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Apollo 11, Chandrayaan-2 and the lunar economy

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BusinessLine I see you’re moonstruck. Yes, and for two good reasons. For starters, this week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in the first landing of humans on the moon. NASA is observing a series of events to remember that... More »

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Boredom blues, in all its hues

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BusinessLine Who’s the bored here? All and sundry; yours truly included. Why? Because we all have become prisoners to what some sociologists call the tyranny of routine. And our understanding of evolutionary biology tells us that if we have the same routine ev... More »

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With ‘Chinese pig’ gaffe, UBS reaps what it sows

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BusinessLine I see you’re pigging out on porcine metaphors… Oink, oink! You could say I’m going the whole hog! But why are you ODing on ham? Because of what happened to a UBS economist last week. The entire episode, centred around the economist’s unintentional... More »

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Google News, whose news? – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Fooling around with search words? What’s the harm in trying? After all, everybody loves some vertical mobility on Google search hierarchy. That said, this headline is pure plainspeak; an important question, rather. On what? Here’s some background:... More »

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AAP’s populism and Delhi Metro’s ‘free rider’ problem

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BusinessLine Ah, the move to let women ride free on Delhi’s Metro and buses? That’s right. Delhi’s AAP government, headed by Arvind Kejriwal, has caused quite a flutter with the decision. What do critics have against it? Oh, many things. Some claim that since ... More »

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When Amazon owns .amazon – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine I’m one of your high IQ readers, but this skips me! In case you’ve missed the papers this week, presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia came down heavily on a recent decision by Icann — which is the global body that manages internet addr... More »

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Even when a ‘sex strike’ works, it’s not about the sex

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BusinessLine You do know this is a family-friendly newspaper, right? Not to worry. We’re not discussing anything prurient; we’re only talking — in very sanitised language — about the sociological aspects of a call last fortnight by actress Alyssa Milano in the... More »

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Why the Yeti, Bigfoot and Nessie myths live on

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BusinessLine In calling them ‘myths’, you sound sceptical… I can understand why people believe what they believe, and, of course, some people claim to have actually had sightings of ‘cryptids’… Wait, what are ‘cryptids’? ‘Cryptids’ are animals that are presume... More »

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The many many spells of the Avengers

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BusinessLine Reviewing The Endgame? Well, for one thing, a review without a spoiler is a Herculean task and for the other, this is not the space. This is just about how the more-than-a-decade-old flagship franchise from Marvel Studios has influenced our many w... More »

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How a Swiss move stirs up a storm in a coffee cup

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BusinessLine Last week, the Swiss government said it plans to do away with the nation’s “emergency stockpile” of coffee, which it began building up after the First World War. The decision isn’t final yet, but the government is leaning in that direction. What r... More »

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What these elections mean for the economy

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BusinessLine I’ve heard elections are good for the economy. Sure, the free flow of money, come election time, will boost economic activity in the short run. But it is rather like a booster shot after imbibing a sugar-high ‘energy drink’: it will only leave you... More »