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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 »

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Menominee, language death and why we must rise

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BusinessLine Who’s Menominee, for starters? Well, the Menominee is a Native American tribe officially recognised by the US government, and the people live in Wisconsin and speak Menominee, the language their tribe is named after. In their tongue, Menominee mea... More »

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Breaking Bad: Time to split Big Tech before it’s too late?

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BusinessLine Breaking up big tech companies? You heard me! The past few weeks have been way too noisy across the technology space with demands coming from politicians, activists and users for splitting up giant technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and... More »

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In space, no one can hear you laugh…

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BusinessLine Don’t you mean: ‘no one can hear you scream’? That’s, of course, the tag line of Alien, the iconic science fiction horror film from 1979. But on the first human mission to Mars, scheduled for 2033, astronauts are more likely to be laughing than sc... More »

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Oil spills: When will we ever learn?

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BusinessLine Where’s the bad news from? Solomon Islands. Just a few weeks ago, a bulk carrier with 700 tonnes of oil in its belly ran aground on Kongobainiu reef in the tiny South Pacific country after it was caught in Cyclone Oma. The cargo ship, MV Solomons ... More »

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Romance always means business – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Waking up late? Or post-Valentine’s Day blues? Well, the heart of the matter is purely literal today. It was reported that in America alone, arguably the biggest market for love-based products, people spent an estimated $30 billion or more this Va... More »