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Nokia picked by NASA to build first cellular network on the moon

Updated on Oct 19, 2020 11:29 PM IST

The Finnish telecommunications firm said on Monday that the partnership will create a path toward “sustainable human presence on the lunar surface,” and will result in the first LTE/4G communications system in space.

A full moon, also called harvest moon, is pictured in Pasadena, California, U.S., October 2, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
ByBloomberg | Posted by Niyati Singh

NASA’s touch-and-go mission: US spacecraft Osiris-Rex set to collect samples from asteroid Bennu

On October 20, Osiris-Rex, name inspired by Egyptian mythology, will attempt a dive to Bennu’s surface and try to snatch a handful of rubble which it will bring back to Earth.

This August 11, 2020 photo shows the sampling arm of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a rehearsal for an approach to the ‘Nightingale’ sample site on the surface of the asteroid Bennu.(AP photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh

Cannot rule out possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 during winters: NITI Aayog’s VK Paul

India, Paul said, is in a somewhat better position now but the country still has a long way to go because 90% of the people are still susceptible to coronavirus infections.

A health worker registers people for coronavirus test at Sector 30 District Hospital in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

India’s daily Covid-19 caseload drops; EU, US see record rise

While the death toll in the US has reached 223,644, India has recorded 114,031 deaths so far followed by Russia where there have been 153,229 fatalities and Mexico, which has recorded 85,285 deaths.

A man reacts as a healthcare worker collects a swab sample at a testing centre, in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 12:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Coronavirus survives on human skin for nine hours: Study

The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, said the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

A child washes her hands at a day care center in Connecticut.(AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 10:40 AM IST
Tokyo | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Nasa to collect samples of rock from asteroid the size of Empire State building

OSIRIS-REx will not land on the surface of Bennu but use its robotic arm called a Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) instrument.

Pictures clicked by OSIRIS-REx of Bennu’s surface.(@OSIRISREx)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Scientists develop new method to block coronavirus replication

The scientists developed the inhibitors, which are very efficient at blocking the activity of SARS-CoV-2-PLpro, yet do not recognise other similar proteins in human cells.

The scientists developed the inhibitors, which are very efficient at blocking the activity of SARS-CoV-2-PLpro, yet do not recognise other similar proteins in human cells.(AP)
Published on Oct 17, 2020 01:22 PM IST
Washington | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

During Covid, scientists turn to computers to understand C4 photosynthesis

Scientists wanted to find out how C4 crops are able to express several important enzymes inside bundle sheath cells instead of the mesophyll.

There are two kinds of photosynthesis: C3 and C4. Most food crops depend on C3 photosynthesis where carbon is fixed into sugar inside cells called ‘mesophyll’ where oxygen is abundant. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 07:47 PM IST
Washington [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

For the first time, superconductivity achieved at room temperature

The hydrogen, carbon and sulphur compound operates as a superconductor at up to 15 degrees Celsius, as reported by Quanta Magazine and the BBC. The findings have been reported in detail in the popular journal Nature.

A magnet floats above a superconductor cooled with liquid nitrogen.(University of Rochester)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 08:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Space probe, en route to Mercury, completes first Venus fly-by

Launched almost two years ago, the European-Japanese probe BepiColombo took a black-and-white snapshot of Venus from a distance of 17,000 kilometers

Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo lifts off from its launch pad. Image for representational purposes.(AP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Berlin | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Scientists identify new potential groundwater ‘arsenic hotspots’ in India

Arsenic in drinking water obtained from wells is the cause of severe health outcomes, including premature deaths from cancers and cardiovascular disease in many parts of the world and particularly in the Indian subcontinent, the researchers said.

Based on recent reported rates of household groundwater use for rural and urban areas, they estimate that about 18–30 million people in India are currently at risk of high exposure to arsenic through their drinking water supply.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2020 02:47 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

NASA Artemis program: Space agency’s new rules prohibit fighting, littering and keeping secrets

The space agency released a set of guidelines Tuesday for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. So far, eight countries have signed these so-called Artemis Accords.

In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carries a seismic experiments package in his left hand and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector to the deployment area on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, NASA released a set of guidelines for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements.(AP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 01:59 PM IST
Cape Canaveral, Florida, US | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Scientists reveal potential of swine coronavirus jumping from animals to people

In the new study, published in the journal PNAS, the scientists conducted lab tests to assess the potential threat from SADS-CoV to people, and found that the virus efficiently replicates in human liver and gut cells, as well as airway cells.

SADS-COV is also distinct from two circulating common cold alphacoronaviruses in humans, HCoV-229E and HCoV-NL63(AP)
Published on Oct 14, 2020 02:27 PM IST
Washington | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

2 Covid-19 medicine trials paused within 24 hours due to safety concerns

It’s not unusual for final stage clinical trials to hit a problem -- indeed, they are designed to scale up the number of participants to thousands or tens of thousands to tease out side effects that may be very rare.

Researchers at the Microbiology Research Facility work with coronavirus samples.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Washington | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Study suggests age does not contribute to Covid-19 susceptibility

Scientists have estimated that the age of an individual does not indicate how likely they are to be infected by SARS-CoV-2.

However, the development of symptoms, the progression of the disease, and mortality are age-dependent.(Pixabay)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Washington [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data

An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come.

“We conducted measurements for a whole year with just a short break.” (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 02:39 PM IST
Berlin | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Novel coronavirus survives 28 days on glass, currency: Australian researchers

Experiments done in controlled laboratory environments at 20, 30 and 40 degrees C showed that the survival time declined as the temperature increased.

The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, US January 29, 2020.(via Reuters)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Melbourne | ByReuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini moon next month.

Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing.(Unsplash)
Published on Oct 12, 2020 12:28 AM IST
Cape Canaveral | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Covid-19 is big oil’s asteroid strike

Covid-19 may do for Big Oil what the Chicxulub asteroid did for the dinosaurs when it struck Earth 66 million years ago.

Much like the “terrible lizards,” Big Oil was already in decline before the novel coronavirus hit.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 11:08 PM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Monkey fossils from 6.4 million years ago found in China

The study, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, noted that the unearthed jaw and thigh bones were found in close proximity, “and are probably of the same individual.”

Young macaques sit on a tree.(AP)
Published on Oct 11, 2020 04:52 PM IST
Beijing | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

UK study tests if BCG vaccine protects against Covid-19

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, used to protect against tuberculosis, induces a broad innate immune-system response and has been shown to protect against infection or severe illness with other respiratory pathogens.

A worker arranges BCG vaccine at Kings Institute, in Chennai.(PTI/For Representative Purposes Only)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 02:24 PM IST
London | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Spinach is good for planet, finds study

Spinach, when converted from its leafy, edible form into carbon nanosheets, acts as a catalyst for an oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells and metal-air batteries.

he AU researchers wanted to find an inexpensive and less toxic preparation method for an efficient catalyst by using readily available natural resources.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 10, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Washington | ByAsian News International| posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Massive stars are factories for ingredients to life

A similar process likely happened during the formation of the Sun and the inner rocky planets of our solar system, including Earth. The results are published in the Astrophysical Journal.

SOFIA’s infrared observations offer an unparalleled view of star chemistry. When visible light is spread into its component colours, a rainbow appears.(AFP)
Published on Oct 10, 2020 02:27 PM IST
Maryland (US) | ByAsian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Antibodies from patients infected with SARS-CoV in 2003 cross-neutralised SARS-CoV-2 in vitro: Study

The authors also report that, surprisingly, mice and rabbits immunised with a receptor-binding domain (RBD) from a strain of SARS-CoV that infects the Himalayan palm civet elicited stronger antibody responses against SARS-CoV-2 than animals immunised with an RBD from a human SARS-CoV strain.

The authors suggest that their findings may inform strategies to develop universal vaccines against emerging and future coronaviruses.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 02:15 PM IST
Washington | ByAsian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Chinese app provides legal way to get over the Great Firewall

A developer backed by Chinese cybersecurity giant 360 Security Technology Inc. has introduced a browser that allows mainland Chinese users to access previously blocked sites like Google and Facebook, partially bypassing Beijing’s Great Firewall

The browser, named Tuber, requires mobile number registration before use.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 02:05 PM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi

Rose-breasted Grosbeak: A bird which is both male and female

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak derives its name from the male of the species who have a ruby-red triangular marking on a white chest and dark black wings with pink wing pits.

This grosbeak observed at Powdermill Nature Reserve was split right down the middle - pink on the right side, yellow on the left.(Twitter user)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 06:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi

Indo-Israel rapid Covid-19 testing technology ready to rollout soon: Ron Malka

Indian and Israeli researchers have conducted trials after collecting a large number of samples in India for four different kinds of technologies, including a breath analyser and a voice test, that have the potential to detect COVID-19 rapidly.

Israel Ambassador to India Ron Malka.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 06:53 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Scientists detect long-lived antibodies in blood, saliva samples from Covid-19 patients

The scientists focused only on antibodies specific to the receptor binding domain of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein which it uses to enter host cells.

The study, published in the journal Science, points to the IgG class of antibodies as the longest-lasting antibodies detectable in the patients during this time frame, and may serve as promising targets to detect and evaluate immune responses against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 03:27 PM IST
New York | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Study says of 24 ‘superhabitable’ planets may exist outside solar system

The researchers from the Washington State University (WSU) in the US noted life could more easily thrive on planets that circle more slowly changing stars with longer lifespans than our Sun.

People watching a program
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 10:55 PM IST
Washington | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Women creators of genetic ‘scissors’ win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two women scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for creating genetic ‘scissors’ that can rewrite the code of life.

French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and professor Jennifer Doudna of the U.S. pose for the media during a visit to a painting exhibition by children about the genome, at the San Francisco park in Oviedo(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 07, 2020 06:53 PM IST
Stockholm/Berlin | ByReuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
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