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NASA to launch E Coli into space to study antibiotic resistance
Posted on 11th November 2017
To study microgravity’s effect on bacterial antibiotic resistance, scientists are set to send E. coli, a common bacterial pathogen linked to urinary tract infections and foodborne illnesses, to the International Space Station (ISS).

The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission is scheduled to launch to the ISS on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft on Saturday along with a slew of other science experiments and supplies for the Expedition 53 crew, Space.com reported.

Antibiotic resistance could pose a danger to astronauts, especially since microgravity has been shown to weaken human immune response, NASA said.

The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite mission will investigate spaceflight effects on bacterial antibiotic resistance and its genetic basis. The experiment will expose two strains of E. coli, one with a resistance gene, the other without, to three different doses of antibiotics, then examine the viability of each group.

“Results from this investigation could contribute to determining appropriate antibiotic dosages to protect astronaut health during long-duration human spaceflight and help us understand how antibiotic effectiveness may change as a function of stress on Earth,” NASA said.

Rather than being housed inside the space station, this experiment will take place in a 6U cubesat, a small satellite that has six times the volume of a single cubesat.

The fundamental scenario of the experiment protocol will start four days after launch of the EcAMSat satellite by allowing an initial growth and then starvation period for E. coli bacteria contained in 48 microfluidic wells.

The investigation aims to determine “the lowest dose of antibiotic needed to inhibit growth of Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacterial pathogen that causes infections in humans and animals,” NASA officials wrote in a description of the experiment.


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Amazon India to soon sell cow urine and dung based soaps, face packs made by RSS-backed centre
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Soaps, face packs, shampoos and medicinal products made from cow urine and dung may soon be just a click away as an RSS-backed centre says it is set to sell these on e-commerce major Amazon India.

Deen Dayal Dham, a centre run by the RSS in Farah town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, will first put up a dozen products related to health, beauty and apparel on the website for sale, a manger at the centre said.


Sensex witnesses flash crash
Posted on 22nd September 2018
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Infosys to offer cloud solutions to global enterprises on Google Clouds
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Software major Infosys would offer scalable services and solutions on demand to global enterprises on search engine's Google cloud platform, the IT major said on Saturday.

"We are partnering with Google to develop cloud transformation and migration services for enabling enterprises transform their businesses on scalable and on-demand model," said the city-based company in a statement.


RIL closes KG-D6 oilfield
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Reliance Industries has permanently shut down its only oilfield (MA field) in the KG-D6 block on the back of dwindling output from the reserve. This was the company’s first foray into oil and gas exploration that began in September 2008 when the field started producing oil.

“The MA (D26) field in Block KG-DWN-98/3 (KGD6), which is being operated by RIL as an operator of the joint venture consisting of RIL (60 per cent), BP (30 per cent) and Niko (10 per cent)


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