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The CHIME radio telescope | Pic credit: CHIME Collaboration

Scientists find largest cache of mystery fast radio bursts from space

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
An image of the planet Venus. The image is a composite of data from NASA's Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter | Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA announces two new missions to Venus as it seeks to ‘rediscover the planet’

The VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will aim to understand how and why Venus became supremely hot, even when it shares so many characteristics to Earth.

China’s Mars landing will be a greater feat with the release of more data

China is clear that there are benefits to sharing data, offering up Moon samples and the ability to place experiments on its space station, but It can go a lot further.

Not just Earth, humans are polluting space too. Here’s how we can stop

Space junk is rapidly proliferating in low-Earth orbit, or LEO, which generates more debris and imperils space exploration.
The new snake species named Joseph's racer, Platyceps josephi | Credits: Surya Narayanan

185-year-old paintings reveal new snake species in Tamil Nadu

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tiangong-3 space station core module, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province, on 29 April 2021 | Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

NASA hits out at China after out-of-control space debris drops into Indian Ocean

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said it is 'clear China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris'.
Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province, on 29 April 2021

Tumbling Chinese rocket could re-enter Earth atmosphere soon but landing area not known

China drew NASA criticism last year when debris from another Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere, with pieces of debris as long as 39 ft landing in Cote d’Ivoire.
The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aboard NASA's Perseverance rover in Mars | NASA JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Perseverance rover creates oxygen on Mars, for the first time ever

MOXIE, a toaster-sized instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance rover, produced 5.4 g oxygen in an hour — enough for an astronaut to breathe for 10 minutes.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars | NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

NASA’s helicopter completes first successful flight on Mars in major milestone

The flight of the tiny Ingenuity helicopter is the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. It is a part of the Mars 2020 mission which landed the Perseverance rover in February.
Representational image. | An artist's impression of a supermassive black hole. | Photo: Commons

How NASA translated images of galaxies, blackholes into music

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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Representational image of sugar cubes | Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

‘White foods’ are invading India’s breakfast menu. So are chronic illnesses

India's bakery market is expected to grow 8.5% to reach more than $12 billion by 2026. But evidence is also building up against refined foods as producing more harm than good.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Rs 1,355 cr — how much oil PSUs have given temple towns, PM Cares, Statue of Unity as CSR

Since 2014, top oil PSUs such as ONGC, BPCL, IOCL & GAIL have committed funds to develop Badrinath Dham, Puri's Jagannath temple and Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Army wants to buy more special clothing, equipment for Ladakh troops as LAC stand-off continues

The Army will give priority to Indian manufacturers in the spirit of the Make of India initiative. The items will have to be procured from indigenous sources starting January 2023.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.