SCIENCE

TB survivors write to PM, seek enhancement of amount for them under govt scheme

TB survivors write to PM, seek enhancement of amount for them under govt scheme

October 17, 2018 2:11 am

New Delhi: A group of tuberculosis survivors has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to increase the amount under the Nikshay Poshan Yojana. In the letter written to Modi, the Survivors Against TB (SATB) highlighted the challenges associated with the recently-announced Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for TB patients. On April 1, the Ministry […]

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NASA's Chandra Observatory back online after brief shutdown

NASA’s Chandra Observatory back online after brief shutdown

October 16, 2018 1:52 pm

Washington: NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope –which observes galaxies from the Earth’s orbit — is back in action after suffering a technical glitch and going into safe mode last week, the US space agency said. The telescope is named after the Nobel Prize-winning Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. The cause of Chandra’s safe mode on October 10 […]

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‘European spacecraft set to unravel mysteries of Mercury’

October 15, 2018 3:54 pm

London: A UK-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury this week in a first mission of its kind to determine if the nearest planet to the Sun contains water. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) BepiColombo mission will send two orbiters to explore the fiery world where the surface temperatures reach about 450 degrees Celsius. “There […]

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'Liars may be harder to spot than thought'

‘Liars may be harder to spot than thought’

October 14, 2018 6:02 pm

London: It may not be as easy to spot liars as thought, according to a study which has found that verbal and physical signs of lying are harder to detect than people believe. Tests reveal that people are skilled at identifying commonly displayed cues — such as hesitations and hand gestures — but these signs […]

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Ketogenic diet may prevent cognitive decline: Study

Ketogenic diet may prevent cognitive decline: Study

October 14, 2018 5:37 pm

Washington: Following a ketogenic diet — a high-fat, low-carbohydrate regime — may boost cognitive abilities, a study in mice suggests. Researchers from University of Kentucky in the US showed that the gut and the brain are more closely connected than we once thought, and in fact the health of one can affect the other. “Neurovascular […]

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'World's fastest camera can see light in slow motion'

‘You wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true world’s fastest camera can see light in slow motion’

October 14, 2018 11:26 am

Washington: Scientists have developed what may be the world’s fastest camera, which can capture 10 trillion frames per second — making it possible to ‘freeze time’ to see light in extremely slow motion. The advance may offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter, according to scientists from California Institute […]

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Zika virus

Update: Zika virus cases in Rajasthan rise to 55

October 13, 2018 9:54 pm

Jaipur/ New Delhi: More cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur Saturday taking the total number of infected people to 55, a Rajasthan health department official said. The figure was issued by the department after a review meeting chaired by the additional chief secretary (medical and health) Veenu Gupta. The official said of the […]

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'Number of mysterious fast radio bursts doubled'

‘Number of mysterious fast radio bursts doubled’

October 11, 2018 6:54 pm

Melbourne: Australian scientists, using a radio telescope, have nearly doubled the known number of mysterious ‘fast radio bursts’ — powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space. The findings, published in the journal Nature, include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected. Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last […]

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Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper on blackholes released

Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper on blackholes released

October 11, 2018 5:38 pm

London: Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper — which was completed days before the British physicist’s death — has been written and posted online by his colleagues at Cambridge and Harvard universities. The paper named Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair, tackles with what happens to information when it falls into a blackhole, a problem that […]

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Chewing gum can help deliver vitamins

Chewing gum can help deliver vitamins

October 11, 2018 3:17 pm

Washington: Chewing gum can be effective at delivering some vitamins to the body, according to scientists who suggest that the habit could be a strategy to help reduce the epidemic of vitamin deficiency around the world. For the first time, researchers closely scrutinised vitamin delivery from chewing gum. “I was slightly surprised that no one […]

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