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Remembering the Periodic Table and Dabholkar

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BusinessLine Well played, your headline has caught my attention. Well, as you’d know already, 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). Scientists, students, policymakers and the public at large in many geographies ... More »

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The Cheatsheet: How Internet shutdowns hurt the economy

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BusinessLine Yes, and more. As we write this, the internet shutdown in Kashmir — reportedly the 51st in Jammu and Kashmir since January this year and the 179th since 2012 — is continuing and there is an alarming uncertainty over when the curbs on communication... More »

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When 301,878 books were murdered in Turkey…

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BusinessLine Death of books? What exactly happened? Since 2016, the government of Turkey has pulled back from its schools, stores and libraries, and destroyed, over three lakh books. And that’s according to official estimates — revealed this week by none other... More »

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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 »