Science and Technology News: 16 November 2021

16 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. A new theory has attempted to explain whether wormholes, a theoretical connection of two separate points in spacetime, can be used as a viable solution to space travel by future humans. JPost
  2. A team of astronomers has discovered a new sub-Neptune planet orbiting a nearby dwarf star. The icy exoplanet, twice the size of the Earth with over five times its mass, orbits its star at a distance that could allow it to harbor liquid water . Newsweek
  3. Systems to grow plants and bake bread in space are among the winning submissions of NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge, announced in late October. Teams of inventors brainstormed solutions to help astronauts consume a diet of nutrient-rich foods as efficiently as possible — this meant maximizing nutrition and taste while minimizing resources and waste. CNN
  4. A Taurid fireball was spotted through the sky recently by several New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents, as well as nearly 500 other people in the country, according to the American Meteor Society.
  5. There are smartwatches available in the market  that offer an SpO2, or blood oxygen saturation, sensor; a couple of them also offer ECG monitoring. One of them is Garmin Venu. Buy on Amazon. Garmin Venu .Price: ₹22,990.00 You Save: ₹3,000.00 (12%) ( Garmin Garmin Venu has Pulse Ox sensor that estimates your blood oxygen saturation during the day and as you sleep to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen ) Deal pricing and availability subject to change after time of publication.







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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
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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