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On way out, Manmohan gave PM Modi file on hush-hush Kashmir talks with Pakistan

Manmohan Singh and L K Advani at the book launch of Khurshid Kasuri in New Delhi Wednesday. (Express Photi by: Anil Sharma)<p>Former Prime Minister …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

The TSD Documents: why were they destroyed days before Gen. V.K. Singh's retirement?

on Monday reported that when General (retd.) V. K. Singh, who is now Union Minister of State for External Affairs, was just days away from retiring …

First in history: Scientists create Tree of Life

In a first event of its kind, scientists have built a Tree of Life that traces the lineage of all the 2.3 million known species of animals, plants, …

Two formidable women

Two women I’ve been writing about in recent columns, M. Hannan-Angelo (Miscellany, August 17 and 31) and Subur Parthasarathi (Miscellany, September …

Netaji Files: Police Memo on Wife Letter Has a Haunting Tear

<b>Kolkata:</b> It's the stuff controversies are born out of. In the Netaji files, made public on Friday, is a secret police memo of May 1946 about a letter …

Quantum "Weeping Angel" Effect Freezes Atoms in Place

The paradox of Schroedinger’s Cat famously demonstrates that a quantum cat sealed in a box is both alive and dead at the same time until we look …

Quantum Mechanics

AR Rahman shows how best to respond to fatwas (and a note about what they actually are)

The musician's response to the diktat against him for composing music for Iranian director Majid Majidi's film is also reminder of how a genuine man …

Religion

Kashmiri youth fight extremists in virtual war on terror

“As an engineering student, I always wanted to visit the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). I visited the IIT in Indore and Delhi and also the …

Social Media

Anandiben invokes caste riots of past, rebukes quota agitators

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday ticked off Patel community leader Hardik Patel for being oblivious about the caste and …

The moon is shrinking, reveals NASA's LRO

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has completed over six years in orbit, has revealed that the moon is shrinking. The LRO captured …

Kylie Jenner Reveals the Boob 'Trick' Behind Her Cleavage

After getting real about her lip fillers, she's now opening up about her boobs.<p>Earlier this month, Kylie Jenner spoke out properly for the first time about how she gets her lips so full. Admitting she gets Juvéderm fillers injected, she thanked her new plastic surgeon and admitted that before him …

Eleven Days: When Agatha Christie went missing

In an exclusive short story for BBC Culture and BBC Britain, Kate Mosse writes a fictional account of the 11 mysterious days when the popular crime writer vanished.<p><b>Eleven Days</b><p>A sharp slip of cold air as she winds down the window. A laundered handkerchief to clean the inside of the windscreen. Black …

Literature

India listed as illicit drug producing nation

US President Barack Obama has listed India among major illicit drug producing nations in the world. He also determined names of Pakistan, Afghanistan …

Ori Elisar grows typography in a lab using bacteria-filled petri dishes

Jerusalem designer Ori Elisar has used a bacteria-based ink to grow a Hebrew alphabet in the lab for his Living Language type experiment.<p>The project …

Typography

‘Aurangzeb is a severely misunderstood figure’

Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court<p><b>The present Bharatiya Janata Party government believes Mughals are not part of India’s history.</b> …

Hinduism

2000-yr-old Ashoka Stupa to be unveiled in China

A stupa constructed by Emperor Ashoka around 2,000 years ago in China's Nangchen, which had fallen to ruins, has been restored and will be unveiled …

Henning M Lederer depicts the human body as a machine for Max Cooper's Anatomic music video

<b>Music:</b> German visual artist Henning M Lederer explores the biological machinery of the human body in an intricate animated video for Max Cooper's …

Eerie Underwater Photos of World War Two Aircraft

World War Two perhaps witnessed the most horrific sea battles in the history of human warfare. As a result, countless ships were sunk, either …

Scuba Diving

Julianne Moore’s Best Beauty Moments

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is more than just a pretty face—but, of course, she is that too. See the <i>W</i> Magazine October 2015 issue cover star’s best beauty moments here.

Beauty

How these 75-plus murals have turned three L.A. alleys into an outdoor art gallery

In the throes of a sweltering heat wave near downtown L.A., Jason Ostro wanders sun-baked alleyways off Beverly Boulevard that until recently had been strewn with litter, discarded mattresses and rusty bikes, and he beams at the new explosion of color around him.<p>Ostro’s the Alley Project has …

‘I kind of got sick of the truth’

Salman Rushdie’s 12th novel, (a Rushdiesque way of saying One Thousand and One Nights), is a sprawling, fantastical story of many stories, which …

India’s walkout from UNSC was a turning point: Natwar

Even as the government celebrates India’s “forgotten war” with Pakistan in 1965, India’s former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh says India’s …

Homo Naledi, New Human Species Found: Pictures

Prehistory

Transparent Sculptures Explore the Depth of Human Emotion

Korean artist Jin Young Yu fabricates poignant plastic sculptures that mirror both her adolescent emotions and adult personality. To capture these feelings and characteristics, the sculptor gives her transparent figures fairly stoic faces with many appearing to hold back a flood of tears. “My works …

Art