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The Role of Thread-Like Filaments in Evolution of Galaxy

An international team of researchers discovered that thread-like "filaments" in the cosmic web play an important role in the evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way. The cosmic web is a large-scale web-like structure comprising galaxies and the filaments are like bridges connecting the denser regions in the cosmic web. "We think the cosmic web, dominated by dark matter, formed ...

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Russian spaceship Soyuz Brings New Crew to ISS

Three new crew members from the US, Russia and Italy arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Russian spaceship on Monday. The crew members will conduct hundreds of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations during their six-month sojourn on the orbiting laboratory. These include observations of the genetic makeup of roundworms, examining aerosols in the atmosphere and levitating ...

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India Gets Two More Saints from Kerala After Sr Alphonsa

The catholic community in Kerala seems to be glad as well as proud when the state-born Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal were declared as saints by Pope Francis in Vatican, on Sunday. The canonisation took place during a special mass at St Peter’s Square at Vatican, which was witnessed by large number of devotees, two Cardinals, bishops ...

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Indian Catholics now have three native saints

From now on Indian Catholics will have three native saints following the elevation of Kuriakose Elias Chavara, popularly known as Chavara Achen, and Sister Euphrasia, popularly known as Evuprasiamma, in a canonisation ceremony presided over by Pope Francis II in the Vatican Sunday. In 2008, Sister Alphonsa became the first native Indian to be canonized and she too belonged to ...

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Telangana to Build World’s Tallest Tower in Hyderabad Overlooking Husainsagar Lake

The Telangana government on Saturday decided to build the world’s largest tower and other skyscrapers at 40 places around Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of Hyderabad. A meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao decided to build the world’s tallest tower in Sanjeevaiah Park abutting the picturesque lake. At the five-hour long review meeting, the chief minister ...

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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits China; Japan Too Jolted, 39 Injured

At least two people were killed and around 54 injured in China when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit south-west China’s Sichuan province at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong town, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Soon another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan injuring 39 so far and many ...

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First GPS Study in India Says Leopards in Human Areas not ‘Conflict’ Animals

The first GPS-based study of leopards in India revealed that leopards in human areas are not always "stray" or "conflict" animals but residents with strategies to thrive in human dominated areas. The study, which delved into the secret lives of these big cats, suggests that policy makers need to rethink India’s leopard management strategies. The findings showed that leopards apply ...

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French Scientist Urges India to Pay attention on Issue of Nanoparticles

India needs to pay attention to the disposal of lab-synthesised nanoparticles, an important area of research, as they might pose environmental and health hazards, cautioned a French scientist on Friday. "There are a lot of centres in India trying to create nanoparticles but the Indian government must address the fate of those particles, particularly in the context of human health," ...

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‘Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola Free,’ Declares WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday. In late August, WHO was notified by the DRC of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Jeera county, Equateur province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa and also the seventh outbreak of the Ebola ...

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Ebola Outbreak: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon Says It May End by Mid-2015

As Ebola cases raise day by day, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015. Ban made the observation on Friday and said that the Ebola outbreak could be contained by continuing to scale up the global fight against the disease. Addressing a press conference at the World ...

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SC notice to Centre on dropping German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on replacing German with Sanskrit as a third language in the centrally run Kendriya Vidyalayas in the mid-session of the current academic year. The apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave issued notice on a plea by one V.S. Ramanathan who had challenged the government ...

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India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant fades into history after 71 years of service

India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943 and which saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, is being finally broken up after a glorious history of 71 years. The HMS Hercules, a Majestic-class light fleet aircraft carrier, was built Oct 14, 1943, commissioned in the British Royal ...

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Obama’s US Immigration Changes Help 4.5 Lakh Indians

US President Barack Obama has announced to use his executive authority to pass the immigration reform law, which may help about 4.5 lakh Indian illegal immigrants, including spouses who can now be eligible to work legally. In a prime time address to the nation from the East Room of the White House on Thursday night, he rejected accusations by opposition ...

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Unknown Ways of How Diamonds Form Come to Light

New findings have revealed long unknown details about how carbon deep beneath the Earth’s surface is helping diamond formation in the Earth’s mantle. The new theoretical model called the "Deep Earth Water" model allowed researchers to determine the chemical makeup of fluids in the Earth’s mantle, expelled from descending tectonic plates. "These mantle fluids with dissolved organic carbon species could ...

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