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Chemical warfare on a stovetop: Swetha Sivakumar on plant defences

Plants don’t want to be eaten. That explains the hard shells, husks, hairs; and why some taste bitter. Here’s the evocative tale of how we bypass it all.

Grains are enveloped in woody, fibrous husks (or hulls) that survive intact even when swallowed or cooked. Even today, all grain must be de-husked before being eaten. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:42 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

A Bollywood gold standard: Anupama Chopra on Ranbir Kapoor

From Saawariya to Animal, there is an ineffable ease to each layered performance. To borrow a line, from Jerry Maguire, he had me at hello, Chopra says.

‘I’ve never seen a son play-act his own father to demonstrate his brutality and the scars it left behind. In Animal, Ranbir is a man unhinged by his own pain.’
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 03:34 PM IST

Cue applause: Pankaj Advani on his quiet wins across billiards and snooker

At 38, he’s won 27 world titles in cue sports. His latest wins, last week, went largely unnoticed, just like the others. ‘I’ve made my peace with it,’ he says.

 (HT Archives)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 11:31 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

It’s you again: Art and tech projects are staring back at surveillance

They are using new approaches to ask: Who will watch the watchmen? What will it take for people to care about the footage and data now out there, featuring them

(Video still; two-channel colour video projection) An image by Trevor Paglen, from the project 89 Landscapes, 2015, focused on surveillance infrastructure around the world. (Trevor Paglen, Altman Siegel, San Francisco and Pace Gallery)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 09:58 PM IST
BySukanya Datta

Are they, aren’t they?: What it takes to declare a species extinct

It can take years of work, heated debate and anxious enquiry to confirm an extinction. And even then one can run into the potentially deadly Romeo Error.

The ivory-billed woodpecker, a majestic black-and-white bird with a bright red crown nicknamed the “Lord God” Bird, after the reaction its sighting evokes, was almost taken off a list of protected animals and birds this year, because the US Fish and Wildlife Service intended to declare it extinct. The department is now reconsidering its decision. (National Gallery of Art)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 07:04 PM IST
ByAnesha George
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