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Toyota-backed self-driving car Pony.ai partners with Luminar

  Self-driving tech company Pony.ai, backed by Toyota Motor Corp, said on Monday its next-generation technology for robotaxis will be using lidars made by Luminar Technologies, Inc. Lidars are laser-based sensors that are a key component to many autonomous vehicle technologies and help them perceive the...

PILs to safeguard children orphaned due to COVID: HC seeks stand of Centre, Delhi govt

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life       May 10, 2021

  New Delhi: Children orphaned due to COVID-19 should be protected and guarded against being trafficked till they are legally adopted, two PILs have urged the Delhi High Court, which sought the response of the Centre and the Delhi government on the issue on Monday. A...

Britain free of coronavirus by August, outgoing vaccine task force chief says: Report

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 09, 2021

  London: The new coronavirus will no longer be circulating in Britain by August, the government's departing vaccine taskforce chief Clive Dix told the Daily Telegraph on Friday. "Sometime in August, we will have no circulating virus in the UK", Dix said, adding that he believed...

No jamun trees uprooted in Central Vista Avenue revamp, few trees to be transplanted: Puri

Climate, Environment, Renewable Energy       May 09, 2021

  New Delhi: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that no Jamun trees have been uprooted as part of the ongoing Central Vista Avenue redevelopment project stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, and asserted that defining elements of built heritage like lamp posts...

Why some patients test positive for Covid long after recovery

Health, Pandemic       May 09, 2021

New York: Some virus RNA can be reverse transcribed and inserted into the human genome, finds a new study, which may explain why some people who had already recovered from Covid-19 would sometimes inexplicably test positive on a PCR test weeks or even months later....

Chinese scientists discussed weaponising SARS coronaviruses in 2015: Report

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 09, 2021

  A document written by Chinese scientists and health officials before the pandemic in 2015 states that SARS coronaviruses were a "new era of genetic weapons" that could be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed, reported Weekend Australian. The paper...

Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 06, 2021

  TOKYO: Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic officials have said they will...

Mucormycosis fungal infections up among COVID-19 survivors

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 08, 2021

  Ahmedabad/Mumbai Cases of mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 survivors, causing blindness or other serious issues, health officials in Maharashtra and Gujarat said on Saturday. Mathur Savani, chairman of Surat-based Kiran Super Multi-speciality Hospital, said mucormycosis patients are...

Moderna vaccine 96 percent effective in 12-17 year-olds, study shows

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 07, 2021

Moderna said Thursday its Covid-19 vaccine is 96 percent effective among youths aged 12 to 17, according to the results of its first clinical trials. Two-thirds of the 3,235 participants in trials in the United States received the vaccine and one-third were given a placebo....

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