Covid hasn’t brought us together, but divided us: Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely (Courtesy: Wikipedia) The influential behavioural economist regrets that Covid-19 deniers are on the rise Renowned Israeli-American behavioural economist Dan Ariely says that although Covid is an opportunity for the world to come together, it has so far not happened because each country is pursuing its own interests. The James B. Duke Professor of psychology … Continue reading Covid hasn’t brought us together, but divided us: Dan Ariely

‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’

An interview with Gautam I. Menon, Professor, Departments of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University Gautam I. Menon FOR SOMEONE whose key interest in the past was mostly related to superconductors, Menon is now focused on building models of infectious diseases. While his intellectual pursuits are eclectic, and includes statistical physics, soft condensed matter physics, mechanobiology … Continue reading ‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’

Women-run home kitchens that popped up during lockdown show no signs of going away

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) THE IC in IC Colony in Mumbai’s Borivali stands for immaculate conception. Chisy Das, who resides there, wants to believe that her new venture, a home kitchen, was conceived similarly, with patience, passion and perfection. This former MNC professional and her husband, who was in the construction field, considered several options before … Continue reading Women-run home kitchens that popped up during lockdown show no signs of going away

To the Edge of Sorrow: How Covid-19 Altered Our Perceptions About Life, Loss

Relatives prepare for the cremation of a Covid victim in Guwahati, September 28 (Photo: AP) MY FIRST experiences with grief were from the stories of my grandmother. For an old and benign woman of sunny disposition, she had a penchant for narrating the grimmest of stories with us children huddled around her in rapt attention, … Continue reading To the Edge of Sorrow: How Covid-19 Altered Our Perceptions About Life, Loss

Lockdown has unleashed a new wave of sexual experimentation in the land of the Kamasutra

 (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) More Indians, especially women from small towns, are craving sexual fulfilment with or without companions. A recent survey done on 2.2 crore online shoppers of sex toys in India by Thatspersonal.com, which sells such products, confirms the trend. The report shows that the Covid-19 lockdown has not only been a blessing in disguise … Continue reading Lockdown has unleashed a new wave of sexual experimentation in the land of the Kamasutra

Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study

When Dr Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern and her colleagues at Israel’s Bar Ilan University tied up several months ago with scientists at the country’s Leumit Health Care Services, a health insurance and medical services entity, their intention was to determine the links between low vitamin D and COVID-19-related hospitalisation. Frenkel-Morgenstern, Head, Cancer Genomics and BioComputing of Complex Diseases Lab at Azrieli Faculty of … Continue reading Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study

COVID-19: WHO Under Pressure as Evidence Mounts On Aerosol Transmission

IN ITS ‘SCIENTIFIC brief’ released on March 29th, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Covid-19 can ‘be transmitted through droplets of different sizes: when the droplet particles are <5-10 μm (a micrometre or μm is one-millionth of a metre) in diameter, they are referred to as respiratory droplets, and when they are >5 μm … Continue reading COVID-19: WHO Under Pressure as Evidence Mounts On Aerosol Transmission

India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães (pronounced as Maseyes) is a renowned political scientist and a former minister of Portugal. An alumnus of Harvard University, this 46-year-old author and business strategist has lived and worked in China and closely follows the country’s politics and culture. Now a senior fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Washington DC, Maçães is a widely travelled … Continue reading India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

A first-of-its-kind study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), involving over 10,000 people, has concluded that Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West due to a raft of factors, including inordinate delays in hospitalisation soon after the heart attack, that finally result in premature heart failure and … Continue reading Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

Cambridge University-led Study Confirms Larger-Than-Expected Uses of Face Masks

 (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Increasingly, several studies are revealing the crucial role that facemasks play in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The latest one, published on June 10 by British researchers, employs two mathematical models. The first simulates the consequences of wearers using facemasks after the onset of symptoms. The second model uses free-living SARS-CoV-2 particles … Continue reading Cambridge University-led Study Confirms Larger-Than-Expected Uses of Face Masks