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Snakes could be the source of China’s deadly coronavirus

According to the researchers, patients who became infected with the coronavirus were exposed to wildlife animals at a market, where seafood, snake, farm animals were sold.

World’s highest and India’s largest gamma-ray telescope to go live in Ladakh this year

Placed at 4,300 m above sea level in Hanle, Ladakh, MACE is also the world's second largest gamma-ray telescope, with a 21-m-diameter dish.
ISRO's half humanoid 'Vyommitra' which is to be placed in the first unmanned mission under Gaganyaan

ISRO to send robot ‘Vyomamitra’ in unmanned Gaganyaan ahead of first human spaceflight

ISRO chairman K. Sivan told reporters the humanoid will simulate human functions in space and also interact with the environment control life support system.
Yarrabubba

Earth’s oldest-known impact crater, formed 2.23 bn yrs ago, is in Australia: Geologists

The crater is in Yarrabubba in Western Australia. Scientists speculate the impact could have helped bring the Earth out of the ice age.
Professor Andrew Sewell with Research Fellow Garry Dolton | Cardiff University

UK scientists stumble upon cells in body that can cure all types of cancer

T-cells have special receptors that can destroy cells associated with cancers of lung, skin, bone, blood, colon, pancreas, kidney, breast, prostate, ovary, and cervix.
Research assistants at work in a lab in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in Kharagpur

How mega science projects could help India become a $5 trillion economy

Industries based on physics & mega science projects reportedly generate over 16% of the total turnover in Europe, topping contributions from financial services.
Artificial intelligence

How augmented reality can help create sustainable, environment-friendly smart cities

Augmented & virtual reality can help develop public spaces with holistic approach to environmental preservation, good governance & assets management.
Vandana Shiva

Scientists write to US universities for inviting ‘anti-science’ activist Vandana Shiva

The open letters to Stanford and University of California raise concern about Vandana Shiva's use of 'anti-scientific rhetoric to support unethical positions'.
The GSLV Mk-III is slated to be the launch vehicle for Gaganyaan

Gaganyaan astronauts to get ISRO’s module-specific training in India after Russia session

The astronauts for India’s first crewed space mission were selected after a round of training in Russia by the launch service provider called Glavkosmos.  
Representational image | tOrange.biz

Toshiba claims it has developed algorithm faster than a supercomputer

Toshiba said its 'Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm' can be plugged into a server and run at room temperature ⁠— a significantly cheaper alternative to today's supercomputers.

On Camera

File photo of the CBI M Nageshwara Rao

Ban foreign donations to Indian NGOs: Ex-CBI acting chief writes in RSS mouthpiece

About Rs 2 lakh crore in foreign ‘donations’ has been pumped into India in last two decades. Why do foreigners' have this unrequited love for Indians?

Homoeopathy for coronavirus: Is AYUSH commitment to alt meds healthy or promoting quackery?

AYUSH ministry issued a health advisory Wednesday for the prevention of coronavirus infections through homoeopathy and ayurveda.

Defence

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane

Army will pull forces out of internal security duties in Northeast: Gen MM Naravane

Working on a plan for the next 18-24 months on how to draw down regular forces from security duties in Northeast, Army Chief General M.M. Naravane says.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.