Caster Semenya’s impossible situation: Testosterone gets special scrutiny but doesn’t necessarily make her faster

Jaime Schultz, Pennsylvania State University A yearslong saga between a middle-distance runner and her sport’s ruling body may be nearing something that resembles a conclusion. In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations dictated that female runners with naturally occurring high testosterone levels and specific “differences of sex development” must lower their testosterone in order […]

‘Revolutionary change’ needed to stop unprecedented global extinction crisis

Michelle Lim, University of Adelaide We are witnessing the loss of biodiversity at rates never before seen in human history. Nearly a million species face extinction if we do not fundamentally change our relationship with the natural world, according to the world’s largest assessment of biodiversity. Last week, in the culmination of a process involving […]

Curious Kids: what is brain freeze?

A brain freeze is an intense ‘squeezing’ sensation on your head. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation, CC BY-NC-ND David Farmer, University of Melbourne Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between […]

Rain lashes Assam due to Fani impact

Rain lashes Assam due to Fani impact

Rain creates a mist in Brahmaputra River along Koliabhomora Bridge near Tezpur on May 4. Heavy rain lashes across Assam due to impact of Cyclone Fani on Saturday. (Morung Photo) Guwahati, May 4 (IANS): Most parts of Assam have been witnessing incessant rains on Saturday due to the impact of cyclone Fani, one of the […]

Cyclone Fani: UN agency lauds India’s ‘zero casualty’ policy, IMD’s ‘pinpoint accuracy’

Cyclone Fani: UN agency lauds India’s ‘zero casualty’ policy, IMD’s ‘pinpoint accuracy’

(Photo: Reuters) United Nations, May 4 (IANS)The Indian government’s “zero casualty” policy for cyclones and the pinpoint accuracy of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) early warning system have helped reduce the possibility of deaths from cyclone Fani, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ODRR). “They seem to have done a very good […]

Cyclone Fani kills at least 12 in India before swiping Bangladesh

Cyclone Fani kills at least 12 in India before swiping Bangladesh

Cars are damaged by an uprooted tree in a residential area following Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, capital of the eastern state of Odisha on May 4. (REUTERS/Jatindra Dash) BHUBANESWAR/DHAKA, May 4 (Reuters): The strongest cyclone to hit India in five years killed at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state, before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh […]

Cyclone Fani weakens, likely to enter Bangladesh around noon

Cyclone Fani weakens, likely to enter Bangladesh around noon

A woman carries pitchers next to uprooted trees and a fallen signboard following Cyclone Fani in Khordha district in the eastern state of Odisha, India, May 3, 2019. (REUTERS/R Narendra) Kolkata, May 4 (IANS):  Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, has weakened into a “cyclonic storm leaving […]

Curious Kids: why do we have a QWERTY keyboard instead of putting the letters in alphabetical order?

Geoff Cumming, La Trobe University Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids. Why are the letters on the keyboard […]

Cyclone Fani to enter West Bengal by midnight

Cyclone Fani to enter West Bengal by midnight

A strong wind blows trees and an electric pole during Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar,on May 3 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (AMAN PRATAP SINGH/via REUTERS) Kolkata, May 3 (IANS): The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is currently situated at about 370 km southwest of Kolkata, is likely to […]

India’s Most Wanted: Here’s the top 10 list

India’s Most Wanted:  Here’s the top 10 list

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar heads the list. (Reuters File Photo) New Delhi, May 2 (IANS): A day after a huge diplomatic victory when the UN Security Council (UNSC) declared Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the Indian government is almost ready with a revised list of most wanted individuals who […]

Cyclone Fani to hit Odisha on Friday morning: IMD

Cyclone Fani to hit Odisha on Friday morning: IMD

A fisherman carries his tools as he leaves for a safer place after tying his boats along the shore ahead of cyclone Fani in Peda Jalaripeta on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam on May 1, 2019. (REUTERS/STRINGER) –A total of 140 trains including 83 passenger trains have been cancelled so far –An estimated 11.5 lakh people […]

India evacuating 1.2 million people as Cyclone Fani menaces east coast

India evacuating 1.2 million people as Cyclone Fani menaces east coast

Clouds loom ahead of cyclone Fani in Visakhapatnam on May 1, 2019. (REUTERS/STRINGER) BHUBANESHWAR/NEW DELHI, May 2 (Reuters): India has accelerated efforts to evacuate more than a million people along its northeast coastline as a cyclone intensifies ahead of landfall on Friday, with thousands of villagers piling household possessions on to trucks before fleeing their […]