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The Peopling of South Asia and the New Genomic Evidence

Prabir Purkayastha

9th April 2018


Slowly, but surely, the story of the peopling of South Asia is being unravelled, using genetic data and their analysis. The latest in this series, is a preprint of a paper by David Reich, Vagheesh Narasimhan and others in biological archives, The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia in www.biorxiv.org. Biologists, following mathematicians and physicists, are now uploading their papers before they are ...

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Neruda Indicts the US from his Grave

Prabir Purkayastha

13th November 2017

 

A group of experts assembled by the Chilean judge investigating Pablo Neruda’s possible assassination gave its verdict. The cause of death given in the death certificate is certainly wrong; he definitely did not die of prostate cancer. The international forensic team found an unexplained and a virulent strain of golden staph bacteria in his exhumed body as a probable cause. Neruda was certainly murdered by the Pinochet regime in the Santa Maria Clinic in Santiago, though more ...

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 November 2017 11:43
 
Bullet Train: Glamour Project Kicks Off

D. Raghunandan

23rd September 2017

 

The bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad was formally launched by PM Modi and visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad last week. The project has been hailed by government and ruling party circles, corporates, the pink press and undoubtedly by sections of the middle-class who aspire to lifestyles in high-income countries and who fondly believe the myth assiduously propagated by ruling elites that the odd symbol in India of such standards of living will show the co ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 05:50
 
Scientists Take to the Streets for Science

Prabir Purkayastha

28th July 2017

 

The March for Science took place on August 9 in more than 30 cities and towns in the country, involving thousands of scientists, researchers, teachers and students. These protests took place in the context of slashing funds for scientific research and education, and the promotion, with State support, of unscientific, bogus and obscurantist ideas in public life. The demands of the march were for a greater share of the GDP for science, technological research and education, and to pro ...

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:50
 
Artificial Intelligence and the Threat to Our Humanity

Prabir Purkayastha

7th July 2017

 

Stephen Hawking had warned a few years back that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could spell the end of human race, a threat echoed by Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, Bill Gates, and many others. This is the apocalyptic vision that the robots we create, may decide we are an obsolete model deserving “retirement”. The truth, a more banal one, is ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:45
 
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