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Guatemala: Nearly 4,000 people evacuated after Fuego volcano erupts

Guatemala: Nearly 4,000 people evacuated after Fuego volcano erupts

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Updates from : Scroll.in : Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated in Guatemala on Monday after the Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year. It sent bursts of ash and lava down the mountain after it eventually stopped, AFP reported. There were no reports on any casualties. Director of the Institute of Volcanology, Pablo Oliva, said the volcano’s activity level dropped significantly by Monday evening. It began on Sunday morning and became increasingly violent, which led to the evacuation of people living on the slopes of the 3,763 meter-high mountain. A column of ash rose about 1,000 metres above the crater, Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED said. Agency spokesperson David de Leon said people were evacuated from the municipality of Escuintala and two other d
AIIMS-led team develops sensitive tests for pulmonary, pleural TB

AIIMS-led team develops sensitive tests for pulmonary, pleural TB

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Updates from : The Hindu : Sensitivity for pulmonary TB and pleural TB were 94% and 93%, respectively. A highly sensitive diagnostic test for pulmonary TB and pleural TB has been developed by a multi-institutional team led by Jaya Sivaswami Tyagi from the Department of Biotechnology at AIIMS. The diagnostic test makes use of a DNA aptamer (a small single-stranded DNA molecule that binds to a specific target molecule) that shows high binding affinity to a TB antigen. Sputum samples were used for diagnosing pulmonary TB while pleural fluid was used for diagnosing pleural TB. The sensitivity of the diagnostic test for pulmonary TB and pleural TB was 94% and 93%, respectively. Specificity was 100% for pulmonary TB and 98% for pleural TB. The results were published in the journals 
Come 2019, the kilogram will get a new measure

Come 2019, the kilogram will get a new measure

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Updates from : The Hindu . Global metrology experts decide to drop traditional system In 2019, the kilogram will get more accurate. For 125 years, a salt-shaker-sized cylinder housed at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), Paris and weighing exactly a kilogram served as the definition of the measure. India’s National Physical Laboratory too has a replica of this, since 1957, and it has served as the reference for a variety of industries to keep their weights accurate. However an international conference of heads of metrology institutes decided, on October 19 in Sevres, France, that the kilogram will no longer be pegged to this cylinder made of 90% platinum and 10% iridium. In the last 60 years, several standard units — the second, metre, ampere, Kelvin, mole, c
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