Study: Language (not geography) major force behind India’s gene flow

The study found that people who spoke the same language tended to be more closely related despite living far apart.

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  • Studies focusing on European genetics have found a strong correlation between geography and genetic variation.
  • Looking toward India, a new study found a stronger correlation between gene variation and language as well as
  • social structure.
  • Understanding social and cultural influences can help expand our knowledge of gene flow through human history.
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I don’t believe in blind idealism: An interview with Katarzyna Boni

The author of "Auroville: The City Made of Dreams" talks about the difficulties of establishing (and writing about) utopian societies.

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Is it possible to bring a utopia to life? When searching for an ideal world, do we part with reality or maybe give it a new shape?
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Karma doesn't work how most people think it does

Eastern traditions have complex views on how karma affects your life.

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  • Karma is not simple retribution for bad deeds.
  • Eastern traditions view karma as part of a cycle of birth and rebirth.
  • Actions and intentions can influence karma, which can be both positive and negative.
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What if Middle-earth was in Pakistan?

Iranian Tolkien scholar finds intriguing parallels between subcontinental geography and famous map of Middle-earth.

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien hinted that his stories are set in a really ancient version of Europe.
  • But a fantasy realm can be inspired by a variety of places; and perhaps so is Tolkien's world.
  • These intriguing similarities with Asian topography show that it may be time to 'decolonise' Middle-earth.
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Tigers are making a massive comeback in India — up 33% in four years

Tiger reserves and a concentrated public effort has brought this animal roaring back to India.

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  • India's tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000, making it, by far, the country with the largest wild population.
  • Their wild population increased over 33 percent in just four years.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it his goal to increase tiger conservationist efforts.
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