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The Blue Ring | jpl.nasa.gov

Scientists find explanation for Blue Ring Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas, after 16 years

The mysterious Blue Ring Nebula seems to have formed from the collision of a smaller star into a larger one, and the release of two dust cones.
The project will use innovative AI algorithms to recreate and archive smells (representational image) | Pixabay

‘What does Europe smell like?’ — 3-year project set to archive key scents from history

The Odeuropa consortium project will trace all references to smells in text and images through 400 years to map the role smells played in history.
File photo of a meteor during the peak of a Leonid meteor shower | Commons

Leonid meteor shower set to peak tomorrow, will send shooting stars across the sky

During the peak, 10 to 15 meteors are likely to be visible every hour. The phenomenon will be best viewed after midnight and before dawn Tuesday and Wednesday.

SpaceX, NASA send 4 astronauts to space in milestone flight

Beyond becoming the US space agency’s first regular commercial launch, the Crew-1 mission is also the first human orbital flight licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

SpaceX, NASA ready first commercial taxi to space station

The trip, 3 months after SpaceX completed a trial run, will open a new era in human spaceflight for NASA as commercial firms start dominating missions in low-Earth orbit.
Representational image of a mink | Pixabay

Netherlands study says SARS-CoV-2 virus can jump between mink and humans

The findings have raised concerns about mink becoming potential reservoirs of the novel coronavirus and affecting humans in future.
An artist's rendition of Jupiter's moon Europa that possibly glows in the dark | Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa can glow in the dark even with no sun, NASA scientists find

Through simulation experiments in ice chambers, NASA scientists have found that Europa changes its glow as its ice composition changes.
Virgin Hyperloop performed its first successful test passenger run | Twitter | @virginhyperloop

First crewed hyperloop pod tested — all about the tech that cuts travel time by hours

A test crew of two passengers successfully rode Virgin Hyperloop’s experimental high-speed maglev transportation system Sunday.
ISRO's PSLV C-49 takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

ISRO launches Earth observation satellite EOS-01, 9 other satellites in 1st mission of 2020

PSLV-C49 lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota Saturday at the end of a 26-hour countdown and injected EOS-01 and 9 customer satellites into the orbit.
A representation of what a prehistoric woman from the stone age may have looked like | Commons

Yes, she did — New findings show prehistoric women hunted too

For decades, it was assumed that prehistoric men were the hunters. But a prehistoric skeleton of a teenager in America says otherwise.

On Camera

Your brain has an in-built bias. It blocks out contradictory facts

Given the complexity of the world around you, your brain cuts a few corners to help process complex information quickly.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds a press conference in New Delhi on 12 November, 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Economy reflating faster than expected, pent up demand not the only factor, says Sitharaman

The Finance Minister said the current reflation is sustainable and consistent GST collections for two months and industry expansion plans indicate additional demand in the economy

Defence

The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Why Army wants a new Deputy Chief and Director General at its headquarters

Idea for a Deputy Chief (Strategy) came about during the Doklam crisis when it was felt the Army Headquarters needed closer and direct coordination between its verticals.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Thatcher or Anna moment? Why Modi’s choice on farmers’ protest will shape future politics

Modi can retreat like Manmohan Singh did under pressure from the Anna Hazare movement, or push farm reforms in Margaret Thatcher's style.