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Astronomers working with European Space Agency have discovered a potato-shaped planet called 'WASP-103b' that is located in the constellation 'Hercules' about 1,800 light-years away from the solar system. "Not all planets are spheres...The deformation, caused by strong tidal forces between the planet and its host star, was spotted by Cheops (European space telescope)," ESA said.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 03:08 pm on 13 Jan
Who is ISRO's new Chairman S Somanath?
short by Pragya Swastik / on 12 Jan 2022,Wednesday
S Somanath, the rocket scientist serving as Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director, will be ISRO's new Chairman. He did B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and Masters in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bengaluru. He led the integration of PSLV during the early phases and played key roles in the GSLV Mk III project and Chandrayaan-2 mission.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:50 pm on 12 Jan
Scientists have found the first recorded example of a bandaged wound on an Egyptian child mummy, thought to be taken from the "Tomb of Aline". The mummy is that of a girl child, aged around four years, who died 2,000 years ago. The bandaged wound was on her foot and appeared to have been infected when she died.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 02:46 pm on 16 Jan
'Deltacron' COVID-19 infection is not really a thing: WHO
short by Ankush Verma / on 13 Jan 2022,Thursday
WHO's COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove has said that the phrase "Deltacron", which suggests that people have been infected with both the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19, "is not really a thing". "In fact what we think that is, is that it's a result of contamination that has happened during the sequencing process," she further said.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:36 am on 13 Jan
A breeding colony of 60 million fish has been discovered in Antarctica's ice-covered Weddell Sea. The vast colony, believed to be the world's largest, is home to the icefish, which has a see-through skull and transparent blood. The mapping of the area suggests a total extent of 240 square kilometres, which is roughly the size of the island of Malta.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:15 pm on 13 Jan
New species of frog named after Greta Thunberg; pic released
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 14 Jan 2022,Friday
A new species of frog, discovered in Panama, has been named after environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The species has been named Pristimantis gretathunbergae or the Greta Thunberg's Rainfrog. The frog was originally discovered in 2012 and thought to be part of an already categorised Pristimantis family but its recent DNA analysis confirmed it's a new species, scientific journal Zookeys stated.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 02:58 pm on 14 Jan
Rocket scientist S Somanath appointed ISRO chief, replaces K Sivan
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 12 Jan 2022,Wednesday
The Centre on Wednesday notified that senior rocket scientist S Somanath has been appointed as the next chief of the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO). He has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of the Space Commission for a tenure of three years. Somanath is currently serving as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:10 pm on 12 Jan
A video showing extremely rare blanket octopus has gone viral on social media. The marine mollusc was spotted last week by reef guide and marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton, off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef. "When I first saw it, I thought it could have been a juvenile fish with long fins," Shackleton said.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:52 am on 13 Jan
Rotating ice disk forms in river in US; pics go viral
short by Ankush Verma / on 14 Jan 2022,Friday
Pictures of a rotating ice disk that has formed in a river in the US state of Maine have gone viral on social media. Scientists say that ice disks form because of the river's current and vortex under the ice, which cause ice sheets to spin and form a circle. The disk first appeared in the river in 2019.
short by Ankush Verma / 01:38 pm on 14 Jan
WHO recommends 2 new COVID treatments as hospitalisations rise
short by Swati Dubey / on 14 Jan 2022,Friday
WHO has recommended two new COVID-19 medicines to treat severe and critical patients as hospitalisations rise across the world. "The strong recommendation for Baricitinib in those with severe or critical illness reflects moderate certainty evidence for benefits on mortality...," WHO said. It recommended Sotrovimab for people with non-serious COVID-19 who are at high risk of hospitalisation.
short by Swati Dubey / 02:41 pm on 14 Jan
Israel donates $500,000 to UN for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan
short by Atharva Pande / on 11 Jan 2022,Tuesday
Israel government on Tuesday donated $500,000 to the UN for food, medical aid and other assistance for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan. Israel is proud to be part of the effort to help Afghans who fled from the Taliban, said a government official. This comes as the UN made an appeal of $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan and its neighbours.
short by Atharva Pande / 10:41 pm on 11 Jan
US greenhouse gas emissions rose sharply in 2021: Report
short by Swati Dubey / on 14 Jan 2022,Friday
US' greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry sharply rose 6.2% in 2021 after a pandemic-driven decline in 2020, according to a report by the Rhodium Group. The surge has put US further off track from its climate targets. The emissions majorly increased due to jump in coal-fired power generation and a "rapid rebound" in road transportation, the report said.
short by Swati Dubey / 05:27 pm on 14 Jan
Govt to launch durable Braille maps for visually challenged students
short by Atharva Pande / on 11 Jan 2022,Tuesday
The Ministry of Science and Technology has announced that visually challenged students across the country will soon be able to access user-friendly and durable Braille maps. It detailed that these maps will be made using a digital embossing technique. Notably, the National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation were the first to use this technique in India.
short by Atharva Pande / 10:53 pm on 11 Jan
China probe finds 1st on-site proof of water on Moon's surface: Study
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Jan 2022,Wednesday
China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander has found the "first-ever on-site evidence" of water on Moon's surface, a study published in Science Advances claimed. The lander detected signs of water molecules or hydroxyl. Chang'e 5 analysed the composition of regolith in close proximity to its landing site and found most of the soil had water concentration of less than 120 ppm.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:44 am on 12 Jan
Omicron quickly overtaking Delta variant of COVID-19: WHO
short by Swati Dubey / on 12 Jan 2022,Wednesday
WHO's Maria Van Kerkhove warned the Omicron variant of coronavirus is quickly overtaking the Delta variant and is becoming dominant globally. "Omicron has been detected in all countries where we have good sequencing...It is quickly, in terms of its circulation, overtaking Delta," Maria said. "It's not a mild disease because people are still being hospitalised for Omicron," she further added.
short by Swati Dubey / 03:48 pm on 12 Jan
Dried goji berries may help prevent age-related vision loss: Study
short by Swati Dubey / on 15 Jan 2022,Saturday
A study published in Nutrients Journal found eating dried goji berries regularly may help in preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that cause vision loss in older people. For the study, researchers made 13 healthy middle-aged people consume 28 grams of goji berry five times a week for 90 days and found it increased density of protective pigments in their eyes.
short by Swati Dubey / 04:46 pm on 15 Jan
No river in England is free from pollution: Parliament report
short by Swati Dubey / on 13 Jan 2022,Thursday
According to a new parliamentary committee report, no river in England is free from pollution and can be given a clear bill on health. The report by Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) stated many English rivers contain a "chemical cocktail" of pollution, including sewage as well as agricultural waste and single-use plastic that pose serious health risks to people and wildlife.
short by Swati Dubey / 05:00 pm on 13 Jan
Covaxin giving good results against Omicron: Bharat Biotech CMD
short by Swati Dubey / on 12 Jan 2022,Wednesday
Bharat Biotech's CMD Dr Krishna Ella said Covaxin, the company's COVID-19 vaccine, is giving good results against the Omicron variant. "The booster dose is giving very encouraging results, it's giving better results than delta. On Omicron also, we are getting some good results, which should come out in two to three days in the public domain," Dr Ella said.
short by Swati Dubey / 03:44 pm on 12 Jan
Richard Branson-led Virgin Orbit launches 7 satellites into space
short by Atharva Pande / on 15 Jan 2022,Saturday
British business tycoon, Richard Branson-led Virgin Orbit launched seven satellites into orbit from Boeing 747 on Thursday. The aircraft departed from Southern California and released the 70-foot-long booster carrying the satellites at an altitude of 35,000 feet. Later, the company confirmed that all of the satellites were successfully deployed into orbit.
short by Atharva Pande / 11:10 pm on 15 Jan
Archaeologists find remains of Roman town below a field in UK
short by Atharva Pande / on 11 Jan 2022,Tuesday
A team of 80 archaeologists discovered remains of an ancient Roman-era trading town half a metre below the surface of a field in UK. The team unearthed over 30 roundhouses, a 10-metre wide road, over 300 coins and at least four wells from the site. They named the site 'Blackgrounds' after the black soil which was found on the site.
short by Atharva Pande / 11:15 pm on 11 Jan
UK scientists to start new search for exoplanets from Antarctica
short by Atharva Pande / on 11 Jan 2022,Tuesday
Scientists from the University of Birmingham, UK, are all set to start a new phase of exoplanet research from Antarctica. For this, the researchers have been overseeing the installation of a new state-of-the-art camera at the Antarctic Search for Transiting ExoPlanets (ASTEP) telescope. As per the researchers, the telescope's new camera can spot the smallest stars in the galaxy.
short by Atharva Pande / 11:23 pm on 11 Jan
NASA begins months-long effort to focus James Webb Space Telescope
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 13 Jan 2022,Thursday
NASA on Wednesday began the months-long process of bringing its newly launched James Webb Space Telescope into focus. Mission control engineers have sent their initial commands to tiny motors called actuators that slowly position and fine-tune the telescope's principal mirror. The world's largest space telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase last week.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 02:45 pm on 13 Jan
30% COVID-19 patients infectious post 5-day quarantine, says UK study
short by Atharva Pande / on 15 Jan 2022,Saturday
A recent study by the UK's University of Exeter Medical School found that 30% of people infected with COVID-19 could be infectious even after undergoing a quarantine of five days. The researchers also said one in every ten people with COVID-19 could be infectious after ten days of quarantine. Scientists analysed sequential samples from 176 people with positive RT-PCR tests.
short by Atharva Pande / 11:35 pm on 15 Jan
Red blood cells are destroyed faster in space than on Earth: Research
short by Swati Dubey / on 15 Jan 2022,Saturday
A study of 14 astronauts by University of Ottawa found that 50% more red blood cells (RBCs) are destroyed in space which makes astronauts suffer from 'Space anaemia'. "Our study shows that upon arriving in space, more red blood cells are destroyed, and this continues for the entire duration of the astronaut's mission," lead researcher Dr Guy Trudel said.
short by Swati Dubey / 02:19 pm on 15 Jan
His 1st words were I can't take it: Son of US man who received 'pig heart'
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Jan 2022,Saturday
The son of US man David Bennett Sr, who recently received a genetically-modified pig heart in the world's first such transplant, has said his father's first words after the surgery were 'I can't take this'. Discussing the surgery, he said, "This is groundbreaking...and frankly, this is a miracle." "My dad is certainly changing the future for even myself," he added.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:23 pm on 15 Jan
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