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Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin left over 106 items on the moon
short by Saloni Tandon / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who were the first humans to land on the moon, left behind over 106 items on the lunar surface. The items include tools, the astronauts' space gear, and trash including human waste. A plaque with the words, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon," is also there.
short by Saloni Tandon / 04:23 pm on 21 Jul
Speech was prepared in case 1st humans on moon didn't return
short by Swarnim Bagre / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
The US had prepared a speech in case the first ever manned Moon mission carrying Neil Armstrong failed. "These brave men...know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice," it read. "They will be mourned by Mother Earth that dared send...her sons into the unknown," it added.
short by Swarnim Bagre / 12:34 pm on 21 Jul
Armstrong’s bag with traces of moon dust sells for ₹11.6cr
short by Saloni Tandon / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring moon dust samples back to Earth was sold for $1.8 million (₹11.58 crore) at an auction in New York on Thursday. After the Apollo 11 mission, the bag was stolen from Houston's Johnson Space Center before being found years later. The bag reportedly still contains traces of moon dust.
short by Saloni Tandon / 12:44 pm on 21 Jul
UR Rao, man behind India's first satellite passes away at 85
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Former chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Udupi Ramachandra Rao, passed away at about 2:30 am today, aged 85. He served as ISRO's chief from 1984 to 1994 and is widely known as the man behind India's first satellite Aryabhatta. He was awarded India's second-highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan by the government in 2017.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:26 am on 24 Jul
Who was UR Rao, the man behind India's 1st satellite?
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
UR Rao was an Indian scientist, who is credited with the development and launch of India's first satellite, Aryabhatta. The INSAT satellites, which helped expand fixed telephone lines in all parts of the country, were launched during his stint as ISRO's Chairman. He was the first Indian to receive the 'Hall of Fame' award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:30 am on 24 Jul
1st astronauts on moon filled customs form on return
short by Swarnim Bagre / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and his crew had to fill customs forms, a standard procedure for international travellers, on returning from their mission on July 24, 1969. Their departure was listed as "moon" and the "moon rocks" were declared as cargo. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin earlier shared a photograph of the signed form.
short by Swarnim Bagre / 01:02 pm on 24 Jul
A mud volcano in Indonesia has been erupting for 11 years
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A mud volcano named Lusi has been erupting on the Indonesian island of Java since May 2006. Lusi reportedly took 13 lives, destroyed homes of 60,000 people and buried nearby villages up to 40 metres in mud. Scientists are uncertain whether the eruption was triggered by an earthquake or failure of a gas well being drilled nearby at the time.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:30 pm on 21 Jul
1st Mars landing achieved 7 yrs post 1st manned moon landing
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
The first-ever successful unmanned Mars landing was achieved exactly seven years after the first manned spacecraft landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. On July 20, 1976, NASA's Viking 1 lander separated from its orbiter and touched down on the Martian surface. It was US' first attempt at Mars landing, which followed several failed attempts by the Soviet Union.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:31 pm on 20 Jul
Google Maps lets users explore International Space Station
short by Vani Vivek / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
Technology major Google has launched a feature to let users explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. The images were taken by astronaut Thomas Pesquet while living on the ISS for six months. The photos are accompanied by facts like where astronauts work out, what kind of food they eat, and where they conduct scientific experiments.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:29 pm on 23 Jul
9-year-old found to control HIV without any treatment
short by Dishant Sharma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A 9-year-old South African child has become only the third known case worldwide to show signs of AIDS virus' long-term remission without any drugs. The child was given anti-AIDS medicine for 10 months till the age of one which helped lower HIV levels from "very high" to undetectable. The kid was then taken off drugs as part of a trial.
short by Dishant Sharma / 10:37 am on 25 Jul
Scientists find particle that acts as its own anti-particle
short by Dishant Sharma / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
Physicists from the University of California and Stanford University have discovered evidence of Majorana fermions, long-hypothesized particles that are their own antiparticles. A collision between a particle and its antiparticle, which is called annihilation, is found to release energy. It is claimed that the discovery of these particles will help in the creation of more robust quantum computers.
short by Dishant Sharma / 06:02 pm on 23 Jul
Veteran Scientist, Professor Yash Pal passes away at 90
short by Mishika Bangia / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Professor Yash Pal, a renowned scientist, passed away at 90 on Monday night in a Noida hospital. Pal was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan in 2013. He was known for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also featured in a famous science series, 'Turning Point', on Doordarshan.
short by Mishika Bangia / 01:54 pm on 25 Jul
Journals tricked into accepting paper on fictional lifeforms
short by Dishant Sharma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A neuroscientist tricked four journals into accepting a paper on 'Midi-chlorians', a fictional life-form from fantasy film franchise 'Star Wars'. The neuroscientist, who goes by the name 'Neuroskeptic', submitted the paper to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin, references to characters from the fictional franchise.
short by Dishant Sharma / 04:41 pm on 25 Jul
Moon's interior may contain 'unusually high' amount of water
short by Dishant Sharma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A recent US-based study claims trapped water might be present in 'unusually high' amounts in the Moon's interior regions. These ancient deposits are believed to consist of glass beads formed by the explosive eruption of magma coming from the deep lunar interior billions of years ago. Data from India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter was used to study Moon's water-rich volcanic material.
short by Dishant Sharma / 10:28 am on 26 Jul
Proton's mass measured with all time record precision
short by Dishant Sharma / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A team of scientists from Germany and Japan has recorded the most precise measurement of a proton's mass. Researchers accomplished the feat by trapping a proton in a super sensitive single particle detector developed at a Japanese laboratory. The newly found measurement is three times more precise than the currently accepted value of the proton's mass.
short by Dishant Sharma / 02:27 pm on 24 Jul
Earth-sized planet with orbital period of 4.3 hrs discovered
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet with an orbital period of four hours and 20 minutes, the second-shortest of a planet known to date. The planet, named EPIC 228813918 b, is slightly smaller than the Earth with an estimated mass which is almost 70% of Jupiter's. Notably, the planetary system is located some 310 light years away from the Earth.
short by Dishant Sharma / 11:15 pm on 20 Jul
First sunfish species discovered in 130 years
short by Dishant Sharma / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
For the first time in 130 years, researchers have discovered a new species of sunfish, the Hoodwinker Sunfish, which is found in the Indo-pacific region. "The process we had to go through to confirm its new species status included consulting publications from as far back as the 1500s", the team's lead researcher Marianne Nyegaard said.
short by Dishant Sharma / 01:51 pm on 23 Jul
Study finds depression causes changes in brain structure
short by Dishant Sharma / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A study conducted at the University of Edinburgh has found that depression can result in permanent structural changes in the brain. Alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals. The study had over 3,000 participants.
short by Dishant Sharma / 02:59 pm on 24 Jul
HIV treatment can halt transmission among homosexuals: Study
short by Swarnim Bagre / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
An Australia-based research has found that effective HIV treatment, which makes the virus undetectable, halts the transmission of the virus among homosexual couples with differing HIV status. The study, which claims to be the largest of its kind, followed 358 gay couples from high and middle-income countries like Thailand, Brazil, and Australia over a four-year period.
short by Swarnim Bagre / 01:34 pm on 26 Jul
Doctors reverse brain damage in 2-yr-old with oxygen therapy
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
Doctors have reported a case of reversal of brain volume loss in a two-year-old girl who also suffered a cardiac arrest after drowning last year. The team performed 40 oxygen therapy sessions, where the patient was placed in a high-pressure chamber to reverse the damage to brain tissues. The girl has regained motor functions and cognitive abilities, doctors said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:01 pm on 20 Jul
Armstrong couldn't afford insurance before his moon mission
short by Dishant Sharma / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first man ever to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969, could not afford life insurance before embarking on the mission. Armstrong and other members of the crew autographed envelopes emblazoned with Apollo 11 crew emblem, which they hoped could provide financial support to their families in the event of their demise.
short by Dishant Sharma / 01:15 pm on 21 Jul
10-yr-old accidentally discovers 1.2 million-year-old fossil
short by Dishant Sharma / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
Jude Sparks, a 10-year-old kid, accidentally discovered a rare 1.2 million-year-old skull of a stegomastodon, a prehistoric ancestor of elephants, while hiking in the Las Cruces desert in New Mexico, US. "This may be only the second complete skull found in New Mexico", said a University professor who is currently studying the fossil, which weighs about a tonne.
short by Dishant Sharma / 02:27 pm on 22 Jul
Cucumbers grown in space to help study root growth
short by Dishant Sharma / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have grown cucumbers in space to help scientists understand the process of root growth. With the experiment, the scientists aim to find out which factor is critical for root growth between gravity and water. The experiment found that roots' tendency to seek out higher concentrations of water is more critical than gravity.
short by Dishant Sharma / 02:26 pm on 24 Jul
Astronomer captures footage of 'upside down' lightning bolts
short by Dishant Sharma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
An amateur Australian astronomer has captured footage of a rare phenomenon of upside down lightning flashes, called sprites. Sprites are caused by electrical discharge during storms but instead of traditionally going towards the ground, they travel upwards into space. The phenomenon was observed in the skies above Australia's New South Wales.
short by Dishant Sharma / 08:41 pm on 25 Jul
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