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Stephen Hawking, great scientist who wrote of space, time and black holes, dies at 76

Professor of mathematics at Cambridge University Stephen W Hawking discusses theories on the origin of the universe in a talk in Berkeley, California.

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday.

Hawking, whose 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” became an unlikely worldwide bestseller and cemented his superstar status, dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Continue reading

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Darwin’s theory scientifically wrong, nobody saw ape turning into man: Union minister Satyapal Singh

Union minister Satyapal Singh said our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man.

Union minister Satyapal Singh has claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man was “scientifically wrong” and it needs to be changed in school and college curriculum.

Singh, minister of state for human resource development, said our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man.

“Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to Continue reading

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Study says clicking selfies is a mental disorder

“Selfitis” – the obsession of taking selfies on smartphones – may be a real disorder that requires treatment, according to a study conducted in India.

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source: I.E.

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM) in Tamil Nadu began investigating the phenomenon after a hoax story appeared in the media in 2014 claiming ‘selfitis’ had been termed as a genuine mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

They have now confirmed its existence and developed the ‘Selfitis Behaviour Scale’ which can be Continue reading

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Supreme Court of India wants to “stretch ” the law on abortion

NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court of India wants to “stretch ” the law on abortion that will allow termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if the foetus is suffering from severe abnormalities.

The SC bench of justices YV Chandrachud and SK Kaul said, “we need to stretch the law a little bit” while considering a petition by a pregnant woman wanting to abort her 25 week foetus.

33-year-old Sharmishta Chakraborty from Kolkata recently approached the SC asking permission to abort her foetus after she discovered that her child she carried suffered from severe cardiac problem.

Chakraborty presented to the court a report by Dr Devi Shetty, pediatric pulmonologist, which said the foetus was suffering from a severe form of cardiac impairment called pulmonary atresia and has a high possibility of permanent brain damage.

After going through the report, justice Chandrachud said, “In situations like these, you have to look at the quality of life for the mother too. Look at the plight of the mother who lives in a constant fear that her child will be brain dead even after a corrective surgery.”

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ISRO's heaviest rocket

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Isro’s heaviest rocket, GSLV MK-III, takes off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Monday. Bearing communication satellite GSAT-19, the 640-tonne carrier is also referred to as ‘fat boy’ by Scientists. The rocket boasts a powerful engine that has been developed in India. Programme managers hope to reduce reliance on European engines. The GSLV MK III rocket carried a satellite weighing more than three tonnes into a high orbit above Earth, a landmark achievement as India had struggled to match the heavier payloads of other space giants.

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