, 2018 00:00 IST

Copycatch

Mayank Vatsa has created a software tool to help people spot a sculpted selfie, a tampered profile picture on Facebook, or a manipulated photograph on a matrimonial website - a tool superior to human eyes.
Feb 19, 2018 00:00 IST

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Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo that contains rare wall paintings and is believed to belong to a high-ranking priestess named Hetpet.
Feb 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Cancer warrior

Yes. Certainly. But then he points out a silver lining. "Science is always making important advances and nobody can say what the future will bring us."
Feb 12, 2018 00:00 IST

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Eight legs. Fangs. And a whip-like tail. Call it Chimerarachne yingi, a newly discovered arachnid that crawled around rainforests in what is now Southeast Asia more than 100 million years ago - during the Cretaceous period. 
Feb 12, 2018 00:00 IST

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