ITC begins clinical trials of nasal spray for COVID-19 prevention
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ITC begins clinical trials of nasal spray for COVID-19 prevention

The company has received approvals from ethics committees and is registered with CTRI for clinical trials of the nasal spray, which is designed to arrest the virus at the entry point in the nasal cavity

Land ahoy: Study shows the first continents bobbed to the surface more than 3 billion years ago
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Land ahoy: Study shows the first continents bobbed to the surface more than 3 billion years ago

Most ancient continents, including the Singhbhum Craton, are made of granites, which formed through the melting of pre-existing rocks at the base of the crust.

Coastal states in Mumbai, Kolkata & four other Indian cities will be underwater by 2030 finds report
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Coastal states in Mumbai, Kolkata & four other Indian cities will be underwater by 2030 finds report

Maps show parts of Mumbai, almost the entirety of Navi Mumbai, the coastal areas of Sunderbans, and the surrounding areas of West Bengal’s capital, Kolkata, along with Cuttack in Odisha, may be below tide-level in 2030.

NASA and USGS released the first photos of Earth captured by the Landsat 9 satellite
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NASA and USGS released the first photos of Earth captured by the Landsat 9 satellite

The satellite, along with its predecessor Landsat 8, will collect approximately 1,500 images daily of the Earth’s surface, and cover the globe every eight days.

ISRO chief calls upon freshers to work on solutions for global challenges like climate change, natural disasters
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ISRO chief calls upon freshers to work on solutions for global challenges like climate change, natural disasters

Mr Sivan said India is now in a start-up boom and many professionals are quitting their well-paid jobs and responding to the demands of indigenous consumers through start-ups.

Longest partial eclipse of century to occur on 19 November: Here's everything you need to know
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Longest partial eclipse of century to occur on 19 November: Here's everything you need to know

The eclipse will be witnessed in large parts of Australia, East Asia, North America, South America, and the Pacific Region. In the United States, all 50 states will be able to view the partial lunar eclipse.

Jeff Bezos offered actor Tom Hanks a seat on Blue Origin's spaceflight for
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Jeff Bezos offered actor Tom Hanks a seat on Blue Origin's spaceflight for "28 million bucks or something"

He didn't need to spend 28 million dollars to get the experience of being in a space flight but would perhaps do it if it were free, just to feel the joy of “pretending" to be a billionaire.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Dr Kamal Ranadive, Indian cell biologist known for her work with cancer
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Google Doodle pays tribute to Dr Kamal Ranadive, Indian cell biologist known for her work with cancer

Ranadive was among the first researchers in India to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity and to identify the links among cancers and certain viruses

Activist Greta Thunberg says COP26 was a greenwash campaign for business leaders, politicians
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Activist Greta Thunberg says COP26 was a greenwash campaign for business leaders, politicians

“Since we are so far from what actually we needed, I think what would be considered a success would be if people realize what a failure this COP is,” Thunberg said.

COP26: Five takeaways from the first day of the biggest climate summit that you need to know
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COP26: Five takeaways from the first day of the biggest climate summit that you need to know

It remains unclear whether the two biggest emitters, China and the United States, can move past tensions over trade and human rights to work together.

Fear of impending environmental doom causing 'climate anxiety' among youth activists around the world
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Fear of impending environmental doom causing 'climate anxiety' among youth activists around the world

When young people articulate their fears to adults such as teachers, often they find their feels are "invalidated", said clinical psychologist Garret Barnwell.

NASA aims to defend the planet by using its DART mission to destroy an asteroid this month
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NASA aims to defend the planet by using its DART mission to destroy an asteroid this month

The target asteroid, Dimorphos, which means "two forms" in Greek, is about 525 feet in diameter and orbits around a larger asteroid named Didymos, "twin" in Greek.

Climate risks will be irreversible even if world manages to limital global warming to 1.5C says UNEP report
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Climate risks will be irreversible even if world manages to limital global warming to 1.5C says UNEP report

The report suggests that governments use the fiscal recovery from the pandemic to prioritise interventions that achieve both economic growth and climate change resilience.

COVID-19 Fact Check: The Pfizer COVID vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11 years says FDA
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COVID-19 Fact Check: The Pfizer COVID vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11 years says FDA

The FDA assessed the safety of the kid-size doses in 3,100 vaccinated youngsters and has said that kids between 5 to 11 years will get just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

WHO calls for development of vaccine for GBS infection that causes 150,000 stillbirths, infant deaths every year
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WHO calls for development of vaccine for GBS infection that causes 150,000 stillbirths, infant deaths every year

Currently, women with GBS are given antibiotics during labour to reduce the chance of it passing to their baby but this poses problems in places where screening and antibiotic administration during labour are less accessible.

Psychotherapist Dr Aaron Beck known as the father of cognitive therapy, died at the age of 100
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Psychotherapist Dr Aaron Beck known as the father of cognitive therapy, died at the age of 100

He discovered that patients who learn to recognize the faulty logic of their negative automatic thoughts could learn to overcome their fears, think more rationally, which diminished their anxiety and improved their mood.

We The Change: We need to invest in our future by protecting and conserving our water bodies
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We The Change: We need to invest in our future by protecting and conserving our water bodies

To attain an optimal value of ecosystem services, ecological infrastructure is key.

COP26: Climate change magnifying natural disasters, cities aren’t adapting as quickly enough
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COP26: Climate change magnifying natural disasters, cities aren’t adapting as quickly enough

Adaptation in the shorter term is moving much more sluggishly but reshaping cities in a timely manner can be extremely expensive.

Two Indian teenage girls honored by Duchess of Cornwall for COVID essays for Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021
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Two Indian teenage girls honored by Duchess of Cornwall for COVID essays for Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021

Aditi S Nair and Raisa Gulati wrote the essays on the positive impact of COVID-19 on nature and how the attempt of the deadly virus to destroy human beings was thwarted by lockdowns and vaccines, respectively.