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Did you miss the last week's Digest? Well, we were producing the National Science Day Special feature of select stories in English, Assamese, Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi. With this issue, we are happy to share the English and Assamese editions. Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi will follow. This issue, in addition to the research-based stories, there are a few more news stories. Read research-related stories that appeared in other media in our Research Beat section. We also bring you some notable talks and events, along with some interesting Resources and Opportunities that might be of interest to you. 

Issue 102 | 7 March 2019

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National Science Day 2019 Special
We are pleased to share 'Glimpses from Indian Research - 2018-19', curated science stories in Assamese & English.
Hindi, Kannada & Marathi (will be available soon).

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Research-based Stories
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Research Beat | Interesting Research-based Stories from Other Media
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Desi version of Smithsonian planned | Deccan Herald

Coming soon: the Indian museum of natural history | The Hindu

Made in India: Science City exhibits desi heritage on Google | The Times of India

Why did dinosaurs go extinct? | The Hindu

Govt to launch portal of publicly-funded research facilities | LiveMint

India farmers burdened with 'choice overload' | Deccan Herald

Scientists call for rethink of India's British-era forest fire policies | The Economic Times

Forest blaze can be prevented with controlled fires: Scientists | Hindustan Times

Caution: Rice output lags population growth | The Telegraph

'Nearly 50 per cent of India currently facing drought' | Deccan Herald

Working towards zero heat mortality this summer | The Hindu

The Concept of Probability Is Not as Simple as You Think | The Wire 

The topsy turvy tale of a man who gave Indian researchers streamlined access to 50,000 journals from across the world |

Soumya Swaminathan is WHO Chief Scientist | The Hindu
Greening the blue: sustainable fishing, no polluting | Deccan Herald

Did you ever think that tree plantation drives could threaten an ecosystem? | Mongabay India

IISc Launches Online Database Of Plants In Peninsular India | NDTV

Environment Ministry plugs loophole that allowed plastic waste import | The Hindu

Bengaluru Will Not Breathe Better Air Even With 44,000 Air Purifiers | The Wire

Northeast India throws up Asia’s oldest bamboo fossils | The Hindu

IISc to map out 50-year climate change impact | The Times of India

The arjuna, a keystone tree in Cauvery’s river-forests | The Hindu

Top Wildlife Scientists Ask for Cancellation of SC Tribal Eviction Order | The Wire

IIT Kharagpur fabricates multipurpose piezoelectric nanogenerator | The Hindu

DRDO chairman wins missile systems award | The Hindu

B. Vijayalakshmi: The Physicist Who Fought Feudalistic Academia| #IndianWomenInHistory | Feminism In India

Hit by financial crunch, TIFR to cut faculty pay | The Hindu
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