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NASA announces discovery of water on sunlit surface of Moon
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
NASA on Monday announced that its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed there's water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places. SOFIA has detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:20 pm on 26 Oct
Bharat Biotech's 'COVAXIN' gets approval for phase 3 trials in India
short by Nandini Sinha / on 22 Oct 2020,Thursday
Covaxin, the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Bharat Biotech and ICMR, has received the approval by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct the third phase of clinical trials. The study would cover 28,500 participants aged 18 years and above across 10 states. The Serum Institute of India began phase 3 clinical trial of Oxford vaccine last month.
short by Nandini Sinha / 11:35 pm on 22 Oct
Remdesivir becomes first drug to be fully approved for COVID-19 by US
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalised with COVID-19, making it the first and only drug approved for the disease in the US. Remdesivir was given to President Donald Trump this month when he was diagnosed with COVID-19. It was originally developed as a treatment for Ebola and Hepatitis C.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:17 am on 23 Oct
Breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute developed in Singapore
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Oct 2020,Tuesday
Researchers in Singapore have developed a breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute, the National University of Singapore (NUS) said on Tuesday. The test detects volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a person’s breath and achieved more than 90% accuracy in a clinical trial involving 180 patients. It does not require specially trained staff or laboratory processing.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:28 pm on 20 Oct
'COVIRAP', the diagnostic machine developed by IIT Kharagpur researchers, has been successfully validated for its efficacy in COVID-19 detection by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Institute said on Wednesday. Per test will cost around ₹500 which can further be reduced through government intervention, while the device cost is less than ₹10,000, IIT Kharagpur said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:00 pm on 21 Oct
US' health protection agency CDC has updated its definition of 'close contact' of someone with coronavirus. According to the previous definition, close contact meant spending 15 minutes within 6 feet of an infected person. It's been changed to a total of 15 minutes or more, meaning multiple encounters that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period also count.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:33 pm on 22 Oct
Researchers 3D print working boat a third of the thickness of a hair
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Researchers at the Netherlands' Leiden University have 3D printed a little boat measuring 30 micrometres, about a third of the thickness of a hair. The researchers also printed spiral-shaped particles, which rotate along while they are propelled through the water. The 3D-printed boat is part of an exploration of microswimmers like bacteria and sperm.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:08 pm on 26 Oct
Nokia to bring 4G to the Moon, gets $14.1 mn NASA funding
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 18 Oct 2020,Sunday
US' space exploration agency NASA said it will provide Nokia with $14.1 million in funding to build a 4G LTE network on the Moon. The funding comes as part of NASA's Artemis project, which aims to have humans on the Moon by 2024 and a sustainable presence by 2030. SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance also got funding.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 12:02 pm on 18 Oct
Astronaut votes from ISS, NASA shares pic of voting booth
short by Nandini Sinha / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote in the US Presidential election from the International Space Station (ISS). A photo shared by NASA Astronauts on Twitter showed Rubins in front of a handwritten sign that read "ISS voting booth". Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, had earlier said that "it's critical to participate in our democracy".
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 24 Oct
Scientists measure the shortest interval of time ever recorded
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Oct 2020,Thursday
Atomic physicists at Goethe University Frankfurt, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and DESY have measured that it takes 247 'zeptoseconds' for a photon to travel across a hydrogen molecule. It's the shortest time span that has been successfully measured to date. A zeptosecond is a trillionth of a billionth of a second.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:45 pm on 22 Oct
The Dutch government has released 5,000 Japanese leaf fleas in Amsterdam in an attempt to stop the spread of the invasive Japanese knotweed. Knotweed spreads rapidly and can cause damage to buildings, pipes and roads. Laboratory tests suggest the leaf fleas, known as Aphalara itadori, can kill young shoots and potentially stop the plant growing by sucking up its sap.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:11 pm on 23 Oct
Rare white sea turtle with leucism condition found; pics surface
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Oct 2020,Wednesday
Volunteers who were checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach found a rare white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand. The town of Kiawah Island shared pictures of the rare turtle on its Facebook Page and informed the turtle has a genetic condition called leucism where animals have reduced pigmentation. The condition is described as extremely rare.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:49 pm on 21 Oct
A fisherman who went for deep sea fishing in Mangaluru off Malpe port on Wednesday caught two giant manta rays weighing 750 kg and 250 kg. After Subhash Sailan returned to the shore, a crane was brought in to put the giant manta rays in a pick-up truck. Images and videos of the haul have gone viral on social media.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:16 pm on 22 Oct
Engineers create white paint that reflects 95.5% of sunlight
short by Nandini Sinha / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Engineers from Purdue University developed a new white paint using calcium carbonate fillers which absorb almost no ultraviolet rays. It'd replace the need for air conditioning by absorbing nearly no solar energy and sending heat away from the building, researchers said. During testing, the acrylic remained 10°C below surrounding temperature at night and at least 1.7°C lower under direct sun.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:27 pm on 24 Oct
NASA spacecraft touches asteroid 321 million kms away to collect sample
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 21 Oct 2020,Wednesday
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully unfurled its robotic arm and briefly touched asteroid Bennu to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. The well-preserved, ancient asteroid is currently more than 321 million kilometres from Earth. The spacecraft has been in orbit around the asteroid for nearly two years preparing for the "touch and go" manoeuvre.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 01:42 pm on 21 Oct
Moon 'photobombs' Sun for nearly 50 minutes, NASA shares video
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Oct 2020,Tuesday
The Moon 'photobombed' the view of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory when it passed between the spacecraft and the Sun on October 16. "The transit lasted about 50 minutes, with the Moon covering about 44% of the Sun at peak," NASA Sun & Space wrote while sharing a video. "The spacecraft...recovered its steady view soon after the transit ended," added NASA.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:55 am on 20 Oct
1st space station crew to launch during the pandemic return after 196 days
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 22 Oct 2020,Thursday
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner returned to Earth on Thursday after spending 196 days at the International Space Station. The crew launched to the space station on April 9, just weeks after WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. They landed back on the steppe of Kazakhstan, NASA said.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 10:15 am on 22 Oct
Researchers have found evidence of a 'lost' river that ran through the central Thar Desert, near Bikaner, as early as 1,72,000 years ago. The findings published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews represent the oldest directly dated phase of river activity at Nal Quarry in the central Thar Desert. The river would've offered a lifeline to Paleolithic populations, researchers said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:08 pm on 22 Oct
Scientists accidentally discover new organ in human throat
short by Anmol Sharma / on 21 Oct 2020,Wednesday
While studying prostate cancer and examining a new combination of CT and PET scans, researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute discovered a new set of salivary glands, about 3.81 cm in length, in human throat. The new glands, named tubarial salivary glands, are believed to lubricate and moisten the area of the throat behind the nose and mouth.
short by Anmol Sharma / 04:57 pm on 21 Oct
A team of Indian and Canadian researchers have found the earliest direct evidence of dairy product processing. They found that dairy production began way back in third millennium BCE with Indus Civilisation's emergence. The researchers analysed absorbed lipid residues from fifty-nine ceramic sherds recovered from an agro-pastoral settlement that was occupied during the peak of the Indus period.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:35 pm on 25 Oct
SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites in its 18th mission this year
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 18 Oct 2020,Sunday
SpaceX has successfully launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites atop Falcon 9 rocket in its 18th mission this year. This launch is also SpaceX's 14th Starlink mission. SpaceX landed Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:08 pm on 18 Oct
NASA awards US firm $47M to land water-measuring payload on Moon
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 17 Oct 2020,Saturday
NASA has awarded US-based Intuitive Machines approximately $47 million to deliver a drill combined with a mass spectrometer to the Moon by December 2022. The payload, PRIME-1, will help NASA search for ice at the Moon's South Pole and harvest ice from below the surface. PRIME-1 will measure how much ice in the sample is lost to sublimation on Moon.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:58 pm on 17 Oct
Tectonic fault line in Ladakh not inactive as believed earlier: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 18 Oct 2020,Sunday
A Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology study has found that a tectonic fault line that runs through Ladakh is not inactive as was previously thought and is moving northward. The fault line runs all along the Indus river, from China through India and Pakistan. The study was conducted in Ladakh from the north of Leh to the Tso Moriri lake.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:19 pm on 18 Oct
Over 200M Americans' drinking water could have toxic PFAS: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 18 Oct 2020,Sunday
A study by Environmental Working Group scientists estimates that over 200 million Americans could have the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in their drinking water. The concentration of PFAS in their drinking water is at 1 ppt or higher. Some of the highest PFAS levels detected were in samples from major metropolitan areas, including Miami and Philadelphia.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:25 pm on 18 Oct
Release of Fukushima's water into sea can damage human DNA: Greenpeace
short by Kiran Khatri / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
The release of Fukushima nuclear plant's contaminated water into the sea can damage human DNA, according to a Greenpeace report. The group said the 1.23 million tonnes of treated water contains "dangerous" levels of radioactive isotope carbon-14. While it was earlier reported that Japan had decided to release the water, reports later said the government has put off the move.
short by Kiran Khatri / 06:48 pm on 24 Oct
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