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Why experts are sounding the alarm about the hidden dangers of gas stoves

Covid-19 has drawn new attention to indoor air pollution. Science has long viewed gas appliances as the main culprit.

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One way China could make its digital yuan go global: pay people to use it

A special exchange rate for the digital currency could attract users, but fundamental problems remain.

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A South Africa-based startup that helps users rent cars to own has raised $10 million

Planet42 allows customers to skip the initial financial hassle of owning a car by renting cars monthly instead.

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The Covid-19 vaccines with the most promising chances of being used in India

There are currently almost 20 vaccine candidates in India. The Narendra Modi government has also announced a $ 120 million grant to vaccine manufacturers for research and development.

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How Mumbai airport is preparing to transport the Covid-19 vaccine

Mumbai Airport will play a crucial role in the storage and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine in India, as Asia's largest pharmaceutical import cold zone is located here.

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A Chinese robot is bringing home moon rocks, and US bots will soon follow

For the second year in a row, China has landed an ambitious robot researcher on the moon. This mission, called Chang'e 5, will be the first attempt to return samples of lunar soil to Earth since Russian robots and NASA-crewed Apollo missions did so more than four decades ago. Technologically spea...

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How long will it take to close every fossil fuel power plant in the US?

Decarbonising the power grid will harm some communities. Here's one way Biden can start planning.

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Foreign investors poured $39 billion into India when the economy was at its worst

Between April and September, when India's economy was in "technical recession," FDI rose 15% despite the coronavirus. Almost 60% of this FDI went into India's computer software and hardware sector.

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Will millennial Americans ever be as wealthy as Gen-X?

Millennials suffered the biggest financial blow from the Great Recession in 2009, and some fear this group may be a lost generation when it comes to building household wealth. While the differences and inequalities still persist, there is at least some evidence that the generation of Americans ma...

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A former ambassador says the US needs to reimagine its engagement with a modern Nigeria

Nigeria's history has been marked by colonialism, military rule and incomplete modernization, which in turn creates unresolved tensions among the nations, tribes, clans and communities that make it up.

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Hong Kong democracy fighter Agnes Chow will mark her 24th birthday in prison

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam were sentenced to seven to nearly 14 months in prison today for their roles in a protest last year when thousands of people surrounded police headquarters to demand the withdrawal of a controversial extradition law. Wong was s...

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The US just smashed its record for energy storage

CO2-free electricity from wind and sun is good for the climate. The solution is energy storage: large batteries that can capture electricity from intermittent sources and deliver it when it's most efficient.

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Kenya’s elite join a growing list of Africans buying up second passports from Caribbean nations

Kenya's wealthy elite have tacitly exploited citizenship through investment programs, particularly with Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis.

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More African countries are relying on an Israeli surveillance tool to snoop on private citizens

Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, among others, use Circles' surveillance platforms to exploit deficiencies in telecommunications systems.

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Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is catching all of China’s FAANGs

A quiet but meaningful changing of the guard beckons Hong Kong's most important stock index, the Hang Seng. The Hang Seng Index, introduced in 1969, is the barometer of the Hong Kong stock market, made up of the city's largest and most liquid companies. Over the decades, it has recorded the fate ...

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Indian trade body blames Amazon and Walmart for an “unholy alliance” with banks

CAIT has named most of India's top banks, including SBI, Bank of Baroda, ICICI, Axis Bank, Citi Bank, HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and HSBC, for their "unholy alliance" with Amazon and Flipkart.

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Nigeria’s defense of a spiraling naira and its multiple exchange rates isn’t working

The naira started the year with around 360 naira against the dollar on parallel markets, but could soon cross the psychologically important "red line" of 500 naira.

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How wind and solar toppled Exxon from its place as America’s top energy company

Smart early investments and cheap policy optimizations, as well as an ongoing reliance on fossil fuels, have created a titan for renewable energies.

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Now in recession, India is faring worse than most major economies

In the September quarter, the Indian economy contracted 7.5% year-on-year and brought the country into recession. Of the world's major economies, only Britain and Spain contracted more than India.

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One of India’s leading Covid-19 vaccine contenders is embroiled in a legal battle

A study participant has sued Poonawallas Serum Institute for serious neurological side effects from the study, demanding Rs5 crore as compensation. The company has sued the test participant for Rs100 crore.

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Uganda is using Huawei’s facial recognition tech to crack down on dissent after anti-government protests

Uganda's national CCTV system, installed by Huawei, has 83 surveillance centers, 522 operators and 50 commanders, according to President Museveni

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The pandemic is changing the way we eat

Nine months after the pandemic, we looked at the major changes in the food system - disruptive, disoriented, and occasionally delightful - brought about by Covid-19.

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In Maradona, the world mourns a legend—but Naples mourns a part of itself

Diego Armando Maradona is dead. The whole world seems to be shaken to have lost the greatest footballer who ever lived (I am writing from Italy, where this is not an argument but a fact). What Maradona - Diego really - meant to Napoli (both the city and the football club) may be impossible to und...

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The difficult choice ahead for Americans relying on emergency unemployment benefits

Workers are being pushed back into the labor market at a time when the jobs available are poorly paid and pose health risks.

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Yield curve pioneer Campbell Harvey fears investors have forgotten the dot-com bubble

Are US companies more valuable than they were before the pandemic that tore a hole in the global economy? Investors treat American stocks as if they were, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea. The Nasdaq Composite, a benchmark with a high proportion of technology stocks, like the S&P 500 i...

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The 39-year-old Indian billionaire who bet big on Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine

As one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world, Adar Poonawalla's bet on the AstraZeneca University of Oxford vaccine has paid off well. And the image of horses instead of a liquid vial has a lot to do with it.

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Janet Yellen supports a carbon tax, but what exactly does that mean?

The carbon tax is growing in popularity around the world and will soon be a hot topic in the US. Here's a refresher on what it is and which countries are already on board.

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Photos: Fire at India’s tallest garbage mountain makes Delhi’s air quality worse

The Ghazipur landfill in Delhi caught fire, which could not be controlled for over 24 hours. People who lived near the construction site complained of breathing problems due to the toxic air.

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Scientists say thousands of years ago West Africans migrated to east and southern Africa via Zambia

Africa is the cradle of humanity. Africa and its multitude of ethno-linguistic groups are therefore fundamental to learning more about humanity and our origins. A human genome refers to the complete set of genetic information found in a human cell.

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The Modi government is filling its coffers by depleting those of state-owned companies

State-owned companies, also known as public sector units (PSUs), repurchased $ 5.37 billion of shares between fiscal years 2016 and 2020.

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