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5 May
Recently Infected by #COVID19? Your First Vaccine Dose Could Induce Extra Immunity For You! Here’s How

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As record-breaking daily infections completely overwhelmed the healthcare system across the country, the death toll has climbed to unprecedented highs.

#COVID19
Getting your first vaccine dose post complete recovery could help you gain some additional immunity against the virus when compared to people who were lucky enough not to get infected in the recent past.

#COVID19
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5 May
#SeaLevel Rise Due to #Antarctica's Ice Sheet Melting 30% More than Previously Estimated: Study

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(📸: Jeremy Harbeck/NASA)
Amid a #pandemic, the #ClimateCrisis may appear a distant threat. But burgeoning scientific studies have continued to point at a riskier future with cascading impacts.

#Antartica
Among all, research suggests that the melting of the icy continent of the globe, #Antarctica, alone can create widespread devastating impact in the form of rising sea levels around the globe.

#ClimateCrisis
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3 May
#WatchTheSky: This May, Catch the Supermoon, Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, Lunar Eclipse and More - By Dr Abhay Deshpande (@AbhayPDeshpande)

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@AbhayPDeshpande From our favourite supermoon to planets making a special appearance, here is everything the night sky will offer this May:
@AbhayPDeshpande - May 3, 2021

It is the last quarter of the Moon and you can see a half-moon in the Capricorn constellation.

#Space #nightsky
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3 May
#AskAnAstronomer: Dr Siddharth Gandhi on Exoplanet Science, Life Beyond Earth and More - By @MrigDixit

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@MrigDixit Dr Siddharth Gandhi from the University of Warwick has carved out a name for himself at a young age. He has been conducting a significant amount of research to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets.

#astronomy
@MrigDixit In this exclusive interview, he talks about his latest research, which highlights the chemical fingerprint of an exoplanet named Osiris, and opens up about exoplanet science, life beyond Earth and more.

#astronomy
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6 Apr
Our Human Ancestors Were Apex Predators that Mostly Ate Meat for 2 Million Years: Study

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In a world far older than our tame streets lined with fast-food joints, cafes and global supermarkets, a stone-age man stalked his large prey to attack it at the right moment with the most advanced stone tools available to him.

#Discovery #evolution
Researchers at Tel Aviv University reconstructed their nutritional intake, only to find that humans were apex predators for about two million years!

#Discovery #evolution
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6 Apr
Menacing March: India Endures Third Hottest March Since 1901; Warmest in Last 11 Years, As Per IMD

#HeatWave

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(📸: IANS)
Did you start experiencing scorching summer heat from the very beginning of March 2021? Did you feel this March was much hotter than it usually is? If so, your instincts were spot on.

#HeatWave
Last month, the country recorded an average maximum temperature of 32.65°C, which makes March 2021 the third warmest March India has endured in the past 121 years—since record-keeping began!

#HeatWave
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5 Apr
Chimpanzee Poop Is Helping Prevent #COVID19 Among Humans! Here's How

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The #OxfordAstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, a version of which is also being used in India, is made from an adenovirus isolated from chimpanzee poop, which has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans.

#COVID19
Now known as #COVID19 Vaccine #AstraZeneca, it was formerly called AZD1222.

AZD1222 was co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech.
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5 Apr
#NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Touches Down on #Mars' Surface Ahead of Historic First Flight on April 11

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#NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has been dropped on the surface of the Red Planet ahead of its historic first flight scheduled for April 11.

#Mars
#Ingenuity flew to #Mars while being attached to the belly of #NASA's Perseverance rover, which made a February 18 touch down on the Red Planet.
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3 Apr
#SciSimplified: Here’s How Dust from the #MiddleEast Can Shape Our Experience of #Monsoons

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(📸: Rajtilak Naik/BCCL)

By Poorvasha Kar
A new study from the University of Kansas has offered some crucial insight into the mechanisms behind the world's most powerful monsoon systems: Indian summer monsoon or the southwest monsoon.

#Monsoon
The study showcases that the Indian monsoon is intensified by atmospheric dust particles swept up by the winds from deserts in the #MiddleEast.

#Monsoon
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2 Apr
#DelhiSummer: After Warmest March in 11 Years, Capital Braces for Extreme Heat Till June

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(📸: Rajesh Mehta / BCCL, Delhi)

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Earlier this week, on March 29, the daytime temperature in Delhi breached the 40°C-mark—unprecedented for the month of March. If the forecasts hold true, the capital city could very well breach the record heat of 2019 in the upcoming summer months from April to June.
As per the latest seasonal outlook from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi, along with Haryana and Chandigarh, could witness 0.62°C warmer-than-normal temperatures from April to June. Image
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2 Apr
Scientists Discover #Asteroid Impact from 430,000 Years Ago in #Antarctica

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The extra-terrestrial particles recovered on the summit of Walnumfjellet (WN) within the Sor Rondane Mountains, Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica, indicate an unusual touchdown event.
As per the study, a jet of melted and vaporised meteoritic material resulting from the atmospheric entry of an asteroid at least 100 metres in size reached the surface at high velocity. Image
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9 Mar
Human Activities Obliterated Two-Third of #Earth’s Tropical Rainforests Between 2002-2019: Report

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(📸: IANS)
Human activities have contributed to the massive destruction of nearly two-thirds of the world’s original #TropicalRainforests in the last two decades, a new study has found.

#Environment
The analysis has revealed logging and land conversion for various agricultural practices as the two primary factors behind the wipeout of these forests, which serve as the largest reservoirs of carbon and effectively mitigate #GlobalWarming.

#TropicalRainforests #Environment
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9 Mar
Indian Dietary Guidelines Entail Smallest Carbon Footprint—77% Less Than US: Study

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(📸: Rajesh Mehta/BCCL, Delhi)
Most countries around the world, including India, issue a set of dietary guidelines from time to time to help citizens follow a healthy lifestyle.

#carbonfootprint
Over the past few decades, these dietary guidelines have evolved in line with the emerging scientific evidence with an aim to make people healthier while not compromising nature’s ability to sustain future generations.

#carbonfootprint
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8 Mar
On #WomensDay, Dr Rohini Godbole Talks About Her Journey in Particle Physics, Women in Science and More

@iiscbangalore #InternationalWomensDay

By @MrigDixit

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@iiscbangalore @MrigDixit Dr Rohini M Godbole, a renowned particle physicist from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (@iiscbangalore), has proved her mettle in the field of science not just in India but across the globe.

#InternationalWomensDay #WomensDay
@iiscbangalore @MrigDixit Dr Rohini, who hails from Pune, Maharashtra, started her scientific career way back in 1969 when even a journey from Pune to Delhi was a challenge for a girl.

#InternationalWomensDay #WomensDay
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7 Mar
Suffering from #Depression Amid the #Pandemic? Get Into Long-Term Exercising, Say Scientists!

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Exercise has for long been recommended as cognitive-behavioural therapy for patients with #depression, yet new evidence suggests that the #COVID19Pandemic changed the nature of the relationship between physical activity and mental health.
The study of college students, conducted before and during the #pandemic, revealed the average steps of subjects declined from 10,000 to 4,600 steps per day and rates of #depression increased from 32 per cent to 61 per cent.
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27 Feb
#WorldPolarBearDay: Here are some of the most interesting facts about polar bears, which make them one-of-a-kind in the diverse animal kingdom.
The big, burly white polar bears of the Arctic are among the most loved animals on the planet. However, in recent decades these magnificent animals, which are vital for the health of the Arctic environment, are facing several threats, including the omnipresent climate change.
In the form of retreating ice, we are snatching away their home inch-by-inch year-on-year. In fact, in 2020, a study has projected that polar bears could be gone by 2100 if emissions remain unchecked.
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25 Feb
One-Third of Global #FreshwaterFishes at Risk of Extinction; 16 Species Go Extinct in 2020

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(📸: Beta Mahatvaraj)

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Day by day, new research paints a grimmer picture of the state of our fragile ecosystem from deep-sea corals to the animals on land.
The startling number comes from the latest assessment conducted and compiled by 16 global conservation organizations in a report titled ‘The World’s Forgotten Fishes’.
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25 Feb
Bizzare Migration of #Earth’s Poles Could Have Triggered Extinction of #Neanderthals, Giant Animals 42,000 Years Ago - By @MrigDixit

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@MrigDixit Before us—the modern human beings or Homo sapiens—tens of thousands of years ago, the planet was dominated by an ancient sibling of ours called #Neanderthals or Homo neanderthalensis.
@MrigDixit While their existence dates back to at least 200,000 years ago, Neanderthals went extinct roughly 40,000 years ago. Several theories have emerged in recent years explaining the cause of their extinction—from #climatechange to a deadly disease.

#Neanderthals
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7 Feb
Glacier Burst Triggers Massive Flood in #Uttarakhand; 150 Labourers Feared Missing

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(📸: IANS)
A glacier burst at the Reni village of Chamoli district in #Uttarakhand has triggered a massive flood in the #Joshimath area.
The water level in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers have reportedly crossed its regular flow suddenly on Sunday morning followed by an avalanche near a power project.

#Uttarakhand
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30 Dec 20
Previously Unknown #Whale Population Discovered in #Indian Ocean Thanks to Their Distinct Song

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(📸:Robert Baldwin/Environment Society of Oman)
In a rather surprising, yet exciting discovery, researchers have spotted a new population of blue #whales swimming in the western #IndianOcean. The discovery is unique as the population was spotted from the unusual song sung by these exotic sea creatures.
Blue whales or #Balaenoptera musculus are the largest living animals on the planet and they use songs to communicate and socialise. They are often identified by their unique low-frequency sounds, which can be louder than a jet engine, with the pitch reaching up to 188 decibels.
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29 Dec 20
10 Eco-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of Your #ChristmasTree

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There are lots of ways that you can get rid of your tree in an eco-friendly way.

Here are some of our tips to do just that.

#ChristmasTree
1. Re-Plant It.

The best thing you can do is replant it as soon as you can after the holiday so that it can continue to grow and provide a home again for backyard wildlife.

#ChristmasTree
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