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Tuesday, March 29 2022


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It was not intended to kill, it was just a warning.

That’s what experts are saying about a reported attempt to poison Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich—best known for owning the Chelsea football club—and two senior Ukrainian officials in Kyiv earlier this month. Soon after a meeting, they exhibited classic symptoms of being poisoned—including red eyes, constant and painful tearing, and peeling skin on their faces and hands. Abramovich has been working toward brokering a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia. The chief suspects: Russian hardliners opposed to peace (which is likely given that poison is their weapon of choice. See: our explainer on opposition leader Alexei Navalny). 


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Big Story

A big #MeToo problem at IITs

The TLDR: The police arrested a student accused of raping a Dalit PhD scholar at IIT-Madras—after dragging their feet for a year. But this is just the tip of a monstrous iceberg—and, importantly, the survivors include male students, as well. As recent cases reveal, sexual harassment and assault is rampant on our most elite engineering campuses—which often do little to prevent or punish it.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Thappad: The Hollywood edition
  • El Salvador declares emergency
  • The dangerous Covid-flu double whammy
  • Good news about kidney stones
  • Say hello to the Metaverse Fashion Week!

 

Sanity Break

  • A lovely performance by Ukrainians at the 2022 World Championships for ice skating

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Training a Mini Cheetah robot figure how to walk by itself
  • A bot that uses neural networks to create art
  • Did you know that you can “print” your cocktails now?
  • The latest junk food brand gimmick: maple syrup cola

 

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