• STARTUPS
    [Weekly funding roundup] Startups raise over $200M, Nykaa and Blackbuck become soonicorns with valuations shy of $1B

    In the first week of April, startups raised $210.23 million across 23 deals. Of this, $79.37 million was swept up by B2B logistics startup Blackbuck, making it a ‘soonicorn’ with a valuation close to $850 million -$900 million. Online beauty platform Nykaa too attained ‘soonicorn’ status by raising Rs 100 crore ($14 million) from Singapore-based TPG Growth IV SF, at […]

  • To look on the bright side of life, Britain should copy Finland

    Helsinki Restaurant Day, a traditional street food festival in Finland, which again topped the world happiness index. Photograph: eugenesergeev/Getty Images How can we be more Finnish? Last week, the World Happiness Report found that the Finns are officially the world’s happiest people for the second year running. Meanwhile, the UK has – improbably perhaps – risen five […]

  • Exploring life’s digital boundaries with ‘Factory of the Living’

    Two new works from the Factory of the Living exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris show how digital technology is influencing art and biology. Both pieces were developed in “collaboration” with living organisms:The first, H.O.R.T.U.S. XL astaxanthin.g, from ecoLogicStudio was built using cyanobacteria, and the second, Urban Morphogenesis Lab’s XenoDerma, gets an assist from an asian fawn […]

  • LIFE
    NASA recreates conditions that led to origin of life

    Nasa’s study may offer insights into possible habitats in the cosmos which could host alien life. Astrobiologists have recreated their own mini seafloor vents where life started in the ocean 4 billion years ago. (@NASA)  |  Photo Credit: Twitter Washington: NASA scientists have recreated the conditions in which life formed deep in the Earth’s ocean four billion […]

  • LIFE
    Dublin doctor giving voice to the realities of life and death

    The Secret Doctor is a blog launched by the British Medical Association in 2016 in order to shine a light on the realities of working in the profession. The purpose was not to spy on practitioners or blow whistles but to get a conversation going about things that matter to those at the coalface. Charged […]

  • NEWS
    State of the Union 2019: Trump claims fact-checked

    US President Donald Trump’s speech was filled with praise for the strong economy. But did his numbers add up? 1. ‘Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades.’ Last year, average hourly earnings increased by 85 cents, or 3.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This isn’t the highest for decades though; it’s the […]

  • NEWS
    Trump to NYT: Wall talks a ‘waste of time’

    US President Donald Trump has dismissed the federal investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election and talks about a proposed border wall. His lawyers had been reassured he was not a target in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he said. Talks in Congress about wall funding – the issue behind the recent government […]

  • SUCCESS
    Here’s A Better Definition Of Failure (And Success)

    Can We Please Redefine Failure (And Success).GETTY Failure is defined as an absence or lack of success. This is a pretty general purpose definition. It allows us to personally define success so we can know whether or not we have failed. The main problem here is that most of us aren’t great at defining success. This […]