SCIENCE

Taj Mahal Turning Yellow Due to Graveyard Nearby, Says Archaeological Survey of India

Reiterating the findings of several past studies, the Archaeological Survey of India officials have officially stated that the world heritage monument for love is indeed turning yellow due to the environmental factors, especially from the carbon dioxide particles released by nearby graveyard. In addition, the sewer lines around the Taj is another worrying factor. The fire from the Hindu graveyard ...

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Addictive Behaviour Alarming, 1 Billion Still Smoke

Despite anti-smoking awareness campaign acorss the world, still one billion people smoke compared to 240 million who are alcoholics, said a new study. In terms of percentage, it is 20% of global population that still smokes compared to 5% of the world population that consumes alcohol, while the study braced ahead to estimate 15 million addicts to drugs like heroin ...

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Jahn-Teller Metal, 4th Matter in World Discovered by Japan Researchers

Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University, a post-doctoral researcher who just joined the faculty, has led a team that discovered a new state of matter called the ‘Jahn-Teller-metal’ that has some unique features — an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet — all-in-one metal. Essentially, the new matter ‘Jahn-Tellar-metal’ is useful as superconductors at very high temperatures, a deadly combination for future ...

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Astronaut Virts Aboard Space Station ISS Captures Amazing India in Night Lights

International Space Station astronaut Terry W. Virts has focused on India this time to take some amzing pictures from above, in absolutely unprecedented clarity with clouds reflecting the moon’s light and giving the nation’s southern peninsula an explicit image of a lit garland. From the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Terry Virts took the photograph of India in the night ...

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus stunning lights similar to curtain eruptions seen on Earth: Scientists

New research proposes the possibility that icy eruptions on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets. Based on data obtained from NASA’s Cassini mission, the researchers say these eruptions from Saturn’s moon Enceladus might be diffuse curtains rather than discrete jets. Though they appear to be individual jets ...

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Delhi-type Air Quality Monitoring to Extend to Other Cities: Minister

In view of complaints over Delhi pollution and deteriorating air quality monitoring, the Indian government has decided to increase these stations from the present 10 to more cities with 46 million population. Already, reports have highlighted the worsening air pollution in the capital compared to Beijing. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha ...

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Nepal Quake Pushed Kathmandu Valley Up by 80cm: Survey

The change tectonic plates that triggered the Neap earthquake on Aprl 25 resulted in the altitude of the Kathmandu Valley getting elevated by 80 cm, said authorities based on some quick surveys. “The altitude of the valley increased by 80 cm as the Indian tectonic plate moved further to the Tibetan plate during the quake,” said Madhu Sudan Adhikari, director ...

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‘Loki archaea’ found beneath Arctic Unfolds Mystery in Evolution

The origin of the eukaryotic cell remains one of the most contentious puzzles and a major missing link in biology until recently when a team of scientists announced the discovery of just such a transitional form at the bottom of the Atlantic. Based on a meagre spoon-ful of sample provided by a fellow scientist, Thijs Ettema of Upssala University in ...

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Gujarat High Court Bans 67 Sandmining Units in Gir Lion Sanctuary

Prompted by a PIL, the Gujarat High Court on Thursday ordered immediate shut-down of 67 sandmining units in the vicinity of Gir sanctuary where census of lions was undertaken till Wednesday. The order to ban sandmining in Gir, the only sanctuary for Asiatic lions, came from the two-judge bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice GB Shah after a public ...

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UAE plans to send unmanned Mars mission in 2021

Buoyant over India’s success, the United Arab Emirates wants to become the first Arab nation to send an unmanned Mars mission in 2021 with similar objective to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet. The project named Al Amal, which means “Hope” in Arabic, was revealed at an official event attended by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, vice-president and Prime Minister ...

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Meet Jessica Meir of NASA, Longing to Land on Mars

Jessica U. Meir of Caribou, Maine has been undergoing rigorous training as a member of NASA’s 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class and few years short of her childhood dream to go to space. If she completes her training successfully, she would be on Orion spacecraft to go to Mars in 2022. A graduate from Brown University, post-graduate from the International Space ...

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4 Men Saved in Nepal Quake Caught Beneath Debris, Thanks to NASA Device FINDER

Four men trapped under as much as 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to a new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by NASA in partnership with other agencies. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have ...

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