By Zoraida Portillo (Perú) A joint initiative between NASA and the International Potato Centre (CIP), which is based in Peru, offers scientific evidence that it is possible to grow at least four types of potatoes on Mars. A scenario starring the root crop was portrayed in the movie “The Martian” (2015),...
Zero has got 500 more years older. Oxford University researchers have identified a black dot on a third-century Indian manuscript which they say is the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for zero, 500 years earlier than previously thought. The Bakhshali manuscript, found buried in 1881 from village Bakhshali in...
Plastics have contaminated the deepest parts of the oceans, says a study that has found traces of plastic fibres in animals from trenches across the Pacific Ocean. The study, led by researchers at Newcastle University, say that the traces may have its origin from plastic bottles, packaging and synthetic clothes. “There...
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health. Wikimedia Divya Pandey,, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of...
Maryam Mirzakhani, 40, the first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal, considered “Nobel prize in mathematics” has died of cancer. A professor at Stanford University since 2008, she won the medal -- awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40 -- in 2014, for her...
In a landmark achievement, scientists have demonstrated that targeting inflammation in heart valves through anti-inflammatory drug could reduce the risk of heart attack with an added benefit of reducing cancer. A study by a team, led from Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, administered targeted anti-inflammatory drug called canakinumab and...
A team of researchers are growing an island back to its form, off the Tuticorin coast in Tamil Nadu, in the Gulf of Mannar. The team from IIT Madras has been able to make the Vaan Island grow from 1.5284 hectares in December 2015 to 1.6454 hectares using artificial reefs,...
A third of the parasite species in this world could be wiped out by climate change, creating huge impact on the ecosystem, a new study reveals. The researchers analysed the global distribution of 457 parasites, using different climate models and found that a third of the parasites would go extinct...
Following three confirmed cases in which antibiotics were ineffective, the World Health Orgaisation warns strains of untreatable gonorrhoea are on the rise. This fuels fears that even the most effective drugs will soon be futile to treat the diseases suffered by an estimated 78 million people worldwide. The findings were based...
People who eat out in restaurants and fast food chains are found to have higher levels of phthalates, a potentially harmful hormone-disrupting chemical in the body. The chemical, used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastic and used in food packaging, has been linked to asthma, breast cancer, type...

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