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Artist’s rendition of the Jupiter-like planet and its white dwarf star. W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

A distant dead star is offering us a glimpse into the future of our Solar System

In a new study published in Nature, we get a glimpse of the time when the Sun will burn through all its hydrogen fuel and become a white dwarf.
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India will lose on agri-tech, experts tell PM, seek quicker approval for gene-edited plants

Experts associated with IAAG have written to PM Modi claiming approvals for gene-edited plants have been ‘inordinately delayed’ as the regulatory body has sought opinion of states.
The microlensing event observed at the W. M. Keck Observatory. Photo: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

Astronomers discover first planet that survived its star’s death, still orbits white dwarf

The planet, situated 6,500 light years away, is like Jupiter in size and relative location. The discovery indicates that some of our solar system's planets could survive the death of the Sun.

Fungus in 2,700-yr-old poop shows blue cheese likely dates back to Iron Age

Researchers analysed faecal samples from salt mines in Austria and found two fungal species used in the production of blue cheese and beer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the launch of the Indian Space Association (ISPA), via video conferencing, in New Delhi Monday. | Photo: ANI

Modi launches Indian Space Association, plan is to open up sector to start-ups & private firms

ISpA will support start-ups, and will work towards facilitating and enabling private players to work in tandem with ISRO, PM Modi said at the virtual event.
Typical Acheulean handaxes | Commons

Microfossils suggest our ancestors interacted with some early humans in Thar Desert, study says

Researchers say Acheulean populations continued to live in the Thar Desert, even after they disappeared from eastern Africa around 214,000 years ago and Arabia 190,000 years ago.
Tourists gathered at The Ridge, Shimla, in July 2021 | Representational image | ANI

Have big plans for Covid ‘revenge travel’? ICMR study warns it could worsen 3rd wave

Study conducted by ICMR and Imperial College London says travelling with a vengeance after being cooped up at home could cause a higher peak in February-March 2022.
Winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology David Julius (left) and Ardem Patapoutian (right) | Twitter

How we feel temperature and touch: Research that won US scientists Nobel Prize in medicine

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2021 Monday for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.
View of Earth from space

Women pioneers to be focus as World Space Week kicks off today

The week from 4-11 October was designated annual World Space Week by United Nations in 1999. It involves events and outreach activities globally on subjects related to space. 

Preliminary research finds that even mild cases of Covid-19 leave a mark on the brain

Researchers also investigated changes in performance on cognitive tasks and found that those who had contracted Covid-19 were slower in processing information.

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Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.

Jet Airways in talks with Boeing, Airbus for 100 aircraft in revival bid

The winning bidders for Jet Airways plan to start flights in the first three months of next year. The potential revival will be the first for any airline under India’s bankruptcy laws.


Ministry of Defence building

Armed forces get breather from negative list, can import items in ‘immediate’ cases

A committee chaired by Gen. Bipin Rawat will oversee indigenisation efforts, and recommend the removal of items from the negative import list if needed.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.