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RETHINK?SC/ST Act LIVE: We Are Not Against Act at All, But Innocents Can't be Punished, Says Supreme Court<p>stepping in<p>PM Modi Directs Withdrawal of …

India

Digital inequality warning sounded for urban India

A new study buttresses the claim that India’s Internet use is low.<p>Recent indications that India’s Internet use is low and not reflected in the …

How the sedition drama has rejuvenated campus politics at JNU

The current protests could be the making of a new political generation.<p>When Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar walks …

India
India

India has the slowest average Internet speeds in Asia Pacific, time TRAI redefines broadband speed as 2Mbps?

India has the slowest average Internet speeds in Asia Pacific, the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai reveals. According to the report, …

Time Zones: What If We Got Rid Of Them?

It sounds crazy, but it’s not as crazy as you think. (Actually, it might be just as crazy as you think.)<p>Every March, someone suggests getting rid of daylight savings time; in 2015, a dozen states considered it, and countries like Egypt and Chile actually did it. But a few proponents suggest …

India

How Indian Railways is crumbling under its own weight – and multiple ambitions

The nation's largest transporter is dealing with stiff competition, congestion and politicians, all at the same time.<p>In 1909, the Divisional …

Is MSG as bad as it’s made out to be?

Monosodium glutamate is blamed for a range of nasty side effects. But is there evidence to back up these claims?<p>It used to be called ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’: a collection of symptoms such as headache, nausea and a strange numbness that certain people seem to suffer after a meal of Chinese …

FDA
India

'Digital India' lags behind in world internet race

<b>India appears to be falling behind in the global race for mobile internet and broadband penetration, the latest UN figures show.</b><p>India's ranking on broadband penetration dropped to 131 in 2014 - lower by six places since the last year - according to a Unesco report covering 189 countries and titled …

India

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Linguistics

The Jain religion and the right to die by Santhara

Members of the Jain community during a ‘silent march’ in Jaipur on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)<p>It took less than a minute for …

Hard work really can kill, as longer hours increase risk of stroke

It is thought that the stress of long hours can trigger biological changes in the body which lead to deadly disease<p>It is said that hard work never killed anyone, but a new study suggests that staying late at the office could have a deadly impact on health.<p>Working just one extra hour a day increases …

Why We Laugh—or Do We?

(LET’S GET THIS THING SETTLED, MR. EASTMAN)<p>In order to laugh at something, it is necessary (1) to know <i>what</i> you are laughing at, (2) to know <i>why</i> you are laughing, (3) to ask some people why <i>they</i> think you are laughing, (4) to jot down a few notes, (5) to laugh. Even then, the thing may not be cleared …

Horse Racing

Project Tiger: How India has kept the tiger alive

"That it has kept the tiger alive..."<p>Wide-eyed and unflinching, Bittu Sahgal doesn't hesitate when asked about Project Tiger's achievements. "Had it …

Wildlife

The Nepal earthquake forced this secluded 'living goddess' to walk the streets for the first time in her life

Still following the cloistered lifestyle she entered at the age of two, Dhana Kumari Bajracharya also opened up about her unusually long 30-year reign, suggesting the pain of her unceremonious dethroning in the 1980s was still raw.<p>Before the 7.8 magnitude April 25 quake, Bajracharya had only ever …

Hinduism
Particles

Bluetooth to bribery: Five ingenious ways Indians cheat

<b>A massive medical school admissions examination scandal in Madhya Pradesh and a Supreme Court ruling that ordered 600,000 students to re-appear for a pre-medical exam have brought large-scale cheating into the public spotlight.</b><p>Cheating during exams is not new in India and despite being illegal has …

India

The Most Productive Ways To Waste Your Time

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You’re a responsible adult.<p>Like most of us, you want to improve your personal and professional life and think about the things you could do to get there. But (like most of us) rather than working towards those goals the second you get home you post up …

The Secret To Invisibility Has Been Hiding In The Skin Of Squids

Watch out, Harry Potter.<p>The squid may not seem like the most clever of creatures, but the invertebrate sea monster has a surprisingly advanced system for deflecting predators. Aside from the ink its famous for squirting to escape attacks, the squid is able to quickly camouflage, matching …

Harry Potter

Driveable LEGO Hotrod Built from 500,000 Pieces and Runs Entirely on Air

This impressive-looking, life-sized LEGO-built hotrod isn't just for show – it really works! A Melbourne-based entrepreneur named Steve Sammartino and a 20-year-old Romania-based technology genius named Raul Oaida came up with the idea after meeting on the Internet. They call it the <i>Super Awesome</i> …

Lego

Hubble at 25: the best images from the space telescope - in pictures

As the Hubble space telescope gets ready to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look back at some of the iconic images it has produced

Cosmology

Stunning Early Entries in 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

One of our very favorite photo contests has just kicked off! The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest brings out the most breathtaking shots in travel photography. This year, the prizes are really exciting! The grand prize winner will receive an eight day National Geographic Photo …

Travel Photography

The spacewalk that saved Hubble

Hubble celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. However, the Nasa space telescope that has transformed our view of the Universe was launched with a major defect. Richard Hollingham talks to the man who had to don his spacesuit and make it work.<p>Story Musgrave had worked on the development of the …

Hubble

Kacper Hamilton's brass device depicts time as solid matter

<b>Milan 2015:</b> London designer Kacper Hamilton has created a complex sand-timer that uses weights to measure the passing of seconds and minutes (+ …

How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider

To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power<p>The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, …

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …