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Aswathi Pacha

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Aswathi Pacha is a Senior Sub Editor based in Kochi. She writes on science, environment and everything related.
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Explained: What makes NASA’s new spacecraft NEA Scout special?
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

NEA Scout is one of several payloads that will hitch a ride on Artemis I, which is expected to be launched in November.

Meet the caterpillar slug, a potential future invader to India
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Invasive species have cost nearly $1.3 trillion dollars to the global economy since 1970.

Explained: Did Richard Branson really reach ‘space’? Here’s why there are doubts
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The most widely accepted boundary of space is known as the Kármán line, 100km above mean sea level. But the United States uses 80km as the cutoff point.

Explained: What plumes on Enceladus tell us about possibility of life on Saturn’s Moon
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

A paper published last month in Nature Astronomy concluded that there may be unknown methane-producing processes on Enceladus that await discovery.

How the sun caused a radio blackout in regions around the Atlantic on July 3
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

Solar flares are magnetic storms launched from the sun, releasing energy equivalent to a few million hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time.

In Mizoram, a new snake species gets named after local warrior Vanhnuailiana
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

The team gave a common name, ‘Lushai hills dragon snake’, and in the local Mizo language they suggest it be called rulphusin, meaning ‘snake with small scales’.

New beetle species discovered in fossilised poop of dinosaur ancestor
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

It was over two meters long including a long tail and neck, weighed perhaps between 15 and 20 kilos, and was a slender agile animal.

Meet the Mizoram Apple Snail: India’s newest species of freshwater snail
Thu, Jul 01, 2021

The snail, given the common name Mizoram Apple Snail, has a shell height and diameter of about 2.5 cm. When asked if these snails are edible, Dr. Aravind NA explained that most species in this genus are edible.

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