SCIENCE

Fish mucus may offer potential new antibiotics

Fish mucus may offer potential new antibiotics

April 1, 2019 6:21 pm

Washington: Scientists have identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens, including the dangerous MRSA-causing microbes, in the protective mucus that coats young fish. As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. “For us, any microbe in the marine environment that could provide a […]

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Stomach issues in kids may signal future mental health problems: Study

March 31, 2019 5:59 pm

Washington: Children who face adversities — such as parental separation — are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms which may lead to mental health issues in later life, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Development and Psychopathology, found that gastrointestinal symptoms in children may have an impact on the brain […]

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India demonstrates anti-satellite missile capability, now a space power: PM

India demonstrates anti-satellite missile capability, now a space power: PM

March 27, 2019 3:45 pm

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite. Addressing the nation, the prime minister said India’s action was not directed against any country. Shooting down a low earth orbit satellite is a rare achievement for the country, he said. The satellite […]

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India's measles vaccine campaigns helped save thousands of children: Study

India’s measles vaccine campaigns helped save thousands of children: Study

March 7, 2019 3:31 pm

New Delhi: India’s mass measles vaccination campaign helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children between 2010 and 2013, according to a latest study. The finding, published in the journal eLife, suggests that the measles vaccine campaigns helped save 41,000 to 56,000 children in India during 2010 to 2013, or 39-57 per cent of the expected number of deaths nationally. […]

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Israel's first spacecraft to moon sends selfie

Israel’s first spacecraft to moon sends selfie

March 6, 2019 2:28 pm

Jerusalem: An Israeli spacecraft on its maiden mission to the moon has sent its first selfie back to Earth, mission chiefs said on Tuesday. The image showing part of the Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Yehud, Israel — 37,600 kilometres (23,360 miles) away, the project’s lead partners […]

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Alien species driving global extinctions: study

Alien species driving global extinctions: study

March 4, 2019 4:12 pm

London: Alien species — those not native to a specific location — are the main driver of recent extinctions in both animals and plants worldwide, according to a study published Monday. Researchers at University College London (UCL) in the UK found that since 1500 AD, alien species have been solely responsible for 126 extinctions, 13 per cent of the total number studied. […]

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Frog skin bacteria may help fight fungal infections in humans

Frog skin bacteria may help fight fungal infections in humans

March 3, 2019 3:41 pm

Washington: Scientists have identified an antifungal compound produced by bacteria on the skin of some frogs, a finding that may pave the way for treatments against pathogenic fungi affecting humans. In the past few decades, a lethal disease has decimated populations of frogs and other amphibians worldwide, even driving some species to extinction. Yet other amphibians resisted the epidemic. Previous […]

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Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle: Study

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle: Study

March 3, 2019 2:26 pm

Boston: Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, can be used to create artificial muscles or robotic actuators, scientists say. According to researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, the resilient fibres respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, […]

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NASA decodes how our Moon got 'sunburns'

NASA decodes how our Moon got ‘sunburns’

February 28, 2019 2:45 pm

Washington: The Moon’s ‘sunburns’ — distinctive patterns of swirls — are a result of interactions between the Sun’s damaging radiation with pockets of lunar magnetic field, according to NASA data. Every object, planet or person travelling through space has to contend with the Sun’s damaging radiation. Research using data from NASA’s Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and […]

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Half of children with cancer left undiagnosed, untreated Study

Half of children with cancer left undiagnosed, untreated: Study

February 27, 2019 5:13 pm

Washington: Nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated, according to a Lancet study which estimates that there are almost 400,000 new cases of childhood cancer annually, while current records count only around 200,000. The model makes predictions for 200 countries and estimates that undiagnosed cases could account for more than half of […]

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