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Feluda: DCGI approves the commercial launch of India's first CRISPER COVID-19 test

11 hrs ago
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines, the TATA CRISPER test has met the high-quality benchmarks with 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity for detecting the Coronavirus.

No antibodies found in 30% of recovered COVID-19 patients: Sero Survey August results

Sep 16, 2020
The sero-prevalence survey conducted in the first week of August in Delhi found that 79 of the 257 people who recovered from COVID-19 did not have antibodies against the virus.

Scientists detect potential signs of extraterrestrial life on Venus

Sep 15, 2020
According to the study's co-author Clara Sousa-Silva, the most plausible explanation for finding phosphine on Venus is the existence of extraterrestrial life.

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials resume in UK after temporary halt

Sep 14, 2020
The Serum Institute in India had also paused its phase 3 trials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The drug manufacturer is now awaiting approval from the Drugs Controller General of India to resume its trials in India. 

COVID-19 Vaccine may be ready by the first quarter of 2021: Health Minister

Sep 14, 2020
The Indian Government is considering emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccination so that it is made available at the earliest to those in high-risk groups such as senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings.

Spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla - first woman of Indian origin to go to space

Sep 11, 2020
Northop Grumman, an American Company,  has decided to name its next Cygnus capsule “S.S. Kalpana Chawla” to acknowledge her key contributions to the human spaceflight. She was the first India-born woman to enter space.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial halt a wake-up call: WHO Chief Scientist

Sep 11, 2020
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said recently that the pause in AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine trials after a participant fell ill is a 'wake-up' call but it should not discourage researchers. 

Health Ministry urges states/UTs to retest all symptomatic RAT negative cases using RT-PCR

Sep 10, 2020
As per the Health Ministry, it has been noted that in several large states, symptomatic negative cases tested by Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) have not been followed up by RT-PCR Testing.

Coronavirus capable of directly invading brain: New Study

Sep 10, 2020
Until now, doctors believed that the neurological impacts seen in about half of the COVID-19 patients were a result of an abnormal immune response known as a cytokine storm that causes inflammation of the brain.

CIPET to open two new Centres for Skilling and Technical Support at Bhagalpur and Varanasi

Sep 8, 2020
CIPET that comes under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has been actively contributing towards several Indian government initiatives to promote skill in the youth of the nation.

First World Solar Technology Summit begins: All you need to know!

Sep 8, 2020
The first World Solar Technology Summit aims to focus on state-of-the-art technologies and next-generation technologies that will help boost efforts towards harnessing solar energy more efficiently.

Sputnik V COVID vaccine phase 3 trials to begin in India this month

Sep 8, 2020
Russia has been in close dialogue with the concerned Indian ministries, the Indian government and the leading drug manufacturers in the nation regarding the localised production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in India.

Chandrayaan- 3 likely to launch in early 2021: Minister of State for Space Dr. Jitendra Singh

Sep 7, 2020
Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 and will include a Rover and Lander similar to Chandrayaan-2, but it will not have an orbiter.

One of the farthest star galaxies discovered by Indian astronomers

Sep 2, 2020
India’s first Multi-Wavelength Space Observatory ‘AstroSat’ detected the extreme-UV light from a galaxy located 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth.

India, France holds discussions for Mission Alpha-like equipment for Gaganyaan astronauts

Sep 1, 2020
Mission Alpha is the name given to French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s mission, under which, he will be sent off to the International Space Station (ISS) while flying on Crew Dragon spacecraft early next year.

Sero Survey: Third round starts in New Delhi from September 1 to check prevalence of antibodies against COVID-19

Sep 1, 2020
According to the last Sero survey held in August 2020, antibodies against the COVID-19 infection were found in 29.1% of people who were surveyed in the National Capital Delhi.

Asteroid with diameter of over 22 metres to pass by Earth on September 1

Aug 31, 2020
Planetary Defence Experts have been expecting the asteroid to safely pass by at least 45,000 miles (7,92,000 football fields) away on September 1, 2020.

CII launches AI forum, to be headed by IBM’s Sandip Patel

Aug 28, 2020
The AI forum by CII will focus on building a strong Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in India and will encourage public-private partnerships in research and development.

COVID-19 Re-infection: Scientists find Hong Kong man with Coronavirus for second time

Aug 25, 2020
COVID-19 Re-infection confirmed case reported in Hong Kong. 33-year old Hong Kong man has tested positive for Coronavirus for second time four months after first being infected from the virus.

WHO includes nine COVID vaccine candidates in COVAX, nine more under review: What is COVAX?

Aug 25, 2020
COVAX is a joint initiative of WHO and the GAVI alliance to develop and equitably distribute and an approved Covid-19 vaccine.
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