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The Myers-Briggs test is like a Sorting Hat for nonmagical adults. It uses a 90-point questionnaire to group people into 16 distinct types. Each type has a corresponding four-letter acronym, ENFJ, INTP etc, that is now popping up in dating profiles. (Shutterstock) Exclusive
The Myers-Briggs test is like a Sorting Hat for nonmagical adults. It uses a 90-point questionnaire to group people into 16 distinct types. Each type has a corresponding four-letter acronym, ENFJ, INTP etc, that is now popping up in dating profiles. (Shutterstock)

Swipe for your type? How one personality test is changing dating

UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2021 01:10 PM IST
The Myers-Briggs personality test, designed in the 1920s for corporate America, has been debunked but remains incredibly popular. It’s latest application: matching people on dating apps
A ticket to go into orbit on the private Space Perspective vessel costs $125,000, or about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>93 lakh. Exclusive
A ticket to go into orbit on the private Space Perspective vessel costs $125,000, or about 93 lakh.

3, 2, 1... Liftoff! Could you score a ticket to space?

UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 04:09 PM IST
Private missions are blasting off into orbit and will soon take on paying customers as well. It helps to be stratospherically rich. Here’s what else makes the cut.
Barbara Sherwood Lollar, geologist and professor at the University of Toronto, says rocky caves in south India could hold water just as old as the water she discovered in Canada’s Kidd Creek mine. (Perry King) Exclusive
Barbara Sherwood Lollar, geologist and professor at the University of Toronto, says rocky caves in south India could hold water just as old as the water she discovered in Canada’s Kidd Creek mine. (Perry King)

Liquid lessons: What can we learn from the world’s oldest water?

UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 04:08 PM IST
The water has been lying underground for 1.6 billion years. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, the geologist who discovered the samples, says they hold the key to how life evolved here and how it may thrive on other planets.
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times) Exclusive
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Sweet success: How a chocolate brand from Kochi made India proud globally

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Paul And Mike, a three-year-old brand, is helmed by Vikas Temani, a man with no confectionery background. And yet it ended up winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards last month, Their backstory is hot and a little sweet.
A scene from the film version of Persepolis, which hit screens in 2007. Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about living through the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s and the oppressive authoritarianism that followed, has found fans and echoes in nearly every part of the world. (Sony Pictures Classics) Exclusive
A scene from the film version of Persepolis, which hit screens in 2007. Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about living through the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s and the oppressive authoritarianism that followed, has found fans and echoes in nearly every part of the world. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Persepolis in Hindi: The graphic novel about Iran has new lessons for India

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2021 05:39 PM IST
Rock bands, regrets, little rebellions — as Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis turns 20, with the release of a Hindi edition, a look at ways in which the world has changed, and not changed enough, since the beloved story set in totalitarian Iran was first told.
Unlike a Google search, Flim,ai’s engine can source film stills by theme, colour scheme, the number of people in the frame, and yes, an art-related scene like Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s ‘cameo’ in the 2017 film Coco. (Image courtesy Pixar) Exclusive
Unlike a Google search, Flim,ai’s engine can source film stills by theme, colour scheme, the number of people in the frame, and yes, an art-related scene like Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s ‘cameo’ in the 2017 film Coco. (Image courtesy Pixar)

And now, a bot that knows the exact movie you’re thinking about

UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 09:29 PM IST
Flim, a new AI-driven search engine, can “read” film stills, picking up on emotion, colour, mood and style. Could it help with your vague movie memories or should you be afraid, very afraid?
 (Shutterstock) Exclusive
(Shutterstock)

Case for charity: How to be a good giver

UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 09:18 PM IST
Everyone has helped someone in the pandemic. Would you like to do more, more often, but don’t know how? Tips on being a smarter, sustained Samaritan.
Sachin Kochrekar (centre), winner of the Millennium Pitching Contest, with Shruti Jain, who won second place, and Samu-Pekka Ojanen, who placed third. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize 2020) Exclusive
Sachin Kochrekar (centre), winner of the Millennium Pitching Contest, with Shruti Jain, who won second place, and Samu-Pekka Ojanen, who placed third. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize 2020)

Two Indians win top honours at Millennium Pitching Contest

UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 04:53 PM IST
Sachin Kochrekar and Shruti Jain, both currently at the University of Turku in Finland, have won at the inaugural edition of the award, for innovative solutions to the big challenges of our time.
David Klenerman and Shankar Balasubramanian, who won the world’s biggest prize in technology, the 1 million euro Millennium Technology Prize 2020, in May. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize) Exclusive
David Klenerman and Shankar Balasubramanian, who won the world’s biggest prize in technology, the 1 million euro Millennium Technology Prize 2020, in May. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize)

Speed test: How two researchers made DNA analysis faster, cheaper, simpler

UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 04:55 PM IST
British scientists Shankar Balasubramanian (who was born in Chennai) and David Klenerman have just won the world’s biggest tech prize, for their DNA sequencing process. With a pandemic raging, it’s not a moment too soon.
Posing for a portrait at the start of his career, in 1963. (Getty Images) Exclusive
Posing for a portrait at the start of his career, in 1963. (Getty Images)

Hey, Mister Tambourine Man: The Dylan you don’t know

UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2021 09:50 PM IST
Ads for lingerie, secret wives, a little rap, a giant spider and a scathing wit. Dylan has a sneaky, secret, playful and commercial side. Take a look.
Painted Buddha statues in the Yungang Grottoes in the Shanxi Province in China. New digs around the world are offering startling new insights about the spread, reach and influence of Buddhism over the centuries. (Shutterstock)
Painted Buddha statues in the Yungang Grottoes in the Shanxi Province in China. New digs around the world are offering startling new insights about the spread, reach and influence of Buddhism over the centuries. (Shutterstock)

Discovery channels: How new finds are changing Buddhist history

PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 12:09 PM IST
Buddhist history is turning a corner. New finds suggest that it spread wider, lasted longer and was more influential than we realised. In India and abroad, it’s time to update the map.
Author Sunita Dwivedi at a Buddhist site in Bangladesh. (Courtesy Sunita Dwivedi)
Author Sunita Dwivedi at a Buddhist site in Bangladesh. (Courtesy Sunita Dwivedi)

Perpetual pilgrim: A writer’s quest to see Buddhist sites around the world

UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2021 12:09 PM IST
There are Buddhist sites as far apart as Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. Sunita Dwivedi, author and Buddhist scholar, explains how past connections and present realities shape each nation’s attitude to its Buddhist heritage.
Perseverance, the most recent rover on Mars, has renewed popular interest in the red planet. But it’s by no means the only mission there. (NASA / Caltech)
Perseverance, the most recent rover on Mars, has renewed popular interest in the red planet. But it’s by no means the only mission there. (NASA / Caltech)

The Mars quiz: Could you be a mission expert?

PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:50 PM IST
Landers, rovers, probes, fly-bys and quite a bit of cool tech. Test your Earth-to-Mars knowledge here.
This 1950s film wasn’t even set on Mars, the characters travel to Venus instead. But Mars had such a hold on the public imagination that no one seemed to mind.
This 1950s film wasn’t even set on Mars, the characters travel to Venus instead. But Mars had such a hold on the public imagination that no one seemed to mind.

Mars, as seen from Earth: The red planet in pop culture

PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 09:49 PM IST
We’ve recently harnessed oxygen from its atmosphere and managed a flight on it. But the red planet holds sway over our imaginations in wild and wonderful ways too. Check out how Earthlings’ ideas of Mars have changed over time.
Handa, 40, is relying on coal tar from his father-in-law Sajjan Jindal, the chairman and managing director of JSW Group and owner of India’s largest steel mill. The coal will be turned into graphite for anodes in lithium-ion batteries. (Neha Brackstone Photography)
Handa, 40, is relying on coal tar from his father-in-law Sajjan Jindal, the chairman and managing director of JSW Group and owner of India’s largest steel mill. The coal will be turned into graphite for anodes in lithium-ion batteries. (Neha Brackstone Photography)

Ready to charge: How Vikram Handa is fuelling India’s electric-car dreams

PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 10:04 PM IST
The 40-year-old businessman is determined to change the world with cheap electric-car batteries, and break China’s monopoly on the segment. “It’s a matter of national importance,” he says.
This work, titled The Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was created by AI in 2018, after three French researchers fed examples of portraits into machine learning software. The resulting image generated by the AI was printed on canvas. It was the first artwork by AI to be auctioned. (Image courtesy Christies)
This work, titled The Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was created by AI in 2018, after three French researchers fed examples of portraits into machine learning software. The resulting image generated by the AI was printed on canvas. It was the first artwork by AI to be auctioned. (Image courtesy Christies)

Songs like Nirvana’s, novels like Kerouac’s: How AI is getting artistic

PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 08:24 PM IST
An AI software program just learnt enough Nirvana music to compose a new song. It’s not very Cobain, but what other creative work have bots been up to lately?
Handa, 40, is relying on coal tar from his father-in-law Sajjan Jindal, the chairman and managing director of JSW Group and owner of India’s largest steel mill. The coal will be turned into graphite for anodes in lithium-ion batteries. (Neha Brackstone Photography)
Handa, 40, is relying on coal tar from his father-in-law Sajjan Jindal, the chairman and managing director of JSW Group and owner of India’s largest steel mill. The coal will be turned into graphite for anodes in lithium-ion batteries. (Neha Brackstone Photography)

Ready to charge: How Vikram Handa is fuelling India’s electric-car dreams

UPDATED ON APR 23, 2021 09:39 PM IST
The 40-year-old businessman is determined to change the world with cheap electric-car batteries, and break China’s monopoly on the segment. “It’s a matter of national importance,” he says.
In 15th-century England, secretaries were male and the word came from the term for secret-keeper. (Shutterstock)
In 15th-century England, secretaries were male and the word came from the term for secret-keeper. (Shutterstock)

Miss the office? These work words have some colourful origins

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 06:33 PM IST
Brainstorms were once mental breakdowns; Salary might help you flavour your food; Peons were handy in times of war. Check out other histories of corporate words as you work from home.
 (Courtesy India Art Fair)
(Courtesy India Art Fair)

For the India Art Fair, a fresh palette with new director Jaya Asokan

UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 06:19 AM IST
Asokan steps into a vastly altered world. How will she navigate the pandemic, shrinking markets, digital art and a community with a greater need than ever to connect?
Visitors checking out photographer Ketaki Sheth’s series on twins at an earlier edition of the India Art Fair. (IMAGE COURTESY INDIA ART FAIR)
Visitors checking out photographer Ketaki Sheth’s series on twins at an earlier edition of the India Art Fair. (IMAGE COURTESY INDIA ART FAIR)

Five ways the art world is changing

PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Jaya Asokan has been appointed director of the India Art Fair, and is set to navigate a world transformed by a pandemic, an upended economy and new digital forces. Take a look
Fermilab has analysed less than 6 per cent of its data. Its experiments will be tested in other labs, under other conditions to be proven right.(via AP)
Fermilab has analysed less than 6 per cent of its data. Its experiments will be tested in other labs, under other conditions to be proven right.(via AP)

Didn't you get the memo, Muon?

UPDATED ON APR 09, 2021 07:26 AM IST
Researchers studying a subatomic particle called muon say it follows no known law of physics. Could we have discovered a fifth fundamental force? Here's what we know
Among the first notes printed for India in 1861. This early currency note bore the portrait of Queen Victoria, helping the British establish their power over India. (REZWAN RAZACK)
Among the first notes printed for India in 1861. This early currency note bore the portrait of Queen Victoria, helping the British establish their power over India. (REZWAN RAZACK)

Cash of the titans: How India’s paper money came to be

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Indian paper money is 160 years old this month. See how an act meant to tighten British control ended up uniting us in spirit, then and even today.
A note issued by the princely state of Hyderabad, which used the sicca coin as a monetary system. (REZWAN RAZACK)
A note issued by the princely state of Hyderabad, which used the sicca coin as a monetary system. (REZWAN RAZACK)

Language of coinage: A guide to monetary terms

UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:07 AM IST
Paisa: From the Sanskrit padāṁśa, meaning “quarter part”
A <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 note from the era before cheques and digital transfers. (REZWAN RAZACK)
A 1,000 note from the era before cheques and digital transfers. (REZWAN RAZACK)

Clay, metal, paper: How our money evolved

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 09:30 PM IST
Money has had several avatars, and Indian paper money is now 160 years old. See the journey it has taken.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is four hours long, too long for the average viewer. But to the fans, it’s a vindication of the clout they wield over popular culture. (Warner Bros)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is four hours long, too long for the average viewer. But to the fans, it’s a vindication of the clout they wield over popular culture. (Warner Bros)

#SnyderCut: How did fans get so powerful, anyway?

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 01:24 PM IST
Loyalists have brought back dead characters (like Sherlock Holmes and Catwoman), even revived cancelled TV shows (Brooklyn Nine Nine). But the new Justice League is the first time a studio has bowed to a demand to remake an entire movie.
Remakes get a lot of flak, partly because so many have been bad. But some of our best-loved films have been retellings too, including the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz.
Remakes get a lot of flak, partly because so many have been bad. But some of our best-loved films have been retellings too, including the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz.

Here we go again: The case for remakes

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 01:23 PM IST
Is there merit to retelling a story that’s already been told? See how remakes have been used to modernise plotlines and erase biases.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

The uninvited person’s guide to Clubhouse

PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 03:35 PM IST
Will you be joining the heard? Here are some reasons to check out the newest social-media format, and a few things to watch out for if you do decide to go in.
Before I Fall improves on the young-adult novel from which it was adapted, and tells a tale of female friendship, cruelty and growing up. (Awesomeness Films)
Before I Fall improves on the young-adult novel from which it was adapted, and tells a tale of female friendship, cruelty and growing up. (Awesomeness Films)

Deja-view: The best time-loop movies and shows for one lifetime

UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2021 11:42 AM IST
So many films and TV shows have trod the path laid by Groundhog Day that now, 28 years on, the time-loop plot has become a genre of its own.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

How to politely refuse an online challenge

PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 06:04 PM IST
Wear a sari, post a black-and-white photo, take a poll, fill in the blanks… what if you don’t want to?
The Indian postal service honoured Malik with this postage stamp in 2019. (India Post)
The Indian postal service honoured Malik with this postage stamp in 2019. (India Post)

A salute to Hardit Singh Malik, the Indian fighter pilot in WWI

UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Affectionately known as The Flying Sikh among his squadron, Malik will finally have a statue erected in his memory — and in memory of all the ethnic minorities who fought in The Great War — in the UK.
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