Science and Technology

Moderna says its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, shows early success in U.S. tests

The Hindu:Science - 16/11/2020
Moderna’s vaccine, created with the National Institutes of Health, is being studied in 30,000 volunteers who received either the real vaccination or a dummy shot

Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
A study reveals the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances through soil and other porous media, with implications for preventing the spread and accumulation of contaminants in food and water sources.

Antibiotic exposure in children under age 2 associated with chronic conditions

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
Children under age 2 who take antibiotics are at greater risk for childhood-onset asthma, respiratory allergies, eczema, celiac disease, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new article. While previous studies have looked at the association of antibiotics with single diseases, this is the first to look at the association across many diseases.

Healthy sleep habits help lower risk of heart failure

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
Healthy sleep habits are associated with a lower risk of heart failure. Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns (morning risers, sleeping 7-8 hours a day and no frequent insomnia, snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness) experienced a 42% reduction in the risk of heart failure compared to those with unhealthy sleep patterns.

Novel technique 'stuns' arthritis pain in shoulder and hip

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
A novel outpatient procedure offers lasting pain relief for patients suffering from moderate to severe arthritis in their hip and shoulder joints.

New method brings physics to deep learning to better simulate turbulence

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
Deep learning, also called machine learning, reproduces data to model problem scenarios and offer solutions. However, some problems in physics are unknown or cannot be represented in detail mathematically on a computer. Researchers developed a new method that brings physics into the machine learning process to make better predictions. The researchers used turbulence to test their method.

Genetic code evolution and Darwin's evolution theory should consider DNA an 'energy code'

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability 'energy code' -- so-called 'molecular Darwinism' -- to further account for the long-term survival of species' characteristics on Earth, according to scientists.

Former piece of Pacific Ocean floor imaged deep beneath China

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
In a study that gives new meaning to the term 'rock bottom,' seismic researchers have discovered the underside of a rocky slab of Earth's lithosphere that has been pulled more than 400 miles beneath northeastern China by the process of tectonic subduction.

Biological E. Limited’s COVID-19 vaccine enters Phase I/II trial

The Hindu:Science - 16/11/2020
The results of this clinical trial are expected to be available by February 2021

The best from the science journals: When Jupiter’s moon glowed

The Hindu:Science - 16/11/2020
Here is some of the most interesting research to have appeared in top science journals last week

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts headed to International Space Station

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
An international crew of astronauts is en route to the International Space Station following a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history. NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday from Launch Complex 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

UK to run final stage trials of Janssen COVID vaccine

The Hindu:Science - 16/11/2020
Scientists will begin recruiting some 6,000 people across the U.K. on Monday for the 12-month trial.

'One heck of a ride': SpaceX launches astronauts into space

The Hindu:Science - 16/11/2020
This is the second crew to be launched by the private space company.

Patients taking statins experience similar side effects from dummy pills

Science Daily - 16/11/2020
People taking dummy pills and statins experienced similar side effects in a new study.

Go (over) easy on the eggs: 'Egg-cess' consumption linked to diabetes

Science Daily - 15/11/2020
Scrambled, poached or boiled, eggs are a popular breakfast food the world over. Yet the health benefits of the humble egg might not be all they're cracked up to be as new research shows that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes.

Watch | Hi-tech translation masks

The Hindu:Science - 15/11/2020
A video on Japanese company Donut Robotics' "C-Face" mask

Tristan da Cunha island creates massive marine protection zone

The Hindu:Science - 15/11/2020
The sanctuary will be the biggest “no-take zone” in the Atlantic Ocean

Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

The Hindu:Science - 14/11/2020
They were found in three burial shafts in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.

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