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  • Scientists finish sequencing 100% of human genome
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    Scientists finish sequencing 100% of human genome

    NEW DELHI: The process of human genome sequencing is finally complete, 20 years after researchers first cracked the human gene code. This should usher in a new era of genomics and sharply increase our understanding of a wide variety of disorders affecting people. It could also lead to better genetic screening that enables quick and specific diagnostic tests to treat various maladies. In 2001, Celera Genomics and International Human Genome Sequencing published the first drafts of the human genome. That was a breakthrough moment in genomics, allowing scientists to understand human evolution and biology better. But scientists at that time […] More

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    China launches four satellites into planned orbits

    BEIJING: China on Friday successfully sent four satellites into planned orbits that will be used for ecological environment monitoring, asteroid resource exploration, disaster prevention and mitigation among others. The satellites were launched by a Long March-2D rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province at 11:03 am local time, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Among them was the Beijing-3 satellite, a commercial remote sensing satellite developed by China Spacesat Co Ltd. It is used mainly for resource investigation, ecological environment monitoring, urban management, and disaster prevention and mitigation, the CGTN news channel reported. In this photo […] More

  • Partial eclipse to sweep over northern hemisphere
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    Partial eclipse to sweep over northern hemisphere

    PARIS: A solar eclipse will be visible over the Earth’s northern hemisphere on Thursday with parts of Canada and Siberia privy to the best view of the celestial event. The eclipse will be partial, which means the people in its shadow won’t be plunged into daytime darkness. Instead, people with the maximum visibility — and necessary protective eyewear — will have a few minutes to glimpse the moon’s silhouette ringed by the sun. In northwest Canada, northern Russia, northwest Greenland and the North Pole, the sun will be 88 percent obscured by the moon. The eclipse will be partly visible […] More

  • Australia's largest dinosaur identified as new species
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    Australia’s largest dinosaur identified as new species

    BRISBANE: A gigantic dinosaur discovered in Australia’s outback has been identified as a new species and recognised as one of the largest to ever roam the Earth, according to palaeontologists. The Australotitan cooperensis, part of the titanosaur family that lived about 100 million years ago, has finally been named and described 15 years after its bones were first uncovered. It is estimated to have stood at 5-6.5 metres (16-21 feet) high and measured 25-30 metres (82-98 feet) in length — which would make it Australia’s biggest dinosaur. “Based on the preserved limb size comparisons, this new titanosaur is estimated to […] More

  • Climate crisis will have catastrophic impact in India
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    Climate crisis will have catastrophic impact in India

    NEW DELHI: The climate emergency will have a catastrophic human and economic impact in India. Different threats will interact to devastating effect, as exemplified by cyclones Tauktae and Yaas during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A new review by the global think tank, ODI. The costs of climate change in India, released on Tuesday, laid out how rising temperatures will jeopardies India’s economic development through different channels, including falling agriculture productivity, impact to public health, reduced labour productivity and sea level rise. The study is a first-ever literature review on the economic costs of climate inaction in India. […] More

  • Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines appear safe, effective, says study
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    Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines appear safe, effective, says study

    JAKARTA: Two vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm appear safe and effective against COVID-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists had been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they already are being used in many countries, and one recently won the backing of the World Health Organisation for emergency use. The report, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded the two vaccines are about 73 per cent and 78 per cent effective, as Sinopharm has previously claimed. Researchers from Sinopharm and its local partners in the Middle East say […] More

  • Structural details of how SARS-CoV-2 variants escape immune response revealed
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    Structural details of how SARS-CoV-2 variants escape immune response revealed

    CALIFORNIA: Fast-spreading variants of the Covid-19-causing coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, carry mutations that enable the virus to escape some of the immune response created naturally or by vaccination. A new study by a team of researchers has revealed key details of how these escape mutations work. The scientists at Scripps Research, along with collaborators in Germany and the Netherlands, whose study appears in Science, used structural biology techniques to map at high resolution how important classes of neutralizing antibodies bind to the original pandemic strain of SARS-CoV-2–and how the process is disrupted by mutations found in new variants first detected in Brazil, […] More

  • 3rd wave possible if vaccination not ramped up, Covid norms not followed: Scientist
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    3rd wave possible if vaccination not ramped up, Covid norms not followed: Scientist

    NEW DELHI: If the vaccination drive against coronavirus is not ramped up and Covid-19 appropriate-behaviour is not maintained, there is a possibility of a third wave of the pandemic in 6-8 months, said M Vidyasagar, a scientist involved in the Sutra Model which uses mathematics to project the trajectory of Covid-19. He, however, stressed the Sutra Model has not predicted any third wave and it is working on it. The Indian Institutes of Technology-Hyderabad professor cited a paper by Italian researchers on infected people with decreasing antibodies, which give some sort of immunity, in six months. “If the antibodies are […] More

  • Chinese rocket segment Long March 5B Yao-2 disintegrates over Indian Ocean: state TV
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    Chinese rocket segment Long March 5B Yao-2 disintegrates over Indian Ocean: state TV

    File photo: The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China’s space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021. (Reuters) BEIJING: A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth‘s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, state television reported Sunday citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down. “After monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 (0224 GMT) on May 9, 2021, the last-stage wreckage of the Long March 5B Yao-2 launch vehicle has reentered the atmosphere, and the […] More

  • Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry
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    Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry

    The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China’s space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021. (File Photo for representation purpose only) BEIJING: A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears and said there is a very low risk of any damage. A Long March-5B rocket launched the first module of China’s new space station into Earth orbit on April 29. Its 18-tonne main segment is now in freefall and […] More

  • NASA celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander heritage month
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    NASA celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander heritage month

    WASHINGTON: With a belief to unite a workforce inclusive of employees from diverse background, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) has already given a number of prolific scientists to the world; and the month of May has been dedicated to celebrating the contributions of those amazing employees by NASA. This May, to celebrate the contributions of its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees – past and present, the American aeronautics organization has organized a variety of internal and external events and products centred on the theme: ‘Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service’. NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson said, “Asian Americans […] More

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