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The World Health Organization has said that the COVID-19 vaccine approved by Russia this week is not among the nine that it considers in the advanced stages of testing. "We don't have sufficient information at this point to make a judgment on the Russian vaccine," Dr Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:56 am on 14 Aug
SpaceX is planning to turn its Boca Chica, Texas launch site, where it's currently building and testing its Mars rocket Starship, into a "21st-century Spaceport". A job posting recently surfaced online, seeking a "Resort Development Manager" to oversee the development of SpaceX's "first resort from inception to completion". The resort would accommodate its future Starship passengers and cargo.
short by Dharna / 09:42 am on 11 Aug
Researchers have discovered that a "bizarre" reptile fossil, which had a neck three times as long as its torso, lived in water and not on land. First described in 1852, the twenty-foot-long specimen had a ten-foot-long neck and lived 242 million years ago. They also found that the "Tanystropheus hydroides" shared coastal waters with another smaller but similar-looking Tanystropheus species.
short by Dharna / 05:14 pm on 08 Aug
Kobe University researchers have discovered what they believe may be the largest impact crater in the Solar System located on Jupiter's biggest moon Ganymede. Analysing ancient tectonic troughs on Ganymede, they found these concentrical rings are distributed across almost the entire moon surface. This global distribution indicates the rings may be the remains of one giant crater covering Ganymede.
short by Dharna / 03:33 pm on 10 Aug
Ceres, the largest object in asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an "ocean world", a study found. Analysis of data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft revealed there's a 40-kilometre deep reservoir of salt-enriched water under its surface. Scientists said the "mysterious" bright spots on Ceres are salt crusts left behind by this water, which percolated up to surface and evaporated.
short by Dharna / 01:25 pm on 11 Aug
Human hair used to soak up oil spill in Mauritius, pic surfaces
short by Nandini Sinha / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
People in Mauritius used floating booms made of human hair, sugar cane leaves, plastic bottles and straw in a bid to soak up the oil spill, with several volunteers in the island nation cutting off their hair to help prevent the spread of oil. The spill began after a Japanese ship started leaking oil off the south-east coast of Mauritius.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:28 pm on 11 Aug
Pics of Galapagos Islands taken by astronaut from space go viral
short by Anmol Sharma / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who is currently living aboard the International Space Station, shared pictures of Galapagos Islands. The photos capture the islands through the clouds. "Beautiful pass over the Galapagos Islands today!" Cassidy captioned the post. "The 'S' shaped spiral in the first pic is really neat," a user commented on the picture.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:52 pm on 11 Aug
NASA shares pics of crater, towering dust devil, avalanche on Mars
short by Anmol Sharma / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
On the 15th anniversary of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that was launched to study Mars' atmosphere, weather, subsurface water and other things, NASA shared pictures taken from the orbiter's HiRISE camera. The pictures included towering dust devil, avalanche, crater and Mars' Moon Phobos among others. HiRISE has taken 6,882,204 images so far, NASA said.
short by Anmol Sharma / 02:17 pm on 14 Aug
What does it mean to be haemodynamically stable?
short by Anmol Sharma / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Haemodynamic stability is the medical term used to describe a stable blood flow. If a person is haemodynamically stable, it means that he/she has a stable pumping heart and good circulation of blood. Abnormal haemodynamic parameters include irregularities in heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, central venous pressure, and pulmonary artery pressure.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:52 pm on 13 Aug
NASA, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite data to map the extent of the damage caused by the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. "Dark red pixels on the map represent the most severe damage. Areas in orange are moderately damaged and areas in yellow are likely to have sustained somewhat less damage," NASA said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:22 pm on 08 Aug
Scientists have uncovered a new vulnerability in spike protein of the novel coronavirus, which enables the virus to enter host cells, an advance that may lead to potential treatment pathways against coronavirus. The researchers, including those from Northwestern University, noted the spike protein contains the virus' binding site, which adheres to host cells and enables it to infect the body.
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:49 pm on 12 Aug
Scientists tracked a "boomerang" earthquake in the ocean for the first time, along the Romanche fracture zone under the Atlantic Ocean. Such earthquakes tend to reverse course instead of going in one direction. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was recorded in 2016. The rupture initially travelled upward and eastward before turning back west at "incredible speeds", breaking the "seismic sound barrier".
short by Dharna / 05:18 pm on 11 Aug
Birds and reptiles cry similar tears as humans, says new research
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Researchers in Brazil who collected samples of healthy animals' tears from seven species of birds and reptiles said they cry similar tears as humans. There are similar amounts of electrolyte fluid in tears of birds, reptiles and humans, they said. "It's important to understand healthy animals to treat sick animals because species depend on their vision," study's lead author said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:18 pm on 13 Aug
The drop in emissions due to the coronavirus-induced lockdowns will have a "negligible" impact on the climate crisis, a study by University of Leeds found. Even if restrictions were to continue until the end of 2021, this would only "save 0.01°C" of warming by 2030. The analysed data covered 123 countries that are together responsible for 99% of global emissions.
short by Dharna / 04:10 pm on 09 Aug
Scientists from Japan's space agency JAXA have discovered a "giant" wall of acid clouds hiding below the cloud tops on Venus, swirling around at speeds similar to that of jet planes. This atmospheric disruption, which stretches up to 7,500 kilometres, went unnoticed for at least 35 years. Scientists said it's the first serious candidate for planetary-scale wave at low altitudes.
short by Dharna / 04:18 pm on 09 Aug
Google announced it will be using Android phones that will be a part of its Android Earthquake Alerts System to form the world's largest earthquake detection network. Signals from multiple phones will be used to detect an earthquake. Users will be able to see relevant results for their areas in Google Search when they search "earthquake" or "earthquake near me".
short by Aishwarya / 10:06 pm on 11 Aug
SpaceX launches 1st batch of Starlink satellites with sun visors
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Aug 2020,Saturday
SpaceX launched its 10th Starlink mission, the first with sun visors, which included 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer. This was the 13th mission by SpaceX in 2020. The launch suffered multiple delays earlier. The visors have been added to the satellites to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft.
short by Aishwarya / 09:29 pm on 08 Aug
Climate change may have led to woolly rhinos' extinction: Study
short by Aishwarya / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Researchers suggest the extinction of woolly rhinoceros may have been caused by climate change and not overhunting. They said the woolly rhinoceros population remained stable and diverse until only a few thousand years before it disappeared from Siberia when temperatures likely rose too high for the species. Researchers sequenced ancient DNA from 14 woolly rhinos for the study.
short by Aishwarya / 07:56 pm on 14 Aug
NASA gathers first full global map of helium in solar atmosphere
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Aug 2020,Saturday
NASA has gathered first full global map of helium in the solar atmosphere using the sounding rocket launched in 2009. Using the images of the solar corona scientists figured equatorial regions had almost no helium while areas at mid-latitudes had the most. They further said abundance at mid-latitudes overlaps with where Sun's magnetic field lines open out into Solar System.
short by Aishwarya / 06:15 pm on 08 Aug
A study has suggested the ancient crocodylian, Deinosuchus, had teeth "the size of bananas". Ranging in up to 33 feet in length, Deinosuchus is one of the largest crocodylian genera to have existed and lived between 75 and 82 million years ago. It revealed various kinds of Deinosuchus species, some of which lived in the west of America.
short by Aishwarya / 10:43 pm on 11 Aug
Researchers have found an extremely distant galaxy that looks "surprisingly" like the Milky Way using Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Light from the galaxy took over 12 billion years to reach the Earth and researchers saw it as it was when the Universe was just 1.4 billion years old. It has a rotating disc and a bulge like Milky Way.
short by Aishwarya / 09:11 pm on 13 Aug
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has reported nearly 60 different types of fish swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers in the US, up from fewer than 10 in the 1980s. Apart from the commonly found species carp, district biologists found bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass and yellow perch, among other species. These are less tolerant of pollution than carp.
short by Aishwarya / 11:01 pm on 08 Aug
Antarctica ice shelves lost 4,000 gigatons mass over 25 yrs: Study
short by Aishwarya / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Researchers have created a detailed history of mass loss from Antarctica's floating ice shelves. They said the ice shelves have experienced a loss of nearly 4,000 gigatons since 1994. The loss produced an amount of meltwater that can nearly fill the Grand Canyon. Researchers used a 25-year record of data from four separate ESA's satellite missions, among other things.
short by Aishwarya / 09:20 pm on 13 Aug
An Indian study has suggested air pollution could be affecting health of honey bees. Researchers observed bees collected from four sites in Bengaluru, each having different air pollution standards, for over three years. Most polluted sites had significantly less number of bees visiting flowers. Bees from such sites had arrhythmic heartbeats and were more likely to show signs of stress.
short by Aishwarya / 10:02 pm on 11 Aug
Researchers suggest four bones recently found on the Isle of Wight, England, belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex. The dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago and is estimated to have been up to four metres long. The new dinosaur has been named Vectaerovenator inopinatus.
short by Aishwarya / 08:46 pm on 12 Aug
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