"@ICMRDELHI, with help from the National Centre for Disease Control, World Health Organisation's India office and the state governments had collected nearly 24,000 samples from 70 districts in the country from randomly picked individuals."
"These included ten hotspot cities Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Thane, Jaipur, Chennai and Surat that contribute nearly 70 % of India's total caseload. 500 samples each were collected from 10 randomly chosen containment areas in each of these cities."
"Though he (Ramanujan) had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable."
"Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation:"He tried to interest the leading professional mathematicians in his work, but failed for the most part. What he had to show them was too novel, too unfamiliar, and additionally presented in unusual ways.."
"The field trial set up to test the Salk vaccine was... "the most elaborate program of its kind in history, involving 20,000 physicians and public health officers, 64,000 school personnel, and 220,000 volunteers." Over 1.8 million schoolchildren took part in the trial."
"News was made public of the vaccine's success on April 12, 1955, and Salk was hailed as a "miracle worker" and the day almost became a national holiday. An immediate rush to vaccinate began around the world, with countries beginning polio immunization campaigns..."
"The leading infectious disease expert on President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force told WSJ that an end to handshaking would be good for reducing future transmissions of the novel coronavirus and would also cut the number of influenza cases."
April 5, 1663 - one of the great 'special ops' raids in history. Shivaji Maharaj, along with a small team of Marathas, attacked the invading Mughal leader (Aurangzeb's uncle) Shaista Khan in #Pune's Lal Mahal.
He barely managed to escape, but not before losing three fingers.
Aurangzeb sent Shaista Khan along with a huge army to Deccan to confront the growing presence of Shivaji Raje.
Shaista Khan captured many forts and occupied #Pune and made Lal Mahal as his base.
It was impossible for Shivaji Maharaj to confront the Mughals in an open battle.
Hence, a brave plan was hatched to attack Shaista Khan directly in Pune. Shivaji Maharaj and small band of Maratha soldiers entered Pune (dressed as part of a wedding procession, to avoid getting detected) and reached Lal Mahal.
The specific one from this family that triggered the Wuhan outbreak was given a temporary name: '2019-nCoV'.
Later given a permanent name: 'SARS-CoV-2'.
'COVID 19' is the name of the disease caused by this virus.
"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)."
"Since peaking in the early 1980s at 1.8 million tons a year, Israeli citrus production has dropped almost 75%. That decline highlights Israel’s shift away from its socialist, agrarian roots and its emergence as a tech powerhouse."
"Agriculture has fallen to 2% of goods exports, from a peak above 40% in the 1950s, as the plains and gentle hills around Tel Aviv have been bulldozed to make way for malls, apartment blocks, and office parks for growing ranks of software coders and pharmaceutical researchers."
"Just 1% of Israelis now work in agriculture, down from 18% in 1958, while the tech sector has shot up from virtually zero to 10% of jobs today, many developing software used outside the country."
Feb 14, 1990 - 30 years ago, one of the most iconic photos of all times - a view of our blue planet, taken by the Voyager-1 spacecraft, from a distance of about 6 billion km!
The term was coined by Carl Sagan in his reflections of the photograph's significance.
@NASAJPL@NASAVoyager@NASAhistory "Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion km (3.7 billion miles, 40.5 AU), as part of that day's Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System."
@NASAJPL@NASAVoyager@NASAhistory "In the photograph, Earth's apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space, among bands of sunlight reflected by the camera."