Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicBacteria

Topic: Bacteria

Nature wants you dead every time you breathe a cocktail of pathogens. Yet you don’t fall sick

In 'Infectious', Dr. John S. Tregoning mentions how the human body is cornered on all sides by nature-borne attackers.

We found more than 54,000 viruses in people’s poop — 92% were previously unknown

It’s fair to say the human gut is now the most well-studied microbial ecosystem. Yet more than 70% of gut microbes have yet to be grown in a lab.

Bacteria found on International Space Station named after Indian scientist Seyed Ajmal Khan

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

Diphtheria bacteria developing antibiotic resistance, could make vaccine less effective: Study

Study by health ministry experts, along with Cambridge University & other Indian institutes, finds that bacteria samples have shown resistance to some commonly used antibiotics.

Bacteria could help extract minerals from rocks on Mars and Moon, study says

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.

Japanese scientists discover microbes that survived over 100 million years on sea floor

The samples were recovered off the coast of Australia in a region where there is extremely low amounts of oxygen, energy, and nutrients.

Disease route? Bacteria and virus use ‘highways’ of the sky to travel the world

Some scientists have speculated that even the COVID-19 virus may have been carried between countries by a jet stream through the atmosphere.

Why there are so many antibiotics and so few antivirals in the world

Viruses use our own cells to multiply, making it harder to kill them. It is also why we are struggling to create an antiviral for SARS-CoV-2.

How smart were our ancestors? Look at blood flow, not brain size

The human brain requires about 10 mL of blood every second. This changes remarkably little, whether a person is awake, asleep, or solving math problems.

Make graveyards safe for the living. They are reservoirs of antibiotic-resistance bacteria

Rapid urbanisation in many developing countries has meant that informal settlements have begun to sprout near cemeteries.

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Quad has a sea of challenges. Navy can take cue from a Maratha admiral who sank English ships

Even though Kanhoji’s navy held its own against the English and Portuguese, its fleet never truly modernised. Indian Navy could learn from his tale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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