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5,000-yr-old cemetery revealing Copper Age society found in Italy
short by Swati Dubey / on Friday, 1 March, 2024
Archaeologists unearthed a Copper Age cemetery during the construction of a community garden in northern Italy. Comprising 22 tombs, the necropolis provides insights into the transitional period between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. The site includes human remains and a variety of weapons, notably flint daggers, arrowheads, and blades, implying a significant number of these humans were warriors.
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Antarctic sea ice hits annual minimum, shrinks to second lowest on record
short by Anmol Sharma / on Friday, 1 March, 2024
Antarctic sea ice officially reached its minimum extent for the year on February 20, NASA stated. The sea ice extent around Antarctica has dropped below 2 million square kilometres for the third year in a row. It hit an annual minimum of 1.99 million square kilometres, shrinking to its joint-second lowest extent on record, tying with 2022 figures.
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Planetary Boundary pioneer Johan Rockstrom wins 2024 Tyler Prize
short by Nandita Banerji / on Friday, 1 March, 2024
The 2024 Tyler Prize for environmental achievement will be awarded to Johan Rockstrom for his groundbreaking contributions and pioneering work to the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework, the science for defining the safe operating space for humanity on Earth. Rockstrom is director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and co-chair of the Earth Commission.
Water 3x of that in Earth's oceans found in planet-forming disc
short by Ashley Paul / on Friday, 1 March, 2024
Researchers have found a new link between water and planet formation after they found three times as much water as in all of Earth's oceans in the disc around a young star. Water was also found in a gap where a planet could be forming at the present time. This suggests that water vapour could affect planets' chemical composition.
read more at ESO
Odysseus Spacecraft Goes Silent After Moon Tumble
short by Varsha / on Friday, 1 March, 2024
Odysseus, the first private US spacecraft to land on the moon, went silent a week after its lunar landing due to a broken leg and tilted position. Despite damage and a tilted position, Odysseus exceeded expectations, landing on February 22. The six-legged vehicle carried $118 million NASA experiments, marking a significant achievement in NASA's commercial lunar delivery program.
read more at News Karnataka
How did humans lose their tails?
short by Ankush Verma / on Thursday, 29 February, 2024
Scientists have found that insertion of DNA snippet AluY (also known as jumping genes), which affects tail length, had randomly occurred in TBXT gene in humans. An AluY insertion that remained in the same location within TBXT gene in humans and apes resulted in two forms of TBXT RNA. One of these, researchers theorise, directly contributed to tail loss.
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Indian scientists produce gold nanoparticles from mushrooms
short by Sakshita Khosla / on Wednesday, 28 February, 2024
Two Indian scientists- Dr Sujata Dabolkar and Dr Nandkumar Kamat- said they have synthesised gold nanoparticles from a wild mushroom species that is consumed in Goa. The nanoparticles have various biomedical applications, including use in anti-cancer drugs. The research was published in Geomicrobiology Journal and Dr Kamat called the achievement "first-of-its-kind" in the world.
Even intelligent aliens may never achieve space travel: Study
short by Swati Dubey / on Wednesday, 28 February, 2024
Even if intelligent aliens exist, the escape velocity of their planets could hinder space travel, the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society stated. While Earth's escape velocity is 11.2 km/s, planets potentially hosting alien life have higher masses, requiring even faster speeds to explore space. This would make it harder for any intelligent aliens to escape their gravitational pull.
read more at The Independent
Who are the 4 astronauts selected for India's Gaganyaan mission?
short by Sakshita Khosla / on Wednesday, 28 February, 2024
Group Captain Prasanth Nair from Kerala is the senior-most among IAF officials chosen for India's first space flight mission- Gaganyaan. Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla from Lucknow is a fighter combat leader, while Group Captain Angad Pratap from Prayagraj is a flying instructor. Group Captain Ajit Krishnan from Chennai received President's Gold Medal and Sword of Honour at Air Force Academy.
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Astronauts selected for Gaganyaan pursuing MTech at IISc Bangalore
short by Pragya Swastik / on Wednesday, 28 February, 2024
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore congratulated India's astronaut designates for the Gaganyaan mission and said, "Along with their astronaut training at ISRO, they are pursuing their MTech at IISc." The institute added, "Our faculty have been instructors for their ground training programme. We are proud to be associated with Gaganyaan & wish them & ISRO all success!"
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