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October 23, 2017

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Research led by scientists at the University of Birmingham has revealed a new cause of high blood pressure which could lead to major changes in managing the disease. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often goes unnoticed but if left untreated can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Studies estimate that one in four adults suffer from hypertension,...
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft faces one last critical and risky adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. Cassini’s fuel tank is practically empty, so with little left to lose, NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. “That last kiss goodbye,” as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini...
A team of scientists at NASA have blended the essence of fashion and engineering to produce a new fabric for use in space. These fabrics can be used for antennas and other deployable devices. This fabric material is foldable and changes its shape quickly. They can also help shield a spacecraft from meteorites. Other uses of this fabric include, astronaut...
On April 19, a relatively large near-Earth asteroid will fly past safely. Scientists have made it clear that there is no possibility for it to collide with our planet. The asteroid, 2014 JO25, discovered in May 2014, will fly past at a distance on 1.8 million kilometers. This is approximately 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon. Anyhow,...
Innovation leads to progress, and this innovation begins only when the world is in need of improvements. NASA accepts 22 early-stage innovative technology proposals that will help transform future human and robotic exploration missions. The space-agency will now invest on 22 projects under the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Out of these 22, 15 proposals have been selected for...
Parliament passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, seeking to prevent any injustice against HIV or AIDS infected persons on Tuesday with the Lok Sabha passing it. The Bill had got the Rajya Sabha's nod on 21 March. Political party representatives cutting across party lines give their stamp of approval for the...
The India Rankings 2017 of higher educational institutions under National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) were released by Ministery of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Monday. This was the second time that the rankings were released after India Rankings – 2016, which were released in April 2016. The participating institutions were weighed on several parameters. The institutions were assigned points based...
For star-gazers around the world, this month will be a small, but a great treat. Our giant relative will put on a good show throughout the month. One can view Jupiter all night long. On April 7, it reaches opposition. It will shine the brightest and will appear larger than usual. The solar system is lined up so that Jupiter,...
Scientists have identified a novel soil fungus which uses enzymes to rapidly break down plastic materials, an advance that could help deal with the waste problem that threatens our environment. The research team led by Xu Jianchu, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an unexpected solution to the growing plastic problem in the form of soil fungus...
Thinning sea ice due to global warming, may be causing phytoplankton bloom under the Arctic sea, which can potentially disrupt the Arctic food chain, suggests a new study. The conditions of the Arctic were considered unfavorable for phytoplankton growth, since the sea ice reflects sunlight back into space, blocking its penetration into the water. In 2011, researchers first observed a massive...