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Ape fossil 11 million years old unearthed in Gujarat

Tireless fossil hunting under the scorching heat of the Kutch basin, Gujarat proved fruitful and palaeontologists unearthed a fossilised upper jaw (maxilla). Further studies showed that the fossil find was highly significant: it is the oldest and the only known ape fossil discovered in peninsular India. Ansuya Bhandari from Birbal …

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Novel strategy to treat diabetic wound infection

By using virus that infects bacteria (bacteriophages), researchers from Panjab University have successfully treated multidrug-resistant bacterial infection in diabetic mouse model. People with diabetes are more prone to fungal and bacterial infections and the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms has worsened the situation. Researchers have been searching for alternative treatment approaches …

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When laws are framed to make voting difficult

The November 6 U.S. midterm elections may have come and gone, but the issue of voter suppression still lingers, drawing responses mostly along partisan lines. Many Republicans have wanted to tighten laws around voter eligibility, ostensibly to prevent fraud, and Democrats have wanted to make it easier for people to …

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Sustaining the embrace of democracy

It was as if the collective mood of optimism had a fragrance, and it wafted through the narrow streets of Male, bringing the Maldivian citizenry to its feet. People thronged to the picturesque Republic Square that overlooked the presidential jetty. Saturday was a day of monumental change in this tiny …

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The growing calls to keep fracking at bay

Last Monday, a group of environmental activists occupied the front entrance of the London offices of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. They spray-painted doors and windows with the symbol of the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ campaign group to protest, among other things, the government’s support for fracking. Later in …

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