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Carl Sagan and the Samurai Crabs

Legend has it that a variety of crabs contain the ghosts of a drowned samurai army -- and each bears a grimacing warrior face on their backs to prove …

Samurai

Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India

If you have traveled extensively in India, then most likely you have already heard of Kanha National Park. Also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, it is …

National Parks

Explained: What the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and TN is all about

Cauvery disputeA dispute since the British Raj, the Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the Cauvery issue on Friday.Geetika MantriTheja …

India

Here’s the Perfect Thing to Say When Someone Is Rude

Recently, the British IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston was sitting on a train traveling from London, England, to Manchester, when he found himself …

Self-help

India’s Singh brothers: How to make and break a fortune in 10 years

Just 10 years ago, they were the poster boys of India’s booming pharmaceutical industry. Fame peaked for Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh in 2008 when they sold their stake in generic drug maker Ranbaxy to Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo for a whopping $2.4 billion. It’s only gone downhill …

India

Teach Your Kids About the Super Blue Blood Moon of Jan. 31 with These Activities

Early in the morning on Jan. 31, roughly half of Earth will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. As the moon moves through Earth's shadow, it will …

Astronomy

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

<i>Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Her research focuses on general relativity and quantum gravity. She is author of the blog</i> Backreaction <i>and her first book, Lost in Math, is set to appear in June. You can find her on Twitter at @skdh.</i><p>…

Dark Matter

‘Mythconceptions’ – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague and the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox. From Harold II’s arrow in the eye to the first men in the sky – what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?<p>You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at …

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Evolution

Japanese Astronaut Concerned After Growing 3.5 Inches Taller in Three Weeks

Microgravity environments do strange and often undesirable things to the human body, such as weakening muscles and bones, shrinking hearts, and …

Groundbreaking new studies suggest the presence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

How Did The Matter In Our Universe Arise From Nothing?

When you look out at the vastness of the Universe, at the planets, stars, galaxies, and all there is out there, one obvious question screams for an explanation: why is there something instead of nothing? The problem gets even worse when you consider the laws of physics governing our Universe, which …

Physics

Images of India’s heritage buildings by a photographer who knew they wouldn’t last

As India’s cities have transformed into chaotic, ungainly urban sprawls, scores of its heritage buildings have been torn down to make way for the new.<p>Last year, marked the loss of Bengaluru’s 100-year-old Krumbiegel Hall, while, in Kolkata, numerous old homes have disappeared, with modern, …

India

This Is The Fascinating Way Blue Eyes Get Their Colour

The human body is incredible.<p>Your eyes aren't blue (or green) because they contain pigmented cells.<p>As Paul Van Slembrouck writes for Medium, their …

Makeup

Why is the sky blue?

<b>Anthony D. Del Genio of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University explains.</b><p>To understand why the sky is blue, we need to …

12 Top Tourist Places to Visit in South India

South India (comprised of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu) really has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest …

India

Brexiters are right. The EU’s row with Poland will damage Britain

Brussels’ move against Warsaw shows that Britain cannot hope to carve out preferential trade deals<p>It’s been fascinating to look at some of the reactions, in Europe and beyond, after the European commission last week took the unprecedented step of triggering a mechanism against Poland, for the first …

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

Genetics

Top 10 Indian films of 2017

Don't end the year without watching these: my recommendations of the Top 10 Indian Films of 2017<p>Don't end the year without watching these: my …

Telugu Astrologer Venu Swamy Exposed by Rationalist on Live TV

Famous Telugu astrologer Venu Swamy astrologer was debunked on live television and forced to say, “Whatever I predict will not happen.”<p>“My name is …

India

HIV's Jump From Apes to Humans May Have Been Aided by an Unfortunate Deficiency

How it all began.<p>Nobody knows quite when it happened. But some time in our not too distant past, a chimpanzee version of a pathogen known as simian …

Biology

The stunning space images of 2017

Rights & Freedoms

New drug delivery device treats glaucoma from within the eye

From the Inside<p>A new drug delivery system could be a crucial development in the fight against glaucoma. The disease currently affects more than 60 …

The history of how Delhi’s air pollution got so toxic

It was April 1999 and I was at my first press conference. It had been organised to tell the world that we had received a legal notice from Tata Motors for a whopping Rs100 crore. This was over an article that my late colleague Anil Agarwal and I had written, talking about toxins emitted by diesel …

India

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

Creativity

There's a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Vanadium Dioxide<p>In science, there exists a law known as the Wiedemann-Franz Law that states, simply, that most metals that are good conductors of …

Engineering

A professor of medicine explains why eating fat won't make you fat - but sugar will

ES Lifestyle Newsletter<p><b>Dozens of scientific studies suggest that eating fat isn't linked to weight gain.</b>• <b><br>Aaron Carroll, a paediatrician and professor</b> …

Nutrition

Cannabis for psoriasis: Does it work?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that leads to a buildup of skin cells that form red patches covered in silvery scales. Could cannabis be an effective …

Cannabis

New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

(Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a new type of mirror that reflects light in a completely different way than conventional mirrors do. The new …

Quantum Mechanics

DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

The image you see here isn’t of the USS Enterprise in warp, it’s an image of DNA replication captured for the first time. The interesting part is …

Biochemistry