Category Archives: Science

PIO scientist’s work may be key in Covid battle

(This story originally appeared in on May 30, 2021) Melbourne: From the $1 billion and 13 years it took to sequence one human genome in 2000, they brought it down to less than $1,000 now. Chemists Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Sir David Klenerman from Cambridge University were awarded the bi-annual Millennium Technology Prize on May… Read More »

Official: Chinese astronauts go to space station next month

A three-member crew of male astronauts will blast off next month for a three-month mission on China‘s new space station, according to a space official who was the country’s first astronaut in . The comments by Yang Liwei, the manned space programme’s deputy chief designer, to state television came as an automated spacecraft was launched… Read More »

Official: Chinese astronauts go to space station next month

A three-member crew of male astronauts will blast off next month for a three-month mission on China‘s new space station, according to a space official who was the country’s first astronaut in . The comments by Yang Liwei, the manned space programme’s deputy chief designer, to state television came as an automated spacecraft was launched… Read More »

IIT-Delhi students’ app boosts chances of getting a jab

(This story originally appeared in on May 31, 2021) A bot developed by two students of the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Delhi, sends alerts to users about open slots on the CoWin app, thus improving the chances of successfully booking a slot. Launched on May 4, the bot has garnered 60,000 users since.… Read More »

Drug that blocks multiple coronavirus variants in mice identified

Scientists have identified a new drug which is highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 in mice infected with SARS-CoV-2, and could also treat other respiratory coronaviruses. The findings, published in the journal Science Immunology, suggest that the drug diABZI activates the body’s innate immune response, the first line of defence against invading pathogens. “This paper… Read More »