A quote by Musk on spacex.com states that if the company became able to reuse rockets, “the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred”.
In Australia, as in India, governments are coming up with more stringent laws for social problems that will only create a more coercive state
The formalised language of government edicts about environmental protection fails to take into account local wisdom and traditions
A new explanation involves sublimating carbon dioxide under the red planet’s surface to blow out and carve gully features – which were recently declared to be symptoms of flowing water.
33 Arunachal MLAs give the Indian legislative history its first “Tennis Court” moment, but leave behind a huge Constitutional question for the country
Doctors prescribing the life-saving drugs without regard for longer-term consequences and a lack of public awareness has led to a complicated mess of misuse in the country.
Dev Lahiri’s story is a cautionary tale of how anyone who tries to reform things, or to upset the status quo, faces not just resistance but also retribution.
The Delhi Government’s report reveals damning evidence against the Delhi and District Cricket Association, confirming what several other high-level inquiries have revealed in the past
Fabiola Gianotti’s research excellence, administrative astuteness and creative intuition will now guide physicists as they embark on a distinct and precarious adventure.
“I had seen the sea, it’s just a few miles away from my house. But I have never been there” said Ihab Talahmeh, a 20 year old from the freedom theater of Jenin in Palastine, as his co-actors admired Diwali rockets go up. The Freedom theatre describes itself […]
The commerce minister and the pharma industry lobby used smoke and mirrors to change the narrative
The eminent sociologist T.N. Madan reflects on the relationship between Pandits and Muslims that was once woven into the fabric of the Valley
In remembrance of one of feminism’s trail-blazing scholars who challenged Muslim orthodoxy by placing women at the centre of her enquiry. Her preferred weapon of subversion: humour.
There are great discoveries to be made where we can’t see, and these will only come if we abandon our comfort zones and our reliance on running with the herd.
During a famine, vole populations can crash. Those with better navigation and memory skills dote on their partners, defend their mates from philandering males, and make successful parents.
In many of the pieces, Galhotra moves beyond metaphor, literally using the river and its now defunct ecosystem as her materials.
The continuing criminalisation of homosexuality is not about a minority or about valorising a lifestyle, but about the values that India stands for as a nation.
How systemic problems at a drug testing lab, GVK Bio, morphed into the story of an illicit affair.
Facebook’s lobbying for Free Basics in India. Brazil’s WhatsApp ban. China’s World Internet Conference. While the problems that face these three countries are different, they stem from a similar source.
We’ve focused largely on the refugees undertaking perilous journeys across the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, but we in the Indian subcontinent are much closer to the crisis than we realise.
Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying on the streets of Kolkata.
What is it with BJP ministers that an official visit to the United States persuades them that there is virtue in playing deputy sheriff to Uncle Sam?
New Delhi: The Congress leadership is in two minds on whether to turn party president Sonia Gandhi’s Patiala House court appearance on Saturday a grand tamasha with shouting and screaming Congressmen on the sidelines or to make it into a quiet and sedate affair. It is learnt that on the […]
Opium, Amitav Ghosh suggests, was the substance that created the modern world, and he has told its epic story.
After witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Star Wars, director Francis Ford Coppola told George Lucas he should start his own religion. Lucas laughed him off, but Coppola may have been onto something. Indeed, the Star Wars saga taps into the very storytelling devices that have structured myths and […]
A few days ago, when the new chief justice of India took office, he sought to assure citizens that the judiciary was vigilant and competent enough to safeguard constitutional values and republican virtues. The National Herald case will now test that assurance.
Government agencies are trying to acquire land without explicitly establishing consent and farmers are up in arms about it
The Delhi high court has ruled in favour of Roche in a patent case against Cipla for a cancer drug but depending on how it computes the final rate of damages to be paid, the judgment could well turn out to be a de facto compulsory licensing order.
What’s remarkable about this study isn’t that birds gave up food to stay with their mates. They recognised their mates were hungry and helped them access food. That’s true pair bonding.
The NDA’s small-mindedness and combative style has led it to make a mess of political relations inside and outside Parliament
The ongoing government vs. governor face-off aside, another conflict is threatening to erupt in Arunachal Pradesh – one triggered by a recent SC order on citizenship for Chakmas
The Paris Agreement has been signed, as of Saturday December 12, and Le Bourget is closing up shop. The forty thousand people gathered there have largely dispersed; thousands more floating on the fringes of COP21 are also leaving. And Paris, which has been beautifully welcoming (every metro station […]
The issue of terror has moved centre stage in the Presidential campaigns in the US
Despite the Tamil Nadu government’s best explanations, questions remain as to why the Public Works Department failed to manage the situation.
The Supreme Court’s specific directions not only violate the delicate balance of power enshrined in the Constitution but are also problematic because the judiciary has neither the expertise nor the resources to perform these functions.
On Wednesday, ISRO’s PSLV rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota with the six Singaporean satellites. All of them will be put into orbit about 21 minutes into the flight at an altitude of 550 km.
The Satpura narrow-gauge network used to be the longest of its kind in India, stretching more than 1,000km. But it is now facing closure
Statement by Women’s, Students’ and Progressive Groups on the third anniversary of the brutal December 16, 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi
The organisers of the event said her name had “not been cleared” by the Madhya Pradesh government to attend the event
1. The Paris Agreement has deftly crafted language to ensure no legislative approval is required for its ratification by USA, underscoring the absence of broad political support for tackling climate change.