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Jupiter becomes planet with most moons with 12 newly discovered

The Jupiter moons were added recently to a list kept by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.

Jupiter, the ‘king’ of the solar system in a pic by Nasa.(Instagram/@nasawebb)
Jupiter, the ‘king’ of the solar system in a pic by Nasa.(Instagram/@nasawebb)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 07:40 AM IST
AP | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Australia's lost ‘dangerous’ radioactive capsule discovered after six-day hunt

The six-day hunt came to an end after a search vehicle detected radiation while travelling along the highway, with authorities now working to safely remove the capsule before taking it to a secure location.

A radioactive capsule, which had fallen off a truck, after it was found along a desert highway south of Newman, Western Australia.(AFP)
A radioactive capsule, which had fallen off a truck, after it was found along a desert highway south of Newman, Western Australia.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 07:09 PM IST
AFP |

Is artificial intelligence faster than brain learning? Study finds

Can the brain, with its limited realization of precise mathematical operations, compete with advanced artificial intelligence systems implemented on fast and parallel computers? From our daily experience we know that for many tasks the answer is yes!

The results potentially provide a new conceptual framework for understanding brain inflammation and its relationship to brain cell loss and neurological deficits after head injury (Shutterstock)
The results potentially provide a new conceptual framework for understanding brain inflammation and its relationship to brain cell loss and neurological deficits after head injury (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:17 PM IST
ANI |

Extinction of elephants could affect atmospheric carbon levels: Study

If the already critically endangered elephants go extinct, the rainforests of Central and West Africa, the world's second largest, will lose between six and nine percent of their ability to capture atmospheric carbon.

 Elephants and other megaherbivores affect the abundance of these trees by feeding more heavily on the low carbon density trees. (Shutterstock)
Elephants and other megaherbivores affect the abundance of these trees by feeding more heavily on the low carbon density trees. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 07:13 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

New penguin colony found in Antarctica, courtesy bird poop: Report

Although discovered in December, the announcement was delayed to coincide with Penguin Awareness Day on January 20.

Aerial imagery from the Maxar WorldView-3 satellite shows the newly discovered emperor penguin colony. (BAS)
Aerial imagery from the Maxar WorldView-3 satellite shows the newly discovered emperor penguin colony. (BAS)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:41 AM IST

Censored woman artist’s painting laid bare in restoration

Artemisia Gentileschi: The piece by Artemisia Gentileschi, the Italian Baroque's trailblazing woman artist, is undergoing a months-long restoration to rediscover her original vision.

Censored woman painter Artemisia laid bare in restoration. (AFP)
Censored woman painter Artemisia laid bare in restoration. (AFP)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 11:08 AM IST
AFP |

Astronomers find most distant stars in our galaxy

The findings are based on data from the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS), a program using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) to study a cluster of galaxies well beyond the Milky Way.

These new observations allowed the researchers to trace the outer limits of the Milky Way's halo.(NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI/Representative)
These new observations allowed the researchers to trace the outer limits of the Milky Way's halo.(NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI/Representative)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 03:44 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Researchers suggest how brain games predict risk of viral infection

Subtle variations in every day cognitive performance can signal changes in brain states that are known to increase the risk of illness such as stress, fatigue and poor sleep. The team wanted to measure cognitive function and explore whether it was predictive of immune performance after exposure to a respiratory virus.

Cognitive variability, measured with an at-home, digital self-test, turned out to be very predictive.(Reuters)
Cognitive variability, measured with an at-home, digital self-test, turned out to be very predictive.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 08, 2023 10:36 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Watch Venus crossing paths with Saturn, other astronomical events in January

A comet, Venus crossing paths with Saturn, the Moon and Jupiter merely a degree apart are among the celestial delights expected to be visible in the sky during January.

NASA said that Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus will be visible throughout the month without the aid of binoculars or a telescope.(NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI/Representational image)
NASA said that Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus will be visible throughout the month without the aid of binoculars or a telescope.(NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI/Representational image)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Study finds important clues to dispersal of giant rhinos across Asia

According to a study published in the journal "Communications Biology," the giant rhino, Paraceratherium, was dispersed across South and Central Asia via the Tibetan Plateau.

Up to the Late Oligocene, the evolution and migration from P. bugtiense to P. linxiaense and P. lepidum show that the
Up to the Late Oligocene, the evolution and migration from P. bugtiense to P. linxiaense and P. lepidum show that the "Tibetan Plateau" was not yet a barrier to the movement of the largest land mammal.
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 02:45 PM IST
ANI |

Scientists map Hepatitis C virus' critical protein structure

It is projected that roughly 60 million people globally have chronic HCV infections. The virus infects liver cells, typically establishing a "silent" infection for decades until liver damage becomes severe enough to cause symptoms.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a major healthcare burden in India, with an estimated 12-18 million people infected.(Shutterstock/Representational image)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a major healthcare burden in India, with an estimated 12-18 million people infected.(Shutterstock/Representational image)
Published on Jan 01, 2023 05:34 PM IST
ANI |

Study reveals potential of photosynthesis regulation under altered lighting

Plants have to constantly adapt their photosynthetic activity to their environmental conditions in order to obtain maximum light yield on the one hand, but avoid being harmed by too much light on the other hand.

The study demonstrates the significance of two key proteins for the dynamic control of photosynthesis in a series of experiments with changing light conditions, simulating the natural interplay of light and shadow.(Shutterstock)
The study demonstrates the significance of two key proteins for the dynamic control of photosynthesis in a series of experiments with changing light conditions, simulating the natural interplay of light and shadow.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 01, 2023 04:30 PM IST
ANI |

‘Rocket-themed Game of Thrones…’: ISRO's range of missions queued for 2023

The upcoming year will witness a series of experiments on India's maiden human space flight – Gaganyaan project – along with other missions.

The launchpad and mission control centre at Isro’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
The launchpad and mission control centre at Isro’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 06:12 PM IST
PTI | , New Delhi

Over-activity in brain's specific area linked to certain Schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a psychotic illness which exhibits itself in three ways: negative symptoms such as lethargy, apathy and social withdrawal, positive symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions and cognitive symptoms such as impaired memory.

This study has important implications for developing treatments for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. (Shutterstock)
This study has important implications for developing treatments for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 01:14 PM IST
ANI |

Brown algae can play major role in global warming mitigation: Research

Brown algae can even outcompete terrestrial forests in the long run to remove large amounts of CO2 from the global cycle, thereby counteracting global warming.

Brown algae can remove large amounts of CO2 from the global cycle in the long term.(source:Twitter/@FeFullerton)
Brown algae can remove large amounts of CO2 from the global cycle in the long term.(source:Twitter/@FeFullerton)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 08:23 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

'Brain-eating amoeba' naegleria fowleri kills South Korea man. Check symptoms

Brain-eating amoeba causes 'primary amoebic meningoencephalitis' (PAM) disease which is widely seen as fatal.

Brain-eating amoeba, naegleria fowleri is an amoeba (a single-celled living organism) that can cause infections in the brain. (source: CDC)
Brain-eating amoeba, naegleria fowleri is an amoeba (a single-celled living organism) that can cause infections in the brain. (source: CDC)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 06:07 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

EP3 neurons responsible for maintaining mammalian body temperature: Study

Body temperature in humans and many other mammals is regulated at around 37°C (98.6°F), which optimizes all regulatory functions.

The research focussed on EP3 neurons in the preoptic area, which express EP3 receptors of PGE2, and investigated the function of regulating body temperature. (Representational Image)(AP)
The research focussed on EP3 neurons in the preoptic area, which express EP3 receptors of PGE2, and investigated the function of regulating body temperature. (Representational Image)(AP)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 07:10 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Vision-threatening thyroid eye disease treatment discovered in new study

"This treatment has the potential to alter the course of the disease, potentially sparing patients from needing multiple invasive surgeries by providing an alternative, nonsurgical treatment option," an official said.

Thyroid eye disease is a rare and vision-threatening autoimmune condition that causes the muscles and fatty tissues behind the eye to become inflamed and enlarged, leading to bulging of the eyes.(Representational image)
Thyroid eye disease is a rare and vision-threatening autoimmune condition that causes the muscles and fatty tissues behind the eye to become inflamed and enlarged, leading to bulging of the eyes.(Representational image)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 08:50 PM IST
ANI |

Glassfrogs conceal red blood cells in liver to turn transparent: Study

Glassfrogs are some of the only land-based vertebrates that can achieve transparency, which has made them a target for study.

When glassfrogs are resting, their muscles and skin become transparent, the study said. (File Photo)(AFP)
When glassfrogs are resting, their muscles and skin become transparent, the study said. (File Photo)(AFP)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 03:18 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Planet spiralling into star may offer glimpse into Earth's end

In a new study published on Monday, a team of mostly US-based researchers said they hope the doomed exoplanet Kepler-1658b can help shed light on how worlds die as their stars get older.

The planet Earth is seen in a photo taken by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on April 22, 2014. (File image)(Reuters)
The planet Earth is seen in a photo taken by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on April 22, 2014. (File image)(Reuters)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 09:29 PM IST
AFP |

Microbes can assist humans build colonies on Moon & Mars, new study reveals

A study of biochemical process by which cyanobacteria absorb nutrients from rocks in Chile's Atacama Desert revealed new ways of microbes assisting humans in colonising the Moon and Mars.

Scientists observed that cyanobacteria produce biofilms that dissolve magnetic iron oxide particles within gypsum rocks, subsequently transforming the magnetite into oxidized hematite. (Representational Image)
Scientists observed that cyanobacteria produce biofilms that dissolve magnetic iron oxide particles within gypsum rocks, subsequently transforming the magnetite into oxidized hematite. (Representational Image)
Published on Dec 18, 2022 07:48 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Scientists announce first nuclear fusion ignition. Why is it a milestone?

Nuclear fusion is a process in which atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy in the process, according to Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc^2.

 The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) said it had used the world's largest laser to create, for the first time, a fusion ignition reaction.(AFP)
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) said it had used the world's largest laser to create, for the first time, a fusion ignition reaction.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 17, 2022 11:03 PM IST
By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Human bipedalism may have developed in trees rather than on ground: Study

Human bipedalism, or walking erect on two legs, may have developed in trees rather than on the ground, as previously supposed.

For the study, researchers explored the behaviours of wild chimpanzees - our closest living relative - living in the Issa Valley of western Tanzania, within the region of the East African Rift Valley. (Representational Image)
For the study, researchers explored the behaviours of wild chimpanzees - our closest living relative - living in the Issa Valley of western Tanzania, within the region of the East African Rift Valley. (Representational Image)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 04:29 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Scientists make first-ever audio recording of extraterrestrial whirlwind on Mars

The microphone is not on continuously; it records for about three minutes every couple of days.

Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 09:29 PM IST
ANI |

UK to study DNA of 100,000 newborns looking for rare diseases

The study, led by Genomics England in partnership with the National Health Service, will test whether sequencing is a cost-effective way of preventing and treating childhood diseases.

UK to study DNA of 100,000 newborns looking for rare diseases
UK to study DNA of 100,000 newborns looking for rare diseases
Published on Dec 13, 2022 07:44 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Researchers say meteorites could have paved way for life on Earth. Here's how

If the initial space debris had included carbonaceous chondrites a class of meteorite whose members contain significant amounts of water and small molecules, such as amino acids then it could have contributed to the evolution of life on Earth.

One scientific hypothesis is that meteorites delivered amino acids life's building blocks to our planet.(HT file photo)
One scientific hypothesis is that meteorites delivered amino acids life's building blocks to our planet.(HT file photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 02:53 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Latest study in mice paves way for developing universal flu vaccine: Report

The approach by the scientists differed from previous attempts to craft a universal flu vaccine by including antigens specific to each subtype, rather than just a smaller set of antigens shared among subtypes, the study published in the journal Science said.

Antibody levels remained mostly stable four months after vaccination in the mice, the study said.(Representative Image/Unsplash)
Antibody levels remained mostly stable four months after vaccination in the mice, the study said.(Representative Image/Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 01:55 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

France, Germany, Italy agree on next-generation space rockets for ESA

The ESA has had to scramble to find a way to get its missions into space after Russia withdrew its Soyuz rockets in response to European sanctions over Moscow's war in Ukraine earlier this year.

A model of Europe's next-generation space rocket Ariane 6 is pictured at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Lampoldshausen near Heilbronn, Germany.(REUTERS file)
A model of Europe's next-generation space rocket Ariane 6 is pictured at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Lampoldshausen near Heilbronn, Germany.(REUTERS file)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 11:10 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Researchers examine role of copper-binding proteins in cancer cells

The conclusion drawn from studies demonstrating higher copper levels in tumor cells and blood serum from cancer patients is that cancer cells require more copper than healthy cells.

The findings in the new study mean that copper and copper-binding proteins could be targets for future cancer treatment.
The findings in the new study mean that copper and copper-binding proteins could be targets for future cancer treatment.
Published on Nov 14, 2022 08:45 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Black hole 10 times the size of Sun, closest to Earth yet discovered

The closest black hole to Earth has been named Gaia BH1 by astronomers using the Gemini North telescope on the island of Hawaii, one of the twin telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, which is run by NSF's NOIRLab.

(File) A black hole is a celestial object that compresses a huge mass into an extremely small space.(AFP)
(File) A black hole is a celestial object that compresses a huge mass into an extremely small space.(AFP)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 05:30 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand
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