Here are the best stories of the week.
Russian-Ukrainian Crisis: Understanding the Environmental Implications of Potential War
Events in Ukraine this week have already claimed innocent lives, while impacting the global economy. If the situation escalates into a real war, it could also lead to serious consequences for the environment and biodiversity of the region in no time. Read more about the potentially disastrous impact on nature here.
Russian-Ukrainian war: the fall of Chernobyl raises fears of another nuclear disaster among experts
After invading Ukraine, Russian forces moved quickly to occupy the Chernobyl nuclear facility, prompting warnings from Ukrainian officials about the possibility of an ‘ecological disaster’ similar to the one that occurred there nearly forty years ago. Read what the experts have to say about this concerning situation, here.
Having dogs as pets can halve risk of disability in older adults, study finds
As if dogs weren’t ideal pets already, a new study has now revealed that owning a dog, or even having owned a dog in the past, can cut your chances of developing a disability in half. at an advanced age! Read all about this Japanese study here.
As international travel resumes, here are some choices for globetrotters: Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, Morocco, Vietnam
After nearly two years of the pandemic and associated travel restrictions, many countries have begun to ease their restrictions and let people in. India too is expected to resume regular international flights by March 15. So if you’re making big globetrotting plans, we’ve put together a little travel guide you can refer to. Check it here.
Meet ‘Dobby’ – UK Chester Zoo’s first baby aardvark in its 90-year history
Chester Zoo in the UK recently witnessed the birth of an aardvark calf for the first time in 90 years. Staff named him “Dobby”, after a fictional elf from the Harry Potter series who resembles a newborn’s hairless, wrinkled skin and pendulous ears. Know everything here.
Physics comes to the rescue after young elephant fell into deep pit in Midnapore, West Bengal (VIDEO)
Earlier this week, a young elephant in the Midnapore district of West Bengal fell into a ditch. Area forestry officials rushed to the scene, took a look at the situation, and decided to get creative using physics to get the animal out of the pit. Watch how they managed the rescue here.
Mosquitoes learn to avoid pesticides after just one non-lethal exposure
The phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” while meant to motivate us humans, can be downright frustrating when applied to parasites. Unfortunately for us, this applies to disease-spreading mosquitoes, as a new study has found that they are able to learn to avoid certain pesticides after just one non-lethal exposure. Read here.
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New species of Spinosaurus – the monster from the third Jurassic Park movie – discovered using fossils found in Portugal
Remember that crazy scene at the start of Jurassic Park 3 where a Spinosaurus crashes a plane, destroys the plane in a frenzied fashion, and then proceeds to fight a T-Rex? Now, in an interesting discovery, scientists have discovered a whole new species of dinosaur that belongs to the Spinosaurus genus! Read all about it here.
Evidence of oldest ear surgery in human history found on 5,300-year-old skull
In an interesting discovery, researchers have unearthed evidence of the first ear surgery ever performed on a human. The discovery was made using a 5,300-year-old skull, which bore evidence of a type of cranial surgery to cure an ear condition. Full story here.
Climate disaster: Scientists detect new factor behind rapid melting in Greenland: heat from meltwater drainage
Glaciers, which function as global freezers that lock in excessive amounts of water, are already melting due to rising mercury levels and other related factors. Now the researchers have noticed another factor that could speed up the melting process more than previously estimated – the heat generated by draining meltwater. Learn more about it here.
Sci-simplified: Here’s how a mysterious blue blob could slow glacier melt until 2050
Scientists have noticed that something mysterious is happening in the remote part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Researchers from Utrecht University have discovered what is called a blue drop in this part of the ocean, and it could help combat the effects of climate change and protect Earth’s precious glaciers. Keep reading here.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 detects massive solar proton events undetected by most global satellites
Recently, the large-area soft X-ray spectrometer aboard ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter recorded powerful solar proton events from the Sun. What makes this feat even more exciting is that most global missions have been unable to detect such strong energy production. Read all about this find here.
Parker’s ‘Wide-Eyed’ Solar Probe Captures Stunning, Never-Before-Seen Images of Venus’ Surface in Visible Light
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, through its missions, is not only revolutionizing our understanding of the Sun, but also doing so much more. Now, in another feat, it has captured stunning and extraordinarily detailed images of Venus, which are also the first visible light images of the Venusian surface! Check them out here.
Asteroid with three moons: Thai astronomers discover the first known quadruple asteroid system
Similar to planets, it’s quite common for even asteroids to have moons, with some space rocks even having more than one! But now astronomers have found an asteroid with not two, but three lunar companions, making it the first quadruple system to be detected. More details here.
Three Galaxies Merge Millions Of Light-Years Away And The Hubble Telescope Captures Them In Detail
Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning trio of galaxies on the verge of a massive merger in incredible detail. The captured image shows an ongoing triple galaxy merger, which will come together to form a huge galaxy millions of years from now. Check it here.
Cosmic rewiring: Scientists detect signs of changes in astronauts’ brains after long spaceflights
As intriguing as space travel may seem, the long and arduous journey brings its own set of challenges, especially for the human body. While the list of lasting impacts on the human body is already long, a new study has just added to it, revealing that long-duration space missions can even rewire the human brain. More details here.
Astronomers detect the largest radio galaxy of all time about 3 billion light-years away
Call it luck, but astronomers have just discovered the largest radio galaxy of all time while studying a black hole! Hidden in the cosmic backyard, this giant radio galaxy lies about 3 billion light-years away from us and is the most mysterious of its kind. Read all about it here.
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