An exoplanet may be shaped like an American football due to the mighty gravitational forces it experiences close to its star, a new study finds.
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India s Ministry of Earth Sciences is considering increasing its budgetary allocation for monsoon research, following a Parliamentary Committee report that finds its present allocation low. The Committee in its report submitted to the Rajya Sabha earlier this month (March, 2020) underlined the importance of the monsoon for India and its people and stated that a 30 percent allocation of the Ministry s budget for monsoon research is a low figure.
An Indian government investigation hasn t found any significant financial irregularities in the operations of the Indiabulls group, according to people familiar with the matter. The companies shares jumped.The registrar of companies in its third inspection report has said all transactions between various units of the group have been at arms length, the people said, asking not to be identified as the report isn t public. It also found that loans it had been probing to DLF Ltd., Americorp, and Anil Ambani s Reliance Group have all been repaid while those given to the Vatika and Chordia groups are standard accounts.
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To check up on how bees have been handling the changing climate, researchers looked at 66 bumblebee species across North America and Europe. They compared baseline population data collected between 1901 and 1974 to modern data, collected between 2000 and 2014. Then they looked at how bee populations changed during some of the hottest and coldest months, and months with the most and least amount of precipitation. What they found was not particularly promising. The probability of bees occupying a given region declined by 46 percent in North America and 16 percent in Europe in large part due to extreme heat linked to climate change. The researchers suggested that bees are not colonizing and repopulating during months where they experience heat that pushes past their typical thermal limits. In fact, some species are abandoning hotter regions, resulting in a 30 percent decline in the likelihood of seeing bumblebees in a given location.That is some bad news for bees at a time when it seems like things couldn''t get much worse for the little creatures. Basically everywhere they turn, humans have started to cut into their environment in some way. In more commercial settings like on farms, bees are being devastated by the use of pesticides. A number of studies have found that commonly used insecticides and weed killers have had adverse effects not only on bees themselves but also on the plants that they count on as a food source. This has become a global epidemic as more and more developing countries embrace the use of these chemicals to help keep up with the needs of a growing population and increased demand for food crops. In Brazil, for example, pesticide use has skyrocketed by more than 770 percent over the last two decades, according to Bloomberg. The result is a shocking drop in the bee population. The insects are dying by the millions in the country. More than 500 million honey bees were found dead across four states in the country in the spring of 2019, largely the result of exposure to harmful chemicals. Even when those chemicals don''t kill bees outright, they effectively maim them, weakening them to the point of being unable to reproduce. This can lead to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, wherein thousands of bees die suddenly and seemingly all at once. The use of pesticides has largely been thought responsible for pushing pollinators and other insects to the brink of extinction. A 2019 study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that as much as 40 percent of all insects are threatened with complete extinction simply because of exposure to chemicals found in insecticides and pesticides.
The world is well into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and yet education systems have not kept pace. Young people are often not learning the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century and interact with their changing world, such as digital literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking. Despite widespread recognition of the importance of these skills for the future in education policies, very few education systems have adapted to this reality. On the African continent, where 60 percent of the population is under age 25, the teaching of 21st century skills will be necessary for Africa to transform itself into a continent of growth and opportunity. If young people do not learn how to use and create with technology, they are sure to fall further behind. Rebecca Winthrop Co director Center for Universal Education Senior Fellow Global Economy and Development Twitter @rebeccawinthrop Lauren Ziegler Project Director, Leapfrogging in Education Brookings Institution Twitter LaurenR Ziegler How can Africa harness the power of technology when only 24 percent of Africans have access to the internet? Despite gains in internet access over the last several years, the region lags behind the rest of world in internet usage. A Pew survey of six African countries finds that internet usage is high among youth, which is good news for schools as it will help them teach 21st century skills; however, the study also finds that internet users tend to be male and have higher incomes and more education, meaning that more needs to be done to ensure all young people, no matter their gender or socioeconomic status, develop skills that enable their future success.
While the scents are alluring, the design of the perfume bottles are what attracts one to a particular vintage perfume. When I started my research on vintage perfumes, it was all about the beauty of the bottles and the bravado of the brands.Now, there is much more to the vintage perfume market. A skilled group of sellers scientists are trying to blend old familiar perfume scents with new additions to create some collectible fragrances.
Finally, Microsoft has come up with a new plan that, if not completely halt, will reduce the problems related to Windows Updates.The company will allow device manufacturers to request update blocks for Windows 10 feature updates if a device is running an incompatible driver version.
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Water might escape Mars more effectively than previously thought, potentially helping to explain how the Red Planet lost its seas, lakes and rivers, a new study finds.
A Google artificial intelligence system proved as good as expert radiologists at predicting which women would develop breast cancer based on screening mammograms and showed promise at reducing errors, researchers in the United States and Britain reported.The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, is the latest to show that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to improve the accuracy of screening for breast cancer, which affects one in eight women globally.
The disclosure of UFO related reports contains almost 10,000 Canadian Government documents and 20,000 UFO reports dating back to 1989. The treasure trove of UFO papers was donated to the University of Manitoba in Canada by prominent ufologist Chris Rutkowski.Mr Rutkowski ''s collection of paperwork also includes 1,000 books on extraterrestrials and UFOs from his personal library.
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