France in midst of 4th heatwave amid historic drought

France was in the midst of its fourth heat wave of the year Monday as the country faces what the government warned is its worst drought on record. National weather agency Meteo France said the heat wave began in the south and is expected to spread across the country and last until the weekend. Overall, the southern…

Last Supermoon of 2022 to rise in skies. It’s named after the largest fish

While humans continue to look up to the Moon, a celestial view is set to dazzle as the last supermoon of the year takes to the skies. Named after the largest fish found in North America, the Sturgeon Moon will rise on August 12 and appear bigger than usual as it comes closer to the planet. The supermoon will be visible…

58% of infectious diseases made worse by climate change, study finds

As the world continues to reel under the impact of Covid-19 and several countries battle the outbreak of Monkeypox, a new report paints a grim picture of the connection between climate change and infectious diseases. Researchers have found that 58 per cent of known human infectious diseases have been worsened by one or…

Karnataka study shows eggs in mid-day meals help children’s growth

In Karnataka providing  eggs as part of mid day meals  has had a positive output. The study was conducted over 4500 students in two districts. There was a “clear evidence of significant improvement” with girls in Class 8 gaining up to 71% more weight than their peers who were not served eggs.  The study reveals…

China using military drills as ‘excuse’ to prepare for invasion: Taiwan’s foreign minister

Taiwan’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that China was using the military drills it launched in protest against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit as an excuse to prepare for an invasion of the self-ruled island. Joseph Wu told a press conference in Taipei that Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its…

The Sun is angry, hurtles 36 eruptions, 6 solar flares in just two weeks

The Sun, which is the source of all life on the planet, is buzzing with activity as it reaches the peak of the solar cycle. The star in our solar system in just two weeks has emitted 35 Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), 14 sunspots, and six solar flares, while some of them have been away from us, others have directly hit…

As satellites and space junk proliferate, US to revise rules

With Earth’s orbit growing more crowded with satellites, a U.S. government agency on Friday said it would begin revising decades-old rules on getting rid of space junk and on other issues such as satellite refueling and inspecting and repairing in-orbit spacecraft. “We believe the new space age needs new…

New Pompeii finds highlight middle-class life in doomed city

A trunk with its lid left open. A wooden dishware closet, its shelves caved in. Three-legged accent tables topped by decorative bowls. These latest discoveries by archaeologists are enriching knowledge about middle-class lives in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius’ furious eruption buried the ancient Roman city in…

A textbook launch that failed to deliver: What happened with Isro’s maiden SSLV mission

At 9:18 am on Sunday, the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), a three-stage rocket newly developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) roared through the cloudy morning on its way to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The objective of the mission was to introduce a new class of launch vehicle that can deploy small,…