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Mercury

April turns too hot

April turns too hot

For the last few weeks, the mercury has been creeping up mercilessly and there is no promise of rain in the next few days. Unlike an average month of April, when people get respite from the sweltering heat due to powerful but short-lived nor'westers known as Kalbaishakhi, the country hardly saw any such storms...

Wrinkled Mercury's shrinking history

Wrinkled Mercury's shrinking history

The planet Mercury is about 7km smaller today than when its crust first solidified over four billion years ago. The innermost world has shrunk as it has cooled over time, its surface cracking and wrinkling in the process. Scientists first recognised the phenomenon when the Mariner 10 probe whizzed by the planet in the mid-1970s. But...

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