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How the new coronavirus variant quickly accumulated 102 mutations in India - Oneindia
The total number of persons found to be positive with the new UK variant genome stands at 102, according to the Health Ministry.The new SARS-CoV-2 variant, B.1.1.7, was first seen in Greater London in the third week of September and has since spread to other …
New Delhi, Jan 13: The total number of persons found to be positive with the new UK variant genome stands at 102, according to the Health Ministry. The new SARS-CoV-2 variant, B.1.1.7, was first seen in Greater London in the third week of September and has since spread to other countries as well. Air line services to and from UK have to shut down for weeks by several countries and resumed later. How the new variant quickly accumulated in India The new variant has been spreading 'rapidly' over the last four weeks indicating further spread of the variant in the country. The report says that mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus accumulate at a "relatively consistent rate over time". According to current estimates, the circulating SARS-CoV-2 lineages accumulate mutations at a rate of about just one-two mutations per month despite it being an RNA virus. The mutation rate of novel coronavirus is much less than the seasonal flu virus. The new variant has 17 mutations in all, which is unusually huge. Since the normal rate of accumulation of mutations in coronavirus is only one-two per month, the emergence of a large number of mutations in the variant could possibly have taken place in an immunodeficient or immunosuppressed patient who has had a prolonged infection. High rates of mutations accumulating in a short time have been reported previously in such people as the infection persists for two-four months or even longer. Although scientists speculate here that chronic infection played a role in the origins of the B.1.1.7 variant, this remains a hypothesis and they said they cannot yet infer the precise nature of this event. Will COVID-19 vaccines work on the new coronavirus mutation? Experts say the COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out will likely still work on the variant. The top U.S. infectious disease expert, said data coming from Britain indicates the vaccines still will block the virus. But if a virus mutates significantly enough, one worry is that current vaccines might no longer offer as much protection. And although that's a possibility to watch for over time with the coronavirus, experts say they do not believe it will be the case with the variant in the UK. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Govt issues guidelines for transportation of Covid-19 vaccine by air - Oneindia
Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday issued guidelines to all aircraft operators who plan to transport COVID-19 vaccines packed in dry ice to various parts of the country.
New Delhi, Jan 08: Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday issued guidelines to all aircraft operators who plan to transport COVID-19 vaccines packed in dry ice to various parts of the country. Dry ice transforms into carbon dioxide gas at temperatures higher than -78 degrees Celsius under normal atmospheric pressure and therefore it is classified as "dangerous goods" by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), it said. "All operators while engaging in transportation of COVID-19 vaccines packed with dry ice shall establish the maximum quantity of dry ice that can be loaded in a given cargo hold or in the main deck (passenger cabin) when a passenger version is deployed for all cargo operations," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) noted. Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout: PM Modi to meet all chief ministers on Monday The country is preparing for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and the second nationwide mock drill on the drive was conducted on January 8. India's drugs regulator has approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
'Little blue marble': NASA astronaut posts his first video of Earth from space - Oneindia
NASA astronaut Victor Glover took internet by storm with his first video of planet Earth from space. Glover is one of four astronauts who recently docked at the International Space Station as part of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission.
New Delhi, Dec 08: NASA astronaut Victor Glover took internet by storm with his first video of planet Earth from space. Glover is one of four astronauts who recently docked at the International Space Station as part of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission. Taking to the micro-blogging site, he wrote, "My first video from space! Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience. The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective!" The video has received over 2.2 million views till now. Victor Glover made history when he got abroad the ISS on 17 November, becoming the first African American to begin a six-month stint on the orbiting lab. Glover, along with Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker along with Japan's Soichi Noguchi left Earth aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule 'Resilience'. It was SpaceX's first-ever contracted, fully operational astronaut mission to the space station for NASA. My first video from space! Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience. The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective! pic.twitter.com/n7b5x0XLIp — Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover) November 24, 2020 A number of people commented on the video. One wrote, "Stunning! It makes me so happy that you are finally in space witnessing such beauty!", while another commented, "Everything we know is on that little blue marble. Seeing it from this perspective makes all the stupid petty things we fight overlook like children bickering by comparison." A third person added, "It is a pity that we, here on Earth, due to the limitations of the camera, cannot see the stars as you probably can. To see the stars without the filter of the atmosphere, the pollution and the lights of the cities must be impressive." For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Chandra Grahan on Kartik Purnima: Date, India timings, significance - Oneindia
There are three types of lunar eclipses - total, partial, and penumbral. A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of the Earth's shadow.
New Delhi, Nov 24: The last lunar eclipse of 2020 is special as it coincides with Kartik Purnima on November 30. There are three types of lunar eclipses - total, partial, and penumbral. A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of the Earth's shadow. Since the shadow is dim, a penumbral lunar eclipse is often mistaken for a regular Full Moon. Indian scientists find way to build space bricks for lunar habitation In India the people will not be able to view it, as the Moon will be below the horizon. The lunar eclipse will start at 1:04 pm and end at 5:22 pm, according to the Indian timings. According to Timeanddate.com, much of Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Pacific and Atlantic will witness the penumbral lunar eclipse provided the weather is clear. 2020 has four lunar eclipses; all penumbral ones. The last three took place on January 10, June 5, July 4. Eclipse myth in India In India, there are various myths and superstitions related to eclipses, whether it is solar or lunar. According to the Indian version of a lunar eclipse, a demon named Rahu eats up the moon during an eclipse. Chandra Grahan 2020: Do's and don'ts Indians consider lunar eclipse as inauspicious and refrain from eating or cooking during the eclipse. Pregnant women need to be extra cautious as it is believed that the Negative energies released during the eclipse can cause severe problems to the eyes, skin and hormones. Usually, food prepared before the eclipse must not be consumed during or after the Eclipse. During the eclipse, it is believed that negative or harmful rays are circulated in the environment. Hence advised to remain indoors and avoid looking directly at the eclipse. These rays also get absorbed in the food. The cooked food should be eaten before the eclipse. One should avoid eating and drinking during the eclipse phase too. In households, people add Tulsi (Basil leaves) to keep drinking water pure. People should also refrain from sleeping during this period. The last celestial event of 2020 will be the solar eclipse on December 14. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Pregnant women, elderly to be given COVID-19 vaccine on priority: Odisha CM - Oneindia
Insisting that the database of vulnerable people would come in handy as and when the vaccine is available, he said, 'Along with health workers, priority will be accorded to pregnant women and those above 60 years.'
Bhubaneswar, Nov 18: Exuding hope that COVID-19 vaccine would be available soon, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said pregnant women and people above 60 years, along with health workers, would be given priority for inoculation. Patnaik, while reviewing the coronavirus situation in the state, said the possibility of getting a vaccine now looks bright as several trials have reached final stages. 39 per cent of Kashmir's population has COVID antibodies, finds Sero survey Insisting that the database of vulnerable people would come in handy as and when the vaccine is available, he said, "Along with health workers, priority will be accorded to pregnant women and those above 60 years." A database, if created for the purpose, will smoothen the vaccination programme, Patnaik said. As of now people should wear face masks, follow hand hygiene and maintain social distance to prevent the transmission of the viral disease, he said. Pointing out that the US, some European countries and New Delhi are experiencing a second wave of the pandemic, the CM advised the people to be careful in the winters. Patnaik also asked Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy to devise a strategy for smooth conduct of examination for students of classes 10 and 12. Railways providing coaches with 800 beds to Delhi for COVID-19 treatment Tripathy apprised the chief minister of the measures being taken for curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the winter season, while ensuring livelihood for all. Patnaik also asked the state administration to keep a watch on the steps taken by other states for avoiding a possible second wave. Additional chief secretary, health department, PK Mohapatra, said at the meeting that the recovery rate in Odisha has reached 97 per cent while the number of cured crossed the three-lakh mark. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Coronavirus vaccine update: Sputnik V arrive in India, clinical trials shortly - Oneindia
A video of small containers having the logo of Dr. Reddy's and Sputnik V being unloaded from a vehicle went viral on social media on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Nov 12: Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19, developed by Russia's Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, has arrived in India following the nod to Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to conduct an adaptive phase 2/3 human clinical trial for the vaccine in India. A video of small containers having the logo of Dr. Reddy's and Sputnik V being unloaded from a vehicle went viral on social media on Wednesday. Conona vaccine Sputnik V arrived in India through Dr Reddy's laboratories. pic.twitter.com/jAVZr6A41m P.N.Rai (@PNRai1) November 11, 2020 The unloading of the cold chain from Russia in the factory had a lot of people excited as they have taken videos and circulated it around. The arrival of vaccine doses means that the trials for the vaccine would soon begin. The phase 2 and 3 trials are to be conducted in India to understand the safety and efficacy of the virus. After Pfizer, Russia says its Covid vaccine Sputnik V over 90% effective Meanwhile, Russia's health ministry on Wednesday had said that the vaccine has demonstrated an efficacy rate of 92 per cent. The confirmation is based on the first interim data from the largest randomised, placebo-controlled Phase-III clinical trials in Russia involving 40,000 volunteers, a press release from Gamaleya and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said. The trials evaluated the efficacy among over 16,000 volunteers who received the vaccine or placebo 21 days after the first injection. In September 2020,Dr. Reddys and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russias sovereign wealth fund,entered into a partnership to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in India. As part of the partnership, RDIF shall supply 100 million doses of the vaccine toDr.Reddys upon regulatory approval in India. On August 11, 2020, the Sputnik V vaccine was registered by the Ministry of Health of Russia and became the worlds first registered vaccine against COVID-19 based on the human adenoviral vectors platform. Separately, in September the vaccine was first administered to a group of volunteers from the ''red zones'' of Russian hospitals. The observation of additional 10,000 vaccinated volunteers representing medics and other high-risk groups under the civil use of the vaccine out of clinical trials also confirmed the vaccines efficacy rate of over 90 per cent, the release added. As of November 11, as part of the clinical trials in Russias 29 medical centres, more than 20,000 volunteers were vaccinated with the first dose and over 16,000 volunteers with the first and the second dose of the vaccine. In addition, as on the date, no unexpected adverse events were identified as part of the research. Some of those vaccinated had short-term minor adverse effects such as pain at the injection site, flu-like syndrome, including fever, weakness, fatigue, and headache, according to the release. Alexander Gintsburg, director of Gamaleya Centre, said the publication of the interim results of the post-registration clinical trials that convincingly demonstrate Sputnik V vaccines efficacy gives way to mass vaccination in Russia against COVID-19 in the coming weeks." Thanks to the production scale-up at new manufacturing sites, Sputnik V vaccine would soon be available for a wider population, he said. "This will break the current trend and lead to an eventual decrease in COVID-19 infection rates, first in Russia, then globally," he said. Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE on Monday said their vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
US Election 2020 Live Updates: Trump 'President of criminal justice reform', tweets White House - Oneindia
The United States of America goes to the polls today to elect its 46th president. On November 3, the country will decide whether Donald Trump would continue in office or will Joe Biden take over.
Washington, Nov 03: Polling stations opened in New York, New Jersey and Virginia early Tuesday, marking the start of US Election Day as President Donald Trump seeks to beat forecasts and defeat challenger Joe Biden. US election results 2020 may take longer to be announced this time because of the sheer volume of mailed-in ballots. Some states will begin counting their mail-in ballot before election day, some will start on election day, some will wait till the close of polling. On January 20, 2021, the US will welcome its new President. US Elections 2020: Time, Date, Results; Where to watch in India Meet the candidates Republican: Donald Trump Vice presidential candidate: Mike Pence Democratic: Joe Biden Vice-presidential candidate: Kamala Harris A judge ordered the US Postal Service to sweep some mail processing facilities for delayed ballots and immediately dispatch them for delivery in election battlegrounds including Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona: Reuters North Carolinas election results will be delayed by at least 45 minutes after the board of elections extended voting at one location that was having problems this morning "Coronavirus patients can break quarantine Tuesday to vote in person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed. I promise you this, as I'm running as a proud Democrat, if you elect me I'm going to be an American President, there will be no red states or blue states just the United States of America: Joe Biden, US Democratic presidential nominee We've enormous opportunity as a country. Not only we're going to be able to overcome this virus by taking some smart moves but we're going to rebuild middle class. It built this country & Unions built the middle class: US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Think about long-overdue reckoning on racial injustice in US. Joe has courage to say 'Black Lives Matter'. He understands it may be difficult to think about/speak up/hear but we've to confront truth of things. Need to deal with racial disparities: Kamala Harris, US VP candidate You have to have a date, and the date happens to be November 3. And we should be entitled to know who won on November 3: Trump Not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet. Hopefully, we'll be doing only one of those two. Winning is easy, losing is never easy - not for me, it's not. When you see rallies, there's tremendous love going on in this country, tremendous unity: US President I hear we're doing very well in Florida, very well in Arizona, incredibly well in Texas, we're doing very well all over here. I think we're going to have a great night & more importantly we're going to have a great 4 years: US President Trump in Virginia The day isn't over. Ask me after poll is closed, maybe I'll have a better idea but right now I'm here to remind people to vote as election is still happening, it's not over: Kamala Harris, US vice-presidential candidate when asked 'how are you doing about your chances today' Bill, Hillary Clinton cast votes for Biden, Harris in US Presidential election Clyburn has expressed concerns about voter suppression. He says President Donald Trump has been literally stoking flames of indecision, unrest, threatening violence. Clyburn says the nation's division didn't start with Trump, and it won't stop with Trump. Clyburn says, Holding the House would just be status quo. Winning the Senate would make it good. Democrats control the House 232-197, with five open seats and one independent. It takes 218 seats to control the chamber. Republicans control the Senate. The third-ranking Democrat in the US House is predicting Democrats will pick up as many as a dozen House seats. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn told reporters outside a polling place in Columbia, South Carolina, on Tuesday that he believed it would be a good night for Democrats up and down the ticket. The latest tally of early voting in the US shows that almost 102 million Americans cast their votes before Election Day. President @realDonaldTrump is the President of criminal justice reform. He's fighting for public safety while ensuring that our justice system serves every American community and provides second chances for those who are ready to give back and rebuild. pic.twitter.com/LqN0i2UUeM — The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 3, 2020 The White House Wednesday said Donald Trump was "fighting for public safety while ensuring that our justice system serves every American community and provides second chances for those who are ready to give back and rebuild." The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a spate of mysterious robocalls urging people to stay home on Election Day, a Department of Homeland Security official said. The FBI did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Democrats are favored to emerge from 14 hotly contested U.S. Senate races with full control of Congress in Tuesday's election, but final results from at least five of those contests may not be available for days, and in some cases, months. Brazil President Bolsnaro advised to wait until election results to congratulate Trump: Reports 'Joe made me a better president': Obama House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says shes absolutely certain that Democrats will solidly hold onto their House majority. 12 million Californians cast their ballot before Election Day. Millions more will head to the polls today. Dont slow down, Californiakeep up this historic turnout. — Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) November 3, 2020 Kamala Harris: "Dont slow down, Californiakeep up this historic turnout" Few voters at arena turned into an election "supercenter" in Washington, DC. 'This nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece' Donald Trump shares new video Donald Trump has shared a video where he basically extols the many virtues of America. "My fellow Americans, the best is yet to come," Trump says in a voiceover. Watch the video here: Bernie Sanders in a tweet: This is not just an election between Trump and Biden. This election is about democracy vs. authoritarianism and democracy must win. The first way to do that is to get out and vote in overwhelming numbers and defeat Trump the most dangerous president in American history. Wearing face masks and standing spaced apart, Americans waited at polling stations early on Tuesday to choose a president on an Election Day marked so far by orderliness and short lines, even as major cities braced for potential unrest. Joe Biden today visited St Paul's in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He attended the grammar school here and this city is widely believed to have left an indelible impression on him. The number of people attending today's White House election night party has been reduced to 250, CNN reported a source as saying. Donald Trump says he will win anyway. Trump has sought to recapture the spirit of his shock win four years back. You elected an outsider are president who is finally putting America first. Get out and vote, that is all I ask, he said. Americans have rushed to vote early, already casting nearly 92 million mail-in ballots that could take days or weeks to be counted in some states - meaning a winner might not be declared in the hours after polls close on Tuesday. America cannot afford four more years of Trump, says Kamala Harris According to data published by the New York Times, the highest volume of misinformation regarding in-mail voting has been floating in the battleground states. These states saw the most distortions and falsehoods about voting by mail between Sept. 1 and Oct. 29, according to Zignal Labs, a media insights company that tallied the likely misinformation mentions across online news outlets. The social media post of President Donald Trump in which he called a US Supreme Court decision in the battleground state of Pennsylvania very dangerous has flagged by both Twitter and Facebook. Americans vote Tuesday in an election amounting to a referendum on Donald Trump and his uniquely brash, bruising presidency that Democratic opponent and frontrunner Joe Biden urged supporters to end, restoring "our democracy." The United States is more divided and angry than at any time since the Vietnam War era of the 1970s -- and fears that Trump could dispute the result of the election are only fueling those tensions. Fearing poll-related violence, White House, US businesses take additional security cover. A record number of nearly 10 crore Americans have already exercised their franchise in the presidential election, with another six crore likely to vote on the real election day on Tuesday. The first ballots have been cast in Dixville Notch and Millsfield towns of northeastern state of New Hampshire. In the make shift Ballot Room at Dixville Notch's Balsams Resort, Les Otten, one of the only five local registered voters, cast the first ballot. An estimated 16 crore people casting their votes in a presidential election is a record in itself in terms of turnout after 1900, according to Michael P McDonald, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, who leads the US Election Project that tracks early voting. An estimated 23.9 crore people are eligible to vote, according to the US Election Project. "It appears likely that around 100 million early votes will be cast by the time Tuesday morning reports are processed," McDonald said on Monday on the eve of the crucial election. The voter turnout, he said, will be higher than 2016, because some states have already exceeded their 2016 turnout or are close to doing so. Three states -- Hawaii, Texas and Montana -- have already exceeded their 2016 voter turnout. Other states such as North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada and Tennessee have already witnessed a record early voting that has crossed more than 90 per cent of their 2016 turnout. Irrespective of the outcome of the November 3 presidential elections, relationship between India and the US is expected to continue at the same pace as it has in the last two decades and strengthen further, policy documents and remarks from the two campaigns indicate. President Donald Trump, in the first term of his presidency, has emerged as the best friend of India at the White House taking the relationship to a new level and his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well known, which was reflected in the two addressing massive two joint rallies in the US and India in less than a year. Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, has a strong track record of being an ardent advocate of a strong India-US relationship both as a Senator from Delaware for over three decades and then as deputy of President Barack Obama for eight years. The national polls have given a firm lead to Joe Biden. However the race is closer in the states that could decide the outcome. To be elected a candidate would need at least 270 votes in what is called the electoral college. Each state gets a particular number of votes partly based on its population. There are a total of 538 up for grabs. Joe Biden won in the tiny town of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire in a sweep. He got all five votes. In the nearby town of Millsfield Donald Trump won by 16-5 lead over Biden. Nearly 100 million people have already casted their votes, a tally by the US Elections Project at the University of Florida revealed. This record has been facilitated by the sharp increase in mail-in and early -in-person voting. Joe Biden concludes his campaign with short Twitter note to his supporters, Let's bring this home. In the final hours before results of the US election start coming in, a Reuters report says that Joe Biden appears to be in the lead in the key state of Florida. In a live telecast on state TV on this morning, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said that the US election result has no impact on our policies. November 3 is trending on Twitter as Election Day in the United States begins. Some users are simply urging everyone to vote, while others wait eagerly for the results. Tamil Nadu: Posters showing support for US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris put up in her native village Thulasendrapuram. The social media post of President Donald Trump in which he called a US Supreme Court decision in the battleground state of Pennsylvania very dangerous has flagged by both Twitter and Facebook. Even before Election Day, the 2020 race was the most litigated in memory. President Donald Trump is promising more to come. The candidates and parties have enlisted prominent lawyers with ties to Democratic and Republican administrations should that litigation take on a new urgency if a narrow margin in a battleground state becomes the difference between another four years for Trump or a Joe Biden administration. Since the 2000 presidential election, which was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, both parties have enlisted legal teams to prepare for the unlikely event that voting wouldn't settle the contest. But this year, there is a near presumption that legal fights will ensue and that only a definitive outcome is likely to forestall them. A Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court pits Donald Verrilli, who was President Barack Obama's top Supreme Court lawyer, against John Gore, a onetime high-ranking Trump Justice Department official. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Sky gazers set to witness Blue Moon today: All you need to know - Oneindia
Sky gazers set to witness, the second full moon of this month, dubbed as the 'blue moon'. The rare phenomenon coming up at the end of this month is known as the Hunter's Moon and it will be the first Blue Moon to appear on Halloween since 1944.
New Delhi, Oct 31: Sky gazers set to witness, the second full moon of this month, dubbed as the "blue moon". The rare phenomenon coming up at the end of this month is known as the Hunter's Moon and it will be the first Blue Moon to appear on Halloween since 1944. According to timeanddate.com, the October 31 Blue Full Moon will be at its complete glory shortly after 8:15 pm. The Moon isn't really blue, but will be bright and white like all Full Moons are. The usual monthly lunar phenomenon is that every month has one full moon and a new moon. However, there are unusual occasions when the same month gets two full moons. October 1 saw a full moon and the next full moon falls on October 31. When there are two full moons in a calendar month, the second full moon is called the Blue Moon. Duration of a lunar month is 29.531 days or 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 38 seconds. Therefore, to have two full moons in a month, the first full moon should take place on 1st or 2nd of the month. This extra time accumulates over the months. After about 30 months there will be one extra full moon in the year. It is also not possible to have a full moon in February as it has 28 days, and 29 days during a leap year. The term Blue Moon is a calendrical term. It is not too common to have a Blue Moon in a month of 30 days, she said. The last Blue Moon in a month with 30 days was on June 30, 2007 and the next one will be on September 30, 2050. There were two Blue Moons in 2018. The first one was on January 31 and the second Blue Moon followed on March 31. This was because the preceding month February had only 28 days. The next Blue Moon will be on August 31, 2023. This phenomenon is largely restricted to the Gregorian calendar which is being used worldwide. You will not see the phenomenon of two full moons in a month in Islamic or Tibetan calendars or the ones that are being followed in large parts of India as they are based on lunar movements. The phrase 'Once in a Blue Moon', denoting something which does not happen very often, came from this phenomenon. with PTI inputs For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Mars at its 'biggest and brightest': Skygazers prepare to catch sight tonight - Oneindia
Mars will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky on Tuesday, as the red planet lines up on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.The process, known as 'opposition', happens around every 26 months. The last time this happened was 2018 and it is next…
New Delhi, Oct 13: Mars will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky on Tuesday, as the red planet lines up on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. The process, known as "opposition", happens around every 26 months. The last time this happened was 2018 and it is next set to occur in 2023. For about a month or so now, Mars has been quite easy to see, as it's getting close to 'opposition' it's rising earlier, so it rises from sunset and then the red planet can be easily spotted as it gets up quite high into the sky. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explained, "During this opposition, Mars and Earth are closest to each other in their orbits. That means Mars is at its brightest." This time Mars will orbit really close to the Earth at 38.6 million miles or 62.07 million km. The two planets will not be coming this close again till 2035. The red planet can be seen as a bright orangey-red looking star with eyes, but it is recommended using at least a four-inch telescope with 24-millimetre magnification. Mars will reportedly be "visible from dusk to dawn" and appear three times brighter than Sirius. Space.com reported that the Red Planet will be rising in the east before 7 pm all of this week and it will be easy to spot on clear nights for weeks to come. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Asteroid bigger than Boeing 747 to collide with Earth’s orbit On Oct 7; Will it be dangerous? - Oneindia
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday has warned that an asteroid bigger than a Boeing 747 jet is set to collide with Earth's orbit on October 7.
Washington, Oct 06: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday has warned that an asteroid bigger than a Boeing 747 jet is set to collide with Earth's orbit on October 7. The asteroid officially called 2020 RK2, was discovered last month and classified as an Apollo asteroid, a group near the Earth's orbit known for this phenomenon. The asteroid is currently on a trajectory and is around 80 metres wide and travelling at 6.68 kilometres per second and is estimated to range from 36 metres to 81 metre in diameter, which is almost a width of 118-256 foot. Closest flyby on record! SUV-sized asteroid buzzes by Earth, above southern Indian Ocean Based on the estimated size, the US space agency believes that the space rock can be bigger than the wingspan of a Boeing-747 8 series aeroplane that is almost 68.5 metres wide. Is Asteroid 2020 RK2 dangerous? NASA has advised the public not to worry and that the chances of it causing any real damage is "extremely unlikely." The space rock will be 3,830,238 kilometers away from the planet, peacefully passing by, but close to the Earth and entering its orbit. However, despite coming in close to the Earth's orbit, astronomers are not likely to see it from Earth. The rock will be hurtling past our chunk of space rock, our home Earth, at about 1.12 PM in Eastern Standard time (United States) or 6.12 PM British Summer time. According to reports, the space rock once safely passes planet Earth, it will not visit our orbit again until August 2027. An asteroid officially called 2020 SX3 is also heading towards earth. The asteroid is between 38 and 86 metres across, according to NASA - that's about the size of three double-decker buses. On September 24, a small near-Earth asteroid, roughly the size of a school bus, zoomed past Earth at a distance of about 22,000 kilometres above our planet's surface. For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Diabetics at higher risk if they contract coronavirus - Oneindia
Compromised immunity along with withdrawal of certain medications pose an increased risk to diabetic patients who contract coronavirus, experts said on Friday.
New Delhi, Oct 02: Compromised immunity along with withdrawal of certain medications pose an increased risk to diabetic patients who contract coronavirus, experts said on Friday. According to the serological surveillance report submitted by the Delhi government in the High Court on Wednesday, it was stated that diabetes mellitus was observed to be a risk factor for subclinical infection. Dr Vimal Gupta, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj said the coronavirus, besides affecting the lungs, also affects the pancreas. "It has been observed that it causes pancreatitis in some patients. Pancreas secretes insulin but the virus decreases secretion of insulin which regulates glucose levels, thus increasing sugar levels in patients. Many patients become diabetic for the first time after being infected," he added. Gupta said most of the diabetic patients in India are having obesity and other co-morbid conditions. Coronavirus: As COVID-19 tally cross 2 lakh cases, Kerala government imposes Section 144 "SGLT2 inhibitors and some other drugs, which reduce the weight and regulate sugar levels, cannot be given if a patient has coronavirus. When we withdraw the drugs, diabetes level is increased," he said. Sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a group of medications used for treating type 2 diabetes. Dr B L Sherwal, Medical Director of Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, said sugar levels are bound to increase due to stress in a disease like COVID-19. "Immunocompromised patients are at a greater risk due to the virus. The mortality in such patients will be more because their immunity is low and additional care is to be taken," he added. "Extra efforts have to be taken for the treatment of such patients. If we look at the data of the patients who die, majority of those are having uncontrolled diabetes," Dr Sherwal further said. with PTI inputs For Breaking News and Instant Updates
Scientists identify 6 distinct types of COVID-19 - Oneindia
The yet-to-be peer reviewed study, published in the medRxiv preprint platform, used a machine learning algorithm to analyse data from a subset of around 1,600 users of the Covid Symptom Study app in the UK and US with confirmed Covid-19, who had regularly log…
New Delhi, July 19: Scientists have claimed that there are six distinct 'types' of Covid-19, each distinguished by a particular cluster of symptoms in patients, findings, if validated, can help physicians better diagnose and monitor those infected with the novel coronavirus. The yet-to-be peer reviewed study, published in the medRxiv preprint platform, used a machine learning algorithm to analyse data from a subset of around 1,600 users of the Covid Symptom Study app in the UK and US with confirmed Covid-19, who had regularly logged their symptoms between March and April. It analysed if particular symptoms appeared together, and how this was related to the progression of the disease. According to the scientists, led by those from King's College London in the UK, the findings have major implications for the clinical management of Covid-19 patients. "These findings have important implications for care and monitoring of people who are most vulnerable to severe Covid-19," said Claire Steves, a co-author of the study from King's College London. They said the research can also help doctors predict who is most at risk and likely to need hospital care in a second wave of coronavirus infections. The study noted that patient symptoms can fall under one of the six following categories: 'flu-like' with no fever, 'flu-like' with fever, gastrointestinal, severe level one with fatigue, severe level two with confusion, and severe level three accompanied by abdominal and respiratory pain. In the first category of patients who reported 'flu-like symptoms with no fever, the scientists said the manifestations included loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain, but no fever. According to their analysis, those in the second category had headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, and loss of appetite, and those in the gastrointestinal symptoms cluster had a combination of headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, but no cough. Under the 'severe level one with fatigue' category, the scientists said patients reported loss of smell, cough, headache, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, and fatigue, and those with the level two of severity expressed these same symptoms with the addition of loss of appetite, sore throat, confusion, and muscle pain. In the most severe category, the study noted that patients experienced headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. According to the research, all people reporting symptoms experienced headache and loss of smell, with varying combinations of additional symptoms at various times. It said some of the manifestations, such as confusion, abdominal pain and shortness of breath, are not widely known as Covid-19 symptoms, yet are hallmarks of the most severe forms of the disease. The scientists also analysed if people experiencing particular symptom clusters were more likely to require breathing support in the form of ventilation or additional oxygen. They discovered that only 1.5 per cent of people with cluster one, 4.4 per cent of those with cluster two and 3.3 per cent in cluster 3 required breathing support. For clusters four, five, and six, the researchers said these figures were 8.6, 9.9, and 19.8 per cent respectively. Nearly half of the patients in cluster six, according to the study, ended up in hospital, compared with just 16 per cent of those in cluster one. People with cluster four, five or six symptoms tended to be older and frailer, and were more likely to be overweight, the scientists said, adding that these patients had pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or lung disease than those in the other types. "If you can predict who these people are at day five, you have time to give them support and early interventions such as monitoring blood oxygen and sugar levels, and ensuring they are properly hydrated -- simple care that could be given at home, preventing hospitalisations and saving lives," Steves said. Carole Sudre from King's College London, one of the lead scientists part of the study, said the research illustrates the importance of monitoring symptoms over time to make predictions about individual risk and outcomes more sophisticated and accurate. "This approach is helping us to understand the unfolding story of this disease in each patient so they can get the best care," Sudre said. "Being able to gather big datasets through the app and apply machine learning to them is having a profound impact on our understanding of the extent and impact of Covid-19, and human health more widely," added Sebastien Ourselin, a senior author of the study from King's College London. For Breaking News and Instant Updates