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New species of 'orange and black' bat discovered in West Africa
short by Daisy Mowke / on 14 Jan 2021,Thursday
A new species of orange and black bat from the Nimba Mountains in West Africa has been discovered by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International. The species has been named Myotis nimbaensis in recognition of the Guinea mountain range it inhabits. "It has this bright-orange fur...it was so distinct," said scientist Winifred Frick.
short by Daisy Mowke / 08:48 am on 14 Jan
The 28 fastest days on record all occurred in 2020, with Earth completing its rotations around its axis milliseconds quicker than average, scientists said. The shortest day was July 19, when Earth completed one spin 1.4602 milliseconds faster than 86,400 seconds. Before 2020, the shortest day was noted on July 5, 2005, when the Earth's rotation was 1.0516 milliseconds faster.
short by Anmol Sharma / 06:02 pm on 09 Jan
Astronomers capture a distant galaxy 'die' for the first time; share pic
short by Pragya Swastik / on 12 Jan 2021,Tuesday
Astronomers have captured for the first time a distant star-forming galaxy about to 'die' because of a massive cold gas ejection. "It's distant enough that its light takes some nine billion years to reach us," the astronomers said. The galaxy is ejecting nearly half of its star-forming gas at a rate equivalent to 10,000 Suns worth of gas a year.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:23 pm on 12 Jan
A 30-year-old US man was hospitalised with organ failure after he injected himself with a tea made from psychedelic mushrooms, which later started growing in his veins. A case report said his liver was damaged and his kidneys weren't functioning properly. Doctors said he had tried to use the so-called "magic" mushrooms as an alternative treatment for his bipolar disorder.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:29 pm on 14 Jan
Candida auris is an emerging fungus that is often multidrug-resistant and some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals, according to US' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said it is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods. A Candida auris outbreak was reported in a COVID-19 unit in Florida last year.
short by Ankush Verma / 02:08 pm on 09 Jan
Yellow mealworms become first insect approved in EU as human food
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Jan 2021,Wednesday
Yellow mealworms have become the first insect approved by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) as a human food. "Rich in protein, fat and fibre, they are likely to be the first of many insects to feature on European's plates in the coming years," an EFSA food scientist said. Mealworms are already used in Europe as a pet food ingredient.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:23 pm on 13 Jan
Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known animal cave painting in Indonesia believed to be drawn at least 45,500 years ago. The life-size painting of a wild pig also has two hand prints above the back of the animal. It was found in the Leang Tedongnge cave in a remote valley on Sulawesi island.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:47 pm on 14 Jan
Indian student among winners of NASA app development challenge: Report
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 10 Jan 2021,Sunday
A high school student from Gurugram, Aryan Jain, is among the winners of NASA's Artemis Next Gen STEM-Moon to Mars App Development Challenge, PTI reported. Jain had teamed up with six high school students from the US. The competition was a coding challenge in which NASA presented technical problems to students and sought their contributions to deep space exploration missions.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:00 am on 10 Jan
AI models to predict future of COVID-19 patients' condition made: Facebook
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 17 Jan 2021,Sunday
Facebook and NYU claim to have developed three machine learning models to help doctors predict how COVID-19 patients' condition may develop. Facebook said the model using sequential chest X-rays can predict up to "four days" in advance if a patient may need more intensive care solutions. The predictions could help doctors avoid sending at-risk patients home too soon, Facebook added.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:00 am on 17 Jan
Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Monday successfully launched its LauncherOne rocket into orbit for the first time, delivering nine satellites to low Earth orbit on behalf of NASA. The rocket took off from the ground attached to the wing of a modified Boeing 747 aircraft and detached and fired itself into Earth's orbit after reaching the launch altitude.
short by Hiral Goyal / 02:59 pm on 18 Jan
Indian spacetech startup Agnikul builds 3D printed rocket engine
short by Hiral Goyal / on 13 Jan 2021,Wednesday
Chennai-based spacetech startup Agnikul Cosmos has developed a single piece, fully 3D printed rocket engine called Agnilet, which can be directly used in a rocket. The engine will be used in the second stage of Agnikul's launch vehicle Agnibaan, CEO and Co-founder Srinath Ravichandran said. Launched in 2017, the startup is involved in building India's private small satellite launch vehicle.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:33 pm on 13 Jan
Bezos' Blue Origin launches & lands latest New Shepard rocket, capsule
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Jan 2021,Friday
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' aerospace company Blue Origin has successfully launched and landed its latest New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. The capsule reached a maximum altitude of 107 kilometres, while the rocket flew up to a height of 106 kilometres. The capsule features six seats and has speakers with a microphone and a push-to-talk button at each seat.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:00 pm on 15 Jan
DNA test to quickly identify secondary infections in COVID-19 patients made
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Jan 2021,Saturday
The University of Cambridge said scientists have developed a DNA test to quickly identify secondary infections in COVID-19 patients, who have double the risk of developing pneumonia while on ventilation than non-COVID-19 patients. The test gives doctors the information they need to start treatment within hours rather than days. It uses multiple PCR which detects the DNA of the bacteria.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:04 pm on 16 Jan
NASA finds FM signal coming from Jupiter's moon Ganymede for the 1st time
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Jan 2021,Friday
NASA's Juno space probe has discovered an FM signal emanating from Jupiter's moon Ganymede for the first time. One of NASA's ambassadors to Utah clarified that it is a ''natural function'' rather than a sign of extraterrestrial life. "Electrons spiralling in Jupiter's magnetic field are thought to be the cause of the radio noise we hear," NASA said.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:08 pm on 15 Jan
2020 ties with 2016 as warmest year on record: EU
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 08 Jan 2021,Friday
According to data published by the EU climate monitoring service, 2020 tied with 2016 for the warmest year worldwide. The year was also the warmest year in Europe since records began. It topped the previous temperature record of 2019 in Europe by 0.4°C. The data showed 2020 was 1.25°C warmer than during the pre-industrial period from 1850-1900.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:51 pm on 08 Jan
New state of matter 'liquid glass' discovered: Scientists
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 09 Jan 2021,Saturday
University of Konstanz's researchers have uncovered a new state of matter, liquid glass, with previously unknown structural elements. They used a model system involving suspensions of tailor-made ellipsoidal colloids to uncover the state. In liquid glass state, individual particles are able to move yet unable to rotate, a complex behaviour that has not previously been observed in bulk glasses.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:33 pm on 09 Jan
Bhaskaracharya found gravitational theory 500 yrs before Newton: Nepal PM
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Jan 2021,Tuesday
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli told WION that Bhaskaracharya discovered the theory of gravitation about "500 years" before Issac Newton in 1150 AD. He added that Bhaskaracharya's book was published in 1210 AD. Oli said that even in his coursebook he was told that Newton found out the theory of gravitation.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:30 pm on 12 Jan
Botanists Savita and Sanjaykumar Rahangdale have said that riverine wetlands within city limits of Pune have been found to be increasingly flourishing with invasive weeds, like hyacinth. "In the last decade...these invasive weeds have captured and expanded their area. This is mainly due to the rising pollution levels in...rivers," Sanjaykumar said. The duo conducted a nine year-long study.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:04 pm on 10 Jan
CO2 levels to be 50% higher than pre-industrial era in 2021: Report
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 08 Jan 2021,Friday
Human activity will push concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to levels 50% higher than before the Industrial Revolution, in 2021, the UK's Met Office reported. CO2 concentration is expected to exceed 417 ppm for several weeks from April to June for the first time. However, CO2 accumulation is expected to be slightly slower than usual in 2021.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:45 pm on 08 Jan
Enormous megatooth sharks, or megalodons, that lived over three million years ago, gave birth to babies larger than most adult humans, a study led by a DePaul University paleobiologist said. Data suggested an embryonic Megalodon grew by feeding on unhatched eggs in the womb. The typical lifespan of the species was at least 88 years.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:04 pm on 11 Jan
Astrophysicist Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre passes away at 84
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 11 Jan 2021,Monday
Renowned astrophysicist Professor Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre passed away on January 11 aged 84. "He will be remembered for his work in astrophysics and subjects like solar physics, gravitational lensing and science education," PM said as he condoled Chitre's passing away. "His valuable work will continue inspiring students in the times to come," the PM added.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:52 pm on 11 Jan
2 IAF doctors to soon leave for Russia to train for Gaganyaan: Report
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 10 Jan 2021,Sunday
Two Indian Air Force doctors who have specialised in aerospace medicine will soon fly to Russia to get hands-on experience in space medicine for the Gaganyaan mission, PTI reported. The flight surgeons will also get to train with the prospective astronauts. Four test pilots from IAF, chosen for the mission, have been undergoing training in Russia since last year.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:13 pm on 10 Jan
US sees biggest drop in greenhouse gases emissions post WWll era: Report
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Jan 2021,Tuesday
The US' greenhouse gas emissions fell 10.3% in 2020, the largest drop in emissions in post-World War II era, due to COVID-19, the Rhodium Group reported. By comparison, the 2009 economic recession caused emissions to drop by 6.3%. Under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, the US pledged that by 2020, it will have cut its emissions by 17% from 2005 levels.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:47 pm on 12 Jan
Scientists discover 2 dwarf giraffes in Namibia and Uganda
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 09 Jan 2021,Saturday
Scientists have found two dwarf giraffes in Namibia and Uganda. The Namibian giraffe is eight and a half feet tall, while the one in Uganda is nine feet and three inches tall. Both have standard long necks but short, stumpy legs. The medical condition that affects them is Skeletal Dysplasia, which the researchers say is rarely seen in wild animals.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:55 pm on 09 Jan
New chemical compounds to kill malaria parasite found: Scientists
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Jan 2021,Saturday
A University of Pretoria-led research found new chemical compounds that could potentially be used for killing the malaria parasite in its infectious stage. It found that chemical compounds undergoing trials for treatment of tuberculosis and cancer can kill the parasite at a stage when it normally infects others. The compounds could also help create a new line of malaria drugs.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:20 pm on 16 Jan
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