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The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Sweden's Svante Pääbo "for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution". Pääbo made the discovery of an extinct hominin, the Denisova, and found that gene transfer had occurred from extinct hominins to Homo sapiens. The Nobel Assembly said that Pääbo's discovery has physiological relevance.
short by Apaar Sharma / 03:35 pm on 03 Oct
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics to Alain Aspect, John F Clauser and Anton Zeilinger, according to an official tweet. They have been awarded the Nobel Prize for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.
short by Daisy Mowke / 03:43 pm on 04 Oct
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) hit the asteroid Dimorphos on Tuesday in the world's first-ever mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards. The spacecraft deliberately crashed into the 530-foot-wide asteroid to potentially change its trajectory. The impact was made at a distance of 7 million miles (11 million kilometres) from Earth.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 06:23 am on 27 Sep
NASA pushes Artemis I launch to Nov after Hurricane Ian delays launch
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 02 Oct 2022,Sunday
NASA is now planning to launch the Artemis l mission between November 12-27. The announcement comes after Hurricane Ian scrubbed its plans to launch the mission on September 27. The storm forced NASA to roll Artemis l off the launch pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The facility was hit by the hurricane in which Artemis l suffered no damage.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 02:14 pm on 02 Oct
AI reduces 1,00,000-equation quantum physics problem to only 4 equations
short by Pragya Swastik / on 27 Sep 2022,Tuesday
Physicists have compressed a quantum physics problem that required 1,00,000 equations into a bite-size task of as few as four equations using Artificial Intelligence (AI). Researchers at the US-based Flatiron Institute trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations. It was achieved without sacrificing accuracy, physicists said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:43 pm on 27 Sep
Nobel Prize winner Svante Pääbo's father was also a Nobel winner
short by Pragya Swastik / on 03 Oct 2022,Monday
Sweden's Svante Pääbo, who won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday, is the son of a Nobel Prize winner. His father, late Sune K Bergström, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1982 for his discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances. Pääbo won the Nobel for his discoveries on human evolution.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:37 pm on 03 Oct
NASA said it noticed a mysterious object stuck to the foot of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its latest flight on the red planet. "There's something on your foot, Mars Helicopter! We're looking into a bit of debris that ended up on Ingenuity's foot," said NASA while sharing visuals of the debris. The object didn't impact its flight, NASA said.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:09 pm on 02 Oct
NASA will intentionally crash its $308 million (₹2,500 crore) DART spacecraft into an asteroid at 24,000 kph speed, at 4:44 am IST on Tuesday. Although the asteroid poses no threat to Earth, the crash will test DART's capability to deflect it. It'll be used if, in the future, a hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth was ever found.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 11:02 pm on 26 Sep
The Mars orbiter launched by the ISRO in 2013 has run out of propellant and its battery has drained beyond the safe limit, PTI reported citing officials. The Mars Orbiter Mission reportedly entered a long eclipse period in April and lost contact with ground station. The ₹450-crore craft, designed to last only for six months, orbited Mars for eight years.
short by Hiral Goyal / 11:37 am on 03 Oct
NASA has shared a video of Hurricane Ian as seen from the International Space Station on Wednesday as it orbited 415 km above. The video captured the hurricane as it made landfall in Florida. The hurricane made landfall in Florida as Category 4 storm with 150 mph (241 kmph) winds.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:34 pm on 29 Sep
The James Webb and Hubble telescopes revealed images of NASA's DART spacecraft deliberately crashing into an asteroid, marking the first time the two telescopes observed the same celestial target. An image taken by James Webb shows "plumes of material appearing as wisps streaming away from the centre". Hubble images show the expanding spray of matter from where DART hit.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:04 pm on 29 Sep
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed it has lost contact with its Mars orbiter, calling the mission "a remarkable technological and scientific feat". "Despite being [built] for a life span of six months....the Mars Orbiter Mission has lived for about eight years," said ISRO. "It was declared that the spacecraft is non-recoverable and attained its end-of-life," it added.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 11:04 pm on 03 Oct
Humans have dumped over 7,000 kg trash on Mars, says expert
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 27 Sep 2022,Tuesday
Humans have dumped a total of 7,119 kg of junk on Mars over the course of 50 years of robotic exploration of the red planet, an expert has said. Discarded hardware, inactive spacecraft and crashed spacecraft are the three main sources of trash, robotics expert Cagri Kilic said. NASA's Perseverance Rover has sent pictures of the debris several times.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 03:27 pm on 27 Sep
Our solar system's largest planet Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth since 1963 or in nearly six decades, NASA said. At its farthest point, the planet is 600 million miles away from Earth and will approach approximately 367 million miles at its nearest point. It'll reportedly be visible from 5.30 pm on Monday till 5.31 am tomorrow.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 10:41 pm on 26 Sep
A video showing the moment when NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft crashed into asteroid Dimorphos has been shared by the space agency. The spacecraft's collision with the football stadium-sized asteroid marked humanity's first attempt to alter the motion of any celestial body. During the live webcast, the spacecraft's signal was lost, confirming it had crashed successfully.
short by Hiral Goyal / 08:07 am on 27 Sep
List of countries that are causing the most pollution in space released
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 26 Sep 2022,Monday
German database company Statista has released a list of countries that have been producing the highest amount of space junk, with India occupying the sixth position. Russia is on top with over 7,000 pieces of debris and spent rocket bodies produced by it. US, China, France and Japan occupy the next four spots on the list.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 08:53 pm on 26 Sep
NASA shares pictures taken by world's largest flying telescope
short by Daisy Mowke / on 30 Sep 2022,Friday
As NASA's SOFIA Telescope, world's largest airborne telescope, embarked on its final flight on Thursday, the US space agency shared a collection of some of the cosmic imagery assembled using SOFIA data. "Cruising at nearly 41,000 ft...SOFIA has taken breathtaking observations of a plethora of celestial objects," NASA wrote. The pictures included the Centaurus A, Cigar Galaxy and Omega Nebula.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:03 pm on 30 Sep
President Murmu to inaugurate HAL's ICMF in Bengaluru
short by Ambarish Awale / on 26 Sep 2022,Monday
President Droupadi Murmu will inaugurate the Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) established by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bengaluru on September 27. The ₹208-crore facility would house the entirety of rocket engine manufacture. ICMF features over 70 high-tech tools and testing facilities for the production of cryogenic and semi-cryogenic engines for Indian rockets.
short by Ambarish Awale / 11:11 pm on 26 Sep
ISRO scientist elected VP of International Astronautical Federation
short by Indraneel Sen / on 29 Sep 2022,Thursday
Anil Kumar, a scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been elected as the Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation. Kumar presently serves as the Associate Director of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network. The International Astronautical Federation was founded in 1951 and is one of the world's top space advocacy bodies.
short by Indraneel Sen / 09:09 pm on 29 Sep
US spy satellite NROL-91 launched into orbit from California
short by Swati Dubey / on 27 Sep 2022,Tuesday
NROL-91 spy satellite, belonging to US National Reconnaissance Office, government agency in charge of developing, launching and maintaining spy satellites, was launched into orbit on September 24. It was launched aboard a Delta 4 Heavy rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Spy satellites provide intelligence data to policymakers, the intelligence community and Defense Department.
short by Swati Dubey / 10:05 pm on 27 Sep
A 440-million-year-old fossil teeth belonging to a shark-like jawed fish have been unearthed in China's Guizhou Province. The arrangement of the fossilised teeth suggested they came from a fish with an arched jaw margin, with offset tooth rows, similar to those found in sharks. The fossil suggests that shark-like fish appeared at least 15 million years earlier than previously thought.
short by Swati Dubey / 10:43 pm on 28 Sep
NASA's James Webb telescope spots the oldest star clusters ever seen
short by Swati Dubey / on 29 Sep 2022,Thursday
NASA zoomed into the James Webb Space Telescope's First Deep Field Image and spotted the oldest star clusters ever seen. Researchers found the 'Sparkler' galaxy, located nine billion light-years away from Earth, in the image. They analysed 12 sparkling orange-coloured objects in the galaxy and found that five of them were globular clusters that could host the universe's oldest stars.
short by Swati Dubey / 10:12 pm on 29 Sep
A prehistoric animal that lived almost 180 million years ago is the single ancestor of all the living mammals today, including humans, a study has found. As per researchers who carried out genome reconstruction for the study, Morganucodon, a prehistoric animal that lived about 200 million years ago, most likely matched the earliest mammal ancestor.
short by Swati Dubey / 08:19 pm on 29 Sep
Researchers develop new method of preserving donated kidneys
short by Swati Dubey / on 27 Sep 2022,Tuesday
Researchers have developed a technique to preserve donated kidneys that would keep them viable for longer, thus increasing their availability. They used normothermic perfusion method in which oxygenated blood is pumped through a kidney to simulate the flow of blood within an organ. In the currently used cold storage method, chances of damaging the organ due to ice are higher.
short by Swati Dubey / 09:07 pm on 27 Sep
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