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An architecture student’s vision for a greener Mumbai: Re-negotiating the lost edge of river Mithi
India

An architecture student’s vision for a greener Mumbai: Re-negotiating the lost edge of river Mithi

River Mithi was, historically, Mumbai’s prominent edge defining Island city and Salsette Islands.

States consult with Union minister Harsh Vardhan to formulate new S&T policy 2020
India

States consult with Union minister Harsh Vardhan to formulate new S&T policy 2020

This is imperative at both the policy-making and implementation processes and is achievable through greater communication and collaboration between the Centre and states.

FDA greenlights Gilead's Remdesivir to treat COVID-19; first drug to be granted full approval
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FDA greenlights Gilead's Remdesivir to treat COVID-19; first drug to be granted full approval

The move indicates the US government’s confidence in the drug's safe and effective use in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

'Biodiversity by the Bay' aims to channel the power of Mumbai’s youth to save the city's natural habitats
India

'Biodiversity by the Bay' aims to channel the power of Mumbai’s youth to save the city's natural habitats

The Aarey controversy in 2019 revealed an opportunity, to create a larger, powerful climate movement in Mumbai, spurred by the city's youth.

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve
India

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve

Staying the course would lead to a steady reduction in cases, while any departure in terms of slackening safety protocols would disturb this trend, the professor who chaired a panel of experts that worked on India’s COVID-19 “supermodel”, warns

Contact tracing followed by quarantine will stop COVID-19 from spreading: WHO
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Contact tracing followed by quarantine will stop COVID-19 from spreading: WHO

"I know there is a fatigue but the virus has shown that when we let our guard down, it can surge back at breakneck speed and threaten hospitals and health systems."

After phosphine, Indian researchers now discover amino acid glycine in Venus' atmosphere
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After phosphine, Indian researchers now discover amino acid glycine in Venus' atmosphere

There are some 500 known amino acids, only 20% of which are encoded for, in living organisms. Glycine is the simplest amino acid.

Voyager missions find sharp increase in density of space beyond our solar system
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Voyager missions find sharp increase in density of space beyond our solar system

Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in 2012, while Voyager 2 finally crossed the boundary marking the beginning of outer space in November 2018.

Vaccine storage challenges could leave 3 bn people without access to a COVID-19 shot
World

Vaccine storage challenges could leave 3 bn people without access to a COVID-19 shot

WHO also estimates that half the vaccines made globally are lost to wastage, either from heat exposure or broken vials in transit.

Serosurveys point to inadequacies in India’s COVID-19 testing strategy
India

Serosurveys point to inadequacies in India’s COVID-19 testing strategy

The focus needs to shift to accurate, direct RT-PCR testing to trace and isolate COVID-19 positive individuals.

For artificial intelligence to flourish, governments need to think ahead about its responsible use
News & Analysis

For artificial intelligence to flourish, governments need to think ahead about its responsible use

With technology blurring international boundaries, governments need to cooperate and collaborate to put mechanisms in place to manage the power of AI.

'Unprecedented' emissions dip during pandemic ends, levels returned to normal by July: Study
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'Unprecedented' emissions dip during pandemic ends, levels returned to normal by July: Study

The emissions drop from lockdowns were short-term, like those on holidays such as Christmas or the Chinese Spring Festival.

Millions of uncounted trees dotting Sahara, Sahel deserts found in satellite imagery
science

Millions of uncounted trees dotting Sahara, Sahel deserts found in satellite imagery

Improved imagery over the years have powered counting of trees, particularly over vast stretches of land, best done by a computer.

Restoring certain habitats can prevent extinctions, offset emissions: climate repair blueprint
World

Restoring certain habitats can prevent extinctions, offset emissions: climate repair blueprint

Thirty million sq km of ecosystems world over is agricultural or pasture land that was once forest, grasslands and shrublands.

Mars shines extra bright on 13 Oct as it enters 'opposition', to remain bright for weeks
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Mars shines extra bright on 13 Oct as it enters 'opposition', to remain bright for weeks

Mars in opposition means it will be visible all night, starting in the east after sunset, before disappearing into the western horizon around sunrise.

Nobel laureate Mario Molina dies at 77, after sounding alarm for ozone layer depletion in 1974
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Nobel laureate Mario Molina dies at 77, after sounding alarm for ozone layer depletion in 1974

Fellow climate whistleblower Al Gore said Molina 'never backed down from political pressure, always spoke truth to power, grounded in science and reason.'

Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study
News & Analysis

Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study

Larger corals, like branching and table-shaped forms, have been the hardest hit – almost disappearing from the far northern reaches of the Reef.

Rare earth recycling in new iPhones to reduce e-waste, step up Apple's environmental response
News & Analysis

Rare earth recycling in new iPhones to reduce e-waste, step up Apple's environmental response

Apple also said it won't be including earbuds or power adaptors with the newest iPhones.

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, Starman make their first close approach of Mars
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Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, Starman make their first close approach of Mars

An astronomer went on to give a detailed explanation of the close approach on social media.

Biggest-ever Arctic science mission ends after a year drifting along with frozen sea ice
World

Biggest-ever Arctic science mission ends after a year drifting along with frozen sea ice

With some 100 members – scientists, technicians and crew, the expedition the largest Arctic science expedition in history.