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Scientists in Japan revive microbes buried in rocks over 100 million years ago

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

NASA launches most complex mission ever to search for signs of life on Mars

Mars 2020 consists of a lander called Perseverance and a helicopter called Ingenuity. The mission will look for signs of life and habitability, and collect samples for future return to earth.
The Tianwen-1 mission lifts off Thursday | Credit: cnsa.gov.cn

Search for life, underground water — what China aims for with first Mars bid Tianwen-1

China successfully launched its Mars mission Tianwen-1 Thursday by invoking the work of an ancient poet who wrote about ‘Heavenly Questions’.
A visual of the Hope Probe | Photo: emiratesmarsmission.ae

UAE sends Hope to Mars in the Arab world’s first mission to the Red Planet

Al Amal, or the Hope orbiter, will reach Mars in February 2021 and is expected to study the planet's atmosphere and create a weather map.
Mars comes closest to earth | Flickr

Mars may have had rings like Saturn years ago, and they could form again

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
Mars comes closest to earth | Flickr

What a simulated Mars mission taught me about food waste

Our crew wasn’t trained in food and nutrient waste minimisation; trained Mars astronauts may produce much less waste.
A penguin stands behind a plastic bottle on Greenwich Island, Antarctica | Isadora Romero/Bloomberg

90-million-year-old rainforest & 3 human-like species living side-by-side in ancient Africa

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
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Marsquakes and strange magnetic pulses — what NASA’s Mars mission has unveiled so far

The results of NASA's InSight lander mission have shown that Mars is seismically active and has regular marsquakes.
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Unique exoplanets, moonquakes, underground lakes on Mars — the big space stories of 2019

China’s historic moon landing, detection of First Radio Bursts from outer space & interstellar visitors were other big stories from the world of space.
Prototypes of NASA's newest spacesuits designed for Moon to Mars exploration | Twitter

NASA unveils new spacesuits for astronauts for 2024 Moon mission

The new spacesuits are built on the existing design of the suits worn by astronauts at International Space Station and offer better resistance to lunar dust.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.