Hawking’s Theory of Dark Matter denied

One of Stephen Hawking’s key theories about black holes just got a little weaker thanks to a super powerful telescope.In the 1970s Hawking and some of his colleagues theorized that the big bang might have created lots of small black holes, each about the size of a proton that exerts a huge gravitational pull on other objects in the universe.

This theory helps explain the idea of ‘dark matter’ – or the phenomena that causes all objects in our universe to rotate, move or orbit under the influence of invisible forces.

CCMB discovers new enzyme

Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) Scientists has found a new enzyme which helps in breaking cell walls of bacteria and consequently, offers a potential for a new drug delivery route to arrest the anti-bacterial resistance through existing antibiotic drugs.

In a press conference, CCMB Director Rakesh Mishra and Seniors scientist Manjula Reddy explained – that for research it is vital to understand how the cells grow in bacteria to comprehend the resistance to antibiotics that were currently available.

First Marsquake recorded

NASA’s Mars Lander InSight has recorded its first ‘Marsquake.’ It has recorded a quake of 2 or 2.5 magnitude which is hard to predict on Earth’s surface. The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander’s 128th Martian day.

This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. Scientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal.

New bird species found in Indonesia

Zoologists from Trinity College with partners from Halu Oleo University (UHO) and Operation Wallacea, have discovered two new bird species in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Details of their discovery of the Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-wangi white-eye have been published on April 24, 2019 in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Madagascar species under threat

International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species said that of the 111 lemur species, 24 are currently listed as Critically Endangered, 49 are Endangered and 20 are Vulnerable. Among the species under threat, the majority belongs to the primate group.

The group contains all the species commonly related to lemurs, monkey, apes, and humans. Lemurs are among the unique to Madagascar.

UAE’s Mars probe 85 percent complete

The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have announced 85 percent completion of the gulf nation’s ‘Hope Probe’ project. The probe is an ambitious dream project of the UAE to send a mission to Mars.

The two space organizations confirmed in a joint statement that most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing to ensure every aspect of the Probe is ready for activation a few months before the launch date.

Nepal launches its 1st satellite

Nepal on April 18, 2019 successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore in the United States. The satellite was developed by the Nepalese scientists.

According to the spokesperson for the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Suresh Kumar Dhungel, the satellite is a bid to open new paths for space engineering in the country.