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Over the past year, 27 human genes have been renamed to stop Microsoft's Excel from misreading their alphanumeric symbols as dates. For instance, when a user inputs a gene's symbol into a spreadsheet, like MARCH1 (Membrane Associated Ring-CH-Type Finger 1), Excel automatically converts it into a date, "1-Mar". The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee issued new naming guidelines to prevent this.
short by Dharna / 11:35 am on 07 Aug
One of the main recovery ships for SpaceX Crew Dragon, which splashed down in Gulf of Mexico this week, saw its backup generator fail before leaving the port. However, the snag on "Go Navigator" wasn't considered to have any impact on normal recovery operations. "Next time we're going to have two backup generators," SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell told Business Insider.
short by Dharna / 12:08 pm on 08 Aug
SpaceX is planning to turn its Boca Chica, Texas launch site, where it's currently building and testing its Mars rocket Starship, into a "21st-century Spaceport". A job posting recently surfaced online, seeking a "Resort Development Manager" to oversee the development of SpaceX's "first resort from inception to completion". The resort would accommodate its future Starship passengers and cargo.
short by Dharna / 09:42 am on 11 Aug
Researchers have created the brightest known fluorescent materials ever made. These materials can preserve the optical properties of fluorescent dyes, overcoming their tendency to fade and change colours when converted to a solid-state from a liquid. For this, they formulated positively charged fluorescent dyes into a new class of materials called small-molecule ionic isolation lattices (SMILES).
short by Dharna / 12:30 pm on 07 Aug
Kobe University researchers have discovered what they believe may be the largest impact crater in the Solar System located on Jupiter's biggest moon Ganymede. Analysing ancient tectonic troughs on Ganymede, they found these concentrical rings are distributed across almost the entire moon surface. This global distribution indicates the rings may be the remains of one giant crater covering Ganymede.
short by Dharna / 03:33 pm on 10 Aug
Scientists from Japan's space agency JAXA have discovered a "giant" wall of acid clouds hiding below the cloud tops on Venus, swirling around at speeds similar to that of jet planes. This atmospheric disruption, which stretches up to 7,500 kilometres, went unnoticed for at least 35 years. Scientists said it's the first serious candidate for planetary-scale wave at low altitudes.
short by Dharna / 04:18 pm on 09 Aug
A now-extinct insect, called "Haidomyrmecine" or "hell ant", has been discovered trapped in a 99 million-year-old amber, caught in the act of capturing its prey. The prey is an extinct relative of the cockroach. Scientists said this confirms how the ant's mouthparts worked, wherein its scythe-like jawbones moved in an unusual vertical motion to pin prey against its horn-like appendages.
short by Dharna / 11:48 am on 07 Aug
NASA, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite data to map the extent of the damage caused by the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. "Dark red pixels on the map represent the most severe damage. Areas in orange are moderately damaged and areas in yellow are likely to have sustained somewhat less damage," NASA said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:22 pm on 08 Aug
Researchers have discovered that a "bizarre" reptile fossil, which had a neck three times as long as its torso, lived in water and not on land. First described in 1852, the twenty-foot-long specimen had a ten-foot-long neck and lived 242 million years ago. They also found that the "Tanystropheus hydroides" shared coastal waters with another smaller but similar-looking Tanystropheus species.
short by Dharna / 05:14 pm on 08 Aug
Human hair used to soak up oil spill in Mauritius, pic surfaces
short by Nandini Sinha / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
People in Mauritius used floating booms made of human hair, sugar cane leaves, plastic bottles and straw in a bid to soak up the oil spill, with several volunteers in the island nation cutting off their hair to help prevent the spread of oil. The spill began after a Japanese ship started leaking oil off the south-east coast of Mauritius.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:28 pm on 11 Aug
Pics of Galapagos Islands taken by astronaut from space go viral
short by Anmol Sharma / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who is currently living aboard the International Space Station, shared pictures of Galapagos Islands. The photos capture the islands through the clouds. "Beautiful pass over the Galapagos Islands today!" Cassidy captioned the post. "The 'S' shaped spiral in the first pic is really neat," a user commented on the picture.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:52 pm on 11 Aug
The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday. The shelf's area shrank by about 80 square kilometres. "This was the largest remaining intact ice shelf, and it's disintegrated, basically," a glaciologist said.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:36 pm on 07 Aug
Ceres, the largest object in asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an "ocean world", a study found. Analysis of data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft revealed there's a 40-kilometre deep reservoir of salt-enriched water under its surface. Scientists said the "mysterious" bright spots on Ceres are salt crusts left behind by this water, which percolated up to surface and evaporated.
short by Dharna / 01:25 pm on 11 Aug
The drop in emissions due to the coronavirus-induced lockdowns will have a "negligible" impact on the climate crisis, a study by University of Leeds found. Even if restrictions were to continue until the end of 2021, this would only "save 0.01°C" of warming by 2030. The analysed data covered 123 countries that are together responsible for 99% of global emissions.
short by Dharna / 04:10 pm on 09 Aug
Scientists tracked a "boomerang" earthquake in the ocean for the first time, along the Romanche fracture zone under the Atlantic Ocean. Such earthquakes tend to reverse course instead of going in one direction. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was recorded in 2016. The rupture initially travelled upward and eastward before turning back west at "incredible speeds", breaking the "seismic sound barrier".
short by Dharna / 05:18 pm on 11 Aug
Google announced it will be using Android phones that will be a part of its Android Earthquake Alerts System to form the world's largest earthquake detection network. Signals from multiple phones will be used to detect an earthquake. Users will be able to see relevant results for their areas in Google Search when they search "earthquake" or "earthquake near me".
short by Aishwarya / 10:06 pm on 11 Aug
SpaceX, ULA awarded $653 mn in US military launch contracts
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Aug 2020,Saturday
The US Air Force announced that Elon Musk's SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have been awarded $653 million in combined military launch contracts. The contracts are for launch services orders beginning in 2022. ULA and SpaceX will be allocated $337 million and $316 million, respectively, for the first of the total missions that both firms will support through 2027.
short by Aishwarya / 03:23 pm on 08 Aug
SpaceX launches 1st batch of Starlink satellites with sun visors
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Aug 2020,Saturday
SpaceX launched its 10th Starlink mission, the first with sun visors, which included 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer. This was the 13th mission by SpaceX in 2020. The launch suffered multiple delays earlier. The visors have been added to the satellites to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft.
short by Aishwarya / 09:29 pm on 08 Aug
NASA gathers first full global map of helium in solar atmosphere
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Aug 2020,Saturday
NASA has gathered first full global map of helium in the solar atmosphere using the sounding rocket launched in 2009. Using the images of the solar corona scientists figured equatorial regions had almost no helium while areas at mid-latitudes had the most. They further said abundance at mid-latitudes overlaps with where Sun's magnetic field lines open out into Solar System.
short by Aishwarya / 06:15 pm on 08 Aug
An Indian study has suggested air pollution could be affecting health of honey bees. Researchers observed bees collected from four sites in Bengaluru, each having different air pollution standards, for over three years. Most polluted sites had significantly less number of bees visiting flowers. Bees from such sites had arrhythmic heartbeats and were more likely to show signs of stress.
short by Aishwarya / 10:02 pm on 11 Aug
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has reported nearly 60 different types of fish swimming in the Chicago and Calumet rivers in the US, up from fewer than 10 in the 1980s. Apart from the commonly found species carp, district biologists found bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass and yellow perch, among other species. These are less tolerant of pollution than carp.
short by Aishwarya / 11:01 pm on 08 Aug
Researchers from UC San Diego and US-based startup Algenesis Materials have created biodegradable flip-flops. They formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for flip-flops and other footwear typically made from flexible plastic. Immersing the customized foams in traditional compost and soil, the team found that the materials degraded after just 16 weeks.
short by Dharna / 05:01 pm on 08 Aug
A study has suggested that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker can decontaminate N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. Researchers verified that one cooking cycle, which maintained a cooker's contents at around 100°C, decontaminated the mask. It helped in getting rid of four different classes of virus, including a coronavirus.
short by Aishwarya / 10:13 pm on 07 Aug
Researchers claim to have found pesticides and industrial compounds deposited in snow atop four high-elevation glacier sites on the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard. They found 13 organochlorine pesticides and seven industrial compounds deposited in glacial surface snow. Computer modelling helped researchers trace some pollutants back to their possible places of origin, which include the US.
short by Aishwarya / 11:28 pm on 07 Aug
A study has suggested the ancient crocodylian, Deinosuchus, had teeth "the size of bananas". Ranging in up to 33 feet in length, Deinosuchus is one of largest crocodylian genera to have existed and lived between 75 and 82 million years ago. It revealed various kinds of Deinosuchus species, some of which lived in the west of America.
short by Aishwarya / 10:43 pm on 11 Aug
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