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Sri Lanka Celebrates 76th Independence Day
Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Independence Day on February 4, 2024, marking the culmination of a struggle for self-determination that began in the early 20th ce... Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Independence Day on February 4, 2024, marking the culmination of a struggle for self-determination that began in the early 20th century. Achieving independence from British rule in 1948, the country underwent various historical events, including the formation of the Ceylon National Congress in 1884 and the introduction of communal representation in 1915. The pivotal Soulbury Constitution in 1947 led to the formal independence of Ceylon as a Commonwealth nation on February 4, 1948. Independence Day is commemorated with official ceremonies, including the President's flag hoisting, speeches, military parades, and cultural events showcasing traditional aspects of Sri Lankan heritage.
Candida Auris: A deadly Fungus that is rapidly spreading in the US
Candida auris is a deadly fungal infection rapidly spreading in the United States, with recent cases in Washington state. This global health threat is resistant... Candida auris is a deadly fungal infection rapidly spreading in the United States, with recent cases in Washington state. This global health threat is resistant to common antifungal medications, posing challenges in treatment. It primarily affects individuals with weakened immune systems and those requiring complex medical care, with a high fatality rate of more than 1 in 3 patients. The infection is easily transmitted in healthcare facilities, often colonizing the skin without causing illness. Prevention measures include isolating infected patients, using protective gear, and thorough disinfection, while treatment outcomes depend on overall health and underlying conditions. The global spread of Candida auris, first discovered in Japan in 2009, underscores the urgency for improved infection prevention measures to control its transmission.
Three Indian-Origin Researchers Win Blavatnik Awards For Young Scientists
Three Indian-origin researchers, Professors Rahul R Nair, Mehul Malik, and Tanmay Bharat, have been honored with the prestigious Blavatnik Awards For Young Scie... Three Indian-origin researchers, Professors Rahul R Nair, Mehul Malik, and Tanmay Bharat, have been honored with the prestigious Blavatnik Awards For Young Scientists in the UK. The awards acknowledge their contributions across three categories: Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Rahul R Nair, a materials physicist at The University of Manchester, was recognized for his work on novel membranes based on two-dimensional materials, facilitating energy-efficient separation and filtration technologies. Mehul Malik's breakthrough in quantum communications, harnessing high-dimensional entanglement for robust and high-capacity quantum networks, earned him the award. Tanmay Bharat, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, was acknowledged for his cutting-edge techniques in electron cryotomography, providing atomic-level imaging of microbial structures with significant biomedical implications. The recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in London on February 27, 2024, and will collectively receive grants totaling £480,000.