India ‘cow science’ exam put off amid ‘controversy over syllabus’

Thursday’s exam postponed indefinitely after allegations of fake claims and pseudoscience. A nationwide examination on “cow science” in India has been postponed indefinitely after widespread criticism over the propagation of unscientific claims about the animal, which is considered sacred by the country’s Hindu majority. The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (RKA) or National Cow Commission, set up […]

James Gunn, Prizewinning Science Fiction Author, Dies at 97

In 1949, when he was in his mid-20s and studying for his master’s degree in English, James E. Gunn submitted a piece of science fiction to a pulp magazine. “One day, I got a letter saying, ‘I like your story “Paradox,” and I’ll pay you $80 for it,’” he recalled in a 2008 interview. “My […]

‘Not rocket science’: US experts demand COVID vaccine race data

When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States last year, public health officials and community experts warned that Black and other people of colour would be disproportionately hard hit. Their warning was quickly proven true, with Black, Hispanic and other racialised communities bearing the brunt of infections, deaths and hospitalisations linked […]

Sharon Begley, a Top Science Journalist, Is Dead at 64

“I think of Sharon as a quintessential Enlightenment-era figure,” Jon Meacham, a former Newsweek editor in chief, said in an email. “She wrote brilliantly about everything under the sun, and beyond it, from the origins of human life to climate change, from the mysteries of the brain to the death of Diana.” In her 1997 […]

India to hold nationwide ‘cow science’ exam

Study material on test includes information on different cow breeds, as well as the theory that slaughtering animals causes earthquakes. India will hold a mass nationwide online “cow science” exam next month, officials said, in the latest push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to promote and protect the animal considered sacred by a large […]

‘Triumph for British science’: UK approves AstraZeneca vaccine

The UK’s prime minister, who is leading a country battling one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, welcomes the development. The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca as it battles a major winter surge driven by a new, highly contagious variant […]

Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., […]

From Russia with No Immunity

Multiple sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune disease, has no known cure. Stem cell transplants are proving promising, but in most countries, this treatment is available only for those MS sufferers accepted into clinical trials. In Russia, however, one doctor has already performed the treatment on thousands of patients, and now he is drawing people from as far […]