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Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine helps antibodies last for 3 months: Study
short by Nandini Sinha / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
Moderna's coronavirus vaccine causes the human immune system to produce potent antibodies that endure for at least three months, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied the immune response of 34 adult participants from the first stage of a clinical trial. The vaccine, mRNA-1273, is administered in two injections given 28 days apart.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:20 pm on 04 Dec
Chinese scientists claim to have achieved quantum supremacy
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Chinese scientists have claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy, building a quantum computer capable of carrying out certain calculations 100 trillion times faster than existing supercomputers. The breakthrough was achieved by manipulating photons, particles of light. The computer could process 10 billion times faster than Google's quantum computer unveiled last year, the researchers claimed.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:31 am on 05 Dec
No such thing as rocket scientists, only rocket engineers: Elon Musk
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 02 Dec 2020,Wednesday
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a series of two tweets on Wednesday argued that there is "no such thing as a rocket scientist" and "only rocket engineers" are responsible for "putting humans on the Moon". He backed his argument, saying science is only about discovering what already exists, while engineering is about creating things that never existed.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 12:28 pm on 02 Dec
World's 2nd largest radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory collapses
short by Pragya Swastik / on 01 Dec 2020,Tuesday
Arecibo Observatory's radio telescope in Puerto Rico, the world's second-largest single-dish radio telescope, collapsed after instrument platform fell overnight. It served as a resource for radio astronomy, planetary and geospace research for 57 years. It was made up of a 1,000-foot-wide dish antenna built into a depression that reflects radio waves from space to a 900-tonne instrument platform.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:00 pm on 01 Dec
50-year-old problem of biology solved by Artificial Intelligence
short by Pragya Swastik / on 01 Dec 2020,Tuesday
DeepMind's AI system 'AlphaFold' has been recognised as a solution to "protein folding", a grand challenge in biology for over 50 years. DeepMind showed it can predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes, a complex process that is fundamental to understanding the biological machinery of life. AlphaFold can predict the shape of proteins within the width of an atom.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:00 am on 01 Dec
Scientists reverse biological clock to restore vision in old mice
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
Researchers at Harvard Medical School restored vision in old mice by reprogramming cells to a younger age in which they are better able to repair damaged tissues. By resetting the cells' ageing clock, vision loss in mice with a condition mimicking human glaucoma was also reversed. "We hope to treat glaucoma in human patients in two years," a researcher said.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:25 pm on 04 Dec
An 81-year-old midnight snapper caught off the coast of Western Australia has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish recorded anywhere in the world. The discovery was made as part of a new study to find out how changing ocean temperatures might affect the biology of these fish, and others like them.
short by Anmol Sharma / 06:06 pm on 02 Dec
NASA shares 'how it started vs how it's going' pics of Stingray Nebula
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
NASA has shared 'how it started vs how it's going' pictures of Stingray Nebula captured 20 years apart by its Hubble Space Telescope. NASA said the images "show the nebula's changing shape and a dramatic loss of brightness." In a blog shared by NASA, researchers said the nebula's central star SAO 244567 is cooling, which is leading to the changes.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:16 pm on 04 Dec
China becomes second nation to plant flag on the Moon, releases picture
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
China has become the second country in history to put its flag on the moon, more than 50 years after the US first planted its flag. China's National Space Administration released images of the flag taken by a camera on the Chang'e-5 space probe before it left the Moon with rock samples on Thursday.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 08:47 am on 05 Dec
NASA astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins harvested the first-ever radish crop grown on the International Space Station. She wrapped in foil each of the 20 radish plants, placing them in cold storage to be returned to Earth in 2021. The space-grown radishes will be compared to the radishes grown at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:01 pm on 04 Dec
A Chinese spacecraft sent to Moon to bring back the first lunar samples in decades has successfully landed. The Chang'e-5 spacecraft landed on Moon on Tuesday, reported state media agency. If the return journey is successful, China will be only the third country to have retrieved samples from Moon, following US and Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:32 am on 02 Dec
US family welcomes baby born from embryo frozen for 27 years
short by Pragya Swastik / on 02 Dec 2020,Wednesday
A US family revealed they welcomed a baby girl in late October this year from an embryo that was frozen in October 1992 and remained frozen until February this year. In February, Tina and Ben Gibson of Tennessee adopted the embryo. The National Embryo Donation Center claims it set the record for the longest-frozen embryo to ever come to birth.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:22 pm on 02 Dec
A telescope developed by Australian scientists broke the record after it mapped approximately 30 lakh galaxies in 300 hours to create a "new atlas of the universe", Australia's national science agency CSIRO said. The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a collection of 36 dish antennas which work together to take panoramic pictures of the sky.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:00 am on 02 Dec
NASA to pay company $1 to collect rocks from moon
short by Nandini Sinha / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
US space agency NASA is paying Colorado-based Lunar Outpost $1 (nearly ₹74) to collect a small sample of rocks from the moon. It's among four firms awarded contracts to collect samples for a total of $25,001 (over ₹18.4 lakh). Companies will provide imagery to NASA of the collection and the collected material, along with data that identifies the collection location.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:10 pm on 04 Dec
Rare 9-legged octopus found by fisherman in Japan; pic surfaces
short by Nandini Sinha / on 01 Dec 2020,Tuesday
A rare nine-legged octopus was found by a fisherman in Japan earlier this month after he noticed it had an unusual number of legs as it was being boiled. Octopuses generally have the ability to regenerate legs that are cut off, and this octopus likely added another in the process of closing a wound on a leg, a researcher said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:33 pm on 01 Dec
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also founded aerospace company Blue Origin, has shared a video of testing of BE-7 rocket engine. "This is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon," he wrote on Instagram. The video shared by him shows colourful flames coming out of the engine during the test.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:00 am on 05 Dec
Moderna says vaccine is 100% effective against severe COVID-19
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 01 Dec 2020,Tuesday
Moderna on Monday said the latest analysis showed that its vaccine was 100% effective at preventing severe disease from COVID-19. The pharma major added that its primary analysis which included 196 cases, found the vaccine to be 94.1% effective. The company now plans to request clearance for emergency use of the vaccine in the US and Europe.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 12:40 pm on 01 Dec
Fairly confident about landing humans on Mars by 2026: Elon Musk
short by Hiral Goyal / on 03 Dec 2020,Thursday
Elon Musk has said he's "fairly confident" about human beings landing on Mars "in about six years from now". "If we get lucky maybe four years. We want to try to send an uncrewed vehicle there (Mars) in two years," SpaceX CEO told Axel Springer. Musk suggested he could make his own trip to Mars in two to three years.
short by Hiral Goyal / 03:46 pm on 03 Dec
Bezos-led Blue Origin onboards former NASA, Pentagon officials
short by Hiral Goyal / on 02 Dec 2020,Wednesday
Jeff Bezos-founded space agency Blue Origin has onboarded former Pentagon and NASA officials for its new advisory board. Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Kari Bingen and former directors of NASA's research centres Dr Charles Elachi and Todd May are part of the seven-member board. Bingen held the second-highest ranking civilian intelligence job at the Pentagon.
short by Hiral Goyal / 03:14 pm on 02 Dec
ISRO to help IIT Madras-incubated Agnikul test its small rocket
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
IIT Madras-incubated startup Agnikul Cosmos has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the space department that will let it access ISRO's technical expertise to build its rocket. ISRO said it would help Agnikul test and qualify its small rocket that can launch 100-kilogram satellites into low earth orbit. Agnikul's product, Agnibaan, is designed to carry up to 100 kilograms of payload.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:00 am on 05 Dec
Great Barrier Reef in 'critical' state due to climate change: IUCN
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, has been assessed as having a "critical" outlook by the IUCN for the first time. It is among the 83 natural World Heritage sites now threatened by climate change. The IUCN Outlook builds on previous reports from 2014-2017 to track the conservation of the world's 252 natural World Heritage sites.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:48 pm on 04 Dec
Plastic pollution from nets threatens endangered Ganga dolphin: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 30 Nov 2020,Monday
Plastic pollution from discarded fishing gear in Ganga river threatens the wildlife, including the endangered Ganga river dolphin, a study said. Researchers found high rates of fishing equipment being discarded in the river due to short gear lifespans and lack of appropriate disposal systems. A ZSL professor said they found a high proportion of fishing gear made of nylon 6.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:24 pm on 30 Nov
China powers up its nuclear-powered 'artificial sun' for 1st time
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 04 Dec 2020,Friday
China has successfully powered up its "artificial sun" nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, state media reported. The HL-2M Tokamak reactor is China's largest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device. It uses a powerful magnetic field to fuse hot plasma and can reach temperatures of over 150 million degrees Celsius, People's Daily reported.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:55 pm on 04 Dec
Vulture rescue centre to be established in Hyderabad
short by Tushar Swarup / on 02 Dec 2020,Wednesday
Under the Ministry of Environment and Forest's Action Plan for Vulture Conservation (APVC) 2020-25, Hyderabad will be among the four cities to establish a vulture rescue centre. The centres will be established 5 km from the breeding centres such that veterinary expertise of these centres could be utilised for treatment of sick and injured birds, according to the APVC document.
short by Tushar Swarup / 05:53 pm on 02 Dec
Scotland to be world's 1st to test 100% green hydrogen to heat homes
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 30 Nov 2020,Monday
Scotland will soon start the world's first trials of 100% green hydrogen to replace natural gas for cooking and heating in 300 homes, the UK's energy regulator Ofgem announced. The houses in Fife city will be fitted with hydrogen heating systems, stoves and ovens to be used over four years. They will begin to receive green gas from 2022-end.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:26 pm on 30 Nov
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