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Weekly Recap (March 7-12): Top Weather, Science, Space, Environment and Coronavirus Stories of the Week | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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Here are the top stories of the week.

Russia-Ukraine War

Russia-Ukraine War: Animals of Ukraine — a Collateral Damage or an Irreplaceable Loss?

Ukraine, a country that hosts 35% of Europe’s biodiversity with just 6% of the continent’s landmass, might turn into a modern-day ecological tragedy if the situation continues to deteriorate. But for pets and wild animals in captivity, the circumstances appear even grimmer. Read all about it here.

COVID-19

COVID-19 India FAQs: COVID-19 Becoming Endemic, Occurrence of the Fourth Wave, What Might Trigger It and More

With the conclusion of the third wave of COVID-19 in India, some statistical models have already begun making predictions on when the fourth wave will hit India, albeit in the midst of debates over whether a fourth wave will occur at all. To clear the air surrounding this issue, we have compiled answers to some FAQs on this topic. Read here.

Researchers Discover 16 New Genetic Variants That Can Increase the Severity of COVID-19 Infection

A team of researchers in the UK has identified some 16 new genetic variants that can increase the severity of COVID-19 infection among individuals. These genes can now help create a roadmap for potential new therapies and diagnostics that have pinpoint accuracy. Continue reading here.

wildlife and environment

An Asian Spider Has Invaded Southeast USA; Might Soon Colonize the Entire East Coast, Says Study

Last year, residents of southeast US were left alarmed when the Joro spiders, which are native to East Asia, invaded their yards and left them covered in golden webs. Now, a study has indicated that this arachnid infiltration could be far more widespread, and eventually, these spiders could expand across the entirety of the US east coast! Full story here.

Space

Bengaluru Astronomers Challenge Major Findings on Early Star Formation Post the Big Bang

In 2018, researchers from Arizona State University and MIT announced that they had detected faint radio signals from the earliest stars to be born, which played a significant role in legitimizing the Big Bang theory of the universe’s birth. But now, those findings are being challenged by some researchers from Bengaluru! Full story here.

China’s Yutu-2 Rover Finds Mysterious Glass Balls on the Far Side of Moon

Being the first rover to land and operate on the far side of the Moon, China’s Yutu-2 has sure come across some quirky objects during its exploration. Just recently, it spotted some mysterious glass balls on the lunar surface, which researchers are describing as ‘translucent glass globules’. Read all about it here.

A flower-like formation on Mars.  (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

A flower-like formation on Mars.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Mineral Flower Formation on Mars (PHOTOS)

NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover continues to conduct scientific exploration on Mars, while occasionally stopping to enjoy the beauty of this alien world. Recently, it caught one such stunning image of a flower-like object lying on the surface of the Red Planet. Check it out here.

Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Makes First-of-Its-Kind Observations on Global Distribution of Argon-40 in the Moon’s Exosphere

An instrument aboard the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has made some first-of-its-kind observations by detecting the presence of Argon in the equatorial and mid-latitude regions of the Moon, and providing insights into the global distribution of Argon-40 in the Moon’s tenuous exosphere. Read all about this interesting find here.

Rocket Stage-Lunar Collision Saga Continues: Space Junk Crashes Into Far Side of the Moon; Leaves a 65-Foot Wide Crater

A wayward rocket stage on a collision path with the Moon had been gaining a lot of attention since the beginning of 2022. The crash finally occurred on March 4, 2022, and while the space agencies are yet to provide photographic evidence of the same, we have an outline of what went down. Read here.

Palaeontology

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New T. Rex Research Stirs Up Palaeontology World; Scientists Suggest Tyrannosaurus Was Actually Three Distinct Species

The Tyrannosaurus rex, apart from being an extremely popular dinosaur species, has also been the sole species of the genus Tyrannosaurus recognized since it was described in 1905. But now, much to the surprise of the palaeontology community, a study has suggested that the ultimate apex predator that roamed the Earth around 66 million years ago might actually be three distinct species: T. rex, T. regina and T. imperator! Read here.

Women’s Day 2022

Scuba Diving to Marine Biologist: Here’s How Nayantara Jain Helps Conserve Ocean’s Treasure Trove

A family trip to the Andamans left a lasting impression on Nayantara Jain. It motivated her to not just become a scuba diving instructor, but also go a step further to pursue marine biology. She is now involved in conserving Andaman’s coral habitats—one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth—as part of her job. On this Women’s Day, we spoke to Nayantara to understand what it means to be a female marine conservationist and a Scuba Instructor. Interview here.

Solar Appreciation Day 2022

Here Are Some Unique Use of Solar Technologies Worldwide to Combat Energy Crisis

On the occasion of Solar Appreciation Day 2022, we took a look at some unique solar technologies that demonstrate the immense potential of solar technologies to address the needs of the modern world. Check them all out here.

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