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Enzyme makes stressed people grumpy?


Ever wondered why stressed people are often grumpy, distracted or forgetful? An enzyme may be responsible!

Big galaxies starting to snack on others


Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to new research.

Drink and be merry, Oktoberfest is back

A girl presents the Oktoberfest festival mug in a tent in Munich, Germany. 	— AFP

Germany’s world-famous Oktob-erfest kicks off on Saturday with millions of revellers set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in a 16-day extravaganza of lederhosen, oomph music and of course, beer.

Sophia Loren’s memoir reveals racy tales

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren, Italy’s national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life.

Gaitonde’s 3 oils fetch $3.7m in New York

Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists went under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, selling for more than expected at over $3.7 million, auction houses said.

Tiny galaxy with huge black hole discovered

Astronomers led by an Indian-origin scientist have discovered a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest and densest galaxies ever known located 54 million light years from Earth.

In Rome, Caesar’s rooms open for 1st time

A security man stands inside a frescoed room of Roman Emperor Augustus on the Palatine Hill in Rome on Wednesday.	— AFP

Lavishly frescoed rooms in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia are opening for the first time to the public on Thursday, after years of painstaking restoration.

‘King Richard III died of skull, pelvic injuries’


King Richard III — the last Yorkist king of England was most likely to have been killed by two fatal blows to the head and one to his pelvis, according to a new study.

V.S.Naipaul dropped from Bali fest over large fee

V.S. Naipaul

Nobel laureate V.S.

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.