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Monday, February 14 2022


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The Omicron variant did not come from the Delta variant. It came from a completely different part of the virus’s family tree. And since we don’t know where in the virus’s family tree a new variant is going to come from, we cannot know how pathogenic it might be. It could be less pathogenic but it could, just as easily, be more pathogenic.

That’s epidemiologists warning the world as countries like the UK completely do away with Covid safety rules. According to experts, the assumption that the virus is on a linear evolutionand becoming progressively more mildis false. They insist that we need to remain careful, and governments must continue to plan for future waves.

 
Big Story

A timeline of India’s love history

The TLDR: On this Valentine’s Day, Sandip Roy brings us the gloriously tumultuous, subversive and many times tragic ‘love history’ of India. It’s a wonderful reminder of the messy complexity of our nation and its people.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • LIC’s ‘mother of all IPOs’
  • Anti-vaccine mayhem in France
  • The big fat IPL auction
  • Russia vs Ukraine: The latest update
  • Hijab ban: The latest update
  • Tinder's new ‘blind date’ feature
  • Human cells power robot fish

 

Sanity Break

  • Amazon’s Super Bowl commercial ft Scarlett Johannson and Colin Jost

 

Smart & Curious

  • The real-life Suzanne who inspired Leonard Cohen’s famous song ‘Suzanne, she takes you down…’
  • Why do we have a harder time remembering things as we grow older?
  • The fight to digitally preserve the Urdu script
  • Why do you feel anxious when you have a hangover?

 

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