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New lander to study how Mars formed

Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover is going to get some company. The US space agency on Monday selected a small Mars lander for a hotly contested small planetary science mission to launch in 2016.

11 new solar systems found

Actress Ayelet Zurer at the premiere of the film Darling Companions in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday. 	— AP

Nasa’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has found 11 new planetary systems, including one with five planets all orbiting closer to their parent star than Mercury circles the sun, scientists said

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.