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World’s First Double Hand Transplant On Child A Success

London (PTI): The world's first child to receive a double hand transplant - a 10-year-old boy from the US - is now able to write, dress and even play baseball, say doctors, declaring the pioneering surgery a success. Zion Harvey was two-years-old when he had sepsis, a life-threatening infection. Doctors had to removed both his hands at the wrist, and...

Two Primitive Earthworm Species Discovered In Western Ghats Ranges In Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Scientists have discovered two new primitive species of earthworm in the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Kerala. Researchers at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala and Shoolini University in Himachal Pradesh named the new earthworm species Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi. For Drawida polydiverticulata, its multiple lobes, also called diverticulums - an organ located in the front of its body -...

Indian Navy To Carry Out Barak-8 Test From Kolkata

The Indian Navy was thought to carry out the maiden test of the long-range Barak-8 surface-to-air missile from INS Kolkata tonight. Navy spokesman Captain DK Sharma said the test would take place after 12 AM. The Barak-8 missile is being developed in joint collaboration by India and Israel. While two tests have been successfully conducted onboard Israeli ships, this is the...

Nature’s surprise at Juhu beach

On Wednesday, Mumbaikars got a pleasant surprise by Nature as Juhu beach delighted locals with an amazing display of sparkling blue lights that enlighted a part of the sea's water. The sea looked as if it was lit up with a neon blue light. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence. This occurs because phytoplanktons, living microscopic organisms, emit light as a...

Great! Household materials to generate electricity now

A very small device made from household materials such as paper, pencil and a Teflon tape can generate enough electricity to run a remote control. A team from EPFL in Switzerland, working with researchers from the University of Tokyo, used some of everyday materials to make a tiny device that can generate more than 3 volts of power or electricity. The...

‘Zoothera Salimali’ a new member in the avian family

An international group of ornithologists named a newly discovered species after Salim Ali, the birdman of India thus paying tribute to the man who shaped generations of ornithologists. Himalayan Forest Thrush (scientific name Zoothera salimali) which has been discovered from northeastern India and adjacent parts by a team of researchers from Sweden, India, China, the U.S., and Russia. Previously, a bat species...

New species of bird found in northeastern India

Kolkata: A new species of bird has been discovered in northeast India and adjacent parts of China by a team scientists from India, Sweden, China, US, and Russia. The bird Himalayan Forest Thrush has been distinguished as a separate species by researchers and the discovery has been published in the international Avian Research journal. This is only the fourth new bird species...

NASA’s video reveals the magnetic field in Sun

NASA has released a first-ever video model of the Sun to understand the Sun's electromagnetic field that may be crucial for future deep space travel, by combining real time observations and computer simulations to analyse how plasma courses through its corona. Its magnetic field is responsible for everything from the solar explosions that cause space weather on Earth to the...

5th navigation satellite ‘IRNSS-1E’ launched by India

Space agency ISRO today successfully launched its fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E onboard the workhorse PSLV-C31 at Sriharikota, taking another step to be on par with US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). In a precise textbook launch, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C 31 blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, about 110 km from Chennai at 9.31 am and...

‘Chasmosaurus’ may complete the chapter of evolution

According to the scientists a 75-million-year-old fossil of a young Chasmosaurus in Canada which may help fill in gaps in the evolution of other horned dinosaurs. Philip Currie from the University of Alberta said, "For the first time ever, we have a complete skeleton of a baby ceratopsid". "We've only had a few isolated bones before to give us an idea...

Earthworms may cause adverse effects on the Ecosystem

A new research suggests that an abundance of earthworms in soils could lead to reductions in the number of trees and and other plant species. Contrary to the popular belief that these creatures and beneficial to the natural ecosystem, the scarcity of these invertebrates can be a threat to certain plant species, causing adverse effects on the ecosystem. Researchers visited sugar maple forests...

For First Time Ever: Galaxy Merging captured by Hubble Telescope

The Hubble space telescope has captured a picture of two galaxies merging into a single structure about 230 million light-years away in the Hercules constellation. The image was captured by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the galaxy NGC 6052 was originally classified as a single abnormal galaxy. According to the researchers the...

India’s new tracking centre in Vietnam

India will establish a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea. This move will deepen ties between India and Vietnam who have long-running territorial disputes with China. While billed as a civilian facility - earth observation satellites have...

Air quality in Delhi on Dec 31 crossed limits: TERI

New Delhi: An analysis carried out by a policy research organisation today said that air pollution levels violated the prescribed limits on the last day of the year and air quality was very "poor" exposing people to high risks of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. A trend analysis carried out by the The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at four locations of...