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US-based Springboard is offering 1:1 mentor-led course in Data Science and Machine Learning for professionals. In order to provide easy learning to professionals, Springboard is also offering a refresher of python, probability and statistics that has been attached to its main course. Mentors from India's top companies are matched on the basis of learners' background and future aspirations.
short by Aarish / 09:00 am on 08 Apr
What is hydroxychloroquine, which Trump has asked India to release?
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Hydroxychloroquine is a common anti-malaria drug now seen as a possible treatment for COVID-19. There have been no complete clinical trials to fully ascertain whether the drug, which can also treat rheumatoid arthritis, is an effective coronavirus treatment. US President Donald Trump called the unproven drug a "game-changer" against coronavirus after a small French study suggested it could help.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:17 pm on 07 Apr
China has said that all clinical research projects on the novel coronavirus have to be registered with relevant medical and health administrative authorities. The projects already underway face being halted following a failure to report them, the Chinese government said. China added that the move was aimed at standardising research for medicines to treat coronavirus.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 05 Apr
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, who are currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS), have shared a video of their "workout routine" in microgravity. Meir said that exercising is vital for physical and mental health, and was one of their "strategies for living happily in isolation." This comes as countries across the globe imposed lockdowns to contain COVID-19.
short by Dharna / 11:11 am on 05 Apr
Seismometers around the world are recording decreased seismic noise as a result of lockdowns imposed by many governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Seismic noise refers to the vibration in Earth's upper crust, generated by cars, trains, buses and other human activities. The reduced noise allows seismologists to detect smaller earthquakes that they otherwise wouldn't be able to notice.
short by Dharna / 05:00 pm on 05 Apr
A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has entered Phase 1 of clinical human testing, after being allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration. The 'INO-4800' DNA vaccine candidate, developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, is being tested in around 40 adults. The study's initial immune responses and safety data are expected by late summer.
short by Dharna / 09:20 am on 07 Apr
Copenhagen University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model, which they claim will help doctors predict which COVID-19 patients will need intensive care and a ventilator within a week. This model would enable doctors to plan resources in advance. The data of Danish COVID-19 patients will be fed into a supercomputer to identify shared traits among most severe cases.
short by Dharna / 12:25 pm on 05 Apr
MIT researchers said they have "translated" the coronavirus' structure into music with the help of artificial intelligence. The tune is an audible representation of the coronavirus "spike" proteins, which poke out from its surface and bind to human cells to facilitate the virus' entry. The format can help scientists find sites on the protein where antibodies or drugs could bind.
short by Dharna / 11:10 am on 07 Apr
Stanford University researchers said they have created a "smart toilet" that recognises its user via both a fingerprint scanner on the flush handle and through "anal prints". Its in-built camera also scans the stool and urine to detect signs of certain diseases, including some cancers. Its algorithms can distinguish "normal" urine flow and stool consistencies from those that are unhealthy.
short by Dharna / 04:06 pm on 07 Apr
Super Pink Moon visible across several parts of India, pics surface
short by Anmol Sharma / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
The Super Pink Moon, the biggest and brightest full moon of 2020, was visible across several parts of India including Delhi and Ludhiana on Tuesday. Although full moons appear every month, this is particularly different as it coincides with a 'Supermoon', making it appear bigger than a usual full moon. The Super Pink Moon will appear till Thursday.
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:51 pm on 07 Apr
Antarctica was home to rainforests 90 million years ago: Study
short by Dharna / on 04 Apr 2020,Saturday
Around 90 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Antarctica at the South Pole was much warmer, housing "swampy" rainforests, a study found. Scans of a sediment layer collected from Antarctic seafloor revealed samples of forest soil, pollen, spores and root systems. Researchers found that Antarctica had average temperatures of 12°C, due to warming from high carbon dioxide levels.
short by Dharna / 01:41 pm on 04 Apr
Scientists have discovered "dense" communities of microbes living deep under the sea. The bacteria were discovered in tiny cracks inside volcanic rocks, drilled from deep-sea and full of clay minerals. A researcher said, "Clay minerals are like...magic material on Earth...You can almost always find microbes living in them," implying a possibility of life on Mars, which has abundant clay minerals.
short by Dharna / 04:13 pm on 04 Apr
The "Pink Supermoon", which is this year's largest and brightest full Moon, will be visible from India at 8:05 AM on April 8. A "Supermoon" occurs when the Moon's closest brush with Earth coincides with a full-Moon day, giving it a larger-than-usual appearance. An April full Moon is called "Pink Moon", named after "moss pink" herb that flowers in spring.
short by Dharna / 04:39 pm on 07 Apr
A team of researchers has discovered that whale sharks, which can grow as long as a school bus, may live up to 100 years. To determine the age, scientists traced carbon-14, a radioactive isotope that is a byproduct of atomic bomb tests conducted in the 1950s and 60s, in two deceased shark's skeletons. Whale sharks are considered to be endangered.
short by Dharna / 03:20 pm on 06 Apr
ISRO further delays GISAT-1 satellite launch due to lockdown: Report
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
The launch of Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 has been further delayed by ISRO due to lockdown imposed to prevent coronavirus spread, a report said. Its March 5 launch was previously delayed due to technical reasons but a revised launch date wasn't given. However, sources had said the next launch was planned for April, which now has been delayed.
short by Aishwarya / 07:53 pm on 08 Apr
Self-driving shuttles transporting COVID-19 tests in Florida
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Self-driving shuttles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority partnered with autonomous vehicles platforms Beep and NAVYA for the task. Four autonomous vehicles have been operating along the initial route since March 30. The tests are placed in secure containers prior to being loaded onto the shuttles.
short by Aishwarya / 06:06 pm on 07 Apr
Ohio State University researchers have developed a lightweight "high-tech backpack" which can be glued to small animals to track them in hard-to-reach habitats. The wireless network, with functions like motion detection, provided data for a study showing vampire bats developed social bonds in captivity and maintained it in the wild. The team named it "Broadly Applicable Tracking System" or BATS.
short by Dharna / 11:25 am on 06 Apr
Boeing to fly Starliner on another uncrewed test flight
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Boeing has decided to fly its passenger spacecraft CST-100 Starliner on another uncrewed test flight, months after it failed to dock with International Space Station. It will attempt to complete all of its objectives of the previous flight. "Flying another uncrewed flight will allow us to...evaluate the performance of the second Starliner vehicle at no cost to taxpayer," Boeing said.
short by Aishwarya / 06:09 pm on 07 Apr
Scientists at Caltech and Occidental College have discovered symbiosis between worms and bacteria at the bottom of the sea. They found that the bacteria "hitch" a ride on the feathery plumes that act as respiratory organs of Laminatubus and Bispira worms. These bacteria, which harvest carbon and energy from methane vents in ocean floor, are then digested by the worms.
short by Dharna / 03:10 pm on 05 Apr
Japan-based researchers have claimed that Uranus was struck by a small icy planet, about 1-3 times the Earth's mass, which tipped it over and left behind its "unusual" 27 moons and ring system. Researchers reached this conclusion while constructing a simulation of moon formation around icy planets. Uranus' spin axis is tilted by 98°, meaning it spins on its side.
short by Dharna / 04:34 pm on 06 Apr
A study by Baylor's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory said, college students who listened to Beethoven and Chopin during a computer-interactive lecture on microeconomics did better on a test the next day. The students also heard the music while sleeping. However, in a follow-up test taken nine months later, benefits did not hold and "performance dropped to floor levels".
short by Aishwarya / 10:55 pm on 07 Apr
A study published in Endocrine Connections said larger thigh circumference could be independently associated with lower blood pressure in obese and overweight Chinese people. The study included around 9,520 individuals aged 40 years and older. It used the average of the left and right thigh measurements. However, a significant correlation wasn't seen in case of normal weight individuals.
short by Aishwarya / 09:29 pm on 04 Apr
An Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies-led study said global climate change will affect fish sizes in "unpredictable ways" and will consequently impact complex food webs in oceans. A researcher confirmed water temperature changes were behind changes in average sizes of fish species across time and spatial scales. Different species of fish reacted to the temperature change differently.
short by Aishwarya / 08:15 pm on 07 Apr
A study published in Journal of the American Heart Association said adolescents who smoked the most and children who started smoking at younger ages were more likely to be daily smokers in their 20s. They were less likely to quit smoking by their 40s, it added. Even children who tried minimal-level smoking were more likely to smoke daily as adults.
short by Aishwarya / 08:04 pm on 08 Apr
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