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Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

Fight or flight responses, such as an increase in heart rate, would have kicked in immediately, designed to help us stay alive.

Media can help sexual violence survivors get justice, but it needs to be more sensitive

The blatant disregard of these laws and guidelines shown by the media in its coverage of the Kathua case points to a worrying trend.

Blockchain-based property registries may help lift poor people out of poverty

In India, the lack of secure land ownership is a bigger cause of poverty than the caste system or a high illiteracy rate.

Are the Centre’s welfare measures for daily wagers effective or mere paper tigers?

With lakhs of bogus workers registered and the welfare boards sitting on thousands of crores of unused funds, migrant workers aren’t the real beneficiaries of these schemes.

One likely winner of the World Cup? Russian President Vladmir Putin

Putin seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and has repeatedly used sporting events to enhance his popular standing at home.

The politics of steel: In the tussle between AP and Centre, Kadapa plant is losing out

The difference in the versions provided by the central and Andhra governments raises suspicion over whether the dispute is entirely political. 

National Statistics Day: How data can be harnessed for sustainable development in India

On the 125th birth anniversary of India's master statistician, PC Mahalanobis, it is important to see how far we have come, how far we have to go - and how to measure it.

If I were a farmer, here are 10 reasons why I would question the Salem-Chennai Highway

With no actual environment or social impact study being done, Nityanand Jayaraman writes the points he would raise had he been one of the farmers losing land.

The real reason Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving: Economic necessity

In general, Saudi women are slightly better educated than men and so the government believes they can play an active role in developing the country.

Women’s unpaid work must be included in GDP calculations: lessons from history

Over the next seven decades, GDP calculations would not generally include unpaid (and mostly female) labour.

Why reducing antibiotics in farm animals isn’t as easy as it seems

Reducing antibiotic use will also likely raise costs for producers and with them, prices for consumers.

Puducherry’s cause has been sacrificed for Congress party’s enmity with Kejriwal

Also, Puducherry with one Lok Sabha seat is much less politically important than Delhi with 7 seats. 

Renewable energy-based desalination could resolve India's perennial water woes

According to a study in Science Advances reveals that India suffers from water scarcity for over seven months a year.

From sambar to squid: How Anthony Bourdain taught me about food, culture and respect

Every episode I watched was a personal revelation about all that food was and all that food could be.

Why Congress is staring at a huge crisis in Kerala

Congress members in the state unanimously identify the present crisis to a dying organisation at lower levels, and an ageing leadership.

Lack of political will, govt must help NGOs working for kids: SOS Villages global head

"The solutions have to come from the states and not from private houses," Siddhartha Kaul added.

From Chakyar Koothu to troll pages, satire is an evergreen love of Malayalis

The tolerance to ridicule is not a new phenomenon in Kerala, with the roots of satire running deep in the culture of the state.

Myths of Mayanakollai festival: From the grave to the goddess

In the Vellore district, Mayanakollai is celebrated in the Tamil month of Maasi, a day after Maha Shivaratri.

Remote village to metropolis: how globalisation spreads infectious diseases

The increasing globalisation of our world can give infectious diseases a good opportunity to spread.

Why we perceive ourselves as richer than we think we are

The people have a cognitive bias that often leads them to underestimate the true cost of debt, thus borrowing more than what they can afford.

Chimpanzees eat plants that point to new ways of treating diseases

The World Health Organisation estimates that between 75% and 80% of the world’s population uses at least some plant based medicines.