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UK chemist creates perfume that 'smells like space'
short by Dharna / on 29 Jun 2020,Monday
A crowdfunded project plans to launch a perfume that "smells like space". 'Eau de Space' Project manager Matt Richmond said the fragrance was developed by UK-based chemist Steven Pearce, who was originally contracted by NASA to recreate the smell for helping astronauts prepare before launch. Richmond said astronauts described the smell as mixture of "gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum".
short by Dharna / 05:22 pm on 29 Jun
Lopinavir-ritonavir, an antiviral drug combo used to treat HIV, was found to be "ineffective" in treating hospitalised COVID-19 patients, as per Oxford University's RECOVERY Trial. In total, 1,596 patients randomised to receive the drug were compared with 3,376 patients randomised to usual care alone. "The data convincingly rules out any meaningful mortality benefit," the Chief Investigators said.
short by Dharna / 03:37 pm on 30 Jun
Smoking linked to higher risk of coronavirus: WHO
short by Nandini Sinha / on 02 Jul 2020,Thursday
WHO has said that smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus in hospitalised patients. It reviewed 34 published studies on the link between smoking and coronavirus, including the probability of infection, hospitalisation, the severity of disease and death from the virus. Smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalised coronavirus patients, WHO added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:25 pm on 02 Jul
India's second Covid-19 vaccine candidate approved for human trials
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 03 Jul 2020,Friday
Zydus, part of Ahmedabad-based Cadila Healthcare, on Friday said it received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India to conduct Phase I and II human clinical trials for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'ZyCoV-D'. This is the second Indian vaccine candidate to get approval for human trials. Zydus said the potential vaccine showed a "strong immune response" in animal studies.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:18 am on 03 Jul
American astronaut Doug Hurley, who is currently onboard the International Space Station, tweeted a picture that showed sandstorms in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. A massive dust storm from Sahara desert engulfed parts of the US on Saturday, travelling over a distance of 8,047 km. Earlier, Hurley shared a picture of Saharan dust plume in west-central Atlantic.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:03 pm on 29 Jun
Swine flu virus found in China is not new: WHO
short by Nandini Sinha / on 02 Jul 2020,Thursday
WHO said the swine influenza flu virus found in China isn't new and has been under surveillance since 2011. "The most recent publication is a publication of all of that surveillance data...and reporting both on the evolution of this virus within swine population but also in terms of occupational exposures to workers over that time," WHO's Dr Mike Ryan said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:50 pm on 02 Jul
A team of researchers led by University College London has discovered a garden of soft corals in Greenland's deep-sea waters, spanning nearly 500 square kilometres. A special low-cost camera was used for the discovery. Researchers said the habitat, which sits next to a fishing area, should be recognised as a "Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem" under UN guidelines to ensure its protection.
short by Dharna / 04:34 pm on 29 Jun
The WHO has endorsed Truenat tests by three research bodies, including ICMR, for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of resistance to a drug commonly used to treat the disease. Under this, tests are run on a portable, battery-operated Truenat device and provide results in less than an hour, the bodies said in a statement.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 09:49 pm on 03 Jul
Harvard University researchers alongside the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center have developed a multipurpose and lightweight nanofiber material. They said this material can protect wearers not only from extreme temperatures, but also the deadly projectiles that accompany an explosion. It can be used by astronauts, soldiers and firefighters, researchers said.
short by Dharna / 01:56 pm on 30 Jun
We need to be vigilant: WHO on swine flu virus found in China
short by Nandini Sinha / on 30 Jun 2020,Tuesday
A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson said that the agency will "read carefully" a Chinese study on a new swine flu virus that researchers said has the potential to trigger a human pandemic. "It also highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic," he added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:04 pm on 30 Jun
Astronaut shares pics showing boundary between day and night on Earth
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 01 Jul 2020,Wednesday
NASA astronaut Robert Behnken, who is currently onboard the International Space Station, shared two pictures showing the boundary between day and night on Earth. "My favourite views of our planet that capture the boundary between night and day," he wrote. Behnken is one of the two astronauts who went to space aboard a SpaceX spacecraft in late May.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:49 pm on 01 Jul
Scientists say 1 dog year not equivalent to 7 human years, give new formula
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 03 Jul 2020,Friday
US scientists found that dogs age rapidly when they're young, and every dog year isn't equivalent to 7 human years. Their study suggested that a one-year-old dog is similar to a 30-year-old human and by the age of four they'd be about 54 in "human years". They described the relationship by the formula: human age = 16 ln(dog_age) + 31.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 01:28 pm on 03 Jul
Branched flow of light observed for the first time
short by Nandini Sinha / on 03 Jul 2020,Friday
A team of researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel has observed the branched flow of light for the first time. Researchers shone a laser beam along the curved film of a soap bubble. They observed that the light split into filaments as it travelled, with variations in the bubble's thickness creating the branched flow phenomenon.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:23 pm on 03 Jul
The South Pole warmed more than three times more rapidly than rest of the world over the past 30 years, according to a study by climate researchers published in peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change. It experienced record-high warming of 0.61 ± 0.34 °C per decade. The warming resulted from a cyclonic anomaly in Weddell Sea from increasing sea surface temperatures.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:46 pm on 30 Jun
Scientists have discovered that the fastest-growing known black hole in the Universe consumes the equivalent of the Sun's mass every day, according to a new research. Lead author Christopher Onken said the "J2157" is 8,000 times more massive than the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. That's equivalent to 34 billion times the mass of Sun.
short by Dharna / 05:20 pm on 03 Jul
Swine flu virus with pandemic potential found in China, no immediate threat
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 30 Jun 2020,Tuesday
Researchers in China discovered a new strain of swine flu virus with the potential to trigger a human pandemic, although they said there's no imminent threat. Called G4, it genetically descended from the H1N1 strain, according to a study in the US journal PNAS. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans", the authors said.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 01:24 pm on 30 Jun
ISRO shares pic of Mars' biggest moon taken by Mangalyaan
short by Nandini Sinha / on 04 Jul 2020,Saturday
ISRO has shared a picture of Mars' closest and biggest moon Phobos, which was taken by the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan. Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos, along with the other craters - Shklovsky, Roche and Grildrig are seen in the image. It was taken on July 1 when MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 04 Jul
After the government announced the opening up of the space sector to private players, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that many startups have expressed interest in the sector. He added that big corporates were yet to come to the front. The government is setting up the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to approve proposals from private players.
short by Dharna / 05:12 pm on 28 Jun
SpaceX launches its first mission for US Space Force
short by Aishwarya / on 01 Jul 2020,Wednesday
SpaceX successfully launched a GPS III Space Vehicle 03 for the US Space Force, making it its first mission for the Space Force. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, used a Falcon 9 rocket. This was the third GPS satellite model of its kind to launch into orbit and SpaceX's second time launching a GPS spacecraft.
short by Aishwarya / 03:16 pm on 01 Jul
According to a study, researchers call the first of its kind, heatwaves have become longer and more frequent in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s. It found regions like the Amazon, north-eastern Brazil, west Asia and the Mediterranean are experiencing rapid changes in heatwaves. A researcher said heatwaves were getting longer across the past 70 years.
short by Aishwarya / 09:45 pm on 03 Jul
NASA postpones launch of Mars 2020 mission rover to July 30
short by Aishwarya / on 01 Jul 2020,Wednesday
NASA and United Launch Alliance have delayed launch of the Mars 2020 rover mission from July 22 to "no earlier than" July 30. NASA said a liquid oxygen sensor line presented off-nominal data during the Wet Dress Rehearsal and time was required to inspect and evaluate. It added flight analysis teams have expanded the mission launch opportunities to August 15.
short by Aishwarya / 10:21 pm on 01 Jul
Biologists claim to have found the first known evidence of oral venom glands in amphibians. They discovered the oral glands in a family of caecilians, serpent-like creatures related to frogs and salamanders. Researchers surmised that caecilians activate their oral glands when they bite down on prey, including worms, termites, frogs and lizards.
short by Aishwarya / 10:04 pm on 03 Jul
Core of a gas planet seen for the first time: Astronomers
short by Aishwarya / on 02 Jul 2020,Thursday
Astronomers have found an exoplanet they believe is the core of a once giant planet like Jupiter that was maybe stripped of its gaseous atmosphere. TOI-849b, orbits a star located 730 light years from Earth. They added it is the first planetary core to have ever been found. It orbits closer to its star than Mercury does to the Sun.
short by Aishwarya / 09:19 pm on 02 Jul
Scientists have discovered a new freshwater fish species and genus, Waikhomia Hira, in regions along the Western Ghats. The genus has been named after Vishwanath Waikhom, a taxonomist from Manipur University who has discovered over 100 freshwater fishes in India. Waikhomia Hira has distinctive diamond shaped spots and and blotches on its body.
short by Aishwarya / 10:21 pm on 01 Jul
Submerged ancient Aboriginal sites found: Australian scientists
short by Aishwarya / on 02 Jul 2020,Thursday
Australian scientists claim to have found the first confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites off the coast of Australia. At one of the sites, located in Cape Bruguieres Channel, divers identified 269 artefacts that were at least 7,000 years old. The other site, in the Flying Foam Passage, had a single artefact that is 8,500 years old.
short by Aishwarya / 09:35 pm on 02 Jul
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