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Khosta-2

Khosta-2 variant of coronavirus found in Russian bats in Sochi National Park. Key facts A team of American researchers have found the Khosta-2 in Russian bats. The zoonotic virus is capable of infecting humans. This is unlike the Khosta-1, which is also found in Russian bats but cannot easily spread to humans. Khosta-2 has been ..

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China discovers new type of mineral on Moon

A new type of crystal was discovered by researchers in China from the near side of the Moon. Key facts The newly discovered crystal was named Changesite-(Y) after the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e. This small and transparent crystal was found among the volcanic debris of the near side of the moon. It is more than ..

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Virtual autopsy

Comedian Raju Srivastava’s post-mortem was conducted using a novel technique called virtual autopsy. What is virtual autopsy? Virtual autopsy or virtopsy is a new technique of post-mortem that does not include dissections. The post-mortem is done using high-tech digital X-rays and CT-scans. This technique requires lesser time when compared to the traditional method of post-mortem. ..

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Nanoplastics in human food chain

A new study published in the journal Nano Today revealed that nanoplastics travel up the human food web via plants, insects and fish. Key facts Nonplastics are plastic debris particles that are smaller than 1,000 nanometre, which is equal to one billionth of a metre. Because of their miniscule size, nanoplastics are capable of passing ..

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“The Merge” of the Ethereum

Ethereum – the world’s second largest blockchain – has transitioned from the legacy “proof-of-work” to a “proof-of-stake” consensus mechanism. Key facts The Ethereum Merge is an upgrade that changes how new crypto transactions take place on the blockchain. The Ethereum Merge is the joining of the Ethereum’s proof-of-stake (PoS) Beacon Chain with the Ethereum Mainnet. ..

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Soviet Cosmonaut Valery Polyakov passes away

Valery Polyakov, who held the record for the achieving the longest single stay in space, has passed away at the age of 80. Key facts Valery Polyakov’s record of 437 days in space started on January 8, 1994. While aboard the Soviet Space Station Mir, he orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times before returning ..

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