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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.
Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko Sets New Space Duration Record
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko has set a new world record for the most time spent in space, surpassing Gennady Padalka with over 878 days logged in orbit. On ... Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko has set a new world record for the most time spent in space, surpassing Gennady Padalka with over 878 days logged in orbit. On his fifth long-duration mission to the ISS, initiated in 2022, Kononenko is expected to reach 1,000 days in space on June 5, 2024. Despite geopolitical tensions, Russia and the U.S. continue their space cooperation, extending the cross-flight program to the ISS until 2025. The history of space records includes achievements such as Valeri Polyakov's 437-day single spaceflight, Alexei Leonov's first spacewalk in 1965, and the first woman's spacewalk by Svetlana Savitskaya in 1984.
Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Grounded Permanently
NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, renowned for achieving the first controlled flight on another planet, has officially concluded its mission after flying over ... NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, renowned for achieving the first controlled flight on another planet, has officially concluded its mission after flying over the Martian terrain for three years. Originally planned for a shorter distance, Ingenuity surpassed expectations by covering 10.5 miles through 72 flights, reaching a peak altitude of 78.7 feet. Launched with NASA's Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars three years ago, Ingenuity's groundbreaking flights have been compared to the Wright brothers' historic 1903 flight. However, the helicopter's final flight was curtailed due to rotor blade damage incurred during ambitious missions into a barren area, testing its auto-navigational system's limits in the challenging Martian environment.