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Conversations at Takshashila: Why is Facebook Banning Pages?

Facebook just announced that it has taken down hundreds of pages in India and Pakistan for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. What does this mean? Why is Facebook cracking down on pages, and what does this say about the future of social...

The Compound Eye – Drinking Tea The Correct Way and Prioritising Science for the Nation

Clinical Trials Rules in India:  India accounts for nearly 16.0% of the population worldwide and nearly 20% of the disease burden across the globe, yet less than around 1.4% of total global clinical trials are conducted in the country. Clinical trials are...

Conversations at Takshashila: Dreams Manifestos | Science and Technology

Science and technology ought to be a priority strategic investment for India’s future. Shambhavi Naik and Pavan Srinath tell Aditya Ramanathan why the government needs to increase funding, articulate a positive vision for Indian science and technology, and give scientists...

Conversations at Takshashila: Biowarfare is Coming

 The old assumptions around bioweapons are falling apart as new technologies make it easier for terrorists to produce and dispense deadly pathogens. Those technologies could also make it possible in the future for states to target specific ethnic groups....

The Compound Eye Mar 15, 2019

Price Capping:  Recently, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority capped the prices of 42 unscheduled cancer drugs through a trade margin rationalisation. In a similar move, prices of medical devices – knee caps and stents – were also capped in 2018, despite US pressure to rescind...

Conversations at Takshashila: Genetics Is Better Than Cure

 India’s huge population consists of hundreds of sub-groups which have been marrying within themselves for the last 2000 years. This has led to a huge undiagnosed genetic disease problem, which must be tackled using new technology and policies. Shambhavi...

The Compound Eye Mar 1

Policy Focus Open Access Policy and Plan S: In a tweet, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Professor K Vijayraghavan announced India’s intention to join cOAlition S (Plan S), a Europe-led initiative that encourages researchers to publish...

What DNA Tells Us About Indians Past, Present and Future

Groundbreaking new scientific studies are changing our understanding of the history of India and its people. Yazad Jal joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik to discuss what science and history have to say about the past, present, and future of...

Conversations at Takshashila: Should Publicly Funded Research Be Free?

 India has recently announced its intent to join Plan S, by which all public-funded research in India would have to be published in open access compliant journals. This move will help scientists, students and teachers across India to access...

Newsletter: The Compound Eye Feb 15

The Compound Eye Feb 15, 2019 Policy in Focus: Interim Budget, 2019: Instead of a policy, this fortnight we highlight announcements from the Interim Budget that embrace the development of science and technology in India: There has been marginal hike...
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