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Researchers find new method to evaluate donor kidney quality

Researchers have found a way to evaluate the quality of kidneys before transplantation that could help increase the number of usable donor kidneys. The study has been published in the ‘Optics Express Journal’. “Today, the lack of methods for precisely measuring donor kidney injury and predicting transplant outcome leads to high discard rates and recipient …

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In New Year message, Isro chief talks about 2022 plans, Gaganyaan, Venus mission

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman K Sivan has acknowledged there is a feeling that very little happened in the space agency in 2021 “primarily due to less number of launches”. But he highlighted that Isro undertook many technology development initiatives, and planned for the next decade of space activities during the “lull period”. In …

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Covid-19: Can at-home tests detect the Omicron variant? Here’s what experts are saying

Amid rising concerns over the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the need for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing is at an all-time high right now. While the RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests are generally considered to be the most steadfast way of detecting a potential Covid-19 infection, there are many who rely on …

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Scientist E.O. Wilson, dubbed modern-day Darwin, dead at 92

Edward. O. Wilson, the trailblazing US scientist, professor and author whose study of insects and clarion call to protect Earth earned him the nickname “Darwin’s natural heir,” has died at age 92. Wilson, whose death was announced Monday by his foundation, was an award-winning biologist and longtime Harvard University research professor, considered the world’s leading …

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China develops AI ‘prosecutor’ that can press charges with ‘97% accuracy’

China has been making rapid advancements in the technology field. And now, Chinese scientists have claimed that they have developed a machine that can charge people with crime using artificial intelligence. This is the world’s first such machine. The AI “prosecutor” can charge people with over 97 per cent accuracy, the researchers further claimed, adding …

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Fresh revelations in anatomy: New layer of muscle discovered on the jaw

The new study indicates that there lies an additional layer of muscles in the masseter, which stabilises the lower jaw and is possibly the only part of the masseter that can pull the lower jaw back toward the ear. Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi In a revelation …

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NASA telescope set for launch on million-mile voyage

KOUROU: The world’s most powerful space telescope is set to blast off on Saturday to its outpost 1.5 million kilometres (930,000 miles) from Earth, after several delays caused by technical hitches. The James Webb Space Telescope, some three decades and billions of dollars in the making, will leave Earth enclosed in its Ariane 5 rocket …

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Omicron can evade protection offered by Covid vaccines, antibody therapies: Study

WASHINGTON: Omicron can evade the immune protection conferred by Covid-19 vaccines and natural infection, according to a peer-reviewed study which also suggests that the new variant of coronavirus is completely resistant to antibody therapies in use today. The study, published in the journal Nature on Thursday, also highlights the need for new vaccines and treatments …

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Breakthrough infections generate strong immunity to Covid-19 variants: Study

WASHINGTON: People who are infected after getting vaccinated develop a greatly enhanced immune response to variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, according to a lab study. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), shows that a breakthrough infection generates a robust immune response against the Delta variant. The …

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