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Policy ignition: India's satellite navigation sector set for higher growth trajectory
India's satellite based navigation and augmentation services sector appears headed for a higher growth trajectory with the proposed ignition of a policy push towards effective development, operation and maintenance of such systems.
Covid curbs delay Chandrayaan-3 mission; launch likely 3rd quarter of 2022
With the Covid pandemic delaying crucial missions of Isro, the country’s third lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 is now “likely to be launched during the third quarter of 2022 assuming normal workflow henceforth”, Union minister for department of space Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.
Those with high BP most likely to get post-Covid problems
People with hypertension, or high blood pressure, are most likely to develop complications when infected by Covid-19, says an analysis of medical records of over 1,800 patients admitted to hospitals run by the Mayo Clinic in the United States. A similar study of 18,000 Covid patients by Max Healthcare also established the role of hypertension in complications.
India flight-tests new generation surface-to-air Akash missile
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight-test of New Generation Akash (Akash-NG) missile from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha on Friday. The test was carried out against a high-speed unmanned aerial target, which was successfully intercepted by the missile.
DRDO successfully tests 'fire & forget' anti-tank missile
In a major push to to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', and strengthening the Indian Army, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully flight-tested an indigenously developed low-weight, fire-and-forget Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM).
Effect of common Covid-19 antibiotic found similar to that of placebo
The findings of a new study from UC San Francisco suggests that among non-hospitalized patients the antibiotic azithromycin was no more effective than a placebo in preventing symptoms of Covid-19. Despite widespread prescription of the antibiotic for the disease, it might increase the chance of hospitalization.
Perseid meteor shower 2021: All you need to know
Perseids are fast, bright meteors and frequently leave long “wakes” of light and colour behind as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Perseids peak during mid-August and are considered the best meteor shower of the year due to their high rates (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and pleasant late-summer temperatures.
Covid-19: Countries using China, Astra shots increasingly eye boosters
Though definitive evidence is yet to emerge backing the need for so-called “booster” shots, health officials from Thailand to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have already decided to offer the extra doses to some people already inoculated with vaccines from Chinese makers Sinovac Biotech Ltd, Sinopharm and from AstraZeneca.
Covid-19 virus highly adapted to infect human cells, says study
Humans showed the strongest spike binding, consistent with the high susceptibility to the virus, but very surprised if an animal was the initial source of the infection in humans, said David Winkler, a professor at the La Trobe University.
Don’t count on needing a Covid booster shot, WHO scientist says
“We do not have the information that’s necessary to make the recommendation on whether or not a booster will be needed,” Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, said in an interview Friday. The “science is still evolving.”
Exposure to common cold can help combat Covid-19: Study
Exposure to the rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, can protect against infection by the virus which causes Covid-19, researchers have found. The study by Yale researchers found that the common respiratory virus jump-starts the activity of interferon-stimulated genes, early-response molecules in the immune system which can halt replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within airway tissues infected with the cold.