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High-profile subscription journals critique Plan S

Publishers of highly selective scholarly journals — including Nature and Science — say that they cannot comply with Plan S, a European-led initiative that mandates free access to research results on publication from 2020, unless its rules are changed. Their appeals come as part of a massive consultation on how the open-access initiative should …

IPL 2019: BCCI asks franchises to prepare sporting pitches

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli had criticised the Chepauk pitch after playing out a low-scoring game (BCCI Photo) The first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw Chennai Super Kings bundling out Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for just 70 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai …

Society members entitled to free redeveloped flat

If I purchase a flat in a co-operative housing society, I become a member of the society. But do I also become the owner of the land? Say the society is getting redeveloped after 30 years, will the existing members have to pay for the flat fully like …

How team sports change a child’s brain

Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in children and less …

Evolving society: why humanity coheres

Donald Trump meets supporters during his US presidential campaign in 2015.Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Genesis: The Deep Origin of SocietiesEdward O. Wilson Liveright (2019) The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and FallMark W. Moffett Head of Zeus (2019) Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good SocietyNicholas A. Christakis Little, Brown …