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Jupiter now has 92 moons, most in the solar system
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, putting the planet's moon count at a record-breaking 92. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, now also has more moons than any other planet in our solar system. Saturn comes in a close second with 83 confirmed moons.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:48 pm on 05 Feb
Researchers at Stanford University in US have claimed that a new record has been set for communicating thoughts to words through a brain implant. According to their study, a 67-year-old woman who lost her power of speech because of ALS was able to communicate via implant at a rate of 62 words per minute, 3.4 times faster than previous record.
short by Hiral Goyal / 03:54 pm on 27 Jan
What are lab grown diamonds & how are they grown using seeds?
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 01 Feb 2023,Wednesday
Lab grown diamonds are diamonds produced using specific technology which mimics the geological processes that grow natural diamonds. Usually, graphite is used as 'diamond seed'. The most common way to grow them is the 'high pressure, high temperature' method, which requires extremely heavy presses under extremely high temperatures. The Union Budget mentioned reduction in customs duty on the seeds.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 04:10 pm on 01 Feb
A rare green comet that has been travelling through our solar system for the last month is expected to make its closest pass to Earth on Wednesday. Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility in March 2022. The last time the comet passed by Earth was 50,000 years ago.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:03 pm on 01 Feb
China has claimed successfully cloning three 'super cows' that could give 100,000 litres milk each in their lifetimes. The three calves, bred by scientists from the Northwest A&F University, were born in China's Ningxia region. Only five in 10,000 of common cattle breeds in China can produce as much milk as a super cow, the scientists said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:52 pm on 02 Feb
Pic shows rare green comet passing by Earth after 50,000 years
short by Pragya Swastik / on 02 Feb 2023,Thursday
A green comet named Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), which last passed by Earth about 50,000 years ago, was visible from Spain on Wednesday. "The brightness of comets is notoriously unpredictable, but by February 1, the green comet could become only just visible to the eye in dark night skies," NASA had earlier said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:46 pm on 02 Feb
The CT-scanned skull of a 319-million-year-old fossilised fish, pulled from a coal mine in England over a century ago, has revealed the oldest example of a well-preserved vertebrate brain, said scientists. The skull contained a brain and nerves at the back of the brain that are roughly one inch long. Scientists believe the creature would have been 6-8 inches long.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:59 pm on 03 Feb
'Bear face' spotted on Mars; pic shared by NASA goes viral
short by Ankush Verma / on 27 Jan 2023,Friday
A picture showing a feature on surface of Mars resembling a bear's face has gone viral on social media. The picture was taken by High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on board Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. "There's a hill with a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose), two craters (the eyes), and a circular fracture pattern (the head)," University of Arizona said.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:41 am on 27 Jan
Scientists discover new type of plateau in Western Ghats
short by Apaar Sharma / on 27 Jan 2023,Friday
Scientists at Pune's Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) have discovered a new low-altitude basalt plateau in the Western Ghats' Thane region. The plateau, now listed as the fourth plateau type in the mountain range, houses 76 plant and shrub species from 24 families, which the scientists say can hold clues to the impact of climate change on the survival of species.
short by Apaar Sharma / 06:54 pm on 27 Jan
Mysterious blue spiral spotted in sky over Hawaii; video goes viral
short by Ankush Verma / on 27 Jan 2023,Friday
A Japanese telescope has captured a blue flying spiral of light in the sky over Hawaii. The Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea captured a video of the blue whirlpool on January 18 and shared the visuals on social media. "The spiral seems to be related to SpaceX's launch of a new satellite," the official Twitter account of the telescope said.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:47 pm on 27 Jan
11,000-year-old human remains found in a cave in UK
short by Anmol Sharma / on 26 Jan 2023,Thursday
An archaeologist from UK has discovered the remains of some of northern Britain’s earliest humans. Human remains unearthed in a cave in Cumbria are said to be 11,000 years old. It's believed that one of the men was buried with jewellery, a fragment of which was found in the complex. The site was first excavated in 1958.
short by Anmol Sharma / 10:41 pm on 26 Jan
Microplastics from food packets and paint found in human veins
short by Ankush Verma / on 02 Feb 2023,Thursday
Microplastics used in food packaging and paint have been discovered in human veins. Human saphenous vein tissue taken from patients undergoing heart bypass surgery in a small pilot study was analysed by researchers from the UK. They found 15 microplastic particles per gram of vein tissue and five different polymer types in the tissue.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:45 am on 02 Feb
₹12,544 cr allocated to Space Dept in Budget, down 8% from FY23
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 01 Feb 2023,Wednesday
The Department of Space has been allocated ₹12,543.91 crore in the Budget 2023-24, over 8% down from ₹13,700 crore allocated to the department in Budget estimates 2022-23. However, the latest allocation was higher than the revised FY23 allocation of ₹10,530 crore. The capital outlay for space research for FY24 stands at ₹6,356.81 crore.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 06:19 pm on 01 Feb
China to build ground stations in Antarctica to support satellites
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 03 Feb 2023,Friday
China will build ground stations in Antarctica to back its network of ocean monitoring satellites, local media reported. The stations will be built by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which won the tender with its 43.95 million yuan ($6.53 million) bid, state-controlled China Space News reported. They will be reportedly located at China's Zhongshan research base in Antarctica.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 02:50 pm on 03 Feb
NASA-ISRO satellite gets send-off in US before moving to India
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), an Earth science satellite being jointly built by NASA and ISRO, got a send-off ceremony in California before it ships out to India later this month. The radar imaging satellite will measure the movement of Earth's surfaces to provide information on trends that affect global challenges like food security, NASA said.
short by Ananya Goyal / 05:07 pm on 04 Feb
US to work with India on astronaut training, planetary defence
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 01 Feb 2023,Wednesday
Indian astronauts will receive advanced training at NASA's Johnson Space Center under the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), the White House said on Tuesday. India and US will also cooperate on planetary defence as part of the initiative. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan led the inaugural meeting of iCET on Tuesday.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 11:39 am on 01 Feb
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket completes 200th mission
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 03 Feb 2023,Friday
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday launched 53 Starlink internet satellites to low-Earth orbit, marking the rocket's successful 200th launch. "Rocket reusability is key to enabling SpaceX's rapid launch cadence," the company said after completing the mission. The launch took place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Elon Musk-led firm also launched 49 Starlink satellites on Tuesday.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 09:15 am on 03 Feb
SpaceX Dragon test flight's astronauts to get Space Medal of Honor
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 31 Jan 2023,Tuesday
Former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will be awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor for bravery by US Vice President Kamala Harris. Hurley and Behnken flew to the ISS as part of SpaceX's first crewed Crew Dragon test flight in 2020. It was the first mission to launch with astronauts as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 06:10 pm on 31 Jan
Webb telescope used to study icy rings of asteroid Chariklo
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 29 Jan 2023,Sunday
Scientists have used a new technique with the world's most powerful telescope James Webb Telescope to capture the shadows of starlight cast by the rings of asteroid Chariklo, which was first discovered in 1997. Chariklo is the first asteroid found to have a ring system. The telescope's data revealed three absorption bands of water ice around Chariklo.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 02:51 pm on 29 Jan
We could have thousands of satellites in orbit by 2030: RAS exec
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 30 Jan 2023,Monday
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Deputy Executive Director Robert Massey, in a conference last week, said, "There is the real prospect that we could see hundreds of thousands of satellites in orbit by the end of the decade." "Detecting signals from other civilisations becomes harder if you have an incredibly powerful and noisy sky," he added.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:35 pm on 30 Jan
1st gamma-ray eclipses from special binary star system detected
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 29 Jan 2023,Sunday
Scientists have detected the first gamma-ray eclipses from a special type of binary star system using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Scientists went over a decade of Fermi observations to find seven spider systems that undergo these eclipses. Spider systems develop because one star in a binary evolves more swiftly than its partner.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 06:58 pm on 29 Jan
AI finds 8 new signals while searching for alien life: Report
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 31 Jan 2023,Tuesday
A new machine learning method has found eight "signals of interest" in the search for extraterrestrial life, media reports said citing researchers. The signals detected by AI are "promising extraterrestrial intelligence signals of interest not previously identified". They have come from five different stars, all between 30 and 90 light years from Earth.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:29 pm on 31 Jan
Fossil of giant sea scorpion species discovered in New Mexico
short by Swati Dubey / on 31 Jan 2023,Tuesday
A fossil of a giant ancient sea scorpion species that lived between 307 and 303 million years ago has been discovered in New Mexico. Hibbertopterus lamsdelli was over a metre long and belonged to an extinct group of aquatic arthropods that fed on small crustaceans, invertebrate larvae and gastropod eggs. Such sea scorpions are exceedingly rare worldwide, researchers said.
short by Swati Dubey / 08:58 pm on 31 Jan
New 'marine crocodile' oldest of its kind found in UK: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 31 Jan 2023,Tuesday
A study published by Taylor & Francis has said scientists have discovered a new thalattosuchian, an ancient "sister" of modern-day crocodiles' ancestors, Turnersuchus hingleyae, which could be the oldest of its kind ever discovered. The animal's fossils were found in the UK and include part of its head, backbone and limbs. They date back to the Pliensbachian period.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:14 pm on 31 Jan
NASA's Mars rover drops 10th & final sample tube, completes depot
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 31 Jan 2023,Tuesday
NASA's Perseverance rover has dropped the 10th and final sample tube on Mars, completing the first "sample depot on another world". "Ten sample tubes, capturing an amazing variety of Martian geology, have been deposited on Mars' surface so they could be studied on Earth in the future," NASA said. Each sample is about 5-15 metres apart from one another.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:15 pm on 31 Jan
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