Science and Technology News: 06 December 2021

6 December, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

Microplastic pollution helps bacteria

According to scientists at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, discarded polystyrene broken down into microplastics provides a cozy home not only for microbes and chemical contaminants but also for the free-floating genetic materials that deliver to bacteria the gift of resistance. Scitecedaily

AMD, Intel, NVIDIA to host conference at CES 2022

All three giants, AMD, Intel, NVIDIA are going to host their conferences at CES 2022. While NVIDIA has not announced a final date or time yet, AMD and Intel have unveiled that they will be hosting their conferences on the same day, just a few hours apart.  wccftech

Growth-promoting bacteria and fungi have proven to sequester carbon into the soil

Soil is classified as the largest carbon reservoir. Naturally, carbon is captured into the soil as carbon dioxide through plant photosynthesis and organism decomposition. This process of removing atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasing soil organic carbon storage is known as carbon sequestration. Scientists aim to reduce carbon emissions to solve climate change through the use of soil microbial inoculants that promote carbon sequestration. News-Medical

Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter in which all particles have the same energy and are completely coordinated

National University of Singapore researchers have predicted that an exotic state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate can exist at relatively high temperatures (around 50 K to 100 K) in systems comprising organic molecules on two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting materials.

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Byju’s, once heralded as a flagship in India’s edtech sector, is grappling with severe financial and operational challenges, marked by a dramatic valuation drop. The company, which sought to stabilize its operations and finances, is now raising funds at a valuation significantly lower than its peak. This development comes amid efforts to address a substantial debt burden, with Byju’s proposing a repayment plan for its $1.2 billion loan. Investor confidence appears shaken, with some stakeholders pushing for drastic changes in leadership to navigate the crisis effectively. The turmoil reflects broader sectoral pressures and raises questions about the sustainability of high-growth trajectories in the edtech industry

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Australia’s energy market is witnessing significant transitions and investments aimed at bolstering renewable energy infrastructure and securing gas supplies. Key developments include a $179 million investment by the Queensland Government for community battery projects, Santos’ $5.7 billion gas pipeline project following a legal battle win, and a $206 million energy savings package for NSW households. Additionally, the Australian government has secured new gas supply deals to support the east coast market, emphasizing the role of gas in transitioning to a renewable grid.

India 2024
9 February, 2024

The latest opinion polls, including the Mood of the Nation survey by India Today, predict a comfortable victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with a projected win of 335 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections. This forecast suggests a slight decrease from the 2019 elections but still ensures a majority. The survey, involving interviews with over 149,000 respondents, reflects Modi’s enduring popularity based on his nationalist policies and economic reforms. Other polls echo these findings, although seat projections vary slightly. The opposition INDIA alliance is expected to secure a significant number of seats, yet not enough to challenge the NDA’s majority. These predictions highlight a political landscape that remains largely favorable to Modi and the BJP as the election approaches