articles by Abigail Banerji

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COVID-19 Fact Check: Double-masking causes no breathing problem, even if you have respiratory issues

Wearing two masks nearly doubles their effectiveness and helps keep the virus at bay.

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Russia releases new single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light: Here's all you need to know

The vaccine is easy to store between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. It is also expected to cost less than $10.

India

COVID-19-triggered Mucormycosis: How is the fungal infection linked to Coronavirus, treatments, more

It is important to remember that Mucormycosis does not spread from person to person, it is not contagious.

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Hey Joe Rogan, check your privilege, and your facts

Rogan is a famous, rich, white male living in one of the most developed countries in the world with access to quality healthcare during the pandemic.

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Chernobyl after 35 years: 10 chilling images reveal scars left behind by nuclear disaster

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster that took place on 26 April 1986 was a result of Cold War isolation and lack of safety culture.

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WHO COVID-19 origins report: Bats or pangolins may have been source of virus in Wuhan

The main takeaway from this report is that more analysis should be conducted in order to get to the bottom of this.

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World Water Day: 10 pictures illustrating the most polluted waters around the world

Every year, since 1993, 22 March is celebrated as World Water Day to raise awareness on how human actions are negatively affecting water resources.

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ESO's telescope captures images of never-seen-before cosmic web with a surprise inside

Simulations showed that the light came from billions of previously invisible dwarf galaxies spawning trillions of stars.

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COVID-19 jargon: Variant, strain and mutation of SARS-CoV-2 all mean different things

Scientists are keenly watching for SARS-CoV-2 variants to understand how genetic changes to the virus impact its infectiousness.

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Philips Air Purifier 3000i review: Beginner-friendly and it gets the job done

Fine particles, allergens, gases and even food odours - Philips’ Air Purifier 3000i promises to eliminate them all and breathe fresh air into your life.

India

AIPSN urges govt to reconsider emergency approval for Covaxin till Phase 3 data is published

Either pausing or cancelling approvals is not unheard of, and the CDSCO does have the authority to do so.

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With COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, work from home, the year 2020 was basically a 'Hide Your Pain Harold' meme

The novel Coronavirus hit us hard and we struck back with lockdown, social distancing, wearing masks and making a lot of memes.

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Lockdown legends Part 4: The tech that got me through the lockdown feat. Dell Inspiron Laptop, iQOO 3, JBL earphones

From dealing with some 20-odd tabs opened at once to attending Zoom calls or falling into the deep pit of YouTube, the Dell Inspiron 14 went above the call of duty to get me through these months.

India

Low blood sugar at birth, genetics cause epilepsy in young Indian children: Study

It is very important that families and new mothers are made aware of the impact of low blood sugar at birth and its negative neurological impact later in life.

World

'We are at the last hour': From Guterres to Prince Charles, world leaders bat for swift action at UNGA Biodiversity Summit

A notable absentee during the summit was US President Donald Trump, who is in the process of exiting from the Paris Agreement and has withdrawn his support from the WHO.

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine could produce antibodies, didn’t show any adverse effects in Phase 1, 2 human trials

Many scientists have questioned the legitimacy of the data as they claim to have noticed inconsistencies in the data and figures that are part of the vaccine study.

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China’s first reusable spacecraft landed on Sunday after spending two days in orbit

China's space program is run by the military and is secretive and its state media have yet to publish any photos.

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Russia 'Sputnik V' vaccine promises to help people develop immunity against COVID-19 for two years: Here's all you need to know

Sputnik V can only be used on people within the age groups of 18-60 as more studies need to ensure the vaccine is safe for older people.

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WHO says dentists have high risk of being infected by COVID-19, asks people to delay non essential dental work

WHO said that while dental services had begun, several procedures could be done in a way that minimised aerosol or micro-droplets hanging in the air.

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NASA’s Perseverance rover on its way to become fifth rover on Mars – its science objectives, instruments, the Ingenuity helicopter

Perseverance will land in the Jezero Crater, in February 2021, which is thought to have once been a water-filled lake 3.5 million years ago.