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Gypsies migrated from India 1,500 years ago

world Updated: Dec 10, 2012 00:16 IST

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Europe’s largest minority group - the Romani - with approximately 11 million people began their migration from northern India to Europe 1,500 years ago, much earlier than previously thought, according to a new research.

The Romani were known as “gypsies” in the 16th century because they were originally thought to have come from Egypt.

Genetic scientists have found that the Romani population first arrived through the Balkans and began dispersing outwards from there 900 years ago, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. - PTI

X-ray vision could reveal birth of supernovae
London: Astronomers have uncovered new evidence that suggests that space-borne X-ray detectors could be the first to spot new supernovae signalling the death of massive stars.

University of Leicester researchers measured an excess of X-ray radiation in the first few minutes of collapsing massive stars, which may be the signature of the supernova shock wave first escaping from the star. “When one of the giant stars runs out of hydrogen it collapses catastrophically and explodes as a supernova,” said Rhaana Starling, astrophysicist at Leicester. - IANS

‘Hiroshima bombing biggest turning point in modern history’
London: The 1945 nuclear bombing of Hiroshima by America has been voted as the biggest single turning point in modern history, rated even above the ‘holocaust’ and September 11 terror attacks in the US.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 British adults, the use of nuclear weapons to bomb the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki between August 6-9, 1945 was more pivotal than a series of other milestones, including events that sparked World War I and the fall of Communism in Europe.

Researchers found that more than one in four people rated the end of the World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb on the twin cities as the most significant.
Next most significant was 9/11 with 16% of those polled rating the terrorist attacks in the US as the most monumental, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. - PTI