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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


  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


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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Indian doctor let off of molestation charges in Dubai

 A 42-year-old Indian doctor in Dubai has been cleared of the charge of molesting a woman who had approached him as partof a visit for a Botox therapy session. The Dubai Court of First Instance that heard the claim of a 31-year-old American victim. The victim said in August this year, she visited the clinic in Bur Dubai when the ...

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Recently two photos of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have gone viral on the social media giving people a glimpse of the leader’s daily life but claimed routine by her. In one photo, Hasina is seen working on a sewing machine wearing a traditional Bengali attire, while in the other the leader was snapped catching fish at the Ganabhaban lake, ...

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Covid-19 deaths in US Cross 260,000, to reach 470,000 by March 2021

US Covid-19 deaths crossed 260,000 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. With the national caseload topping 12.6 million, the death toll across the US rose to 2,60,322 as of 11:25 a.m. ET (1625 GMT), according to the CSSE data. New York state reported 34,362 fatalities, at the ...

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, Internet to become much cheaper now


Elon Musk-run SpaceX on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, launched another successful mission carrying 60 more Starlink satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket into low-Earth orbit that will join the rest in beaming affordable Internet. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket, which made a record-breaking seventh trip this time, was SpaceX’s 16th Starlink mission and the company has to date launched nearly 1,000 ...

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How vitamin D affects COVID-19? Penn State researcher explores further

Structural model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This structural model was built with UCSF Chimera using high-performance computers (Bridges Large and Frontera). The model shows 16 viruses, with the spike proteins shown in green (PDB ID: 6VSB) and an actual lipid bilayer membrane, with ACE2 dimers shown in magenta. All these structures are at atomic resolution. The length of the membrane is approximately 1 micrometer. CREDIT Victor Padilla-Sanchez, The Catholic University of America

A Penn State researcher is studying whether vitamin D supplementation could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by COVID-19. Margherita Cantorna, distinguished professor of molecular immunology and nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received nearly $241,000 as part of a competitive revision to the final year of an existing NIH grant that supports her research on how ...

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Study shows protective role sex steroids play in COVID-19

Female reproductive steroids provide anti-inflammatory and antibody production suggesting COVID-19 symptom protection, said a new paper from a UIC researcher that suggests sex steroids may play a role in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms. “Sex and Covid-19: A protective role for reproductive steroids,” by Graziano Pinna, research associate professor in psychiatry, analyzes existing research to look at reasons why COVID-19 symptom ...

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This new therapy for flu may help in fight against COVID-19

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists. In an average year, more than 2 million people in the United States are hospitalized with the flu, and 30,000 to 80,000 of them die from the flu or related complications. The ...

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COVID Side Effect: Using germicidal lamp damages corneas in eyes

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In a paper published in the journal of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, physicians from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reported that several patients using germicidal lamps in an attempt to sanitize against the coronavirus, developed painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photokeratitis. These consumer-available ultraviolet (UV) emitting devices were being ...

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India’s 61% of Daily New Cases reported from Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh

India has reported 44,489  new confirmed COVID cases have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. Of these, 60.72% is contributed by six States/UT i.e. Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Kerala leads the tally with 6,491 new COVID cases. Maharashtra has reported 6,159 new cases, while Delhi registered another 5,246 new cases in the last 24 ...

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India and Finland sign MOU for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

Representational Picture: The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge),Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the inaugural session of a workshop of Pollution Control Boards of States, in New Delhi on May 18, 2016. (PIB Photo)

India and Finland on Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 signed an MOU for developing cooperation between two countries in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation.  The MoU is a platform to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution; Waste management; Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions ...

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