Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: Virus

A British scientist’s quest to scientifically explain the ‘mythical powers of the Ganges’

In 'Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses’, Pranay Lal tells the story of viruses as major actors across human civilisation.

15,000-yr-old viruses found in China & the unique shark intestines that work like a Tesla valve

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

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.

Off The Cuff with Nicholas Wade

People are now much more open to finding an alternate explanation for where the virus came from after WHO’s dissatisfactory visit to China in...

China reports first case of human infection with H10N3 strain of bird flu

Health authorities in China said the case was a sporadic virus transmission from poultry to humans, and the risk of causing a pandemic was extremely low.

Does going out in the cold give you a cold?

Being wet and cold doesn’t make you sick. There are other factors at play.

US alert says Taidoor computer malware is tied to Chinese govt

The alert has no information about the prevalence of the malware or who has been targeted. But an official says China is leveraging Taidoor to gain intelligence.

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.

NASA needs to be wary of viruses from outer space

There's no telling when and where the next pandemic will emerge. But with a little care, NASA and its partners can try to ensure it won’t be extraterrestrial.

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.

On Camera


Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

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.