How the periodic table pushed scientific discovery

Updated on Jun 05, 2023 09:02 PM IST

The periodic table is not just the story of discoveries aided by better technological innovations, it’s also the story of sheer genius

The Periodic Table (Wikimedia Commons)

Chandrayaan-3 launch window opens from July 12: Isro chief

HT on May 22 reported that the launch of the much-awaited mission is likely to happen on July 12 and the lunar touchdown is expected on August 23.

Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched and inserted into lunar orbit in 2019. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 04, 2023 02:13 AM IST

Want your name on Jupiter's moon? Check out this NASA campaign

Europa Clipper’s main science goal is to determine whether there are places below the surface of Europa that could support life, said NASA.

The spacecraft will begin its journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa in October next year. (NASA)
Published on Jun 02, 2023 09:28 PM IST

NASA's GUARDIAN can detect tsunami from far reaches of atmosphere. Check how

GUARDIAN utilises the signals from global navigational satellite systems (GNSS) to detect the occurrence of tsunamis worldwide.

The tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004 in the Bay of Bengal region killed over 2 lakh people.(NASA)
Published on Jun 02, 2023 02:21 PM IST

Leak at Pacific ocean floor, may lead to earthquake of magnitude 9.0: Report

The leak is on top of the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault which is around 80 km off the coast of Oregon in the United States.

The liquid emanating from the leak was discovered to be ‘tectonic lubricant’ (University of Washington)
Published on May 31, 2023 11:08 PM IST

NASA's Kepler discovers trio of exoplanets in final days of decade-long mission

Kepler's renewed mission, K2, studied how citizen scientists hunted for signals of transiting worlds or planets crossing in front of their stars.

All these exoplanets are between the size of Earth and Neptune, and closely orbit their stars. (Illustrative Image)(Twitter/@NASAExoplanets)
Published on May 31, 2023 03:21 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

How NavIC aims to become a global navigation tool

In its present status, NavIC is competing with QZSS from Japan, which also targets only the Japanese and neighbouring regions.

NavIC is an independent stand-alone navigation satellite system. (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 06:24 PM IST

What is Foucault’s Pendulum installed in new Parliament buidling? Explained

Foucault’s Pendulum is the largest of its kind in India, standing at a towering height of 22 meters and weighing a substantial 36 kilograms.

Foucault’s Pendulum has been placed in the new Parliament building's Constitutional Hall.(Twitter/@ncsmgoi)
Published on May 30, 2023 09:12 PM IST

With first civilian astronaut, China launches new crew for its space station

The crew will stay aboard the station for around five months, during which they will conduct scientific experiments and regular maintenance.

A Long March rocket carrying a crew of Chinese astronauts in a Shenzhou-16 spaceship lifts off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China, Tuesday.(AP)
Published on May 30, 2023 08:11 AM IST
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Revealed! Why are killer whales attacking sailing boats?

In the reported attacks on sailing boats, smaller orcas in the vicinity appeared to be imitating the larger ones.

The unusual behaviour observed in orcas could also be attributed to playfulness or what researchers refer to as a “fad
Published on May 29, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

‘Alien’ mock signal sent to Earth from Mars for the 1st time: Report

Amid the search for another life beyond Earth, an alien signal was beamed to the planet from Mars for the first time.

Mars (NASA)
Published on May 29, 2023 09:22 PM IST

NASA to spice up astronaut menu with deep space food production

A New York company that makes carbon-negative aviation fuel is taking the menu for interplanetary cuisine in a very different direction.

Published on May 29, 2023 03:46 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B

A year on Red Planet: Meet the scientist set to step into Martian habitat

Participants will face equipment failures and water limitations, the space agency has warned -- as well as some "surprises," according to Haston.

Scientist walks in a Mars-like simulation.(AFP)
Published on May 27, 2023 10:36 AM IST

World’s oldest Homo sapiens footprint identified on in South Africa

A key challenge when studying the palaeo-record – trackways, fossils, or any other kind of ancient sediment – is determining how old the materials are.

The oldest known footprint of our species, lightly ringed with chalk. It appears long and narrow because the trackmaker dragged their heel.(Charles Helm)
Published on May 24, 2023 11:19 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

‘Enhanced rock weathering’ can help combat climate change: Report

Enhance rock weathering increases the contact area between rainwater and rock, consequently facilitating greater carbon removal.

Enhanced weathering, achieved through the application of nutrient-rich rocks to soil, offers multiple benefits.(UNDO official website)
Published on May 22, 2023 10:43 PM IST

Global warming threatens species with deadly temperatures, study shows

The study examined data from over 35,000 species of animals and seagrasses (including mammals, amphibians, birds, etc) from every continent and ocean basin.

Once the thermal exposure threshold is crossed, the animal is not necessarily going to die out, but there is no evidence that it is able to survive the higher temperatures.
Published on May 22, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Placenta plays an important role in genetic risk of schizophrenia, study finds

A new study has discovered that the placenta plays a considerably larger role in the development of sickness than previously thought.

Schizophrenia is serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally.(Representative image)
Published on May 21, 2023 03:37 PM IST

SpaceX's Axiom mission-2 set for launch with 1st Saudi woman

Rayyanah Barnawi, a breast cancer researcher, is the first-ever Saudi woman to voyage into space along with another Saudi national, Ali AlQarni.

The Ax-2 crew (L to R) Rayyanah Barnawi, Peggy Whitson, John Shoffner and Ali Alqarni.(AFP)
Published on May 21, 2023 01:48 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Heat-temperature marine bacteria help detoxify asbestos, says study

Removal of silicon and magnesium from asbestos has been shown to disrupt its fibrous structure.

the bacterium could be used to treat asbestos' toxicity through iron removal. (Pic for representation only)
Published on May 20, 2023 10:39 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Earth-sized alien planet gripped by widespread volcanism: Report

An Earth-sized planet orbiting a dim star in our galactic neighborhood is offering some of the best evidence to date of volcanism beyond our solar system.

An exoplanet called LP 791-18 d, an Earth-size world about 90 light-years away, is seen in an undated artist's rendering. (Reuters)
Published on May 18, 2023 06:36 AM IST
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‘Celestial monsters’: James Webb Space Telescope on detecting supermassive stars

The largest stars observed until now have a mass of around 300 times that of our Sun. The star described in a study has an estimated mass of 5,000-10,000 Suns.

The team of European researchers behind the study previously theorised the existence of supermassive stars in 2018 in an attempt to explain one of the great mysteries of astronomy. (File/Reuters)
Published on May 17, 2023 05:07 PM IST

Saturn outshines Jupiter in ‘moon race’; total count at 145

A new study have unveiled 62 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing Saturn's official count of natural satellites to a grand total of 145.

The newly discovered moons of Saturn have currently been designated with numbers and letters. (Photo Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/Spac Science Institute)
Published on May 15, 2023 09:13 PM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

NASA may now predict killer solar storms ‘30 minutes’ before they hit Earth

Solar storms occur when the Sun emits huge bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation from the Sun.(Representative image)
Published on May 15, 2023 05:52 PM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Human eye 'tricks' the brain into incorrect assumptions, study reveals

This new study, however, shows that we can be fooled in our estimates of object size.

The human eye(HT File Photo)
Published on May 15, 2023 11:31 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B

Human genome reboot better reflects global population

The new genome rundown may help clarify the contribution of genetic variation to health and disease, improve genetic testing, and guide drug discovery.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2023, scientists announced they have sequenced the genomes of 47 people from around the world, allowing scientists to be able to look at what's normal and what's not across people and learn more about what genes do and what diseases genetic problems may cause. (NHGRI via AP, File)(AP)
Published on May 11, 2023 03:47 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Webb telescope spots three debris belts around luminous star Fomalhaut

Fomalhaut, one of the brightest stars in our night sky and the brightest in the southern constellation Piscis Austrinus, is located 25 light years from Earth.

This image of the dusty debris disk surrounding the star Fomalhaut is from the James Webb Space Telescope. (via Reuters)
Published on May 09, 2023 12:16 PM IST
Reuters |

‘Not a victim’: Rosalind Franklin’s role in solving the mystery of DNA structure

Popular narrative sees her as a scientist whose data was stolen. But she must be remembered as an equal contributor, write researchers revisiting her story

Rosalind Franklin(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on May 08, 2023 05:06 PM IST

China's ‘mystery’ spacecraft returns to Earth after 276 days: Report

The uncrewed spacecraft returned to the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China on Monday.

No details were given on what the spacecraft was, what technologies were tested, how high it flew. (Reuters)
Published on May 08, 2023 11:59 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

'Remarkable' Alzheimer's drug reduces cognitive decline

The outcome was measured by cognition and their ability to carry out daily tasks like managing finances, driving and engaging in hobbies.

Side effects included temporary swelling in parts of the brain. (Representative Image)(Shutterstock)
Published on May 03, 2023 10:55 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Neurotoxicity suspected in Ludhiana gas leak; here's how it's fatal for the body

Ludhiana gas leak have claimed 11 lives. Authorities hint the death is due to inhalation of neurotoxic gas. Here we explain why neurotoxicants are so fatal.

 NDRF teams reached and initiating rescue operation after gas leak incident at Sua road, Giaspura area in Ludhiana on Sunday. ((Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times))
Published on Apr 30, 2023 06:38 PM IST
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