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World's largest-ever bacterium discovered in Caribbean, pics surface
short by Anmol Sharma / on 24 Jun 2022,Friday
The world's largest-ever bacterium has been discovered by scientists in a Caribbean mangrove swamp. Called Thiomargarita magnifica, the bacterium can be seen with a naked eye and is approximately the size of a human eyelash. It comes in white filament form and is roughly 50 times larger than all other known giant bacteria, scientists stated.
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:51 am on 24 Jun
Hundreds of dead little blue penguins wash up on New Zealand's beaches
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 17 Jun 2022,Friday
Hundreds of dead Korora penguins or little blue penguins have been washing ashore on New Zealand beaches in recent weeks. Experts believe that the birds, which are the world's smallest penguins, have been starving to death as a result of global warming. The dead birds were reportedly half their normal weight and had no fat or muscle tissue on them.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 10:01 pm on 17 Jun
The Mars Express orbiter, which has been using software built using Windows 98, is getting a major software upgrade 19 years after its launch. The upgrade will allow it to see beneath Mars' surfaces in more detail than ever before, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. The spacecraft's MARSIS instrument is famous for discovering signs of liquid water on Mars.
short by Hiral Goyal / 02:45 pm on 26 Jun
A mummified baby woolly mammoth has been discovered by miners in Yukon's Klondike gold fields in Canada. The mummified ice age mammoth is thought to be more than 30,000 years old. The animal is believed to be female. The discovery marks the first near complete and best-preserved mummified woolly mammoth found in North America.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:54 pm on 26 Jun
June 21 to be the longest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 20 Jun 2022,Monday
The summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year or the day with the longest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, falls on Tuesday, June 21. It marks the beginning of summer in Earth's Northern Hemisphere and will occur at 2.44 pm IST. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the shortest day of the year.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 08:03 pm on 20 Jun
Astronomers have discovered what they term to be the fastest-growing black hole ever spotted in space. The new black hole consumes the equivalent of one Earth each second, as per astronomers. The discovery was made by astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU), who describe it as a "very large, unexpected needle in the haystack".
short by Anmol Sharma / 12:49 pm on 18 Jun
A photo of astronaut Bruce McCandless II's spacewalk in 1984 has gone viral after it was shared on Twitter by a science page. He was the first astronaut to fly untethered from his spacecraft. "Perhaps the most terrifying space photograph to date," the post read. "This represents a level of trust in people and technology...I'll never have," a comment read.
short by Daisy Mowke / 02:53 pm on 21 Jun
Earth seen as a tiny dot in pic shared by NASA
short by Daisy Mowke / on 25 Jun 2022,Saturday
NASA's official Instagram page has shared an image taken by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990, in which Earth can be seen as a tiny speck in a beam of sunlight. The picture was taken at a distance of 3.7 billion miles (6 billion km) from the Sun. The picture later became known as the Pale Blue Dot.
short by Daisy Mowke / 08:52 pm on 25 Jun
Remains of new 'bear dog' species that weighed 200 kg found in France
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 20 Jun 2022,Monday
The fossilised lower jaw bone of a new species of predators 'bear dogs' has been found in France. The bone came from 12.8 to 12 million-year-old marine deposits and had a unique fourth lower premolar tooth. 'Bear dogs' could weigh around 320 kg although the new species weighed about 200 kg. They became extinct around 7.5 million years ago.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 03:28 pm on 20 Jun
Mysterious blue spiral spotted over New Zealand skies, pics go viral
short by Anmol Sharma / on 20 Jun 2022,Monday
A mysterious blue spiral was spotted over New Zealand skies on Sunday night, with its pictures going viral on social media. "Aliens at it again," a social media user commented. "The 'spiral' that was seen in the sky...was most likely a fuel dump from a SpaceX rocket launch," New Plymouth Astronomical Society wrote on Facebook.
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:50 am on 20 Jun
World's biggest-ever freshwater fish found in Cambodia, pics surface
short by Anmol Sharma / on 21 Jun 2022,Tuesday
Cambodian villagers have caught a 300-kg stingray from the Mekong river, with scientists saying it is the world's biggest freshwater fish ever recorded. The fish has been christened 'Boramy', which means 'full moon' in the Khmer language. The stingray was released back into the river after being electronically tagged to allow scientists to monitor her movement and behaviour.
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:43 am on 21 Jun
The BepiColombo, a joint Japanese and European space mission, has beamed back fresh images of Mercury from its second flyby to the planet, coming as close as just 200 km above the surface. As the Sun seemingly rose over the planet, its cratered surface came into view. Pictures show the 1,550 km-wide Caloris basin and Heaney, a 125 km-wide crater.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:50 pm on 24 Jun
Give us our Moon dust and cockroaches back: NASA to auction company
short by Anmol Sharma / on 25 Jun 2022,Saturday
NASA asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt sale of Moon dust and three dead cockroaches that were fed Moon dust and told it to return them to the federal government. The cockroaches were fed Moon dust to determine if lunar rock contained pathogen that posed a threat to terrestrial life. The material was expected to sell for at least $400,000.
short by Anmol Sharma / 10:46 am on 25 Jun
A rare carnivorous plant species called Utricularia Furcellata has been found in western Himalayan region of India for the first time. The discovery was made by a research team of Uttarakhand Forest Department in Mandal valley located in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. The research has been published in 'Journal of Japanese Botany', a 106-year-old journal on plant taxonomy and botany.
short by Anmol Sharma / 01:42 pm on 26 Jun
46% children suffer from long-COVID after infection: Lancet study
short by Swati Dubey / on 23 Jun 2022,Thursday
Around 46% children who contract COVID-19 could suffer from long-COVID for at least two months after infection, Lancet study has found. While 40% of children diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 0-3 age group experienced long-COVID, the proportion in 4-11 and 12-14 groups was 38% and 46%, respectively. Common symptoms reported in these children include mood swings, stomach aches, fatigue etc.
short by Swati Dubey / 02:27 pm on 23 Jun
Typhoid-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to key antibiotics, including azithromycin, a widely used macrolide antibiotic, Lancet study stated. A genome analysis of over 7,500 S. Typhi samples revealed that the resistant strains, many of which originate in South Asia, have spread to other parts nearly 200 times since 1990. Typhoid causes over 1,00,000 deaths per year worldwide.
short by Swati Dubey / 04:32 pm on 22 Jun
Breathing in polluted air contributes to neurological damage: Study
short by Swati Dubey / on 21 Jun 2022,Tuesday
A new study has revealed that breathing in polluted air can contribute to neurological damage. Researchers have discovered a possible direct path, which the inhaled toxic particles use, to travel to the brain via bloodstream. As these particles travel through blood circulation, once there, they stay longer in brain than in other main metabolic organs, potentially contributing to brain disorders.
short by Swati Dubey / 05:08 pm on 21 Jun
Exposure to light during sleep increases the risk of serious health issues, a study has found. People who slept even with dim light were found to have increased blood sugar and heart rate. They were more likely to have issues like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes as compared to adults who were not exposed to any light during sleep.
short by Swati Dubey / 05:30 pm on 23 Jun
Vaccines saved 20 million lives from COVID-19 in first year: Study
short by Swati Dubey / on 25 Jun 2022,Saturday
COVID-19 vaccines have saved almost 20 million lives worldwide, as per Lancet study that analysed the data on vaccination rates, coronavirus fatalities and excess death records from 185 countries. Vaccines prevented 4.2 million deaths in India, 1.9 million in US, 1 million in Brazil and 5,07,000 in UK. The numbers would've been "catastrophic" if vaccines weren't available, a researcher said.
short by Swati Dubey / 04:43 pm on 25 Jun
The parasitic vines found commonly in tropical areas are running rampant due to climate change. Though these vines are crucial part of many rainforest ecosystems, they wrap around trees and compete against them for light, suppressing their growth. A significant rise in these vines could alter the ecosystem's fundamental nature, including its ability to store planet-warming carbon, scientists said.
short by Swati Dubey / 01:46 pm on 21 Jun
5 planets of solar system line up in rare planetary conjunction
short by Swati Dubey / on 25 Jun 2022,Saturday
Five major planets in solar system - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are lined up in a row for rare planetary conjunction visible to the naked eye. While the conjunction appeared brightest on Friday morning, it'll remain visible until Monday from most parts of the world. The conjunction that last occurred in 2004, reportedly won't appear again until 2040.
short by Swati Dubey / 02:32 pm on 25 Jun
Scientists discovered a new genetic disease that causes abnormal brain development in kids, resulting in delayed intellectual growth and early onset of cataracts. Most of these patients had microcephaly, a birth defect where baby's head is smaller than expected. Changes in a protein-coding gene called glutamate ionotropic receptor AMPA type subunit 1 (GRIA1) cause this disease, researchers said.
short by Swati Dubey / 03:13 pm on 25 Jun
China finds signs of water on Moon
short by Swati Dubey / on 18 Jun 2022,Saturday
Chinese scientists have found signs of water in samples retrieved from a lava plain on the Moon. They found evidence of water in the form of hydroxyl encased in a crystalline mineral known as apatite in the remnants of solidified lava. These samples were retrieved by an uncrewed Chinese mission from the Moon's plain known as the Ocean of Storms.
short by Swati Dubey / 04:07 pm on 18 Jun
NASA spots peculiar cloud hovering over Caspian Sea
short by Swati Dubey / on 21 Jun 2022,Tuesday
NASA spotted a peculiarly-shaped cloud hovering over Caspian Sea, world's largest inland water body. Sharing image of cloud that stretched across 100 km at an altitude of around 1,500 m, NASA said it had "cartoon-like well-defined edges". According to researchers, it was small stratocumulus cloud formed when warm, dry air from land ran into cold, moist air over the sea.
short by Swati Dubey / 05:19 pm on 21 Jun
Tortoises can slow down their ageing process: Study
short by Swati Dubey / on 24 Jun 2022,Friday
Many species of turtles and tortoises can slow down ageing or even completely switch off senescence as their living conditions improve, a study stated. Accordingly, those living in zoos age slower than those living in wild. As they keep growing even after sexual maturity, they're believed to keep investing in repairing cellular damages, thus slowing down the process of ageing.
short by Swati Dubey / 03:51 pm on 24 Jun
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