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Kapur, a 25-year-old post-doctoral scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), invented the device called AlterEgo at the MIT Media Lab.(MIT website photo)

Delhi-born MIT scholar’s AI-headset is one of Time’s 100 Best Inventions of 2020

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:01 PM IST
Time described Arnav Kapur’s AlterEgo as something which “doesn’t read your thoughts, but it can enable you to communicate with your computer without touching a keyboard or opening your mouth”.
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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker uses a swab to test a man at a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) drive-in testing location in Houston, Texas, US (REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo)
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker uses a swab to test a man at a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) drive-in testing location in Houston, Texas, US (REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo)

STOPCovid: Researchers develop new Covid-19 test that can be done in less than an hour

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral | Boston
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 05:18 PM IST
In a study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers showed that the new test detected 93% of the positive cases as determined by the conventional Covid-19 tests.
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The students, a large percentage of whom are from India, did not fight back themselves. They couldn’t. Their colleges did for them, led by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology(AP)
The students, a large percentage of whom are from India, did not fight back themselves. They couldn’t. Their colleges did for them, led by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology(AP)

US: Foreign students will confront more challenges

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 07:41 PM IST
The administration has reportedly been planning to either substantially curtail or suspend a popular programme that allows international students to stay back on their student visa and work for one to three years, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).
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Healthcare workers walk past rows of beds at a makeshift Covid-19 care centre at an indoor sports stadium in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
Healthcare workers walk past rows of beds at a makeshift Covid-19 care centre at an indoor sports stadium in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(AP Photo)

Nearly 25,000 new Covid-19 cases added in 24 hours, India’s tally soars past 7.67 lakh-mark

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 11:44 AM IST
A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has projected that India will witness 2.87 lakh coronavirus cases per day by the end of winter 2021 in the absence of a Covid-19 vaccine or drug intervention.
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“Deepfake” combines “deep learning” and “fake”. They are typically in the form of images, audio or videos of a person or people that have been superimposed on another to make it seem like someone said or did something they didn’t(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
“Deepfake” combines “deep learning” and “fake”. They are typically in the form of images, audio or videos of a person or people that have been superimposed on another to make it seem like someone said or did something they didn’t(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It is time to worry about deepfakes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 07:48 PM IST
Don’t believe everything you see or hear. Verify it first
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Ankur Jain is a Whitehead Institute Biomedical Research member and assistant professor of biology at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.(Twitter/ @WhiteheadInst Photo)
Ankur Jain is a Whitehead Institute Biomedical Research member and assistant professor of biology at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.(Twitter/ @WhiteheadInst Photo)

Indian-American academician Ankur Jain awarded Packard Foundation Fellowship

By Press Trust of India | Houston
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 05:01 PM IST
The Indian-American biologist and academician, Ankur Jain has discovered that certain RNAs can form aggregates, clumping together into membrane-less gels. This process, known as phase separation, has been widely studied in proteins, but not in RNA.
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BCCI President-designate Sourav Ganguly(PTI)
BCCI President-designate Sourav Ganguly(PTI)

Abhijit Banerjee’s achievement much bigger: Sourav Ganguly

By PTI | Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 09:19 AM IST
Banerjee, who is a teacher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday became the eighth Indian to get the award and was jointly chosen the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize winner along with Esther Duflo.
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While talking about winners of Nobel Prize 2019, Amartya Sen, said I think that the prize has been given to the most competent persons.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
While talking about winners of Nobel Prize 2019, Amartya Sen, said I think that the prize has been given to the most competent persons.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Very, very happy on Abhijit Banerjee winning Economics Nobel, says Amartya Sen

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 09:19 PM IST
Amartya Sen had won the same award in 1998 for his contribution to welfare economics.
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In this Jan 4, 2010 file photo Abhijit Banerjee receives the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Science (Economics Category) during a ceremony in New Delhi.(File photo:PTI)
In this Jan 4, 2010 file photo Abhijit Banerjee receives the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Science (Economics Category) during a ceremony in New Delhi.(File photo:PTI)

Proud day for JNU as alumnus Abhijit Banerjee wins Nobel Economics Prize 2019

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2019 08:02 PM IST
Indian-American Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”
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Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Director, J-PAL during an interview with Hindustan Times at Green Park in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Director, J-PAL during an interview with Hindustan Times at Green Park in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Nobel Prize 2019 winner Abhijit Banerjee - Five things to know

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 05:57 PM IST
Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, economists Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”
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Architect Charles Correa is remembered not just for having designed numerous important buildings, but also for his role in providing low-cost shelter and in resolving housing issues in developing countries.(Illustration: gajanan nirphale)
Architect Charles Correa is remembered not just for having designed numerous important buildings, but also for his role in providing low-cost shelter and in resolving housing issues in developing countries.(Illustration: gajanan nirphale)

Charles Correa: Iconic architect, urban planner

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 11:15 AM IST
The renowned architect and urban planner applied modernist architectural principles in accordance with local climate, history and building styles. In town planning, he brought sensitivity to needs of the urban poor, use of traditional methods.
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Women participate in a walk for breast cancer awareness.(Unsplash)
Women participate in a walk for breast cancer awareness.(Unsplash)

New AI method predicts future risk of breast cancer

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, New York
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 09:27 AM IST
Researchers have developed a new tool with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) methods to predict a woman’s future risk of breast cancer.
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Hemali Gada (left) who took her daughter Dhwani (right) out of school at Class 6 and homeschooled her ever since.(HT PHOTO)
Hemali Gada (left) who took her daughter Dhwani (right) out of school at Class 6 and homeschooled her ever since.(HT PHOTO)

What parents in Maharashtra think of homeschools?

By Ankita Bhatkhande | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 12:17 AM IST
The option is gaining popularity with parents in Maharashtra after the success of homeschooled students like Mandlik and Malvika Joshi, who in 2016 was awarded a scholarship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) despite not having taken any board exams
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Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has retained its position in Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings 2019 as the highest-ranked centre in the country.(HT File Photo)
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has retained its position in Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings 2019 as the highest-ranked centre in the country.(HT File Photo)

IISc Bengaluru tops India in global list of best institutes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 11:09 PM IST
The Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings 2019, released on Wednesday, show Oxford continues to hold the first place, Cambridge second, and Stanford third. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rose one place to number four.
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Patients with sickle cell disease have a single mutation in the gene that encodes haemoglobin, the protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen.(Shutterstock)
Patients with sickle cell disease have a single mutation in the gene that encodes haemoglobin, the protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen.(Shutterstock)

Sickle-cell disease, here’s everything you need to know about this painful condition

By HT Correspondent | Asian News International, Washington DC
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 01:31 PM IST
Sickle-cell disease, also called sickle-cell anemia, is a painful condition which leads to the deformation and break-down of red blood cells.
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Lyric Jain, a Cambridge University engineering student originally from Mysore, set up The Logic Ally last year and has since developed the start-up into a machine-learning platform to filter real from fiction.(Facebook/Lyric Jain)
Lyric Jain, a Cambridge University engineering student originally from Mysore, set up The Logic Ally last year and has since developed the start-up into a machine-learning platform to filter real from fiction.(Facebook/Lyric Jain)

Indian-origin entrepreneur in UK develops platform to combat fake news

By Press Trust of India | London
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2018 06:11 PM IST
The aim is for the service to work as a news aggregator as well as an indicator of factual accuracy.
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In an experiment the author conducted, she found the average amount people would demand to leave Facebook was $74.99.(Getty Images)
In an experiment the author conducted, she found the average amount people would demand to leave Facebook was $74.99.(Getty Images)

What’s it worth to use Facebook? An experiment gives surprising insights

By Cass R. Sunstein | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 07:01 PM IST
People might be willing to pay $10 each month for the right to use Facebook, or demand $60 to give up that right. But what are the effects on their actual experience? Are they enjoying life more, or less, or the same?
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The kirigami cuts give the film not only stretch, but also better grip.(Shutterstock)
The kirigami cuts give the film not only stretch, but also better grip.(Shutterstock)

This Japanese paper-cutting art has inspired a new, effective design for bandages

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, Boston
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 04:36 PM IST
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US attached the “kirigami film” to a volunteer’s knee and found that each time she bent her knee, the film’s slits opened at the centre, in the region of the knee with the most pronounced bending, while the slits at the edges remained closed, allowing the film to remain bonded to the skin.
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