Here are the best stories of the week.
Russo-Ukrainian war: Ukraine’s animals, collateral damage or irreparable loss?
Ukraine, a country that is home to 35% of Europe’s biodiversity with just 6% of the continent’s landmass, could turn into a modern-day ecological tragedy if the situation continues to deteriorate. But for pets and wild animals in captivity, the circumstances seem even bleaker. Read all about it here.
India COVID-19 FAQs: COVID-19 is becoming endemic, the appearance of the fourth wave, what could trigger it and more
With the conclusion of the third wave of COVID-19 in India, some statistical models have already started making predictions about when the fourth wave will hit India, albeit amid debates over whether a fourth wave will occur. To clear the air surrounding this issue, we have compiled answers to some FAQs on this topic. Read here.
Researchers discover 16 new genetic variants that may increase the severity of COVID-19 infection
A team of researchers in the UK has identified some 16 new genetic variants that can increase the severity of COVID-19 infection in individuals. These genes can now help create a roadmap for potential new therapies and diagnostics with pinpoint accuracy. Keep reading here.
Wildlife and environment
An Asian spider has invaded the southeastern United States; Could soon colonize the entire east coast, study finds
Last year, people in the southeastern United States were alarmed when Joro spiders, native to East Asia, invaded their yards and left them covered in golden webs. Now, a study has indicated that this arachnid infiltration could be much more widespread, and eventually these spiders could spread across the entire East Coast of the United States! Full story here.
Bengaluru astronomers dispute major findings on early star formation after the Big Bang
In 2018, researchers from Arizona State University and MIT announced that they had detected faint radio signals from the first stars to be born, which played an important role in legitimizing the Big Bang theory of the birth of the star. ‘universe. But now these findings are disputed by some researchers in Bengaluru! Full story here.
Chinese rover Yutu-2 discovers mysterious glass balls on the far side of the Moon
Being the first rover to land and operate on the far side of the Moon, China’s Yutu-2 certainly encountered some bizarre objects during its exploration. Just recently, he spotted mysterious glass balls on the lunar surface, which researchers describe as “translucent glass globules”. Read all about it here.
NASA’s Curiosity rover captures mineral bloom formation on Mars (PHOTOS)
NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover continues to conduct scientific explorations on Mars, while stopping occasionally to enjoy the beauty of this alien world. Recently, he captured such an amazing image of a flower-like object lying on the surface of the red planet. Check it here.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter makes groundbreaking observations of the global distribution of argon-40 in the Moon’s exosphere
An instrument aboard the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has made unprecedented observations by detecting the presence of argon in the equatorial and mid-latitude regions of the Moon, and providing information on the global distribution of argon-40 in the Moon’s tenuous exosphere. Read all about this interesting discovery here.
The Rocket Stage-Lunar Collision saga continues: Space junk crashes into the far side of the Moon; Leaves a crater 65 feet wide
A wayward rocket stage on a collision course with the Moon had attracted a lot of attention since early 2022. The crash finally happened on March 4, 2022, and although space agencies have yet to provide from photographic evidence of the same, we get a glimpse of what happened. Read here.
New T. Rex Research Awakens Paleontology World; Scientists Suggest Tyrannosaurus Was Actually Three Separate Species
Tyrannosaurus rex, in addition to being an extremely popular species of dinosaur, has also been the only recognized species of the genus Tyrannosaurus since its description in 1905. But now, to the surprise of the paleontological community, a study has suggested that the The ultimate apex predator that roamed the Earth around 66 million years ago could actually be three separate species: T. rex, T. regina and T. imperator! Read here.
women’s day 2022
From Scuba Diver to Marine Biologist: Here’s How Nayantara Jain Helps Conserve the Treasure of the Ocean
A family trip to the Andamans left a lasting impression on Nayantara Jain. This motivated her not only to become a scuba diving instructor, but also to go further in marine biology. She is now involved in the conservation of Andaman coral habitats, one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on the planet, as part of her job. On this Women’s Day, we spoke to Nayantara to understand what it means to be a female marine conservationist and diving instructor. Interview here.
Solar Appreciation Day 2022
Here are some unique uses of solar technologies around the world to combat the energy crisis
On Solar Appreciation Day 2022, we looked at some unique solar technologies that demonstrate the immense potential of solar technologies to meet the needs of the modern world. Check them all here.
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