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According to the researchers, one of the most urgent tasks is to understand all the molecular interactions between the virus and the cells it infects.(Pixabay)

Scientists decode how coronavirus interacts with proteins in human cells

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | Boston
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:34 AM IST
According to the researchers, one of the most urgent tasks is to understand all the molecular interactions between the virus and the cells it infects.
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Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in July, 2019.(AP)
Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in July, 2019.(AP)

Isro releases Chandrayaan 2 orbiter data, data from payload looking for water awaited

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:06 AM IST
The lander and rover were destroyed during the attempted landing in September last year
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The research, provides new insights into how cancers evolve to adapt to changing environments and suggests ways to reduce drug resistance by combining therapies.(ANI)
The research, provides new insights into how cancers evolve to adapt to changing environments and suggests ways to reduce drug resistance by combining therapies.(ANI)

Study reveals how ecDNA forms, drives cancer drug resistance

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:12 PM IST
The research, published in the journal Nature, provides new insights into how cancers evolve to adapt to changing environments and suggests ways to reduce drug resistance by combining therapies.
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Recent analyses indicate that pregnant women and newborns may face elevated risks of developing more severe cases of Covid-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection.(Pixabay)
Recent analyses indicate that pregnant women and newborns may face elevated risks of developing more severe cases of Covid-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection.(Pixabay)

Research reveals compromised transfer of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies through placenta

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:20 PM IST
Recent analyses indicate that pregnant women and newborns may face elevated risks of developing more severe cases of Covid-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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New drug combination could improve glucose, weight control in diabetes

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Scientists have shown that adding an experimental cancer drug to a widely used diabetes treatment improves blood glucose control and weight loss in mice, according to a study.
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The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.(Pixabay)
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.(Pixabay)

Oxygen level while walking identifies at-risk patients: Covid Science

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.
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A potential preventive treatment for Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, has been demonstrated in a mouse model and using immune-reactive T cells from patients with Crohn’s disease.(ANI)
A potential preventive treatment for Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, has been demonstrated in a mouse model and using immune-reactive T cells from patients with Crohn’s disease.(ANI)

Potential preventative treatment demonstrated for Crohn’s disease

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 01:53 PM IST
A potential preventive treatment for Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, has been demonstrated in a mouse model and using immune-reactive T cells from patients with Crohn’s disease.
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The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.(Unsplash)
The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.(Unsplash)

New population of blue whales discovered in western Indian ocean: Study

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:22 AM IST
The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.
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Jupiter and Saturn appear about one-tenth of a degree apart during an astronomical event known as a Great Conjunction above Mt. Tamalpais in Larkspur, California.(AP)
Jupiter and Saturn appear about one-tenth of a degree apart during an astronomical event known as a Great Conjunction above Mt. Tamalpais in Larkspur, California.(AP)

‘Great Conjunction’: Rare alignment of Jupiter, Saturn wows sky gazers

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:43 AM IST
Hundreds of space fans also gathered in Kolkata to watch the “Great Conjunction” through a telescope at Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in the city, or from surrounding rooftops and open areas though the winter fog partially hindered the view.
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Researchers have provided the first physiological evidence that a foundational centre of the brain influences how sound is processed by identifying a previously unknown neural circuit.(Unsplash)
Researchers have provided the first physiological evidence that a foundational centre of the brain influences how sound is processed by identifying a previously unknown neural circuit.(Unsplash)

Research reveals how brain distinguishes speech from noise

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 01:14 PM IST
During a recent study, researchers provided the first physiological evidence that a foundational centre of the brain influences how sound is processed by identifying a previously unknown neural circuit.
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Winter Solstice, which will begin on Monday, is that day of the year when we see fewest hours of daylight.(Representative)
Winter Solstice, which will begin on Monday, is that day of the year when we see fewest hours of daylight.(Representative)

Winter Solstice 2020: When will it begin in India and why is it so special this year

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:20 AM IST
This year, the day is special as it coincides with a stunning celestial event - the ‘Great Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn, happening after nearly 400 years.
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The conjunction is popularly known as the ‘Christmas Star’, which, according to the Bible, was the star that guided the three wise men to baby Jesus.((NASA))
The conjunction is popularly known as the ‘Christmas Star’, which, according to the Bible, was the star that guided the three wise men to baby Jesus.((NASA))

Today’s great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn comes after nearly 400 years

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Nilavro Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 09:30 AM IST
Apart from being the first time in nearly 400 years the planetary giants have been this close to one another, this is also the first time in 800 years that the alignment will occur at night.
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In this photo, Saturn is at the top and Jupiter is below. But the position will reverse on December 21 though they will appear as one big star.((Nasa))
In this photo, Saturn is at the top and Jupiter is below. But the position will reverse on December 21 though they will appear as one big star.((Nasa))

Jupiter-Saturn great conjunction on December 21: How to watch in India

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:18 AM IST
In India, the conjunction is likely to be visible between 6.30 and 7.30 pm.
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An international research group has discovered in the human brain a new functional coupling mechanism between neurons, which may serve as a communication channel between brain regions.(Unsplash)
An international research group has discovered in the human brain a new functional coupling mechanism between neurons, which may serve as a communication channel between brain regions.(Unsplash)

New means of neuronal communication discovered in human brain

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Helsinki
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:27 PM IST
An international research group has discovered in the human brain a new functional coupling mechanism between neurons, which may serve as a communication channel between brain regions.
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Researchers have found that though in fiction people might cheer the death of an evil villain, the only deaths that they do remember are the ones which they perceive as sad and meaningful endings of the character they love.(Unsplash)
Researchers have found that though in fiction people might cheer the death of an evil villain, the only deaths that they do remember are the ones which they perceive as sad and meaningful endings of the character they love.(Unsplash)

In fiction sad and meaningful deaths are likely to be remembered: Study

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Researchers have found that though in fiction people might cheer the death of an evil villain, the only deaths that they do remember are the ones which they perceive as sad and meaningful endings of the character they love.
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Individuals with high ADHD-traits that do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis are less able to perform tasks involving attentional regulation or emotional control after a sleepless night than individuals with low ADHD-traits, suggest the findings a new study.(Unsplash)
Individuals with high ADHD-traits that do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis are less able to perform tasks involving attentional regulation or emotional control after a sleepless night than individuals with low ADHD-traits, suggest the findings a new study.(Unsplash)

Study reveals individuals with ADHD-traits are more vulnerable to insomnia

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Individuals with high ADHD-traits that do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis are less able to perform tasks involving attentional regulation or emotional control after a sleepless night than individuals with low ADHD-traits, suggest the findings a new study.
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A new canine sleep study could serve as a baseline for research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment of these conditions.(Unsplash)
A new canine sleep study could serve as a baseline for research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment of these conditions.(Unsplash)

Study sets baseline for sleep patterns in healthy adult dogs

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Washington DC
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:00 PM IST
A new canine sleep study could serve as a baseline for research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment of these conditions.
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Researchers discovered a new way to use machine intelligence for accelerating brain mapping technique.(Unsplash)
Researchers discovered a new way to use machine intelligence for accelerating brain mapping technique.(Unsplash)

A new study uses machine intelligence to hasten brain mapping

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Okinawa
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:18 AM IST
Researchers discovered a new way to use machine intelligence for accelerating brain mapping technique.
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It will be the closest Jupiter-Saturn pairing since July 1623, when the two planets appeared a little nearer.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It will be the closest Jupiter-Saturn pairing since July 1623, when the two planets appeared a little nearer.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Cape Canaveral
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 09:22 PM IST
Astronomers say so-called conjunctions between the two largest planets in our solar system aren’t particularly rare. Jupiter passes its neighbor Saturn in their respective laps around the sun every 20 years.
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The researchers from the University of Utah in the US said the VLPs are empty shells made of the same lipids and three types of proteins as present in an active SARS-CoV-2 virus, but without its genetic material RNA that causes infections.(Reuters)
The researchers from the University of Utah in the US said the VLPs are empty shells made of the same lipids and three types of proteins as present in an active SARS-CoV-2 virus, but without its genetic material RNA that causes infections.(Reuters)

‘Infectious’ coronavirus particles may remain on surfaces longer as temperatures drop: Study

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:41 PM IST
According to the study, published in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, virus-like particles, or VLPs, “faithfully mimic the external structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 carrying CMS-01 communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), in Sriharikota, on Thursday.(PTI)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 carrying CMS-01 communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), in Sriharikota, on Thursday.(PTI)

ISRO launches PSLV with communication satellite

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:13 PM IST
This was the second launch for the ISRO this year, with most of the missions – including big-ticket solar mission and first unmanned flight of the Gaganyaan mission – delayed due to the pandemic
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Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the Chang’e program has made three landings there, including on its less explored far side.(AP)
Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the Chang’e program has made three landings there, including on its less explored far side.(AP)

Moon rocks in hand, China prepares for future moon missions

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:18 PM IST
China’s next three lunar missions are on track, along with programs for returning samples from Mars and exploring asteroids and the planet Jupiter.
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This will be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR and the new satellite would replace the GSAT-12 in the orbit, which was launched in 2011.(PTI Photo)
This will be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR and the new satellite would replace the GSAT-12 in the orbit, which was launched in 2011.(PTI Photo)

Isro launches India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:27 PM IST
The CMS-01 is envisaged to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum whose coverage will include the Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands, according to news agency ANI. The satellite will be the first in a new series of communication satellites by India after the GSAT and INSAT series.
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During non-El Nino droughts there is a moderate decrease in June rainfall, followed by signs of recovery during mid-July to mid-August - the peak of the season. In picture, Mamallapuram coast during cyclone Nivar.(PTI)
During non-El Nino droughts there is a moderate decrease in June rainfall, followed by signs of recovery during mid-July to mid-August - the peak of the season. In picture, Mamallapuram coast during cyclone Nivar.(PTI)

Ministry of science and technology cites study saying disturbance from north atlantic could derail Indian monsoon

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 03:11 PM IST
The findings suggest that modelling efforts ought to focus on including the influence of mid-latitudes, in addition to the Pacific and Indian oceans, for getting a better handle on the predictability of the monsoon, its variability as well as droughts.
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India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 is set to launch CMS-01 communication satellite on Thursday from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.(PTI Photo)
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 is set to launch CMS-01 communication satellite on Thursday from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.(PTI Photo)

India’s 42nd communications satellite moments away from launch

By Anonna Dutt | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:07 PM IST
The next much anticipated mission of the space agency is the maiden flight of the newly developed Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), with the capacity to launch a light 500kg satellite in the lower Earth orbit.
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The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the Chinese government announced.(AP File Photo)
The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the Chinese government announced.(AP File Photo)

Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

By Associate Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:41 AM IST
The successful mission was the latest breakthrough for China’s increasingly ambitious space program that includes a robotic mission to Mars and plans for a permanent orbiting space station.
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When Sorawut Kittibanthorn was looking for new types of waste to recycle, the then London-based student was drawn to the millions of tons of chicken feathers being discarded each year(Unsplash)
When Sorawut Kittibanthorn was looking for new types of waste to recycle, the then London-based student was drawn to the millions of tons of chicken feathers being discarded each year(Unsplash)

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale | Bangkok
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:45 PM IST
When Sorawut Kittibanthorn was looking for new types of waste to recycle, the then London-based student was drawn to the millions of tons of chicken feathers being discarded each year.
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Recovery of the return vehicle will be complicated by its small size, darkness and heavy snow, state media reported.(Reuters file photo)
Recovery of the return vehicle will be complicated by its small size, darkness and heavy snow, state media reported.(Reuters file photo)

China prepares for return of lunar probe with moon samples

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:59 PM IST
The Chang’e probe is expected to land in the Siziwang district of the vast Inner Mongolia region late Wednesday or early Thursday. It fired its engines early Wednesday to put it on course before the orbiter separates from the return vehicle, with all systems functioning as expected, the China National Space Administration said.
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The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on Wednesday, used cutting-edge MRI scans to compare the changes in the brains of survivors with those who died from the disease across different age-groups.(AP (Representative Image))
The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on Wednesday, used cutting-edge MRI scans to compare the changes in the brains of survivors with those who died from the disease across different age-groups.(AP (Representative Image))

Team co-led by Indian scientists discovers how malaria affects brain

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:57 PM IST
According to the researchers, cerebral malaria is a severe, life-threatening complication of infection with the Plasmodium falciparum parasite that can infect humans through the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes.
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Astra was set up in 2016 and since then has developed a two-stage rocket for spacecraft launches.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Astra was set up in 2016 and since then has developed a two-stage rocket for spacecraft launches.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

US firm’s rocket fails to reach orbit due to technical issues

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Astra’s Rocket 3.2 lifted off on Tuesday at 20:55 GMT from the Alaskan Pacific Spaceport Complex. According to Astra’s founder and CEO, Chris Kemp, cited by spacenews.com , the upper stage stopped working 12-15 seconds earlier than planned as it ran out of fuel.
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