A cleansing rain falls; a soil-filled mist arises
Rain doesn't simply cleanse the air of particles but also spurs organic material to go from the soil into the air
Govt defers decision on FDI approval for Agusta-Tata JV
Indian Rotorcraft Ltd, set up in Hyderabad Aviation SEZ for assembling AW-199Kx helicopters, had sought an increase in its approved FDI of Rs17.6 crore to Rs19.64 crore and a change in the foreign investor from AugustaWestland SpA to Finmeccanica SpA
Oracle to buy utilities software maker Opower for $548 mn
The deal comes barely four days after Oracle agreed to buy cloud-services provider Textura Corp for $663 million, in a bid to expand its Web-based services to the construction industry
Ladakh may host largest telescope TMT as Hawaii project halts
The Thirty Metre Telescope project aimed at exploring the universe is likely to be relocated to Hanle in Ladakh, after protests by locals stalled the project
Health sensing tool measures lung function over a phone call, from anywhere in the world
An innovation allows people to dial a 1-800 number from any type of phone -- smartphones, ordinary cell phones, landlines and pay phones - blow into the phone and use the telephone network to test their lung function
A super stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle
Researchers create a polymer that can stretch to 100 times its original length - and even repair itself if punctured
 
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Interviews
  The tricky question of VVIP visitors
  Budding IAS officers, returning to their training academy for the final polish after a year in the field, were asked how they coped with VVIP visitors. Their replies make interesting reading.  By Vivek K. Agnihotri, former secretary-general, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India
  Cloud computing wars enter new phase
  Three of the world's most well-known companies are engaged in a ferocious battle for control of cloud computing. Estimated to be worth about a trillion dollars, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are battling it out, hoping to dominate the cloud business. Nithin Rao reports
  Catching the fast train to success
  Passionate about coaching for success, Abhishek Ratna in conversation with Swetha Amit about the pathway to career success
  Those who are (and are not) sheltered from the Panama Papers
  The effects of the leaks of the Panama Papers are not evenly spread; the documents contained far more information about the offshore activities of individuals in the developing world than in the developed world. Whatever the reasons for the imbalance, it will likely limit the papers' impact. A Stratfor analysis. Republished with permission
  Is risk-taking contagious?
  Why do we sometimes decide to take risks and other times choose to play it safe? In a new study, researchers explored the neural mechanisms of one possible explanation: a contagion effect
  Shantaram revisits Bombay in a new avatar
  Thomas Abraham, managing director of Hachette India in conversation with Swetha Amit about The Mountain Shadow the sequel to Shantaram authored by Gregory David Robert
  Technology and wisdom
  The digital age has transformed our lives in ways that would be unimaginable even a generation ago. But are all these changes necessarily for the better? Nikunj Dalal, professor of management science and information systems at Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University  explores the issues in the first of a series of columns
  'Regional languages are the key to reaching the masses'
  Amish Tripathi, author of the Shiva trilogy series in conversation with Swetha Amit on translation of English titles into regional languages
  Brussels Attacks Tear at the Fabric of the European Union
  The atmosphere of fear and suspicion that is sure to follow the 22 March terrorist attacks in Brussels following those in Paris, have the potential to reignite anti-Muslim sentiments in Europe
  Tumultuous 2016 Republican campaign a phenomenon long in the making
  America's political polarization can be attributed to the widening policy differences between the parties, the lessening influence of those parties on the nomination process, and a fractured Republican base, Stanford researcher Tobias Konitzer, tells Clifton Parker
  Promises to keep … and miles to go before he sleeps
  Australia's veteran marathon runner Patrick Francis Daniel (Pat) Farmer has run from the North Pole to the South, among other awe-inspiring feats. A former MP and sports minister, his 'Spirit of India' run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari – 4,600 km in 60 days - is aimed at promoting Indo-Australian friendship and child education, among other causes. Swetha Amit catches up with him in Mumbai
  On a merry go round in the civil service
  Life in the civil services is often like being on a merry-go round, with officers often finding themselves going around in circles. Retired IAS officer Vivek K. Agnihotri, former secretary-general, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India, recounts a stint alternating between under secretary and deputy secretary in the capital
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