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Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

An unprecedented detection of a repeating “Fast Radio Burst (FRB)” has allowed astronomers to identify its origin, prompting scientists to reconsider what they believed they knew about FRBs.

FRBs are tremendously powerful flashes of cosmic light, which can be detected from billions of light-years away. In spite of the ferocity of the bursts, these radio emissions are rarely detected because of they are extremely short-lived.

As FRBs last for just a fraction of a second, they are hard to capture, and their origin is even harder to pinpoint.

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Solar-powered artificial leaf can allow drug production

Solar-powered artificial leaf can allow drug production

A team of researchers from the Netherlands have developed a first-of-its-kind synthetic leaf that can act as a mini-factory for drugs that would allow production of life-saving medicines anywhere there is sunlight.

The researcher led by Timothy Noel, of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, managed to tap into plants’ photosynthesis-based food-producing abilities.

They made use of a leaf-inspired micro-factory mimicking nature’s efficiency at harvesting solar radiation. To do that, they used new material called luminescent solar concentrator (LSC).

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Mars One Project Shifts the Goalpost to 2032 for Mars Mission

Mars One Project Shifts the Goalpost to 2032 for Mars Mission

Mars One, the private space technology company based in the Netherlands, had promised to take people to planet Mars by year 2023. Four years back, the company asked for applications from people interested in one way journey to the Red Planet. Mars One has now shifted the mission timeline and the latest schedule suggests that the first crew would land on Mars by year 2032. The latest update suggests that Mars One is facing funding issues for its space mission.

Astronomers discover newborn triple-star system

Astronomers discover newborn triple-star system

Providing astronomers first of its kind glimpse into how multiple-star systems come into existence, Chile-based ALMA telescope has captured a litter of newborn stars emerging from the same disk of gas and dust.

The image captured by the powerful telescope shows a triple-star system, with two young stars forming in a spiral around an older star. It confirms the major theory that states how multiple stars wind up close to each other.

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Smoking Cannabis Associated With Irregular Brain Structure of Unborn Child

Smoking Cannabis Associated With Irregular Brain Structure of Unborn Child

An association with smoking marijuana by pregnant women and anomalies in the brain of the unborn baby has been established by a new research. Professionals have cautioned that those babies who have been subjected to marijuana when in womb were diagnosed with a thicker prefrontal cortex region of the brain in comparison to children who were free from cannabis exposure.

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Ways to deal global water scarcity

global water scarcity

Water shortage across the globe is more serious issue than what scientists have predicted earlier. Around 66%, or four billion people, across the world live without adequate amount of fresh water for at least a month in a year.

Rising population and increased use in agriculture leading to water shortage

Rising population and increased use in agriculture leading to water shortage

Population increase and its consumption patterns have led to water scarcity in many regions across the globe, finds a new study. Researchers have found that four billion people across the world suffer from water shortage at least a month in a year.

Researchers from the University of Twente, Netherlands, have assessed blue water availability with the help of a high resolution computer model that measures underground and surface freshwater. The researchers have compared data for water demand for household, agriculture and industry needs.

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Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

A soil borne fungus, Fusarium fungus, is threatening banana crop in many regions across the world. The untreatable fungus was earlier confined to Asian region only but in the recent years, it has spread to banana crop in other parts of the world as well. The fungus has left Gros Michel banana variety as endangered and scientists are working on projects to save the variety.

Title of Record for finding world’s smallest known snail goes to Acmella nana

Title of Record for finding world’s smallest known snail goes to Acmella nana

A team of Dutch and Malaysian researchers has found the smallest land snail. The snail named as Acmella nana has a shiny, translucent white shell having an average height of 0.027 inches. The lately found snail is so small that the researchers could not even see it in the wild without microscope.

The study researchers said that they were having an idea of where they should be looking for unknown mollusks. They explained that snails live on Borneo’s limestone hills because the shells are made up of calcium carbonate, main part of limestone.

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NASA Releases Video Showing Black Hole Tearing Star Apart

NASA Releases Video Showing Black Hole Tearing Star Apart

American space agency NASA using an X-ray has captured a breathtaking view showing a star being torn apart by the gravitational pull of a black hole. The agency has also created an animation using the observations collected by the telescope.

According to Jelle Kaastra, scientist from the Institute for Space Research in the Netherlands, it is known that a black hole pulls a star towards it and swallows it whole, but this doesn’t ends here. The video shows what happens after a star is swollen up by a black hole.

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