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News in Short - 08-February-2020

Cardio exercises can reduce chances of Alzheimer’s

Date: 08 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because of family history or genetic predisposition can reduce the risk through regular cardio exercises.
  • This study is a significant step toward developing an exercise prescription that protects the brain against AD, even among people who were previously sedentary.
  • If these findings are replicated, they would have a tremendous impact on quality of later life, providing individuals with more years of independent living, active engagement with loved ones, and building memories.

Blood sampling robot

Date: 08 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A team of researchers have developed automated device capable of venipuncture. The blood-sampling robot can help doctors quickly, safely, and reliably receive blood samples, preventing unnecessary complications.
  • This automated device includes an ultrasound image-guided robot that draws blood from veins, a module that handles samples, and a centrifuge-based blood analyzer.
  • In the future, the device may be used in procedures such as IV catheterization, central venous access, dialysis, and placing arterial lines.

AI tool to predict structure of galaxy

Date: 08 February 2020 Tags: Space
  • A team of researchers at Kyoto University, Japan used the world’s fastest astrophysical simulation supercomputers ATERUI and ATERUI II to develop an AI for predicting distribution of dark matter.
  • Researchers were thus able to study the possibilities of the origin of the cosmic structures, emulating an entire virtual universe using machine learning.
  • So far no telescope has ever been able to capture dark matter due to its extremely elusive and invisible nature.

Saudi Arabia rejects Pakistan’s plea for discussing Kashmir issue in OIC

Date: 08 February 2020 Tags: India & World
  • Saudi Arabia has once again declined Pakistan’s request for an urgent meeting of the council of Foreign Ministers on Kashmir at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
  • Recently, Pakistani PM was forced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salman to cancel his trip to Malaysia where he intended to slam India over Kashmir at the Islamic Summit hosted by Malaysia.
  • Saudi Arabia had taken a serious offence to the summit where it was not invited and perceived it as a challenge to its leadership in the Muslim world by Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Astronaut Christina Koch returns from Space

Date: 08 February 2020 Tags: Space
  • Astronaut Christina Koch made the return trip from the International Space Station (ISS), along with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov.
  • Koch’s trip was significant because it set a record, officially making her the U.S. astronaut with the second-longest stay in space with 328 consecutive days at the Station.
  • She’s second only to Scott Kelley, who spent 340 days in space, and she’s officially the woman with the longest stay in space worldwide, passing fellow U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record of 289 days.