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Springboard mentors train learners to transition to data science
short by Roshan Gupta / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
Industry experts in data science from companies like Paytm, Myntra, Uber, Swiggy, Hike, Careem, Redhat, PhonePe, Inmobi, Gramener, Airtel, Brillio have joined hands with Springboard to provide 1:1 mentorship to Indian learners to help them transition to a data science career. Springboard, a US-based online learning platform, is on a mission to help learners transition through its unique approach.
short by Roshan Gupta / 10:00 am on 18 Sep
NASA wins Creative Arts Emmy for coverage of SpaceX mission
short by Dishant Sharma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
American space agency NASA won the Outstanding Interactive Program award at the 71st Creative Arts Emmys for its multimedia coverage of SpaceX's Demonstration Mission 1 last March. SpaceX sent an uncrewed version of its Crew Dragon capsule on a six-day test flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
short by Dishant Sharma / 03:42 pm on 16 Sep
Did you spot India's Moon lander: Brad Pitt in call to ISS
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt in a call to the International Space Station (ISS) asked astronaut Nick Hague if he spotted Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander on the Moon. "No, unfortunately," Hague replied. "Space is hard. Things that should be easy, when you try to do them in Space they just get harder," the astronaut further said.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:25 pm on 17 Sep
After Emmy for SpaceX coverage, NASA wins another for Mars mission
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
NASA won the Outstanding Original Interactive Program award at the 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards for its coverage of the InSight mission to Mars. InSight is the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars. This comes a day after NASA also won the Outstanding Interactive Program award for multimedia coverage of SpaceX's Demonstration Mission 1 last March.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:40 am on 17 Sep
Using drones to study Amazon rainforest's health: Harvard team
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 14 Sep 2019,Saturday
Harvard University researchers are using specifically-engineered drones to monitor the effects of climate change on the Amazon rainforest's health. Researchers aim to monitor unique chemical signatures emitted by plants species, which change if they are under stress, in varied ecosystems. They began work in 2017 with Amazonas State University and the Amazonas State Research Support Foundation.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 04:21 pm on 14 Sep
Computer scientist who defended sex offender Epstein quits MIT
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
Computer scientist and open software advocate Richard Stallman, who defended late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has resigned as a visiting scientist at MIT's research institute CSAIL. Stallman had described a victim of Epstein as "entirely willing". He had also allegedly called for legalising child pornography and abolishing age of consent laws on his personal blog over 15 years.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 06:11 pm on 17 Sep
DRDO to help ISRO with tech for India's 1st manned space mission
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday signed MoUs with ISRO to develop human-centric systems for India's first manned space mission Gaganyaan. DRDO will provide critical technologies including space food, survival kits for the crew, radiation protection equipment, among others. ISRO plans to launch the mission before the 75th anniversary of India's independence.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 12:01 pm on 18 Sep
Human corpses move significantly for over a year after death: Study
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 14 Sep 2019,Saturday
A recently published study, where movements of a human corpse were studied and photographed over 17 months, claimed that the body moves significantly for over a year after death. In one case study, arms initially close to body ended up flung out to the side. The lead researcher attributed this to decomposition as the body "mummifies" and "ligaments dry out".
short by Kanishka Pandey / 02:20 pm on 14 Sep
Fisherman catches 'dinosaur-like' fish off Norway coast, pic goes viral
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
A picture of a fish with huge eyes caught off the coast of Norway by Oscar Lundahl, a 19-year-old guide for a fishing company, has gone viral. He described the fish as "a bit dinosaur-like", adding that he has never seen anything like it before. The fish is a ratfish, a relative of shark that dates back 300 million years.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:05 pm on 17 Sep
Air pollutants inhaled by mother found on unborn babies' placentas
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
Belgium's Hasselt University researchers have found air pollution particles on the foetal side of the placenta, confirming that black carbon inhaled by mothers can cross into unborn children. The study comprised 28 placentas from non-smoking women in the town of Hasselt. The particle pollution levels were below the EU limit but above the WHO limit.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 03:00 pm on 18 Sep
NASA lunar probe to fly over landing site of Vikram lander tomorrow
short by Ankush Verma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is expected to reveal new information once it flies over landing site of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander on Tuesday. The LRO is also likely to release images that it takes of the lander, the US media reported. Earlier, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said Chandrayaan-2's Orbiter clicked a thermal image of the lander through its high-resolution camera.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:05 am on 16 Sep
Girl dies after contracting rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
Lily Mae Avant, a ten-year-old girl from US' Texas, who was infected by a brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river has passed away. Avant succumbed to the often-fatal amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri on Monday after having been placed in a medically-induced coma. Within days of her swim, she came down with a fever and a headache.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:00 am on 17 Sep
Rare polka-dotted zebra foal spotted in Kenyan wildlife reserve
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
A newborn zebra foal with unusual polka dot markings has been photographed in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. The foal has a melanin disorder in which the stripes don't develop properly and are replaced by a pattern of small stripes and spots. The discovery reportedly caused a 'stampede' as tourists and guides rushed to take a look at the foal.
short by Dishant Sharma / 05:29 pm on 17 Sep
MIT researchers create ML-driven tool to predict cardiovascular death
short by Anushka Dixit / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
Researchers at MIT have developed a machine learning system, 'RiskCardio', to better predict death caused by cardiovascular issues that block or reduce blood flow. The system uses the patient's first 15 minutes of raw electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and places them into different risk categories. It can predict whether a person will die within 30 days or up to a year.
short by Anushka Dixit / 03:50 pm on 16 Sep
AI-based weapons, robots could cause atrocities: Ex-Google worker
short by Dishant Sharma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
Laura Nolan, a former Google software engineer who had resigned after being assigned to work on a project to enhance US military drone technology, has said that AI-based autonomous weapons should be banned. "[A]ny advanced weapons systems should be subject to meaningful human control, otherwise they have to be banned because they are far too unpredictable and dangerous," Nolan added.
short by Dishant Sharma / 08:27 am on 16 Sep
Scientists to let ship drift, get trapped in Arctic ice for months
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
For a new study related to the Arctic region, scientists will deliberately let a ship named Polarstern drift in the sea ice off Siberia, from where it will eventually become locked in the ice for months of the Arctic winter. Researchers from 19 countries are set to take part in this project, which is aimed at studying global climate change.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:00 am on 17 Sep
1,600-year-old hands-clasped skeletons were young men: Study
short by Dishant Sharma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
The 'Lovers of Modena', a pair of 1,600-year-old skeletons found buried with their hands clasped together, are a couple of young men, a study has found. The pair was found in a Late Antiquity cemetery dating to around sixth century CE. The study states that mass media had assumed the pair to be a male-female couple after the skeletons' discovery.
short by Dishant Sharma / 03:43 pm on 16 Sep
Astronomers detect the most massive neutron star ever
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope discovered that J0740+6620, a rapidly rotating millisecond pulsar, is the most massive neutron star ever measured. The neutron star has a mass that is 2.17 times the mass of our Sun packed into a sphere which is 30 kilometers across. The discovery will help understand the limits of mass density that nature will allow.
short by Dishant Sharma / 05:23 pm on 17 Sep
Plastic pollution has entered Earth's fossil record: Study
short by Dishant Sharma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
A study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego has found that plastic pollution is now a part of the Earth's fossil record. Scientists studied the layers of the Earth in California dating back to 1834. They found that deposits of plastic have increased exponentially since the end of World War II, doubling around every 15 years.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:00 am on 16 Sep
Newly-found giant salamander species is world's largest amphibian
short by Dishant Sharma / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
Scientists have discovered a new species of giant salamander, believed to be the world's largest amphibian. Chinese giant salamanders were previously thought to be a single species until three genetic lineages were found. The newly-found species, Andrias sligoi, is thought to be the largest of all three after analysis of a 74-year-old specimen that once lived at the London Zoo.
short by Dishant Sharma / 04:24 pm on 18 Sep
Hunger significantly alters decision-making process: Study
short by Dishant Sharma / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
A new study claims hunger significantly alters people's decision-making, making them impatient and more likely to settle for a small reward that arrives sooner than a larger one promised at a later date. As a part of the study, participants were asked questions relating to food, money and other rewards when satiated and again when they had skipped a meal.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:00 am on 18 Sep
Screen time found to have no negative mental health effect on kids
short by Dishant Sharma / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
A new study has stated that there is no connection between the amount of time kids spend online using digital technologies and mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety. The study additionally found that kids who sent more text messages actually reported better mental health. "The hope is that more parents will hear this message and relax," a researcher stated.
short by Dishant Sharma / 10:00 am on 18 Sep
ISRO thanks supporters after Chandrayaan-2 mission
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
Days after the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Vikram lander lost communication while attempting to land on the Moon, the space agency posted a tweet, thanking supporters from around the world. The tweet read, "Thank you for standing by us. We will continue to keep going forward — propelled by the hopes and dreams of Indians across the world!"
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:58 pm on 17 Sep
China will help us send 1st astronaut to space: Pak Tech Minister
short by Dishant Sharma / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain has said that China will help Pakistan send its first astronaut to space by the year 2022. The minister further added that the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020, with the Pakistan Air Force playing an important part in the process.
short by Dishant Sharma / 07:09 pm on 16 Sep
Russian volcano causing purple sunrises, sunsets: Research
short by Dishant Sharma / on 17 Sep 2019,Tuesday
A remote Russian volcano Raikoke's eruption in June is being called the reason behind the recent sunrises and sunsets with a purple hue in the Northern Hemisphere. According to researchers, the volcano released sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, which led to the creation of tiny particles called aerosols. The aerosols scatter sunlight which results in the purple-hued skies.
short by Dishant Sharma / 08:50 pm on 17 Sep
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