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An artist impression of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe | China National Space Administration

China’s space probe Chang’e-5 brings back 1,731 grams of samples from the moon

The samples were transferred to the research teams, who will carry out the storage, analysis and research of the China's first samples collected from the extra-terrestrial object.
Tucuxi, a species of freshwater dolphin, has been marked as 'Threatened' in the updated Red List | IUCN

31 species extinct, all freshwater dolphins threatened — IUCN releases updated Red List

In the Red List of Threatened Species released this month, 35,765 species are threatened with extinction, but there are some success stories as well.
PSLV/ISRO

ISRO set to launch satellite CMS-01 tomorrow, improve telecom coverage for Indian islands

CMS-01 will be India’s 42nd communication satellite to be placed into orbit and will provide improved telecom services for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
Saadullah Zehri, a farmer who lost his crops to locusts. | Photographer: Asim Hafeez | Bloomberg

The 6 pests coming to eat our crops, thanks to climate change

Climate change is opening up new habitats to old pests, transforming them from a mere nuisance into a growing menace.
File photo of the Himalayas | Commons

There is a ‘natural aerosol factory’ in the Himalayas and it affects climate, study finds

The study has shown that a large quantity of natural aerosols are transported by winds and pumped into the upper troposphere at the Himalayas.
Aerospace scientists Roddam Narasimha | Twitter | @ShobhaBJP

Aerospace scientist Roddam Narasimha, ‘an authority on fluid dynamics’, dies at 87

Roddam Narasimha's contributions to the aerospace sector of the country are unparalleled and he is best known for his work on fluid dynamics.
Representational image | Novel coronavirus | Pixabay

New research shows UV-emitting LED lights could kill novel coronavirus

Scientists say UV bulbs can be installed in ACs, vacuum, and water systems, and efficiently disinfect large surfaces and spaces.
A Geminid meteor in 2007 | Wikimedia commons

Celestial fireworks tonight as Geminids meteor shower set to peak

The meteor shower is intensifying every year, and is best viewed between 2 am and 3 am. 
Vials with Covid-19 vaccine | Photo: Justin Tallis | AFP | Getty Images | via Bloomberg

China’s Covid vaccines are already being distributed. But what about trials?

China is developing at least five Covid vaccines from four producers. It’s too early to say if they are safe.
A herd of wild elephants takes shelter on highland inside the flooded Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park, in Nagaon District on 15 July | PTI

Yale study finds why large mammals like elephants, tigers still exist in India

First of its kind study finds that rate of extinction of animals weighing over 50 kg over the past 30,000 years is lowest in India, & points to co-evolution of humans and mammals.

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