17October2017

History created by Indian Women Pugilists

Indian women boxers created history as six of them entered the finals of the 6th Asian women Boxing Championships at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Pinky Jangra (48 kgs), Mary Kom (51 kgs), Sonia Lather (54 kgs), Sarita Devi (60 kgs), Monica Saun (64 [...]

Mexico to witness transit of Venus, as Mayas did before

The Western Hemisphere will be able to view Venus crossing the sun this evening, a last-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In Mexico events are scheduled today across the capital. The ancient Maya, famed for their knowledge of astronomy and highly precise [...]

Germans claim first programmable computer

Z3 goes head-to-head with Colossus The Brits may have beaten the Americans, but it seems we were both pipped by the Germans. No, not football. Computers. Colossus was not, in fact, the world’s first programmable computer: that particular [...]

Farming ‘spread by migrant wave’

The researchers extracted DNA from 5,000-year-old remains found in southern Sweden A new study of DNA from ancient remains provides further evidence that farming was first spread to Europe by migrants. It casts doubt on the alternative theory [...]

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: On Frank O’Hara – Woodberry Poetry Room

In conjunction with the Woodberry Poetry Room’s 80th Anniversary, the Poetry Room presented an oral history of the indefatigably friendly, flamboyant and metaphysical poet Frank O’Hara, featuring his dear friend and Harvard classmate, [...]

8,000 Year Old Civilization on Konkan Coast, India?

Are these man-made structures — walls? Did the coastline of the Konkan, from Shrivardhan in Raigad to Vengurla in Sindhudurg, have human habitation around 8,000 years ago? Did that population have well-developed engineering skills? Was [...]

3,500-year mummy is oldest heart disease case

An Egyptian princess who lived 3,500 years ago is thought to be the first known person to have had heart disease, say experts. An international team, which analysed the remains of 52 mummies, including that of the princess, claims that she would [...]

Of love and longing for India: a French woman’s journey

Christelle Gourdine, a French national of Guadeloupean and Indian origin, has been fascinated by her Indian roots for many years. But she is surprised and saddened that not many know about the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe’s Indian connection. Christelle [...]

Calif. utility stumbles on 1.4M years old fossils

A utility company preparing to build a new substation in an arid canyon southeast of Los Angeles has stumbled on a trove of animal fossils dating back 1.4 million years that researchers say will fill in blanks in Southern California’s [...]

Mallory ‘reached Mt Everest before Edmund Hillary’

Climbers have for decades wondered whether British national George Mallory did reach the summit of Mount Everest with his partner Sandy Irvine in 1929, almost 25 years before Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. Now, it seems that the Mount Everest’s [...]