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Bahubali fame, actor Prabhas donates Rs 1 crore for AP flood victims

Bahubali fame Prabhas has donated Rs 1 crore to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, which is almost four times that of other actors in the Telugu film industry. The Bahubali actor came forward to donate the money to help relief measures being undertaken in the state after the recent devastating floods. Earlier, Prabhas had donated Rs 4.5 crore ...

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Desalination: Making seawater drinkable in minutes possible now

Merits of co-axial electrospun nanofiber membrane

A research team in KICT, led by Dr. Yunchul Woo, has developed co-axial electrospun nanofiber membranes fabricated by an alternative nano-technology, which is electrospinning. This new desalination technology shows it has the potential to help solve the world’s freshwater shortage. The developed technology can prevent wetting issues and also improve the long-term stability in membrane distillation process. A three-dimensional hierarchical ...

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This 5,000-year-old man had the most ancient strain of plague

The oldest strain of Yersinia pestis–the bacteria behind the plague that caused the Black Death, which may have killed as much as half of Europe’s population in the 1300s–has been found in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer. A genetic analysis published on June 29 in the journal Cell Reports reveals that this ancient strain was likely less contagious and not as ...

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Black fungus found in intestine; New complication seen in Covid patients

As Covid-19 cases are witnessing a reduction in numbers from a peak of 4 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs now in the country, Black Fungus or mucormycosis has taken centre stage. Notwithstanding the add-on, doctors in New Delhi have detected that the fungal infection infected the lower intestine of two patients. Both the patients, including one aged 68 years and another ...

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Covid-19: Japan scientists discover a new defense mechanism for SARS-CoV-2

Scientists from Hokkaido University in Japan have discovered a novel defensive response to SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 that involves the viral pattern recognition receptor RIG-I. Upregulating expression of this protein could strengthen the immune response in COPD patients. In the 18 months since the first report of COVID-19 and the spread of the pandemic, there has been a large amount of ...

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Heart patients advised to move more to avoid strokes

Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of heart disease. But a large study today reveals that in people with these conditions, increasing activity levels is associated with a reduced likelihood of heart events and mortality. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Study ...

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Covid vaccine may not protect blood cancer patients fully, studies suggest booster dose


Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer. According to researchers, these studies could help inform the ideal time for vaccination of these populations. One study suggests two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is less effective for people with CLL as ...

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Prince Philip is Dead

Buckingham Palace announced Friday, 9 April 2021, that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died. In a statement, the British Royalty said:” It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements ...

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Lightweight Crane Technology to be Tested on the Moon [ARTEMIS PROJECT]


Like a Swiss Army knife, NASA’s Lightweight Surface Manipulation System (LSMS) technology is likely to find many ways of usage on the surface of Moon as part of its Artemis moon program. This lightweight robotic crane with a structurally efficient truss frame and cable actuation mimics the movement of a human arm, but with a much longer reach as seen in ...

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NASA’s TESS Discovers New Worlds among many Young Stars

Using observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international team of astronomers has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun called TOI 451. The system resides in the recently discovered Pisces-Eridanus stream, a collection of stars less than 3% the age of our solar system that stretches across one-third ...

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1,300-year-old Hindu temple of Ghandhara style discovered in Swat, Pakistan

Excavation under way at Barikot in Swat district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Photo: Italian Archaeological Mission to Pakistan

A 1,300-year-old Hindu temple of Vishnu has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological team at a mountain in northwest Pakistan’s Swat district. The temple was unearthed during an excavation at Barikot Ghundai. Built 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period, the temple site has traces of cantonment and watchtowers, said Fazle Khaliq of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archaeology. ...

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Hackers scam research journal’s peer-review process, get 19 papers published

A ‘rogue editor network’ infiltrated a research journal’s peer-review system in an attempt to publish sub-standard papers in an attempt to subvert the scietific research standards. The hijackers created fake e-mail accounts and web domains to impersonate respected academics, and managed to accept 19 papers for publication at The Journal of Nanoparticle Research. However, the suspicious activity was flagged by journal ...

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Even one small drink of alcohol linked to risk of atrial fibrillation

Take home figure from the editorial showing the risk of different cardiovascular events per one standard drink CREDIT European Heart Journal

A study of nearly 108,000 people has found that people who regularly drink a modest amount of alcohol are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, or a condition where the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm.The study, published in the European Heart Journal [1], found that, compared to drinking no alcohol at all, just one alcoholic drink a day was linked ...

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Scientists discover the secret of Galápagos’ rich ecosystem

A Galápagos Toroise CREDIT Alexander Forryan

The mystery of how the Galápagos Islands, a rocky, volcanic outcrop, with only modest rainfall and vegetation, is able to sustain its unique wildlife habitats has been resolved. The Galápagos archipelago, rising from the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean some 900 km off the South American mainland, is an iconic and globally significant biological hotspot. The islands are renowned for their ...

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New study connects religiosity among Indian Americans to more cardiovascular disease

The Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health (SSSH), a cutting-edge proteomics analysis, suggests that religious beliefs modulate protein expression associated with cardiovascular disease in South Asians in the United States. The research, published by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in Scientific Reports, demonstrates that spiritual ...

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India and Japan Partnership in ‘Specified Skilled Worker’: Details of areas


The Union Cabinet of India  has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of India and Government of Japan, on a Basic Framework for Partnership for Proper Operation of the System Pertaining to “Specified Skilled Worker”. Here are the details: Details: The present Memorandum of Cooperation would set an institutional mechanism for partnership and cooperation between ...

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International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2021) kicks off in Goa

Goa prepares to welcome the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2021), in Panaji, Goa on January 15, 2021

The much-awaited 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off with enthralling cultural performances amidst a dazzling ceremony celebrating the joy of cinema. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium at Panaji in Goa on Saturday reverberated with the passion of film-stars, film-makers and film-lovers from around the world. The Opening Ceremony of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest ...

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