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America's 82-year-old Wally Funk, who flew to space with the world's richest person Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin's first human flight on Tuesday, has become the oldest person to travel to space. She took a postcard bearing her picture to space. Before her space flight today, America's John Glenn was the oldest to fly to space at 77.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:09 pm on 20 Jul
World's richest man Jeff Bezos may not be considered an astronaut based on the new rules issued by US' Federal Aviation Administration on July 20, the same day of his space flight. One of the requirements states that astronaut hopefuls must also demonstrate "activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety".
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:16 pm on 24 Jul
Jeff Bezos lands with crew after Blue Origin's 1st human spaceflight
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 20 Jul 2021,Tuesday
Amazon Founder and world's richest person Jeff Bezos has landed after having travelled successfully to space in Blue Origin's first human flight. Bezos voyage to space lasted about 10 minutes and 20 seconds. The flight coincides with the anniversary of Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin becoming the first humans to walk on Moon.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:37 pm on 20 Jul
A 1972 study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which said that "the human society is on the verge of collapsing in the next two decades" may become a reality, new research has said. The research says the current business-as-usual trajectory of civilisation is heading towards a terminal decline of economic growth and could trigger societal collapse by around 2040.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 09:26 pm on 26 Jul
NASA took to Instagram to share a picture of Jupiter's "unusual" X-ray auroras. It said, "Jupiter has the most powerful auroras in the solar system and is the only one of the four giant planets with an aurora that has been found to emit X-rays." They are caused by ions "surfing" electromagnetic waves in Jupiter's magnetic field, NASA said.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:00 am on 27 Jul
NASA shared a video of coronal mass ejection (CME) erupting from the Sun's surface. "These colossal waves of solar plasma shoot billions of particles into space at about 1 million miles, or 16,00,000 kilometres, per hour," wrote NASA. "This particular CME, seen in extreme ultraviolet light by our Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 2013, didn't head toward Earth," it added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:19 pm on 29 Jul
Scientists at the University of Notre Dame in a study have listed India and China among the world's top five countries most vulnerable to climate change and air pollution. The study, which explores the combined risks of the two aspects, states that the two countries have witnessed high risks due to climate change-induced extreme rainfall, frequent cyclones and heatwaves.
short by Ridham Gambhir / 03:37 pm on 26 Jul
Lake turns bright pink due to pollution in Argentina, pics go viral
short by Anmol Sharma / on 26 Jul 2021,Monday
A lagoon situated in the southern Patagonia region of Argentina has turned into bright pink in colour. As per the local activists and environmentalists, the reason behind the water being coloured this way is the pollution caused by sodium sulfite used to preserve the prawns there. Sodium sulfite is an anti-bacterial product used in fish factories.
short by Anmol Sharma / 05:48 pm on 26 Jul
Astronomers detect light behind black hole for the first time
short by Pragya Swastik / on 29 Jul 2021,Thursday
A team of astronomers led by Stanford University's Dan Wilkins observed flares of X-ray light coming from behind a black hole for the first time. The X-ray flares echoed off of the gas falling into the black hole, and as the flares were subsiding, the telescopes picked up fainter flashes. The discovery confirms Albert Einstein's theory on general relativity.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:43 pm on 29 Jul
Asteroid 3 times the size of Taj Mahal to pass by Earth on July 24
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Jul 2021,Tuesday
An asteroid named '2008 GO20', sized about 220 metres in diameter, will pass by Earth on July 24, according to NASA. It's moving at a speed of around 29,500 km/hr. Though the asteroid will be very close to Earth, it will still be 0.04 au (astronomical unit), or 59,83,915 km away from Earth, according to NASA's calculations.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:13 pm on 20 Jul
Fish injured, nearly dying from hot water in US river due to heatwave
short by Pragya Swastik / on 28 Jul 2021,Wednesday
Underwater video footage released by non-profit organisation Columbia Riverkeeper has captured heat-stressed sockeye salmon injured and nearly dying because the US' Columbia River is too hot due to heatwave. The video shows the salmon with lesions and fungus, which affects fish subject to thermal stress. On July 16, 2021, when the video was taken, water temperatures breached 70°F (21°C).
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:28 pm on 28 Jul
New species of shark discovered in Indian Ocean; pic released
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 23 Jul 2021,Friday
A new species of catshark, Apristurus manocheriani, has recently been discovered in southwest Indian Ocean by researchers from the Pacific Shark Research Center in the US. An average male and female of the species can measure about 55cm and 49cm, respectively. It has numerous large teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 09:54 pm on 23 Jul
15,000-year-old viruses discovered in Tibetan glacier ice: Study
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jul 2021,Thursday
Scientists have found nearly 15,000-years-old viruses in ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China, according to a study published in the journal Microbiome. Most of these viruses aren't known to humans as they might be active on the glacier surfaces before being frozen thousands of years ago. The findings may help understand how viruses have evolved over centuries.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:43 pm on 22 Jul
A 12-year-old boy with a bright yellow tongue was diagnosed with cold agglutinin disease in Canada. The rare autoimmune disorder led to his immune system attacking and destroying its own red blood cells. Doctors suspect the boy contracted the disease due to an infection from Epstein-Barr virus. The boy needed a blood transfusion and also received treatment with oral steroids.
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:33 am on 26 Jul
Off-target antibodies undermine HIV vaccine efforts, suggests study
short by Sakshi Sharma / on 29 Jul 2021,Thursday
A new study from Scripps Research suggests that some proof-of-concept HIV vaccines in early human trials generate antibodies that actively hinder the protection by degrading the vaccine's payload. The study's lead author, Andrew Ward stated that understanding how "off-target" antibodies may be undermining HIV vaccine prototypes allows for design improvement.
short by Sakshi Sharma / 05:12 pm on 29 Jul
Magnetic helmet shrinks tumour in 53-yr-old man's brain by a third
short by Hiral Goyal / on 27 Jul 2021,Tuesday
Researchers in US used a helmet that generates a magnetic field to shrink a deadly tumour in a 53-year-old man's brain. The patient ultimately died from an unrelated injury, but an autopsy of his brain confirmed rapid response to the treatment. The test marked world's first noninvasive therapy for the deadliest of brain cancers known as glioblastoma, the researchers said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:00 am on 27 Jul
Bezos offers to waive $2 bn in costs in exchange for NASA contract
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Jul 2021,Monday
Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos is offering to waive NASA's payments of up to $2 billion in exchange for a lunar lander contract. In a letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Bezos said he's "grateful to be in a financial position to be able to do so". Further, Blue Origin will self-fund a pathfinder mission to low-Earth orbit, he said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:06 pm on 26 Jul
Well done: Billionaire Branson to Bezos after his 1st spaceflight
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 20 Jul 2021,Tuesday
Virgin Group's billionaire Founder Richard Branson has congratulated the world's richest person Jeff Bezos after he successfully completed his first spaceflight. "Well done Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, Mark, Wally and Oliver. Impressive! Very best to all the crew from me and all the team at Virgin Galactic," Branson tweeted. Branson had travelled to space on July 11.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:04 pm on 20 Jul
Bezos' Blue Origin to fly 2 more passenger spaceflights this year
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 20 Jul 2021,Tuesday
World's richest man Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin has announced that it will be flying two more passenger spaceflight missions this year. Unlike the flight that carried Bezos to space on July 20, future spaceflights will have six passengers, the firm said. Jeff Bezos flew to space with his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:59 pm on 20 Jul
SpaceX gets $178 mn launch contract for mission to Jupiter's Europa
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 24 Jul 2021,Saturday
SpaceX has been selected by NASA to provide services for Earth's first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter's moon Europa, NASA announced. The Europa Clipper mission will investigate whether the icy moon has conditions suitable for life. The total contract award amount for launch services is approximately $178 million.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:10 pm on 24 Jul
Harvard-led team to search space for signs of alien technology
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 27 Jul 2021,Tuesday
A Harvard University-led team has launched 'The Galileo Project' that will seek and investigate evidence that could represent defunct or still-active "extraterrestrial technological civilizations" using astronomical survey data and telescope observations. New algorithms using AI will be made to identify potential interstellar travellers, alien-built satellites and unidentified aerial phenomena.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:16 pm on 27 Jul
1st proof of water vapour on Jupiter's moon Ganymede found: NASA
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 27 Jul 2021,Tuesday
Astronomers have uncovered evidence of water vapour in the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Ganymede for the first time, NASA said. Researchers looked through the last two decades of data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Previous studies have shown that Ganymede may have more water than Earth, but as it is extremely cold, the water on the surface may be frozen.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:29 pm on 27 Jul
150-mn-yr-old bones found in Chile belong to crocodile's ancestor: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 23 Jul 2021,Friday
A 150-million-year-old fossilised skeleton discovered in Chile in 2014 belongs to the ancestor of the modern crocodile. The species has been named 'Burkesuchus mallingrandensis'. About 200 million years ago, crocodiles were smaller and did not live in water and the fossils will help understand how these reptiles went from being terrestrial to aquatic, a researcher said.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:47 pm on 23 Jul
Meteor lights up Norway sky, parts said to have landed near Oslo
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 26 Jul 2021,Monday
An "unusually large meteor" briefly illuminated the night sky over southern Norway on July 25, parts of which are expected to have landed near Oslo. It travelled at 15-20 kilometres/second and lit up the sky for about five-six seconds, a Norwegian Meteor network official said. It was accompanied by a loud rumbling sound that was heard over a large area.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 03:58 pm on 26 Jul
Tollund Man's last meal 2,400 years ago was barley porridge: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 25 Jul 2021,Sunday
The Tollund Man, a mummified corpse that was found in Denmark in 1950, had barley porridge as his last meal 2,400 years ago, researchers, including those from Aarhus University, found. The porridge also contained flax and seeds and a small amount of fish. Researchers also suggested that the Tollund Man might have been the victim of a human sacrifice ritual.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:37 pm on 25 Jul
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