Wednesday, 19 January, 2022
HomeScience

Science

‘Deltacron is non-variant of no concern’: Why experts aren’t worried about Delta-Omicron ‘hybrid’

Cypriot researchers claimed 'variant' contained mutations that appeared to be a combination of Delta and Omicron, but many virologists globally refute 'deltacron' being a variant.

India’s daily growth rate of Covid cases has plateaued at 34.9%, claims Cambridge tracker

Daily growth rates in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand & Bengal are now declining. But this doesn’t mean cases have peaked — that’s expected to happen later this month.

China’s lunar lander finds first on-site evidence of water on moon’s surface

Earlier, the presence of water had been confirmed by remote observation but the lander has detected signs of water in rocks and soil.

ICMR’s Nivedita Gupta accused of ‘image manipulation, plagiarism’ in 2 papers, denies charge

Allegations against Nivedita Gupta, head of virology at ICMR, raised Saturday on PubPeer by Elizabeth Bik, a Dutch microbiologist and scientific research integrity expert.

Not just RT-PCR tests, now your ‘smart’ masks will also tell you if you have Covid-19

Researchers in Japan are using ostrich antibodies to detect Covid-19 under ultraviolet light, something they say will help pick up asymptomatic cases.

Sampling DNA from air could help track animals, transform wildlife monitoring

Two groups of researchers sampled DNA from the air in two European zoos and discovered a wealth of genetic material, including from animals outside the zoo and meat fed to animals.

Russian rocket stage could re-enter earth’s atmosphere today, weeks after failed test launch

The Persei upper stage of Russia’s new Angara A5 rocket will fall back into earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday or Thursday after a failed test flight two weeks ago. 

Feeling ‘blah’ after Christmas season? You are not alone, there’s science to it

The holiday season is usually joyous, but many feel “blah” soon after the celebrations. What is it that makes people feel this way?

How Corbevax and Covovax, the two vaccines newly approved in India, fight Covid

India granted emergency-use authorisation to two new Covid vaccines, Corbevax and Covovax, this week. Both use proteins of the coronavirus to induce an immune response.

With ‘precaution doses’ approved in India, here’s what we know about Covid vaccine boosters

PM Modi announced Saturday that booster doses would be rolled out from 10 January. Scientific studies have found that protection wanes after the 2nd dose, and recommended boosters.

On Camera

YourTurn

divorce

Divorce isn’t the problem. Staying in bad marriage for the sake of kids is

Dhanush and Aishwaryaa ending their marriage prompted many Indians to invoke the responsibility they have towards their kids. After all, divorce in India is everyone's business.
File photo of Mukesh Ambani | Photographer: Prodip Guha/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
×