All the Best for UPSC Prelims-2018 Examination

Your exam is knocking at the door. So you have to keep all your tension and stress outs of your mind. The best way to motivate yourself is to stop stressing about what’ll happen when things go wrong and start thinking about how awesome life will be when they go right. Read More …

Data in a post-truth age

Context: India has been fortunate in inheriting a statistical system from stalwarts like P.C. Mahalanobis and C.R. Rao that has historically demonstrated all three. However, with the growing demand for statistics and increasingly challenging data collection environment, the move by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) towards developing a Read More …

More space in Classes VI to X NCERT books

Ancient Indian knowledge, tradition and practices now find more space in the new NCERT textbooks. Books meant for students of Classes 6 to 10 carry new or additional information on ancient Indian philosophy, ayurveda, yoga, teachings of Upanishads and smritis and scientific achievements of ancient India in areas such as astronomy Read More …

A blow to civil service ideals

Context: India’s Civil Services Examination (CSE) is said to be one of the toughest of its kind in the world, so much so that Professor Lant Pritchett, from Harvard University, said in 2010: “The Indian Administrative Service is full of officers who have passed an entrance examination and selection process Read More …

Why climate change is a political and security challenge?

The Arctic is losing ice much faster than the Antarctic. Both ice sheets are in exponential decline, and if the trends continue, the effects will become irreversible. Which is not good news because every chunk of ice lost in these regions is a few more feet of land lost to Read More …

Ice in Antarctica

The omnipresent feature of Antarctica is, of course, ice… and in many more colours than white. There was Green Ice (layered by lichen), Red Ice (stained by pink lichen or even by penguin droppings from a krill-based diet), Blue Ice (from extremely dense packing of ice crystals in icebergs that Read More …

What if India hadn’t made friends with science?

Context: Seventy-two years ago, colonial empires collapsed, and close to 80 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America became free nations. And each new nation had to plan for its future. Yet, among these 80, India was the lone nation that “made friends with science” as a policy for development. Read More …

Tracking a primitive mammal

Context: A fossilised skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth’s bygone supercontinent Pangaea. Scientists described the cranium of a small primitive Cretaceous Read More …

Artificial Enzyme

Context; Nanomaterials that can behave like human enzymes have now been successfully synthesized by a team of researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. They produced the new nanozyme — nanomaterial with enzyme-like activity — by using vanadium pentoxide nanocrystals of just 150-200 nm size. About the nanozyme: The Read More …

Optical Telescope MeerLITCH

Scientists in South Africa launched the world’s first optical telescope linked to a radio telescope, combining “eyes and ears” to try to unravel the secrets of the universe. The device forms part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in the remote Karoo desert, which will be the world’s most powerful radio Read More …