• Science

    Best Evidence For Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole Found By Hubble

    Astronomers have found the best evidence for a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close.

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    UK relied too much on 'herd immunity' model, did not test enough, says Indian-origin scientist

    Devi Sridhar warned that the UK could be in for an endless cycle of lockdown and release, even as the virus has claimed 1,789 lives London: A leading Indian-origin scientist and public health expert has expressed fears that the UK's strategy to not focus on greater testing and containment in the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic may have...

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  • Technology

    NASA astronauts rehearse upcoming crew mission to ISS

    Amid rapid spread of COVID-19, joint teams from NASA and SpaceX executed in March a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft which will take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley participated in the SpaceX's flight simulator, the US space agency said on Tuesday, adding that astronaut trainers, along...

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    US Virgin Islands bans sunscreens harming coral reefs

    The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) banned sunscreen products with chemicals known to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life. The ban came into effect on March 30, 2020, making USVI territory the first in the United States to implement it. Sunscreens containing the 3 Os - oxybenzone, octocrylene and octinoxate - harm the coral reefs that protect the Virgin Islands' shoreline....

    • 33 min ago
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    Olive Ridley 'arribada' at Odisha's Gahiramatha ends

    Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have finished their eight-day-long 'arribada' or nesting on Nasi-1 and Nasi- 2 islands at the Gahiramatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. Around 4,07,194 turtles laid eggs from 14-21 March, 2020, in the sanctuary that is known as the world's largest rookery of sea turtles and is located within the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district....

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    COVID-19: $2.5 tln needed by developing countries to weather economic crisis, says report

    A $2.5 trillion rescue package was needed to save developing countries from severe financial distress because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, said a report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on March 30, 2020. The $2.5 trillion 'coronavirus economic package' could be divided into three...

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  • Science and Trends

    Coronavirus can travel 8 metres from a sneeze, linger in air for hours: MIT scientist

    New Delhi: The current physical distancing guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may not be adequate to curb the coronavirus spread, according to research that says the gas cloud from a cough or sneeze may help virus particles travel up to 8 metres. The research, published in...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    COVID-19: What about the transgender community?

    The 21-day nationwide lockdown to control the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has spelt trouble for the transgender community in India. With little savings and social security benefits, many have a massive challenge to deal with - depleting food supplies. While several state governments announced relief measures for the marginalised, only the Kerala government doled out temporary...

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  • Science

    An infected person's sneeze could spread coronavirus up to 8 metres: MIT scientist

    Current guidelines "may limit the effectiveness of the proposed interventions" against the deadly pandemic, the researcher says New Delhi: The current physical distancing guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may not be adequate to curb the coronavirus spread, according...

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    Japan gives the go-ahead to test Fujifilm's anti-flu drug Avigan in fight against coronavirus

    Trials in China have suggested Avigan could play a role in shortening the recovery time for patients infected with coronavirus. Tokyo: Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China. "The trial will be...

    • 3 hrs ago