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Dolphins, Technology and the Indus River

Madiha and Mujtaba’s parents were anxious. Both their children were blind and depressed. The couple felt that their children needed motivation so that they did not spend their lives consumed by their disability. The parents found a unique way for the children …Continue reading

Reinforcement Learning

Inside a simple computer simulation, a group of self-driving cars are performing a crazy-looking maneuver on a four-lane virtual highway. Half are trying to move from the right-hand lanes just as the other half try to merge from the left.

Hot Solar Cells

Solar panels cover a growing number of rooftops, but even decades after they were first developed, the slabs of silicon remain bulky, expensive, and inefficient. Fundamental limitations prevent these conventional photovoltaics from absorbing more than a fraction of the energy in sunlight. …Continue reading

How to fight a war in space (and get away with it)

Last March, India became only the fourth country in the world—after Russia, the US, and China—to successfully destroy a satellite in orbit. Mission Shakti, as it was called, was a demonstration of a direct-ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT)—or in plain English, a missile …Continue reading

The Future of Plastic Waste Disposal Could Be a Fungus

A Pakistani researcher has made an  important discovery that could have huge implications for waste management in the country. Dr Sehroon Khan, of World Agroforestry Centre and Kunming Institute of Biology, and his team of researchers have found a fungus in a …Continue reading

Everyday Chemicals May Affect Brain Development, Including Foetal IQ

All vertebrates – from frogs and birds to human beings – require the same thyroid hormone to thrive. Every stage of brain development is modulated by thyroid hormone and, over millions of years, the structure of this critical hormone has remained unchanged. But, increasingly, …Continue reading

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