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

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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

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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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Bird Flu spreads to MP, Maharashtra

As of Saturday, 16 January, 2021, cases of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry in Latur, Parbhani, Nanded, Pune, Solapur, Yavatmal, Ahmednagar, Beed and Raigad districts of Maharashtra and the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh. The Avian Influenza has been confirmed in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh (crow); Surat, Navsari and Narmada districts of Gujarat (crow); Dehradun district of ...

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After UK approval, India panel ponders data of SII, Bharat Biotech for Covid-19 vaccine, nod likely next week

Hours after Britain approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, India’s expert panel met on Wednesday to review the data before submitting its final recommendation for approval. The entire process is likely to take a week and the announcement is likely to be known next week. The Subject Expert Committee of the Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) apparently pondered the ...

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USGS finds Rare Earth Materials in waste of Eastern Adirondacks iron mines

Mill tailings pile outside Town of Moriah, Essex County, New York. (Credit: Anji Shah, USGS. Public domain.)

Erstwhile waste rock from abandoned and closed mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains, New York, may prove valuable source for rare earth elements, said a newly published research after USGS found it following two of its recent surveys. Rare earth elements are critical for advanced technologies such as cell phones, supermagnets, computers, medical apparatus, renewable energies and advanced defense systems, ...

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Christmas Day sees 61 earthquakes, more than six above average, USGS explains why

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The continents of Asia, Australia and Americas surrounding the Pacific Ocean have experience 61 earthquakes ranging from 2.5 to 6.3 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020, indicating that the quake-prone zones are active again. The USGS has recorded more than ten on its quake map today to reiterate the tectonic disturbances beneath the surface, more prominently in the Philippines and ...

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New UK strain of Covid-19 scares world again; Here’s all we know about it

Nearly a year into the pandemic when China reported the first cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan, the United Kingdom has reported a mutated strain of the coronavirus which is up to “70% more infectious and transmissible,” sending the world again into a panic mode despite vaccines on roll out already. The Covid-19 pandemic has already affected 76.8 million and killed ...

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Why COVID-19 increases risk of stroke? UCLA study throws light

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  A UCLA-led study explains how COVID-19 increases the risk for stroke. Scientists made the finding by running fluid spiked with a COVID-19-like protein through a 3D-printed model of the arteries of a patient who had suffered a stroke. Although COVID-19 was first identified by its severe respiratory symptoms, the virus has caused strokes in young people who had no ...

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Sony removes Poland’s Cyberpunk 2077 video game from PlayStation, CD Projekt shares tumble down

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Sony has removed Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store following complaints of glitches in the video game created by Poland’s CD Projekt. The game that claims to be an “open-world, action-adventure story set in a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification” and it features Hollywood star Keanu Reeves. Sony’s knee-jerk move has hit the CD Projekt, Poland’s top ...

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Update WhatsApp on your phone before Dec. 31, 2020 or else can’t use it

Starting from the New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2021, WhatsApp is updating its operating system and you cannot use it unless go for update on your smartphone now. Older smartphones which cannot receive WhatsApp updates may render you out of the social media outlet as Facebook, owner of WhatsApp, is discontinuing support for older smartphones from Jan. 1, 2021. The ...

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Week after week of lockdown increases binge drinking too, says study

IMAGE: WINE POURED INTO GLASS, CREDIT: TAYLOR & FRANCIS: With images of long queues soon after allowing sale of alcohol drinks atill vivid, harmful drinking among adults increases more as they spend at home in lockdown, according to a study published in a peer-reviewed journal. The research, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 persons aged above 18 years in the US, ...

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Chairman of Star and Disney India Uday Shankar Elected President of FICCI

President of The Walt Disney Company for Asia Pacific and the Chairman of Star and Disney India Uday Shankar is elected the President, FICCI for the year 2020-21 and he will be succeeding Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group. A FICCI statement said the election took place during FICCI’s 93rd AGM on 11,12 & ...

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