What made Beethoven sick? DNA from his hair offers clues

Malte Boecker, Director Beethoven Haus on the genome sequencing project of world-renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven by an international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge, Tuesday 21 March 2023. Scientists extracted Beethoven’s genome from the strands of her hair to look for clues about her many health problems. | Photo credit: AP … Read more

PFC partners with IISc. for new energy research building in Bengaluru

A file photo of the carbon dioxide-based Brayton Test Circuit facility, at the Interdisciplinary Center for Energy Research at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) has partnered with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) for the construction of a new Energy Research Building to … Read more

Luis Caffarelli wins Abel Prize for maths

Luis Caffarelli. Photo credit: Nolan Zunk/University of Texas at Austin The Abel Prize in mathematics was awarded on Wednesday to Argentine-American Luis Caffarelli, an expert in “partial differential equations” that can explain phenomena ranging from the way water flows to population growth. A University of Texas professor, Mr. Caffarelli, 74, was honored for his “fundamental … Read more

Microsoft inks another deal to capture and store its carbon emissions underground

Microsoft, an early proponent of emerging technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, has agreed to purchase carbon removal credits from Los Angeles-based startup CarbonCapture. CarbonCapture has a massive facility called a Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant in the works in Wyoming. Named Bison Projectthe facility is expected to start operating in the … Read more

COVID-19 origins | GISAID U-turn adds to confusion over ‘new’ Chinese data

The Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where a number of people related to the market fell ill with the new coronavirus, is closed in Wuhan, Jan. 21, 2020. | Photo credit: Dake Kang/AP In an unusual turn of events, scientists recently announced what they called “compelling” evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic had a “natural” origin … Read more

Why are some islands in India sinking?

Watch | Why are some islands in India sinking? The sinking islands of India India has a fragile network of over 1,382 islands. However, many of these islands are under threat from unseasonable cyclonic storms, marine erosion and new development projects. One such island in Lakshadweep has completely disappeared from the map. Environmental researchers are … Read more

Daily Quiz | On the March equinox

Daily Quiz | In the March equinox Hot air balloons float above the Pyramid of the Sun on the day of the vernal equinox, in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, March 20, 2023. START THE QUIZ 1/5 | In technical terms, the March Equinox is when the point … Read more

SpaceX’s Starlink and other satellite internet providers are making light pollution worse for astronomers

The rapid rise of Internet satellites, the formation of mega-constellations and the accumulation of space junk are already starting to interfere with astronomers’ research. The problem is growing exponentially, scientists warn in a series of articles published recently in magazine Nature astronomy. And they want regulators to do something about it. The swarm of satellites … Read more

Explained | XBB.1.16, the Omicron recombinant behind India’s new COVID spike

Over the past three years and multiple waves of infection, SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve by accumulating genetic variations. Rarely, a co-infection of multiple strains of the virus could lead to recombinations between genomes which can give rise to chimeric genomes, otherwise called recombinant. While most recombinations may not result in viable viruses, there is a … Read more

Astronomers sound alarm about light pollution from satellites

Astronomers on Monday warned that light pollution created by the increased number of satellites orbiting the Earth poses an “unprecedented global threat to nature”. | Photo credit: AFP Astronomers on Monday warned that the light pollution created by the growing number of satellites orbiting the Earth represents an “unprecedented global threat to nature”. The number … Read more