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NASA still unable to find out why the International Space Station is leaking air

The leak was detected in September 2019. NASA has instructed the crew to perform additional inspections on several windows, seals and valves with specialised detectors.
Dengue is caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito | Dado Galdieri | Bloomberg | File photo

Dengue antibodies could provide immunity against Covid, Brazil study suggests 

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Duke University, US. It is yet to be peer-reviewed.
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Your brain and testicles are home to viruses. Is the coronavirus any different?

There are a few places in the body that are less accessible to the immune system and where it is difficult to eradicate all viral infections.
The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle was tested from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Odisha’s Balasore | By special arrangement

‘Like lighting a match in cyclone’ — Beauty of India’s hypersonic flight tech is in its engine

DRDO's successful test of a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle this month is a result of several indigenous tech achievements and know-how obtained over two decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India & Pakistan to get Ig Nobel Peace Prize, PM Modi among ‘Medical Education’ winners

Not to be confused with the prestigious Nobel Prize, the Ig Nobel is a satirical or parody prize awarded for unusual 'achievement'. The name plays on the word 'ignoble'.

Jupiter-sized planet found orbiting a dead star — a first in space discoveries

Planet WD 1856b, located 80 light years from Earth, is thought to be about 14 times the mass of Jupiter and goes around the star every 34 hours.
The Covaxin vaccine | www.bharatbiotech.com

This is why blood from newborn cattle is being used to develop Indian Covid vaccine

Blood serum from newborn cattle is a key ingredient in biological research, such as the development of vaccines, and is widely available for import.
Venus | Wiki

In Venus’ clouds, scientists find gas that suggests life, but say it’s hint, not evidence

The researchers behind the finding, from US, UK and Japan, claim to have detected the gas phosphine in Venus atmosphere. The study has been published in Nature Astronomy.
A Covid-19 testing camp in Patna | Representational image: ANI

Researchers devise new Covid ‘smell test’ powered by Indian kitchen staples

The test is the brainchild of researchers at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute Mohali and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh.
A woman studies the moon's surface | Representational image | ThisIsEngineering | Pexels

The Moon is rusting, and that shows how much we still don’t know about it

Earlier this month, researchers published evidence of hematite at the Moon’s higher latitudes — an oxide of iron that turns red when it begins to rust and gives Mars its rosy colour.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.