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NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

The “hot-fire” test at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi was supposed to last a little over eight minutes — the time the engines would burn in flight — but they shut down just over a minute into the burn.

Watch | Curiosity Rover completes 3000 days on Mars

A video on NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, completing 3000 days on the red planet

Glucose addiction can foment tumours

Study reveals genes’ roles in regulating glucose utilisation by breast cancer cells

Exotic food exchange in the second millennium BCE

Trade flourished long before the Silk Routes were established

Fruit flies evolve in response to environment

Males modulate their reproductive investment based on perceived competition

DNA exchanges in plants

Do plants share genetic material with each other?Genetic material of plants and animalsare well protected in the nucleus of each cell and store all th

Tiny worms can make complex travel decisions when hitch-hiking: IISc study

This was one of the key findings by two researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science who studied how microscopic worms called nematodes that live in fig trees hitch a ride on fig wasps so that they can move from one tree to another

This is a wonderful time to work on black holes: astrophysicist Parameswaran Ajith

The cosmic bodies have come out of their historical isolation to take centrestage in modern astrophysics, says the recipient of the inaugural young scientist award instituted by The World Academy of Sciences

Scientists divided over restricted use approval for Covaxin

While some say safety parameters are good, others have asked for efficacy data

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet

NASA has declared the Mars digger dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature.Scientists in Germany spent two years

Watch | The world’s insect population is declining

A video on the world's declining insect population

In pictures: NASA's Curiosity Rover celebrates 3000 days on Mars

A martian day is slightly longer than an Earth day. It is approximately 24 hours, 39 minutes, 35 seconds long

Best from science journals: Why are platypus so weird?

Here are some of the most interesting research papers to have appeared in top science journals last week.

Tardy hunt for UK variant of virus

Centre not actively looking for community spread of strain, says scientists

Watch | All about the bird flu outbreak in India

A video explainer on the Avian Influenza outbreak in India

World insect population declining at an alarming rate, say studies

Honeybees have been in dramatic decline because of disease, parasites, insecticides, herbicides and lack of food

NARL scientists solve mystery over unequal aerosol distribution

Research paper published in the latest issue of the Nature magazine

‘COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines’

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programmes to stop COVID

Watch | Can spiders build webs in space?

A video on NASA's experiments with spiders in space on board the Skylab and ISS

Loring and Schwerdt, and their search for poliovirus

Stanford scientists Hubert Scott Loring and Carlton Everett Schwerdt announced their successful isolation of poliovirus on January 10, 1947. Even though it was only 80% pure and extracted from cotton rats infected with polio, it was a breakthrough at the time and a giant stride in our continuing fight against polio.