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Let's count world’s ants: 20,000,000,000,000,000 are on Earth weighing around…

Published on Sep 26, 2022 10:40 AM IST

Ants On Earth: Estimating ant numbers and mass provides an important baseline from which to monitor ant populations amid worrying environmental changes.

Ants On Earth: A colony of weaver ants build their nest from leaves in Kuala Lumpur.(Reuters)
Ants On Earth: A colony of weaver ants build their nest from leaves in Kuala Lumpur.(Reuters)
PTI |

Mysterious ripples in milky way due to a dwarf galaxy: Study

In a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the research team presents their findings about the stars in the outer regions of the galactic disk.

By measuring how strong the ripples are in different parts of the disc, the researchers have begun to piece together a complex puzzle.(AFP)
By measuring how strong the ripples are in different parts of the disc, the researchers have begun to piece together a complex puzzle.(AFP)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 06:19 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

NASA scraps Artemis-I Moon launch as storm Ian to intensify at launch centre

The US National Hurricane Center said Ian is due to "rapidly intensify" over the weekend as it moves toward Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center, from which the rocket is set to launch.

A decision on whether to roll back the giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building is due to be taken by the Artemis 1 team on Sunday. (File)(AP)
A decision on whether to roll back the giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building is due to be taken by the Artemis 1 team on Sunday. (File)(AP)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 09:35 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Jupiter's closest approach to Earth in 59 years. NASA gives details

Jupiter will be approximately 590 million-km distant from Earth at the moment, as it was in 1963. At its farthest, Jupiter is over 965 million-km away from Earth.

Jupiter's opposition occurs every 13 months.(NASA Webb Instagram)
Jupiter's opposition occurs every 13 months.(NASA Webb Instagram)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 06:38 PM IST
By | Edited by Sohini Goswami

What are microprocessor-controlled knees? ISRO develops artificial limbs| Top 5

These microprocessor-controlled knees are expected to be about 10 times cheaper.

ISRO develops a spin-off intelligent artificial limb.((ISRO) )
ISRO develops a spin-off intelligent artificial limb.((ISRO) )
Published on Sep 23, 2022 05:10 PM IST

NASA spacecraft to crash into an asteroid on purpose. Here's why

Dart will hit an asteroid on Monday to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock — demonstrating that if a killer asteroid ever heads our way, we’d stand a fighting chance of diverting it.

DART is expected to zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph. The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock. (AP)
DART is expected to zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph. The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock. (AP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 03:38 PM IST
AP |

Babies in the womb react differently to flavours: researchers

Researchers at Durham University in northeast England said the findings were the first direct evidence that babies react differently to various smells and tastes before they are born.

Representational image(GETTY IMAGES)
Representational image(GETTY IMAGES)
Updated on Sep 22, 2022 01:03 PM IST
AFP |

NASA's Webb Telescope captures clearest view of Neptune's rings after 33 years

The image taken by Webb Telescope is exemplary as it shows the clearest view of Neptune’s rings after over three decades. In 1989, Nasa’s Voyager 2 became the first spacecraft to capture the image of Neptune.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures its first image of Neptune.(Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures its first image of Neptune.(Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2022 09:27 AM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

ISRO successfully tests hybrid motor aiming new propulsion system for rockets

A hybrid motor uses solid fuel and liquid oxidiser unlike solid-solid or liquid-liquid combinations.

A 30 kN hybrid motor tested at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday (File)(ANI)
A 30 kN hybrid motor tested at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday (File)(ANI)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 02:41 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Opium traces dating back to 14th century BC found in ancient grave in Israel

Discovered in a 2012 excavation in Tel Yehud in central Israel, the Late Bronze Age vessels, shaped like upside-down poppy flowers, were found at Canaanite graves.

A site in southern Israel.(Reuters/ Representational)
A site in southern Israel.(Reuters/ Representational)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 05:28 PM IST
Reuters |

Sound on! NASA lander captures impact as space rocks hit Mars. Then a question

InSight lander has caught the impact of Marsquakes. This is as interesting as it gets.

Craters formed by a September 5, 2021, meteoroid impact on Mars, the first to be detected by NASA?s InSight, are seen in an image taken by NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.(via REUTERS)
Craters formed by a September 5, 2021, meteoroid impact on Mars, the first to be detected by NASA?s InSight, are seen in an image taken by NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.(via REUTERS)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 06:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

A new planet in the universe? Study finds evidence

Currently, astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian have created a novel method to find these elusive newborn planets, along with "smoking gun" proof of a small Neptune or Saturn-like planet hiding in a disc.

A new planet in the universe? Study finds evidence. (AP/PTI)
A new planet in the universe? Study finds evidence. (AP/PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 07:14 PM IST
ANI |

Chinese astronauts take their second spacewalk from new space station

China is building its own space station after being excluded by the U.S. from the International Space Station because its military runs the country's space program.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing shows Chinese astronaut Cai Xuzhe exiting the station lab module Wentian to conduct extravehicular activities, also known as a spacewalk, Saturday.(AP)
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing shows Chinese astronaut Cai Xuzhe exiting the station lab module Wentian to conduct extravehicular activities, also known as a spacewalk, Saturday.(AP)
Published on Sep 17, 2022 07:19 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Nisha Anand

NASA's perseverance rover investigates geologically rich Mars terrain

The rover has collected four samples from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet's Jezero Crater since July 7, bringing the total count of scientifically compelling rock samples to 12.

NASA's perseverance rover investigates geologically rich Mars terrain(NASA)
NASA's perseverance rover investigates geologically rich Mars terrain(NASA)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 10:56 PM IST
ANI |

NASA delays launch of Artemis 1 Moon rocket, again | 5 points on the 3rd attempt

After two failed attempts, all eyes will now be on September 27 to see if the third time’s a charm for NASA.

The Artemis I rocket. (Twitter @NASAhqphoto)
The Artemis I rocket. (Twitter @NASAhqphoto)
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 07:15 AM IST

Study reveals many exoplanets made of water and rock around small stars

Thanks to better telescope instruments, scientists are finding signs of more and more planets in distant solar systems. A larger sample size helps scientists identify demographic patterns similar to how looking at the population of an entire town can reveal trends that are hard to see at an individual level.

A new study suggests that many more planets may have large amounts of water than previously thought -- as much as half water and half rock.(Representational image/ AP)
A new study suggests that many more planets may have large amounts of water than previously thought -- as much as half water and half rock.(Representational image/ AP)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 06:16 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Did late cretaceous host icy conditions in Antarctica? Scientists answer

In their spectroscopic analysis of the samples, the researchers determined that while some of the water indeed originated with magma as it plumed upward from Earth's interior, as the molten rock cooled into glass just beneath the Earth's surface, it also incorporated groundwater.

 Emperor penguins are seen in Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica April 10, 2012.(REUTERS)
 Emperor penguins are seen in Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica April 10, 2012.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 05:32 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

On Kennedy's moonshot speech anniversary, Biden to push fight against cancer

In 2022, the American Cancer Society estimates, 1.9 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 609,360 people will die of cancer diseases.

President Joe Biden speaks during a
President Joe Biden speaks during a "Cancer Moonshot," event in the East Room of the White House, February 2, 2022, in Washington.(AP)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 10:59 AM IST
AP | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer

The research illustrated the health risk posed by the tiny particles produced by burning fossil fuels, sparking fresh calls for more urgent action to combat climate change.

Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer(AP)
Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer(AP)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 08:35 PM IST
AFP |

Life beyond earth? Water-rich planets discovered outside our solar system

As water is considered as the prerequisite for life, this new founding of water-rich exoplanets is tantalising the astronomers in the hope of a life beyond Earth.

It is estimated that there is at least one planet for every star in the galaxy, in pic it is the HD 189733 - a giant planet where it rains glass. (Representative Image/ Nasa)
It is estimated that there is at least one planet for every star in the galaxy, in pic it is the HD 189733 - a giant planet where it rains glass. (Representative Image/ Nasa)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 03:04 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Hubble finds spiralling stars, may provide insights into formation of Universe

Nasa says that by learning the star formation in this cloud can give insight into the occurrence of a firestorm of star birth early in the universe’s history, when the universe was still in the baby boom stage just after 2 to 3 billion years of the big bang.

The precise observations became possible only because of Hubble’s superb resolution and high sensitivity. illustration(illustration/screengrab _Nasa video)
The precise observations became possible only because of Hubble’s superb resolution and high sensitivity. illustration(illustration/screengrab _Nasa video)
Updated on Sep 10, 2022 01:15 PM IST

‘Pure astonishment’: Female ‘vampire’ skeleton in Poland shocks researchers

Female Vampire Skeleton Poland: ‘Pure astonishment’: Female ‘vampire’ skeleton in Poland shocks researchers

Female Vampire Skeleton Poland: The research team was led by Professor Dariusz Polinski.(Representational)
Female Vampire Skeleton Poland: The research team was led by Professor Dariusz Polinski.(Representational)
Updated on Sep 09, 2022 12:14 PM IST

World's earliest evidence of a successful surgery, from a 31,000-year-old grave

World's Earliest Successful Surgery: The skeleton was found in the caves of East Kalimantan, Borneo that date back to 40,000 years ago and were first discovered in 2018.

World's Earliest Successful Surgery: The skeleton was found in the caves of East Kalimantan.
World's Earliest Successful Surgery: The skeleton was found in the caves of East Kalimantan.
Published on Sep 08, 2022 02:07 PM IST

Video: The Titanic, in stunning never-seen-before ‘phenomenal colours’

Titanic Wreck: The Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912. Many expeditions tried to map the sea bed in the hope of finding the ship, but were unsuccessful.

Titanic Wreck: The footage also shows various parts of the Titanic that are decaying.
Titanic Wreck: The footage also shows various parts of the Titanic that are decaying.
Published on Sep 08, 2022 12:27 PM IST

Use of new classes of antibiotics in India disproportionately high: Lancet study

About 47 per cent of the formulations sold in the private sector in 2019 were not approved, the researchers have highlighted.

The Lancet study sheds a light on the consumption patterns of antibiotics in India. (Shutterstock (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION)
The Lancet study sheds a light on the consumption patterns of antibiotics in India. (Shutterstock (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 07:57 AM IST

Some chimpanzees are rock drummers, some jazz, study shows. We're amused too

The drumming allows the chimps to even spread information over long distances, revealing who is where, and what they are doing, the study said.

The drumming allows the chimps to spread information over long distances, the study said. (Pixabay)
The drumming allows the chimps to spread information over long distances, the study said. (Pixabay)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 04:38 PM IST

Coating could be a game changer to kill Covid virus, germs in minutes: Study

It killed 99.9% of microbes even after months of repeated cleaning, abrasion and other punishment on real-world surfaces like keyboards, cell phone screens and chicken-slathered cutting boards.

A picture, dated December 20, 2020, of a mural in New Delhi depicting the fight against the corona virus. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A picture, dated December 20, 2020, of a mural in New Delhi depicting the fight against the corona virus. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 06:35 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Potential treatment for binge eating disorder is deep brain stimulation: Study

During this six-month interval, the patients reported sharp reductions in their feelings of loss-of-control, and in the frequencies of their bingeing episodes -- each also lost more than 11 pounds. One of the subjects improved so much that she no longer met criteria for binge-eating disorder.

The disorder features frequent binge-eating episodes without the purging of bulimia and typically is associated with obesity.(Unsplash)
The disorder features frequent binge-eating episodes without the purging of bulimia and typically is associated with obesity.(Unsplash)
Published on Sep 05, 2022 06:53 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

‘Work from home’ hinders creativity and innovation, claims study

The study tries to scientifically address the question of what got lost when Covid-19 forced us to work in a virtual setup, replacing a physical workplace.

Covid-19 has forced companies to move to remote work setup. (Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash)
Covid-19 has forced companies to move to remote work setup. (Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 04, 2022 12:41 PM IST
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