Daily Archives: October 3, 2018

‘Spacesuits’ may protect microbes in space

The suits prolong bacteria’s life Scientists have developed “spacesuits” for bacteria that may allow the microbes to survive space environments that would otherwise kill them. The protective suits pair live bacteria with light-absorbing semiconductors in order to capture carbon dioxide and convert it into chemicals that can be used by …

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New species of hummingbird found

‘Only 300 birds exist, need protection’ A team of ornithologists in Ecuador has identified a new species of hummingbird: a lovely blue-green creature that lives in a cold, barren highland area and is in danger of extinction. Team leader Francisco Sornoza saw one of the birds through binoculars a year …

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Child abuse may leave its marks in cells

The imprints may also shed light on whether or not trauma can be passed on between generations Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said on Tuesday, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment. The imprints may also …

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IL&FS investors await board’s roadmap

Shareholders say they will decide on rights issue after board’s deliberations at the meeting on Oct. 8 All eyes are on the first board meeting of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services’ (IL&FS), as shareholders said a decision would be taken on the rights issue after the board’s deliberations. The board …

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Indonesia quake toll rises to 1,234

The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami that decimated parts of the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi jumped to more than 1,200 on Tuesday, as disaster officials began reaching coastal areas that were cut off by blocked roads and downed communications lines. Officials said hundreds were severely injured, and …

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U.S. commitment to NATO iron-clad, says Jim Mattis

Alliance to hold its biggest military exercises since Cold War U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday sought to reassure rattled European nations of America’s “iron-clad” commitment to NATO, as the transatlantic alliance announced its biggest military exercises since the Cold War. If U.S. allies have been unnerved by President …

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Laser pioneers win Physics Nobel

Three scientists on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize, including the first woman to receive the prestigious award in 55 years, for inventing optical lasers that have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in corrective eye surgery. Arthur Ashkin of the U.S. won one half of the nine …

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Film on civil war removed from Jaffna fest

Tamil filmmaker Jude Ratnam says he is yet to get a ‘proper explanation’ from organisers A Sri Lankan Tamil filmmaker’s take on the country’s civil war, which was scheduled to be screened at the Jaffna International Cinema Festival later this week, has been removed from the list, raising questions about …

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