Samim Mansur

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What does the discovery of the world’s oldest Quran tell us?

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Quran is a seventh century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad, is neither news, nor particularly controversial.<p>But in academia the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, …

Has Nasa found another 'Earth' in corner of Milky Way?

Astrophysicists at Nasa today annouce they have found new Earth-like worlds<p>• Nasa finds ‘another Earth’ in Milky Way which ‘would feel a lot like home’<p>The science world is abuzz with anticipation as Nasa holds a press conference on Thursday to announce ‘new discoveries’ from its Kepler mission, …

Inca Road: The ancient highway that created an empire

<b>Do long-dead builders have the answer to more sustainable road development? A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC shows why the Incan kingdom built a lasting infrastructure.</b><p>The Inca Road is one of the most extraordinary feats of engineering in the world. By the 16th Century …

Now, telecom dept wants to regulate WhatsApp, Viber calls | tech

India's Department of Telecommunication says it doesn't want to regulate any over-the-top services or apps in a report. But it has called for …

Section 377: The push for change

A remarkable feature of the US Supreme Court ruling last week, which declared by a vote of 5-4 that couples of the same sex could marry each other, …

Raking up the MQM-RAW link for brownie points

The >BBC’s so-called exposé on India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), funding the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) …

Our history books need rewriting

The debate over the need to re-write Indian history textbooks is heating up and, yet again, it is likely to spiral into an ugly political spat. Sadly …

Famous People Who Found Success Despite Failures

What Would It Take to Double a Cell Phone’s Battery Life?

Mobile devices could double their power, but researchers are focused on improving bigger batteries first.<p>How is it possible that mobile phones can do so much—summon cars, order groceries, make video-calls, count footsteps—and yet still drain power so quickly? For devices that are so mind-bogglingly …

Heat wave claims 41 more lives in AP, nationwide toll 2248

Torrid weather conditions continued to prevail in several parts of the country on Sunday, claiming 41 more lives in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh since …

India

India: Parents use 'corrective rape' to cure their gay children

An Indian LBGT organisation has said that parents are trying to turn their gay children straight by encouraging family members to rape them.<p>The …

Giving military veterans their due

For veterans of the Indian armed forces, the battles never cease. It is a poor commentary on the way India treats its ex-servicemen when they are …

Veterans

Junk food is feeding a malnutrition epidemic in Delhi's slums

Poor parents are turning to junk food not only because their children like its taste but also because it is less expensive than a full meal.<p><i>New Delhi</i> …

Save the Children

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

Washington D.C.

How High-Speed Sync Can Extend Your Flash Photography Options

If you have been looking up flashes, you’ve probably seen that there are regular ones, and flashes that are capable of high-speed sync. Generally, …

Mumbai donates up to Rs 4.5 lakh for treatment of Pakistani teen

Following sunday mid-day’s report on May 17, Jaslok Hospital receives monetary help from donors across the city who wanted to help the Wilson’s …