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The inner ring of the GW Orionis star system | Photo: eso.org

Scientists discover three stars ripping apart their planet-forming disc

The findings, made over 11 years, give us unique insights into planetary formation and evolution.

Unique protein in placenta could hold key to protecting organs from Covid infection

From enzyme that increases risk of infection to immune system's blood clotting mechanism, ThePrint brings the latest research on Covid-19.
Artist's impression of binary black holes about to collide | Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)

Astrophysicists spot biggest black hole collision so far, and a mystery begins to unfurl

The black hole collision was observed by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations, which involve nearly 1,000 scientists working around the globe.
A mother and child during the Covid-19 lockdown | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Speaking certain languages could lead to wider spread of Covid, Russian study says

From a 30-minute rapid test to new Covid scoring system, ThePrint brings you the latest scientific findings on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Employees operate sewing machines at a garment factory in Kolkata | Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Brainwaves study can tell if a worker can handle crisis situation, IIT Madras research says

Study says researchers found that an EEG can assess the capability of a worker to respond to an emergency in real-time, which can help prevent accidents.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India and China are seeing rising coronavirus re-infections. But scientists aren’t surprised

People are worried about what the new cases of coronavirus re-infection could mean for our chances of resolving the pandemic.
A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg Photo

Convalescent plasma appears to be the silver lining in the gloomy cloud of Covid-19

Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard when it comes to evaluation of disease. But we can't always wait for gold.
A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US | Bloomberg

9 reasons why Covid vaccine will be widely available in 2021

As a physician-scientist, I am asked how I can be sure that researchers will develop a successful Covid vaccine — after all, we still don’t have one for HIV.
Dengue-causing Aedes aegypti mosquito

Infecting mosquitoes with bacterium Wolbachia cuts dengue spread by 77%, new study claims

Wolbachia trial carried out in Indonesia by scientists from World Mosquito Program of Monash University, Australia, & Universitas Gadjah Mada follows a decade of research.
A glass of wine

One drink? Or two? Forget the guidelines, less is always better

The committee responsible for USDA guidelines has just recommended that men consume no more than one drink on any given day; women were already limited to one.

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Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.


Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.