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Here are the top stories of the week.
Recently Infected by COVID-19? Your First Vaccine Dose Could Induce Extra Immunity For You! Here’s How
Considering the intensity of this second wave in India, chances are you or someone you know did get infected with the novel coronavirus within the past month or so. If that is indeed the case, getting your first vaccine dose post complete recovery could help you gain some additional immunity against the virus! To find out how, click here.
COVID-19 FAQs: What is Black Fungus, How It Spreads, Who It Can Infect and More
As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to rage across India, some parts of the country have begun witnessing the resurgence of COVID-19-induced “black fungus” cases. To know what this black fungus is, what causes it, who can get infected by it, its symptoms and treatment, click here.
COVID-19 FAQs: Should I Take Vaccine Even After Infection? How Long Should I Wait Post Recovery?
As India collectively holds its breath for more vaccines to become available, many questions linger around the need for vaccination among infected people: Is there a need for vaccination post-infection? Can I get vaccinated while COVID-positive? What if I get infected before the second vaccine dose? To find the answers to these questions, click here.
Production of World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine for Animals Commences in Russia
Research shows that upon close contact, humans can transmit the virus to animals. To prevent that from happening, Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor began mass production of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for animals: Carnivac-Cov. In fact, the first batch of 17,000 doses has been produced. More details here.
Ask an Astronomer: Dr Siddharth Gandhi on Exoplanet Science, Life Beyond Earth and More
This rocky super-Earth is an illustration of the type of planets future telescopes, like TESS and James Webb, hope to find outside our solar system.
To answer the age-old question of whether we are alone in the vast universe, knowing more about distant worlds is of high importance. However, discovering an exoplanet is not an easy task. To better understand these foreign worlds and the process of finding them, we spoke to Dr Siddharth Gandhi from the University of Warwick, who has been conducting a significant amount of research to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets. Full interview here.
Watch the Sky: This May, Catch the Supermoon, Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, Lunar Eclipse and More
Amid all the ongoing chaos around us, one thing which gives a calming vibe is the silent night sky. Incidentally, with May being one of the best months to stargaze, the next 30 days will have multiple spectacles on display before the monsoon season sets in and brings cloudy skies with it. To know what the night sky will offer this May, click here.
Science and History
Archaeologists Excavate 100 Million Old Dinosaur Fossils in Meghalaya; Provide First Evidence of Sauropod in Northeast
(Xinhua/Then Chih Wey/IANS)
Humanity continues to extend its knowledge of dinosaurs, the largest and most fascinating animals that dominated Earth for millions of years, with the help of fossil remains found across the globe. Now, a team of scientists has discovered one such fossil evidence of sauropod dinosaurs dating back 100 million years, from the West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya! Know all about it here.
First-Ever Expectant ‘Mummy’: This Egyptian Mummy, Thought to be Male Priest, Is Actually a Pregnant Woman!
Ancient Egyptians believed in life after death, and they preserved the bodies of important people so that they could be later used in the afterlife. Modern humans have excavated thousands of mummies, of ancestral humans as well as animals, from different tombs around the world. Now, we have unearthed one such ‘mummy’, who is regarded as the world’s first pregnant mummy! Full story here.
Weather and Climate
April 2021 Report: South India Received Nearly 30% Excess Rains Last Month
Motorists wade through a waterlogged Raj Bhavan Road in Hyderabad, Telangana on April 20, 2021.
(Rama Moorthy P/BCCL Hyderabad)
While a majority of India endured scorching summer heat and dryer-than-normal weather through the month of April 2021, the country’s Southern Peninsular region had the fortune of experiencing abundant rainfall. Check out the April rainfall stats for all parts of the country, here.
Sea Level Rise Due to Antarctica’s Ice Sheet Melting 30% More than Previously Estimated: Study
A new, alarming study showcasing the catastrophic impact of the rising temperatures has estimated that global sea-level rise linked to the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been significantly underestimated in the earlier studies. Therefore, the sea-level rise due to global warming could be much greater than previously anticipated! Continue reading here.
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