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UpGrad learner gets a dual transition with a 230% salary hike
short by Roshan Gupta / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Aishwarya Ramachandran, a learner of UpGrad and IIIT-Bangalore's PG Program in Machine learning & AI transitioned from Research to Sr Data Analyst at Cerner with 230% salary hike within a year. She had earlier made a transition to a News Analyst role at Thomson Reuters from research background. UpGrad's 360-degree career support services have enabled over 460 such career transitions.
short by Roshan Gupta / 10:00 am on 16 Jan
1st plant on Moon dies as temperatures reach -170ºC at night
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
The first-ever biological matter to sprout on the Moon, a cotton plant, has died because temperatures dropped to -170 degrees Celsius during lunar night. The plant relied on sunlight on the Moon's far side but died within nine days, after the beginning of Chinese rover's first lunar night on Sunday. Chinese media had revealed about the first-ever sprouting on Tuesday.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:00 am on 17 Jan
Scientists find Juliet for Romeo, frog who lived alone for 10 years
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Romeo, dubbed the world's loneliest frog, who spent 10 years in isolation at a Bolivia aquarium, would now be meeting with its mate named 'Juliet'. Scientists have found five Sehuencas water frogs, of which two were females. Romeo had attracted international attention as the last known member of his species after which he was given an online dating profile.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:29 pm on 16 Jan
Diver swims with 20-foot white shark off Hawaii; picture goes viral
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
A 20-foot-long shark, believed to be the largest recorded great white shark, was spotted off Hawaii coast near a dead sperm whale on Tuesday. "We saw a few (tiger sharks)...she came up and all the other sharks split...she started brushing up against the boat," said diver Ocean Ramsey on her viral photo, adding the "shockingly wide" shark may be pregnant.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:10 pm on 19 Jan
Russian startup aims to put ads in orbit for global audience
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Russian startup StartRocket is aiming to launch cube satellites to create a programmable display in the night sky with a "potential audience of 7 billion people". With a 50-sq-km area, 'The Orbital Display' would show advertisements for six-minute intervals over a particular region. Each satellite orbiting at a near-Earth altitude of 400-500 km would reflect sunlight and represent one pixel.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:36 pm on 16 Jan
Japan launches satellite for world's 1st artificial meteor shower
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has launched Tokyo-based startup Star-ALE's mini-satellite aimed to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower. The satellite carries 400 tiny balls, which the startup says will be enough for 20-30 events, that will glow as they rush down the atmosphere on being released. ALE plans to deliver its first show in Hiroshima in early 2020.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:00 am on 19 Jan
World's 1st IVF baby wishes 1st test-tube boy on 40th birthday
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jan 2019,Tuesday
Louise Brown, a 40-year-old English woman known for being the world's first human born via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) took to Twitter on Monday to wish the first test-tube boy, Alastair MacDonald, on his 40th birthday. Both were conceived at UK's Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic. Louise, usually dubbed the world's first test-tube baby, was actually conceived in a petri dish.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:20 pm on 15 Jan
100-metre-wide rotating ice disk surfaces in US river
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
Residents of the US city of Westbrook, Maine are witnessing an ice disk phenomenon measuring about 100 metres across in the freezing Presumpscot River. When water in the eddy flows more slowly than the main current, it's more likely to freeze, creating the disc. The discs spin as they melt and melting water spins as it sinks below, scientists said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:00 am on 18 Jan
60% of world's wild coffee species at risk of extinction: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
The first full assessment of risks to the world's coffee plants has found 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, and diseases. This includes the wild relative of Coffea arabica, the most widely traded coffee, said researchers, as the majority of commercial coffee beans are blended from Arabica and Coffea robusta.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:39 pm on 17 Jan
CERN unveils design of 100-km particle collider worth €24 billion
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
CERN has unveiled a concept design of a particle accelerator over three times bigger than the 27-km-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC), currently the world's largest. The 100-km Future Circular Collider (FCC) would generate accelerations equivalent to 10 million lightning strikes. Estimated to initially cost €9 billion, it is expected to start operations by 2040 and get upgrades worth €15 billion.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:14 pm on 16 Jan
Antarctic ice loss now 6 times more than 40 years ago: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jan 2019,Tuesday
Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found the accelerated melting caused global sea levels to rise more than half an inch during that time. The sectors losing the most ice mass are adjacent to warm ocean water, researchers added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:43 pm on 15 Jan
China claims world's 1st 5G remote surgery in test on animal
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
A Chinese surgeon has performed the world's first 5G remote surgery operating from about 50 km away, according to state media. During the January 8 operation, he used robotic arms to remove the liver of a laboratory test animal. With a lag of just 0.1 seconds, the technology can be used to treat people in distant areas, the surgeon said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:15 pm on 18 Jan
ISRO shares satellite images of Triveni Sangam during Kumbh Mela
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
The Indian Space Research Organisation has shared two satellite images of the Kumbh Mela 2019 which shows key areas of the festivities in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), including the Triveni Sangam. The images were taken by Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite on Wednesday. The 50-day festival began on January 15, with nearly 1.5 crore people taking the holy dip.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:02 pm on 17 Jan
Doctors pump 5-litre beer to man's stomach to cure alcohol poisoning
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Doctors at a Vietnam hospital pumped almost five litres of beer into 48-year-old Nguyen Van Nhat's stomach to save him from dying of alcohol poisoning. Doctors decided to take the step after the methanol level in his blood was found 1,119 times higher than normal. Methanol in Nhat's body oxidised and turned into formic acid, making him unconscious, doctors said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:30 pm on 17 Jan
'Messy' star that caused partner star to explode identified
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Researchers have identified the 'messy' star that made its partner star in a twin-star system explode as a supernova 545 million light-years away. Hydrogen-rich debris was shed by the 'messy' star before the explosion, which revealed that it was either a 'red giant' or a similar star. Supernova material had hit the debris at 10% the speed of light.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:30 am on 17 Jan
Bacteria-inspired microbots that adapt to surroundings made
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
Switzerland-based researchers have made bacteria-inspired microrobots which can adapt to its surroundings. The microrobots are highly flexible, biocompatible and can pass through narrow blood vessels and intricate systems without compromising on speed or manoeuvrability, researchers revealed. They contain magnetic nanoparticles, allowing them to be controlled via an electromagnetic field.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:13 am on 20 Jan
Oceans hottest in 2018, break record for 5th straight year
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Earth's oceans were hottest-ever in 2018, the fifth consecutive year to break the heat record, according to findings by a team of international researchers. The current rate of ocean warming is reportedly equivalent to five Hiroshima-size atomic bombs exploding every second. A previous study by the same team revealed 93% of the Earth's energy imbalance ends up in the ocean.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:23 pm on 16 Jan
Planet-forming disk found orbiting 2-star system at 90º in a first
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jan 2019,Tuesday
A study led by the University of Warwick has found the first confirmed example of a double star system that has flipped its surrounding planet-forming disc towards its poles. This means that the disc surrounds these stars at right angles to their own plane of orbit, like a giant ferris wheel with a merry-go-round at the centre, scientists explained.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:08 pm on 15 Jan
'World's oldest' surviving periodic table found in Scotland
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
Experts have dated a periodic table chart found in Scotland's University of St Andrews as being printed between 1879 and 1886, believed to be the oldest surviving periodic table. The chart was found at the University's School of Chemistry in 2014. It contains elements gallium and scandium, discovered in 1875 and 1879 respectively, while germanium, discovered in 1886, is missing.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 01:50 pm on 18 Jan
Deep-sea fish found living in 'virtually no oxygen' area
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
Marine biologists have found large schools of fishes living in depths of the Gulf of California, where there is 'virtually no oxygen', using underwater robots. Scientists conducted a series of dives using California institute MBARI's remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV's instruments showed oxygen concentrations were one-tenth to one-fortieth as low as those tolerated by other low-oxygen fish.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:20 am on 20 Jan
ISRO to give over 100 students chance to launch satellites
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the space agency may launch functional satellites developed by students under its Young Scientists Programme. The programme will select three students from each state and union territories of India. Mostly eighth-standard pass students will be selected for the one-month programme and will be given lectures and access to ISRO's labs, Sivan said.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:30 am on 19 Jan
Rings around 4.5 bn-yr-old Saturn formed 10-100mn yrs ago: Study
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
A new study based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has suggested that rings around the 4.5 billion-year-old Saturn were formed within the last 10-100 million years. Scientists deduced the rings' age by studying Cassini's deflection caused by the rings' gravity when it circled between them and the planet. Cassini was made to crash into the Saturn's atmosphere in 2017.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:03 pm on 19 Jan
NASA calculates length of one Saturn day through its rings
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
NASA researchers, using new data from Cassini spacecraft, have calculated the length of a day on gas giant Saturn as 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds. Cassini's instruments noted the wave patterns within the rings, which respond to vibrations within Saturn itself. The data was studied by Christopher Mankovich, a graduate in astronomy and astrophysics, to reveal the duration.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:17 am on 20 Jan
Online breast cancer calculator to predict cancer risk made
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Cancer Research UK scientists have created an online breast cancer calculator that could be used by practitioners to help predict breast cancer risks in women. The system basis its prediction on factors including weight, age at menopause, alcohol consumption, use of hormone replacement therapy and genetic data. The system has taken into account over 300 genetic indicators of breast cancer.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 11:00 pm on 16 Jan
New cricket frog species found in Pune after over 100 years
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Jan 2019,Wednesday
Researchers from Savitribai Phule Pune University and the Zoological Survey of India have discovered a new species of cricket frog in the northern Western Ghats after over a century. The frog is named 'Fejervarya marathi' after the official language of Maharashtra. Notably, the last cricket frog species in Pune was found in 1915, called 'Fejervarya syhadrensis'.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 07:13 pm on 16 Jan
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