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Saturday, 24-February-2018


Giant Planet Orbiting A Small Star Find Stuns Scientists

16 weeks ago
London: This unusual planet, NGTS-1b, is the largest planet compared to the size of its companion star ever discovered in the universe, according to the study to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us -- such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars," said lead author of the research Daniel Bayliss from the University of Warwick in England.  According to existing theories of planet formation, small stars can readily form rocky planets but do not ...

Alia-Varun Spread Message Of Cleanliness

16 weeks ago
Mumbai : The ad is produced by filmmaker Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions. Karan on Wednesday shared the link of the advertisement, directed by Punit Malhotra, on Twitter. In the video, Varun and Alia are seen playing the characters of Romeo and Juliet and they spread the message of Adar Poonawalla's Clean City Initiative. "Our next ad with a cause! Proud of this one! Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Punit Malhotra, Adar Poonawalla. India Hoga Clean," he captioned it. This is not the first time Alia, Varun and Karan have collaborated professionally. 

This Tool Can Better Identify Breast Cancer Risk

18 weeks ago
New York: High-risk breast lesions are biopsy-diagnosed lesions that carry an increased risk of developing into cancer. Surgery is often the preferred treatment option. But a lot of the lesions do not pose an immediate danger to patients. However, doctors tend to over-screen for breast cancer.  Using the machine learning tool could help improve detection as well as prevent over treatment, said researchers from Harvard University. The findings showed that the tool could avoid almost one-third of benign surgeries with accurate prediction of 37 out of 38 lesions, or 97 per cent, that were upgraded to c...

Delhi Cracks Down On Alarming Air Pollution 

18 weeks ago
New Delhi: The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) said it had started implementing the "very poor" and "severe" categories of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) -- which includes more strict measures -- to curb air pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas.  The environment body, formed by the central government following Supreme Court orders in 1998, announced the decision at a press conference and said the "very poor" and "severe" categories of the action plan would remain in force till March 15 next year. The Badarpur power ...

Whales, Dolphins Have Rich 'human-like' Cultures

18 weeks ago
London: The findings revealed that these intelligent creatures (also called Cetaceans) have sophisticated social and cooperative behaviour traits, such as regional group dialects, looking after friends' children and teaching each other how to use tools. Further, vocal mimicry and 'signature whistles' used by dolphins to make a call associated with an individual when they're not there, suggests they too gossip about each other. Importantly, these societal and cultural characteristics are linked with brain size and brain expansion -- also known as encephalisation, the re...

Shraddha Takes Stand For Animals This Diwali

19 weeks ago
Mumbai: Shraddha has a pet dog Shylo, and the actress has always expressed her concern for animals on various occasions. With Diwali inching closer, Shraddha took to Twitter to appeal to her fans to not burst firecrackers, for the sake of animals. She shared a video saying: "Diwali is coming - the festival of lights... not of noise and air pollution. Help keep the air clean and be sensitive to the animals on the streets." The actress added: "This is that time of the year when Diwali is just around the corner and I just wanted to say that please don't buy fire crackers and don't burst fi...

Genes Behind Evolution Of Human Skin Colour Identified

19 weeks ago
New York: Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found mutations associated with both light and dark pigmentation in diverse African populations that originated more than 300,000 years ago, and some emerged roughly one million years ago, well before the emergence of modern humans.  "We have identified new genetic variants that contribute to the genetic basis of one of the most strikingly variable traits in modern humans," said Sarah Tishkoff, Professor at the varsity.  When people think of skin colour in Africa most would think of darker skin, but we show that within Africa there ...

Air Pollution Intensifies In Delhi-Ncr

19 weeks ago
New Delhi: The average PM2.5 (particles in air with diameter less than 2.5 mm) level in Delhi till 8 p.m. was recorded at 119, considered 'poor', showed data by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The international permissible limit for PM2.5 is 25 micro grammes per cubic metre while for India, it is 60. Cautioning, especially those with heart or lung diseases, apart from old people and children to avoid any prolonged or heavy exertion, SAFAR had forecast further intensification in PM2.5 levels in air on Saturday -- considered 'very poor'

Central Water Commission Signs Mous

20 weeks ago
New Delhi: According to the release, the Water Resource Ministry is working towards capacity building in areas of dam safety through World Bank-assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) and has taken on board selected premier academic and research institutes. DRIP is assisting in rehabilitation of 225 dams in seven states, which are experiencing different levels of distress. Owners of these dams require technical support for investigation of dam conditions and in supporting rehabilitation efforts, it said, adding that the government has decided to enhance the capability of selected premier acad...

Nobel Prize Goes To Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

20 weeks ago
Stockholm: The scientists were awarded the Nobel prize "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves", the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced here on Tuesday. While Rainer Weiss has been awarded one half of the prize, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the other half of the prize. On September 14, 2015, the universe's gravitational waves were observed for the very first time. The waves came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in the U...

Health Ministry Adjudged Best Department During 'Swachhta Pakhwada

20 weeks ago
New Delhi : 'Swachhta Pakhwada' activities were organised within the ministry offices, in central government hospitals and in public health facilities across 29 states and seven union territories from February 1 to 15 earlier this year.  More pertinently, in addition to the envisaged activities, some of the key contributions include mass awareness generation initiatives through rallies, street plays, painting competitions, leveraging the participation and support of public representatives, NGOs, school children and the community. These activities are considered critical for sustaining the...

Beware Wheat Rust, Enemy From Air

21 weeks ago
Bengaluru: This is the finding of the first-ever study aimed at identifying likely scenarios for the global spread of this devastating crop disease caused by a fungus called "Puccinia graminis". If this disease erupts in one location, the highly virulent strains of the fungus can spread to distant places through trillions of pathogenic fungal spores dispersed by winds across countries and continents. The incredibly deadly strain of stem rust Ug99 -- so called because it was first detected in Uganda in 1999 -- is considered a threat to global food security and has so far not been detected in India. T...