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Centre to weigh exempting Meril stents from price cap

  • Meril Life has sought a price exemption for developing unique, biodegradable stents
  • NPPA meet on Monday is likely to discuss the price exemption claim. If granted, it will be valid for five years

Isro chairman K. Sivan. Photo: PTI
Isro chairman K. Sivan. Photo: PTI

India is at par with China in space race: Isro’s K. Sivan

With Chandrayaan-2, India will reach the lunar south pole, which has never been explored, Isro chairman K. Sivan said. The comment comes just days after China's rover made its touchdown on the far side of the moon.

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint

Measuring all the light there is to see, or not

Scientists have managed to calculate all the light generated throughout the history of the universe by measuring the extragalactic background light

Now your shoes will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them. Photo: Nike
Now your shoes will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them. Photo: Nike

Now, you can lace new Nike Adapt BB shoes with your smartphone

Wait for it the Nike Adapt BB shoes, which go on sale on February 17 for $350 in the United States, are controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app

In September, traces of polio type-2 virus were discovered in the vaccines made by Bio-Med Pvt. Ltd. Photo: Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times
In September, traces of polio type-2 virus were discovered in the vaccines made by Bio-Med Pvt. Ltd. Photo: Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times

Court asks govt to retest samples of Ghaziabad-based firm’s polio vaccine

The type-2 strain is thought to have been eradicated so long ago that the current polio vaccine no longer protects against it

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting elderly people and no cure is available till date. Photo: iStock
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting elderly people and no cure is available till date. Photo: iStock

Scientists develop data framework for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

NBRC scientists have proposed a big data framework that provides an integration of various modalities at one platform. The proposed framework facilitates to normalize and preprocess raw MRI, MRS and neuropsychological data into a suitable format that can be used for further processing

Isro aims to complete two unmanned moon missions —in December 2020 and July 2021—before it can actually put a human in space, scheduled for December 2021.
Isro aims to complete two unmanned moon missions —in December 2020 and July 2021—before it can actually put a human in space, scheduled for December 2021.

Isro set to launch Chandrayaan-2 by March-April

The new launch date comes after Chandrayaan-2 missed two earlier launch windows in 2017 and 2018

PFAS are used in a range of consumer products, including fast food packaging, non-stick pans, waterproof clothing, and stain-resistant carpets.
PFAS are used in a range of consumer products, including fast food packaging, non-stick pans, waterproof clothing, and stain-resistant carpets.

Is dental floss harmful for your body? Read what the latest study finds

People can be exposed to the substances directly through the products they use and the food they eat

Representational photo: Wikimedia Commons
Representational photo: Wikimedia Commons

Indian Science Congress Association to form monitoring panel

The decision came after Andhra Pradesh University's vice chancellor claimed on-stage that Kauravas of the Mahabharata were test tube babies, prompting sharp criticism from scientists

The time capsule contains 100 technologies indicative of the present times, including a smartphone, laptop, drone, Alexa and science textbooks. Photo: PIB
The time capsule contains 100 technologies indicative of the present times, including a smartphone, laptop, drone, Alexa and science textbooks. Photo: PIB

Indian Science Congress: A time capsule is buried for 100 years at LPU, Jalandhar

Nobel laureates, including biochemist Avram Hershko and physicist Duncan Haldane, lowered a 8x8 time capsule 10 feet into the ground on the second day of the 106th Indian Science Congress

Nobel laureate Thomas Sudoph is a key speaker at the event. AFP
Nobel laureate Thomas Sudoph is a key speaker at the event. AFP

Fresh tech on display at science meet from 3 Jan

Thousands of delegates, including Nobel laureates, policymakers, administrators and eminent scientists from across the globe, are expected to participate in the five-day event106th edition of Indian Science Congress

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Photo:NASA

NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

The flyby took place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, which was until now the most faraway world ever visited up close by a spacecraft

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Scientists spot warning signs for multiple sclerosis

The presence of certain levels of a molecule called acrolein in the human body could be an early warning sign for the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers say

Scientists have come to realize that the other four of the Earth’s mega-disasters probably came from within—triggered by belches of carbon into the atmosphere and oceans. Photo: AP
Scientists have come to realize that the other four of the Earth’s mega-disasters probably came from within—triggered by belches of carbon into the atmosphere and oceans. Photo: AP

Opinion | Earth has seen CO2 spike before. It didn’t end well

Hint: it happened 252 million years ago, and the temperature rose more than the worst-case projections for fossil-fuel-induced global warming

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said in space research India is in the top bracket. File Photo: HT
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said in space research India is in the top bracket. File Photo: HT

Harsh Vardhan pitches for more investments in research from private sector

With the help of both government and private organisations India could leapfrog into top two-three 'scientific nations' in the world in terms of scientific advancements, the union minister said

Musk’s vision for the underground tunnels is known as loop. Photo: Twitter/@elonmusk
Musk’s vision for the underground tunnels is known as loop. Photo: Twitter/@elonmusk

Elon Musk’s new underground tunnel could move people faster than subways

For the privately funded test tunnel, Musk acquired a tunnel-boring machine that had been used in a San Francisco Bay Area project and put it down a shaft in a parking lot at the SpaceX headquarters

The use of condoms has declined 52% in eight years till 2016.  Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The use of condoms has declined 52% in eight years till 2016. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Not condoms or pills, but monthly shots

The contraceptive shot offers protection to women of reproductive age when injected monthly

According to Lancet, Infertility affects 10-15% of couples of reproductive age
According to Lancet, Infertility affects 10-15% of couples of reproductive age

In medical milestone, baby born from womb of dead donor

Experts say that path breaking procedure will broaden the access to many of whom who would otherwise be left with an option of adoption or surrogacy to have a child

GSAT-11 is the heaviest satellite ever built by the Indian Space Research Organization. Photo: Twitter/@isro
GSAT-11 is the heaviest satellite ever built by the Indian Space Research Organization. Photo: Twitter/@isro

ISRO launches India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 to boost rural broadband

GSAT-11, which is the 34th communication satellite built by ISRO, will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites, said ISRO Chairman

GSAT-11 was successfully launched by an Arianespace rocket from the French Guiana. Photo:  Twitter/ @isro
GSAT-11 was successfully launched by an Arianespace rocket from the French Guiana. Photo: Twitter/ @isro

India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 launched successfully

Weighing about 5,854 kg, the GSAT-11 is the 'heaviest' satellite built by ISRO. GSAT-11 is expected to boost broadband services in the country