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Monday, April 23, 2018

Science

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 -...

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...

Humanoid ‘Sophia’ Appeals For Collaborative Co-Existence

Mumbai(PTI): Sophia, a humanoid to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia, today appealed humans not to be fearful of machines and pitched for a "collaborative co-existence" in the future. In a 20-minute appearance marred by technical hiccups, Sophia said she was quiet worried about growing intolerance in the world and advised the human race to be "kind" to fellow creatures. This...

‘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...

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...

NASA Extends Dawn Mission At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Washington(PTI): NASA has approved a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, allowing the spacecraft to get a closer look at the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been orbiting since March 2015. The spacecraft will...

Odisha To Set Up Science Parks In All District Headquarters

Bhubaneswar(PTI): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made a number of announcements including the state government's decision of setting up a Science Park in all the district headquarters. Patnaik made the announcements at the Collectors Conference here. He said all fluoride affected villages in Nuapada district will be provided with filters. About 300 villages will be benefited, Patnaik said. The chief minister also...

Poachers Remain A Threat To Tiger Conservation: Vardhan

New Delhi(PTI): Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said India is still battling with poachers to conserve tigers in the country, but expressed hope that with collective effort, the number of big cats in the country would be doubled in the next five years. India is currently home to 70 per cent of the world's tiger population in over 17 states and...

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...

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...

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...

Scientist, Academician Yash Pal No More

New Delhi (PTI): Eminent Indian scientist Professor Yash Pal, noted for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays as well as for being an institution-builder, died last night. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "Pained by Professor Yash Pal's demise. We have lost a brilliant scientist & academician who made a lasting contribution to Indian education." The...

30 Nobel Laureates To Attend Indian Science Congress: Telengana Minister

Hyderabad(PTI): The 105th Indian Science Congress, to be held here in January next year, will be attended by about 30 Nobel laureates, Telangana Forests Minister Jogu Ramanna has said. The Congress will be hosted by Osmania University from January 3 to 7, a state government release yesterday quoted the minister as saying. The state government will set up nine science centres...

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...