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Tuesday, 20-February-2018

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GLOBAL HEADLINERS OF 2017

8 weeks ago
Winds of change in Saudi Arabia One of the most important news stories on the world scene emerged from the most unlikely place. It was from the conservative Saudi Arabia, which is seen as home to rigid Islamic orthodoxy that seemed to have broken the mould when it was announced that Saudi women will be allowed to drive their cars and there is no need for male companions in order to do so. For the rest of the world, this might seem a curious development, almost laughable because this is a personal right of women which is taken for granted in most of the countries, including the Islamic ones. But it had not been the case in Saudi Arabia, which is home to two of Ho...
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WORLD’S OLDEST EYE DISCOVERED

8 weeks ago
researchers have unearthed what they believe to be the “oldest eye” in a 530-million-year-old fossil of an extinct sea creature.The fossil of Schmidtiellus Reetae, which includes an early form of the eye seen in many of modern animals, including crabs, bees and dragonflies, was discovered in Estonia, while the researchers were examining the remains of a fossil called as Trilobite. Trilobite -- the hard-shelled ancestors of spiders and crabs -- lived in coastal waters during the Palaeozoic era, between 541-251 million years ago. Its eye consisted of approximately 100 ommatidia, and did not have a lens, like the modern...
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ASIA’S FIRST SCIENTIFIC GALLERY

8 weeks ago
The science and technology hub of India,  Bengaluru   is going to have a special science gallery where the arts meet the sciences. The gallery is the product of partnership between Dublin-based Global Science Gallery Network and Karnataka along with scientific institutions. The gallery is called Science Gallery Bengaluru. (SGB) King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin, and University of Melbourne are some of the members of the global network. The SGB will be the first of its kind in the Asian continent. The SGB has the National Centre for Biological Sciences, the Indian Institute of Science, and ...
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RUSSIANS FIND PROOF OF ALIEN LIFE

10 weeks ago
Snacks in Gariahat are mouth-watering; variety of fish in Ballugunj is indeed, awesome; the red lentil( mosur dal) in Tollygunj is too inviting to be ignored; chopped chicken in Garden Reach is jaw-dropping; eateries around the Sealdah station are dirt cheap....the food fest for the Bongs and wanderers in Kolkata is simply irresistible. So is the level of poison in them. Living bacteria have been found on the outside of the International Space Station, and they may be extraterrestrial, according to one cosmonaut. Anton Shkaplerov, a flight engineer who is currently planning his third trip to outer-space said that s...
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BEIJING AIRPORT’S ‘GREEN’ JOURNEY

10 weeks ago
Beijing Capital International Airport, China’s largest with 94.39 million passengers passing through last year, is making steady progress towards greening its operations, but can do more to minimise its environmental impact, a new UN research said on Wednesday. According to the Assessment Report on Beijing Capital Airport, use of gasoline and diesel by airport vehicles declined 45 per cent and 49 per cent, respectively, between 2010 and 2016, while overall carbon dioxide emissions were cut by almost 16 per cent between 2014 and 2016. This is despite the airport adding roughly 10 million annual passengers sinc...
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‘TOILET REVOLUTION’ BEGINS IN CHINA’S LARGEST LAKE

11 weeks ago
A toilet revolution has begun at Qinghai Lake, a famous tourist destination in China’s Qinghai province aimed at installing and upgrading toilets in and around the area, authorities said. So far this year, the scenic area has received 11.92 million yuan ($1 million) as part of the project, reports Xinhua news agency. A portion of the investment, worth 1.28 million yuan, has been used to upgrade 32 toilets around the lake, and the rest is being used to install 13 environmentally friendly toilets and 11 unisex toilets, said Zhang Shengxiang, head of the business management department of the Qinghai Lake tourism...
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ANTARCTIC SEALS FLOCKING TO AUSTRALIA

13 weeks ago
Juvenile leopard seals are increasingly flocking to Australian shores, an expert has found. Sam Thalmann, a marine biologist with 20 years of experience based in Tasmania, said that in a typical year there were three to five leopard seals spotted in the island state, Xinhua news agency reported. “This year we’ve seen more than 10 individuals just over the last three and a half to four months,” Thalmann said on Tuesday. The seals that have been spotted in Tasmania were usually not yet of breeding size, Thalmann found. He said that the spike tended to happen once every seven years or so.
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NASA SEEKS NICKNAME FOR NEW HORIZON

13 weeks ago
Think you are good at making nicknames? Read on, because NASA has an excellent opportunity for you. Scientists at NASA have started a campaign inviting the public to choose an informal name for the New Horizons mission’s next flyby destination, which is going to be the farthest planetary encounter in the history of spaceflight, the US space agency said last week. On January 1, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past a small, frozen world in the Kuiper Belt – 1.6 billion km past Pluto and at the outer edge of our solar system. The Kuiper Belt object (KBO) -- currently named as “(4869...
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CHINESE SCIENTISTS DEVELOP ‘INTELLECTUAL SUIT’

16 weeks ago
A group of Chinese scientists have developed an intellectual suit which is fitted with large-area textile sensors that can detect temperature, ph levels, pressure and other indicators showing the health status of a person. At the third International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing, Wang Zhonglin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced the invention, reports Xinhua news agency. The suit, via wireless transmission, can send signals to a cellphone, a computer, or even to a doctor’s computer a thousand miles away, so a person’s health can be monitored anytime and a...
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GOOGLE ADDS GAMES, ACTIVITIES TO ASSISTANT

16 weeks ago
In a bid to keep children entertained, a bunch of new games and activities have been added to Google Assistant that would work on Android phones and Google Home smart speaker. The update, previewed earlier this month, includes “more than 50 new games, activities, and stories,” ranging from things like musical chairs and freeze tag to science trivia, Disney-themed games, and original kids’ tales, The Verge reported. The kids can use these games on their own (and to sign up some new Gmail users seriously early). Google is also adding in voice identification for children. According to Google, the Ass...
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TELESCOPES ON EARTH GET BETTER

17 weeks ago
Astronomers have designed a low-cost technology that allows telescopes on Earth to observe planets beyond our solar system with greater precision. With the new attachment, ground-based telescopes can produce measurements of light intensity that rival the highest quality photometric observations from space, according to the study published online in the Astrophysical Journal. The custom “beam-shaping” diffusers   carefully structured micro-optic devices that spread incoming light across an image   are capable of minimising distortions from the Earth’s atmosphere that can reduce the precis...
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NASA PROBE: SANDY MARS?

17 weeks ago
NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted one possible place where sand grains are being produced on Mars today. The fact that we see active sand dunes on Mars today requires that sand particles must be resupplied to replace the grains that are lost over time.  The Martian region spotted by MRO exhibits dark material that is being eroded from dark layers in the bedrock of a semicircular depression near the boundary of the Southern Highlands and the Northern lowlands.  Downslope lineations support the notion that these dark sediments are derived locally, and did not accumulate here by coincidence ...