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The giant next door: What clues does Jupiter hold to future of the solar system?

Elsewhere, gas giants occupy central positions; often, by pushing engulfing smaller planets. Is this where our solar system is headed? Or how it was formed?

A close-up of Jupiter’s south pole taken by NASA’s Juno Probe in 2016. It is a composite of multiple images taken by the JunoCam on three separate orbits, combined to show the entire area in daylight. Each swirl is an Earth-sized cyclone; they are so densely clustered that some are colliding at the edges. (NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU), Judy Schmidt)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 06:19 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Neighbourhood watch: What’s really going on, on Venus?

New missions, including one by ISRO, are headed to our nearest planetary neighbour. It's inscrutable; holds deadly secrets. Could it once have been Earth-like?

Beneath it’s soothing white clouds, Venus is a hellscape. Above left is a computer-simulated view of the planet’s surface, created in 2020, using data from NASA’s 1989 Magellan mission. Also in 2020, data from an earlier Mariner 10 mission was revisited with new imaging software, to generate a clearer view of the planet as seen from afar (above right). (NASA / JPL-CalTech)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Four-wing drive: Flying cars are taking off, but are we ready for them?

From China to Slovakia, permits are being issued, price tags discussed. Most flying cars are EVs, but where is the power to come from? And who will pilot them?

(Clockwise) The XPeng X2, Klein Vision AirCar and Embraer’s Eve are in various stages of development by companies based in China, Slovakia and Brazil. An estimated 250 companies worldwide are currently working on flying-car prototypes.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 06:20 PM IST

Answer your kids’ questions:A Wknd interview with the first woman to head an IIT

Preeti Aghalayam says the way her parents encouraged her curiosity shaped her life. ‘Young people need to feel they can chase a dream at elite institutes too.’

Her wishlist, if she had a magic wand, would be to have more of the sprightly zest of Monday mornings, Aghalayam says. ‘I think if you’re happy, you work hard, and you wake up on Monday mornings ready for everything!’ (HT Photo: Rangaprasad)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 06:16 PM IST
BySukanya Datta

Terms of Trade | Implications of BJP’s sputtering 'double-engine'

What the voter wants is not a second economic engine which will fire in sync with the Centre, but a booster engine which brings greater income support ballast

Nobody will disagree that the fortunes of current day BJP have surged by riding piggyback on the popularity of the prime minister. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 10:08 PM IST
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