BJP Got Rs 742 Crore in Donations in 2018-19, up 70% Since Last Year

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received Rs 742 crore in donations, while the Congress got Rs 148 crore, according to submissions made by the parties before the Election Commission for 2018-19 which was compiled by non-governmental election watchdog, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). Donations for the BJP increased from Rs 437.04 crore during 2017-18 … Continue reading BJP Got Rs 742 Crore in Donations in 2018-19, up 70% Since Last Year

JPMorgan Chase to Pay $13 Billion in Record DOJ Settlement over Mortgages

JPMorgan Chase has reportedly reached a tentative deal with the Justice Department to pay $13 billion to settle claims over its sale of flawed mortgage-backed securities that were at the core of the financial crisis. The settlement includes $9 billion in fines and $4 billion in relief for suffering homeowners. The total represents more than … Continue reading JPMorgan Chase to Pay $13 Billion in Record DOJ Settlement over Mortgages

Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago

Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is a boon for science today. The female bee, which became stuck in tree resin and thus preserved in amber, has been identified by Oregon State University researcher George Poinar Jr. as … Continue reading Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago

The Beasts and the Bombings

The Allied destruction of Dresden wasn’t the biggest or deadliest aerial bombardment of a German city during World War II. But it is by far the most infamous, largely due to Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five. February 13 marks the 75th anniversary of what Vonnegut, who survived the bombing as a prisoner-of-war, called “carnage unfathomable.” … Continue reading The Beasts and the Bombings

Five to Six Hiroshima Bombs of Heat Each Second

A new study published Monday shows that the Earth's oceans reached the highest temperatures and warmed the fastest since records began, highlighting the urgent need for global action to address the climate crisis before it's too late. The study (pdf), "Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019," which was published in Advances in Atmospheric Studies, found … Continue reading Five to Six Hiroshima Bombs of Heat Each Second

Young Britisher’s flying habit

Britons fly abroad more than any other nation and worldwide emissions from flying are expected to grow significantly if left unchecked. Yet most people don’t fly – around half those in the UK don't fly and 95% of people worldwide have never even been in a plane. half of flights taken by men aged 20-45 … Continue reading Young Britisher’s flying habit