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News in Short - 17-January-2020

Blood vessels in women age quicker than men’s

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A new study shows that blood vessels, including large and small arteries, in women, age much faster in women than in men. This is the first time this finding has been reported. The study will be helpful in showing how women are at a different risk for cardiovascular disease, both with respect to the type and the timing, than men.
  • This study is yet another reminder to physicians that many aspects of our cardiovascular evaluation and therapy need to be tailored specifically for women. 

Species of bone eating worms discovered

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A new species of bone-eating worm has been discovered by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico during investigation into the deep ocean's ecosystem.
  • The worm, which has yet to be named, is the first of its kind found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The species was discovered when it crawled on the corpse of an alligator on the ocean floor and completely consumed its soft tissue within 51 days.
  • The deep-sea creature belongs to the Osedax family, a genus of deep-sea boneworms, and was a new species native to the Gulf of Mexico.

India's cricket superfan passes away

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Team India's Superfan Charulata Patel, who grabbed eyeballs during the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, has passed away. She was 87
  • Charulata had won almost everyone's heart after she went to the Edgbaston Cricket stadium in Birmingham to see India's round-robin match against Bangladesh.

Toyota invests in flying car company

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Japanese car giant Toyota is investing nearly $400 million in a company working on commercialising electric flying cars.
  • The investment in JobyAviation comes as the automaker looks to expand into new sectors as the industry rapidly transforms.
  • Founded in 2009, Joby Aviation is developing a four-passenger electric aircraft that takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter, though it has multiple rotors.
  • The firm envisions the aircraft as a mode of commercial transport, rather than for sale to individuals, with its pilots ferrying commuters around

Henley Passport index

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India has dropped 10 places to 84 in the latest update of the Henley Passport Index, sharing the spot with tiny countries like Mauritania and Tajikistan.
  • India’s ranking fell from a decade-high ranking of 74 to a low of 84 in 2020. The Henley Passport Index is the ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
  • The Henley Passport Index website provides comprehensive lists of the countries one can access visa-free, with an electronic visa (e-visa), with a visa on arrival, or with a normal visa.