World UFO Day: Here are five of the most famous ‘flying saucer’ sightings !!

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) have captured people’s imagination for thousands of years. There are myths and legends, stories and folklore all woven around the experience of sighting “something” in the sky. Because it is merely “something”— a disk, a flash of light, an object the shape of nothing ever seen before— it is classified as a UFO. UFOs are more often than are not associated with aliens, since legends have it that these flying objects are being flown by, again, “someone” or “something”. This mystery surrounding UFOs has endured since…

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Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to begin phase II/III human trials !!

The phase I trial in healthy adult volunteers began in April. More than 1,000 immunisations have been completed and follow-up is currently ongoing. The next study will enroll up to 10,260 adults and children and will involve a number of partner institutions across all over the country. The phase II part of the study involves expanding the age range of people the vaccine is assessed in, to include a small number of older adults and children’s: Aged 56-69 Aged over 70 Aged between 5-12 years For these groups, researchers will be assessing…

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Vodafone Idea is gearing up for LTE-based drone trials with Zomato !!

Vodafone Idea is reportedly working with food delivery platform Zomato and TechEagle Innovations for ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) drone trails that will be organised by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The civil aviation regulator has shortlisted 13 consortia what they have been given a green signal to start preliminary trials. Both Zomato and TechEagle come under the ClearSky consortium, one of the 13 shortlisted. Dunzo, Swiggy, Throttle Aerospace Systems, ShopX, Zipline, Spicexpress and Redwing are some of the other consortia that have received DGCA approvals to…

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Ramdev’s Patanjali claims to have Covid-19 medicine, 100% recovery in 7 days !!

Not an immunity booster but a cure, claimed yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday as he unveiled, what he calls, the first ayurvedic medicine against the coronavirus, even as the scientific community the world over is fighting hard to come up with a cure for the highly contagious disease. The yoga guru’s company Patanjali launched ‘Coronil and Swasari’ and claimed the clinical trials on affected patients have shown 100% favourable results. “The whole country and the world was waiting for medicine or vaccine for coronavirus. We are proud to announce that…

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First Rocket Launched From Shetland Islands Could Start UK Space Exploration !!

  The Shetland Islands have had their first sub-orbital rocket launched last weekend. A 2m rocket called the Skylark Nano launched from the islands and reached an altitude of 6 Km. It was launched by the private company Skyrora, which also handled the UK’s First Rocket test in 50 years. The company say that the launch was for educational purposes only. It measured meteorological data, wind profiles, and analysing the vehicles trajectory for pertinent information that could be used in future launches. The Skylark Nano has been launched twice before,…

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Engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip !!

MIT engineers have designed a “brain-on-a-chip,” smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of Artificial brain synapses known as memristors — silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses in the human brain. The researchers borrowed from principles of metallurgy to fabricate each memristor from alloys of silver and copper, along with silicon. When they ran the chip through several visual tasks, the chip was able to “remember” stored images and reproduce them many times over, in versions that were crisper and cleaner compared with…

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Wing Drone Deliveries Take Flight in First-of-its-Kind Trial with FedEx !!

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUISNESS WIRE) –Today, for the first time in the United States, a drone completed a scheduled commercial residential delivery to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in collaboration with FedEx Express, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (IPP). Today’s delivery of a FedEx Express package marks the launch of the first scheduled, commercial residential drone delivery service and the first scheduled e-commerce delivery via drone delivery trial in the United States. For the duration…

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These robotic dogs take fetch to a whole new level !!

Package delivery may be going to the dogs.In the race to automate the delivery of packages and food in urban areas, most companies have been focusing on wheeled robots. But the German automotive company Continental has another idea. At the consumer Electronics in Las Vegas last week, it showed off a four-legged delivery robot designed to walk packages right to customers’ front doors. In demonstrations at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the battery-powered ANYmal Robot — made by Swiss robotics manufacturer ANYbotics — hopped out of Continental’s CUbE autonomous vehicle, stepped…

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US student’s app offers roadmap to Singapore contact tracing tech !!

Singapore kicked off a global rush to develop a contact tracing apps for the novel covid-19 when the city-state launched an apparently new system in March. But the project actually drew inspiration from a 2014 U.S. high school project that won an international prize but found no backers – until now. It all started when Rohan Suri created an app at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, to tell his mom to leave home for the bus stop when he was seven minutes away. As the Ebola epidemic ravaged western Africa at…

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L&T Heavy Engineering delivers 1,250 MT-Cryostat to French Nuclear Fusion Project Amid Lockdown !!

L&T Heavy Engineering has announced that its 1,250 MT-Cryostat base, the single largest section of the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor, was successfully lifted and placed into a reactor building in France, accomplishing a major milestone in the nuclear engineering world. Assembly tools of cryostat were delivered during the lockdown by Larsen & Toubro. The cryostat forms the vacuum-tight container surrounding the reactor vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets and acts essentially as a very large refrigerator. The reactor base, the single largest and heaviest Tokamak component of the world’s largest…

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