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Space Matters #2

The Great Game for Space: The Artemis Accords have been signed: Eight countries (the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom) have penned their consent to a seven-page agreement which outlines principles that signatory nations in NASA’s Artemis programme are expected to adhere...

Design and Construction of Submarines

Some Cutting Edge Features, Technology and Tactics that have their origin in the Cold War and WWII. The following commentary is an effort to connect some dots and put into perspective some information about Design and Construction choices of Submarines during the Cold War by US and USSR. The text...

Health or money? Why can’t Indians have both?

Since the pandemic started, there have been news about Indians having to pay bills for COVID-19 treatment anywhere in the range from 1 lakh to 20 lakhs. One can only imagine the strain these bills would have put on the household finances. According to the National Health Accounts 2016-17 report,...

Space Matters #1

The Great Game for Space: China loses access to strategically important Satellite Tracking Stations in Sweden and Australia, diminishing their capability for remote sensing in the Pacific and North Sea. Recently Jonathan Barrett at Reuters reported that the Swedish Space Corporation(SSC) has decided not to conduct any new business with...

Watch on Japan #2 | Suga becomes New PM of Japan & way forward with ‘Suganomics’

Suga becomes New PM of Japan & way forward with ‘Suganomics’ By Divya Suresh HIGHLIGHTS: 15th, Sep -30th, Sep. · Yoshihide Suga becomes the PM of Japan, winning a landslide victory in Liberation Democratic Party’s presidential elections. He succeeds Shinzo Abe and promises to carry out his major policy initiatives....

Why India should buy more Diesel Electric Submarines

India is on a trajectory to induct a significant number of both nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed submarines in the coming years. However, the mainstay of its sub-surface fleet remains conventionally powered diesel-electric submarines. With eight Russian-origin Sindhughosh(Kilo) class vessels making up the most potent portion of its submarine fleet, it makes...

From a scientist to a science policy analyst — my journey and key learnings

My grandmother bravely fought, but eventually lost her battle with breast cancer. Those childhood memories inspired me to take up a career focused on curing cancer. After spending a decade across 3 laboratories trying to kill cancer cells in petri dishes, I chose to leave academia. I loved every single...

To what extent is the Kargil War a case of intelligence failure?

Why was India surprised in Kargil 21 years ago? Serving IPS officer Vijay Sakhare, who specializes in intelligence and related issues, gives us his take. By Vijay Sakhare Introduction In the summer of 1999, India and Pakistan fought a high-altitude limited war in Kargil, a remote area in the Indian...

Takshashila Survey – Comparative Study of COVID-19’s Effects on Teenagers in India and The United States of America

Download the Survey in PDF This report, commissioned by the Takshashila Institution, paints a vivid picture of how 2 countries – India and the United States – are dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The analysis investigates the patterns of behaviour amongst people of all ages during these times, however...

Re-purposing vaccines for COVID-19: Need for context

The Sars-CoV-2 virus has befuddled scientists on two counts. First it is a novel virus, whose genetic structure was deduced only 6 months ago. Since then, a hunt for a cure or vaccine has been on. The virus is also evolving, with multiple strains in circulation. In an additional twist,...
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