Science and Technology News: 6 November 2021

6 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. Finding the right elements to make metallic glasses has proven a time-consuming task. A team of researchers, including Jan Schroers, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has devised a way to dramatically reduce the amount of time that it takes. Their results are published in Nature Materials.
  2. New research, published in Scientific Reports by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) postdoctoral fellow Karina Chavarria and colleagues, shows that bacterial communities in streams adjacent to young secondary forests recover to resemble those of mature forest streams in as little as a decade after cattle has been removed from the land, and that these communities are robust throughout the year.
  3. Nintendo also has a timeline of some of its hardware efforts and specifically includes its “next gaming system” slated to release at an undefined 20XX date. There are no hints as to what the hardware might look like, if it will be another hybrid like the Switch, or even just another revision of the Switch. The only image Nintendo includes is a question mark. The Verge
  4. Uranus will still be 1.74 billion miles away so it just looks like a small blue-green dot. It’s possible to see the planet with the naked eye but you’re better off looking with binoculars for a better view. Look towards the eastern horizon after sunset and late into the evening. The Sun
  5. Whereas other hybrid cleaners avoid carpet completely while mopping, the S7+ automatically lifts it mop cloth out of the way when it detects carpet, allowing it to complete both tasks more efficiently. ( Only S7 available on Amazon India. Get it here )It also features a self-emptying dustbin, good battery life, impressive obstacle avoidance, and strong vacuum suction power. The S7+ won’t sanitize your hard floors (it only works with water and not a cleaning solution), but it still scrubs them until they shine. PCMag
  6. Smart All In One Universal Remote IR Blaster for TV, Air Conditioner, Speakers, Home Theater and DTH Set Up Box. It helps you to control all your appliances in one room using a single controller by mobile and voice commands. Perfect companion for Amazon Alexa. Also works with Google Assistant or Google Home. Buy on Amazon. Oakremote WiFi All in One Smart Universal Remote. Price: ₹1,490.00, You Save: ₹1,000.00 (40%). Deal pricing and availability subject to change after time of publication.


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