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BSMMU forms committee to test Gonoshasthaya kits

The authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday formed a six-member committee to conduct the performance study of the Covid-19 rapid testing kits developed by Gonoshasthaya Kendra. Talking to UNB, BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Kanak Kanti Barua said the committee was formed headed by Virology Department’s former chairman Prof Shahina Tabassum. He said they constituted the committee following ... Read More »

Snam, RINA team up to accelerate the development of hydrogen

Agreement seeks to launch infrastructure tests and experiment with new technologies San Donato Milanese (MI), Genoa, 8 April 2020 – Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, and RINA, global testing, inspection, certification and engineering consultancy services firm, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the hydrogen sector, in order to realize the significant potential of ... Read More »

Tesla Cybertruck: The Future Of Trucking Looks Good

11 Dec 2019 – There was no significant change in the outlook of pickup trucks for almost a century. The world became bored with nearly similar designed trucks decades after decades. Elon Musk, the visionary CEO of Tesla initiated a new era of electronic pickup trucks through unveiling Tesla Cybertruck on 22nd November, 2019. Read More »

Agroecological innovations for sustainable food systems: FAO

The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) released its report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” on 3 July, 2019, in Rome, stating that “profound transformation is needed”. Read More »

NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the ... Read More »

US scientists find how brain cells regulate memories in mice

Washington, Aug 13 (Xinhua/UNB) — The US scientists have mapped a part of the molecular machinery that helps the brain maintain long-term memories, providing new targets against Alzheimer’s disease characterized by memory loss. The study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined how a protein called CPEB3 primes neurons to store memories that stand ... Read More »

Japan’s NEC shows ‘flying car’ hovering steadily for minute

Japan, Aug 5 (AP/UNB) — Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. on Monday showed a “flying car,” a large drone-like machine with four propellers that hovered steadily for about a minute. The test flight reaching 3 meters (10 feet) high was held in a gigantic cage, as a safety precaution, at an NEC facility in a Tokyo suburb. The preparations such ... Read More »

Scientists develop new method to control mosquitoes

Beijing, July 29 (Xinhua/UNB) — Chinese scientists have developed a new method to control the population of mosquitoes, the Science and Technology Daily reported Monday. Scientists from the Sun Yat-Sen University have conducted a four-year field test in controlling the population of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), one of the world’s most invasive mosquito species that carries dengue, the ... Read More »

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

India, July 15 (AP/UNB) — India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a “technical snag” was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad said. The countdown abruptly stopped ... Read More »

The machine that made Moon missions possible

We’ve all been there: you’re working on something important, your PC crashes, and you lose all your progress. Such a failure was not an option during the Apollo missions, the first time ever that a computer was entrusted with handling flight control and life support systems — and therefore the lives of the astronauts on board. Despite an infamous false ... Read More »

Walton Primo H8 released in turbo edition

Tech Desk Walton has released its 4G smartphone ‘Primo H8’ in Turbo Edition with upgraded processor yesterday. The attractively designed device which was earlier released in different versions of 2GB and 3 GB RAM, now comes with a 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor. Asifur Rahman Khan, Chief of Walton Cellular Phone sales department, said this upgradation on processor will let ... Read More »

Bladder cancer ‘attacked and killed by common cold virus’

Dhaka, Jul 8 (UNB) – A strain of the common cold virus can infect and kill bladder cancer cells, a small study suggests, reports the BBC. All signs of the disease disappeared in one patient, and in 14 others there was evidence that cancer cells had died. University of Surrey researchers said the virus could “help revolutionise treatment” for the ... Read More »

Tiny solar-powered ‘Robobee’ developed

A lightweight insect robot is capable of flying without being tethered to a power source, by using energy from light. The solar-powered RoboBee X-WingIt and has four wings which flap at a rate of 170 times per second, instead of a propeller to take off A lightweight insect robot is capable of flying without being tethered to a power source, ... Read More »

Curators preserving Moon mission’s legacy

Lying on a workshop counter that is closed to the public at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s annex near Washington Dulles airport, Neil Armstrong’s gloves look almost as good as new. You can hardly tell they made a trip to the Moon and back 50 years ago. To their side is the slightly yellowed “Snoopy Cap” (formally known as ... Read More »

Scientists successfully transfer 1st test tube rhino embryo

Berlin, June 25 (AP/UNB) — Scientists in Europe say they’ve successfully transferred a test tube rhino embryo back into a female whose eggs were fertilized in vitro, as part of an effort to save another nearly extinct sub-species of the giant horned mammal. Thomas Hildebrandt of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin said Tuesday the procedure ... Read More »

Taking cue from YouTube, BD youth farms fish in yard pools

Comilla, June 26 – Iqbal Hossain, a youth of Shubhanagar village in Sadar Upazila, has started farming fish in backyard pools. He taught himself the technique by watching a tutorial on youtube, the video blogging site. “I started farming fish in yard pool as a hobby but now I’ve been providing fish to nearby families after meeting my own family ... Read More »

Islands of climate innovation

by Mike Eman Oranjestad – To live in a small island state today is to reckon regularly with the cruellest irony of climate change. Islands contribute little to global warming, but they are the first to suffer from its devastating effects and the least equipped to manage them. As carbon dioxide emissions from larger, wealthier industrialized countries continue to warm ... Read More »