Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Scientists

Hidden air pollutants on the rise in cities in India, UK: Study

Researchers used a long record of data gathered by space-based instruments to estimate trends in a range of air pollutants for 2005 to 2018, timed to coincide with well-established air quality policies in the UK

This is how highly infectious Covid variant gets neutralised

Large-scale supercomputer simulations at the atomic level showed that the dominant "G form" variant of the Covid-19 causing virus is more infectious partly.

‘Modern humans mixed regularly with Neanderthals in Europe’

In the first study, Mateja Hajdinjak and team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, examined oldest tooth and fragmentary remains of three individuals from Bacho Kiro Cave

Astronomers detect X-rays from Uranus for 1st time

The planet, which has four times the diameter of Earth, rotates on its side, making it different from all other planets in the solar system.

Distant planet gains 2nd atmosphere through volcanic activity

The planet, GJ 1132 b, is hypothesised to have begun as a gaseous world with a thick hydrogen blanket of atmosphere.

Coral reefs in Solomon Islands hit by bleaching

Impacted reefs were observed during a recent WCS underwater monitoring expedition around Marovo Lagoon, including the Zaira Resource Management Area on the western coast of Vangunu Island

Scientists begin assessment of marine mammal population

The research initiative assumes significance in the wake of emerging seafood trade-related challenges faced by the fishermen targeting high-value resources and the export market players of India.

UK variant of Covid-19 has mutated again: Scientists

The tests on some samples showed a mutation, called E484K, which has already been found in the South Africa and Brazil variants.

Why picking right location for Artemis base camp on Moon is a challenge

Among the many things NASA must take into account in choosing a specific location are two key features the site must bask in near continuous sunlight

President hails farmers, scientists and soldiers on R-Day eve

"Justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity are perennial principles of our philosophy of life. They come to us from the dawn of this civilisation through an unbroken chain," the President said.

Pfizer vaccine may protect against UK variant of coronavirus: Study

In a yet-to-be peer reviewed research, scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch, tested the ability of blood serum from 20 individuals immunised with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to neutralise coronavirus engineered to carry the new mutations

DRDO chief called upon scientists to focus on next-gen needs

"The immense potential available in DRDO has been a catalyst for the development of industries in the defence manufacturing sector," said G Satheesh Reddy

Covid fake news can be fatal, govts need to step in: Study

The consequences of misinformation can be fatal, since often during a crisis, people are forced to make snap decisions while trying to take care of their mental health, said the researchers

Human brains generate common code to mark others’ location

Researchers used a special backpack to wirelessly monitor the brain waves of epilepsy patients as each one walked around an empty room hunting for a hidden, two-foot spot.

Nature-inspired solutions in 2020

From sea sponges that can build spaceships to durians generating electricity, the year has also led to some pathbreaking innovations

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