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News in Short - 10-January-2020

Foreign envoys visit J&K

Date: 10 January 2020 Tags: India & World
  • The team of 15 envoys arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the first visit by diplomats since August last year when the state's special status was revoked and it was downsized to a union territory.
  • The countries who are part of the group are United States, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Fiji, Maldives, Norway, Philippines, Morocco, Argentina, Peru, Niger, Nigeria, Guyana and Togo.
  • The visit was facilitated by the government and the envoys met security officials, political leaders, civil society groups and media.
  • The objective of the visit is to see first hand efforts to normalise the situation in Kashmir.

Air pollution exposure in childhood can increase risk of schizophrenia

Date: 10 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • According to a recent study, apart from having an affect on physical health, air pollution can result to psychological disorders as well.
  • Children who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution while growing up have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia.
  • For people exposed to the lowest level of air pollution, the lifetime risk is just under two percent, while the lifetime risk for those exposed to the highest level of air pollution is approximately three percent.
  • This study also first of its kind to combine air pollution and genetics in relation to the risk of developing schizophrenia.

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

Date: 10 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists believe they may have found the cause of the mystery pneumonia that has infected almost 60 people in the Chinese city of Wuhan since December.
  • Preliminary tests indicated the illness may be caused by a new coronavirus. They had found the "new type" of coronavirus by testing infected blood samples and throat swabs collected from 15 people.
  • The coronavirus can cause anything from the common cold to much more severe diseases.

Dark matter clumps detected near small and medium sized galaxies

Date: 10 January 2020 Tags: Space
  • Astronomers have discovered much smaller clumps of dark matter that had not been found until now.
  • These clumps were found around large- and medium-sized galaxies. This discovery confirms one of the fundamental predictions of the widely accepted “cold dark matter” theory.
  • The cold dark matter theory suggests that all the galaxies form and are embedded within clouds of dark matter.
  • This theory proposes that dark matter particles are quick-moving, zipping along too rapidly to merge and form smaller concentrations.

Cosmic magnifying glasses shows Universe expansion

Date: 10 January 2020 Tags: Space
  • A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the universe's expansion rate using a technique that is completely independent of any previous method.
  • Knowing the precise value for how fast the universe expands is important for determining the age, size and fate of the cosmos.
  • Unravelling this mystery has been one of the greatest challenges in astrophysics in recent years. The new study adds evidence to the idea that new theories may be needed to explain what scientists are finding.
  • The team used Hubble to observe the light from six faraway quasars, the brilliant searchlights from gas orbiting supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies.