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'Will promote GM crops if green ministry approves'
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday indicated that his ministry will endorse the production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops if they are approved by the Environment Ministry. ... read..


Scientists develop 'super oyster' resistant to deadly virus
Melbourne | Monday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Australian scientists have developed a "super oyster" that is resistant to the deadly Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS), it was announced on Monday. ... read..


Death by Kissing Bugs more common than thought: Study
New York [USA] | May 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Kissing Bugs, who like to bite humans around their lips and faces, as they sleep, are more dangerous than you have ever thought of. ... read..


NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday
Washington | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a failed data relay box which is part of a system to control key station hardware, NASA has said. ... read..


India to have science infrastructure sharing policy soon
Kolkata | Sunday, 2017 3:15:18 PM IST
India is formulating a policy on maintaining and sharing science infrastructure so that R&D facilities do not remain limited to academia but are also accessed by industry, according to a senior bureaucrat of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology. ... read..


Now, deaf-blind can 'watch' television with this technology
Washington D.C. [USA] | May 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In a first, researchers have developed a new technology that types Braille or subtitles of television channels in real time and helps deaf-blind people "watch" television without intermediaries. ... read..


Researchers push forward quantum computing research
San Francisco | Sunday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
Stanford University electrical engineering Professor Jelena Vuckovic and colleagues at her laboratory are working on new materials that could become the basis for quantum computing. ... read..


'Varanasi can generate 676 MW from solar rooftop panels
Varanasi | Saturday, 2017 6:45:33 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi has the potential to generate 676 MW power from solar rooftop panels alone. However, outdated grids and a huge line loss pose a challenge, said a report. ... read..


SpaceX Dragon to deliver crew supplies, research to ISS
Washington | Saturday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
SpaceX will launch its Dragon spacecraft for its 11th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre on June 1. ... read..


Tughlaqabad gas leak: Many unanswered questions (News Analysis)
Bengaluru | Saturday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Has the horrific Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, considered the world's worst industrial disaster that claimed nearly 4,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands with various stages of disability, been all but forgotten? A recent incident would make one think ... read..


DRDO chief gets one-year extension
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
DRDO Chairman S. Christopher has been given a one-year extension as the chief of the premier Defence Research and Development Organisation, days before he was to retire from the post. ... read..


Titan evolved more like Mars than Earth, show river maps
New York | Friday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
The origins of topography or surface elevations on Saturn's largest moon Titan may have more in common with the history of Martian landscapes than that of Earth, show an analysis of river maps of the three planetary bodies. ... read..


Researchers design nanomaterial that could reduce car exhaust pollution
Kolkata | Friday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
In a development especially relevant to India and Bangladesh, an international team of researchers has designed a nanomaterial that can be used to make "markedly more effective" catalytic converters for vehicles that could reduce car exhaust pollution. ... read..


Probe into funding of Australian UFO group
Canberra | Friday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
An Australian minister on Friday launched an urgent probe to determine how an alien enthusiast group received thousands of dollars in taxpayers' funds. ... read..


Astronomers find moon around third largest dwarf planet
Washington | Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Combining the power of several space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10. ... read..


Researchers warn against betting on deployment of carbon removal technologies
San Francisco | Friday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Two researchers from the Stanford University on Friday warned against betting the future of the planet on massive-scale deployment of carbon removal technologies. ... read..


Australian children believe their fathers work 'too much'
Canberra | Friday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
One third of Australian children aged between 11 and 13 believe their fathers work too much, according to the results of a study released on Friday. ... read..


What caused first mass extinction of life on Earth?
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
A large volcanic eruption may have triggered the first mass extinction of life, in which nearly 80 per cent of the species were lost, a study has shown. ... read..


Indian American student wins National Geographic Bee contest
Washington | Thursday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
A 14-year-old Indian American student has won the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee contest here, becoming the sixth consecutive Indian American to win the championship. ... read..


Arunachal CM seeks Centre's support for agriculture university
Itanagar | Thursday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday sought the Centre's support for a full-fledged agriculture university and a Centre of Excellence for Horticulture to be established in Arunachal Pradesh. ... read..


Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions!
New Delhi [INDIA] | May 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
According to a new study, growing plants and then storing CO2, taken up from the atmosphere, is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning. ... read..


Even 'dumb AI' can boost human performance
New York | Thursday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Rather than rendering people jobless, artificial intelligence -- even "dumb AI" which is not very sophisticated -- can boost performance of human groups, suggests new research. ... read..


NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth
Washington | Thursday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Humans have long been shaping Earth's landscape, but now scientists know that we also can shape our near-space environment with radio communications. ... read..


UNHCR announces refugee camp with renewable energy
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 5:15:04 AM IST
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday switched on the solar plant in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp, making it the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by renewable energy. ... read..


India to build 10 heavy water reactors to boost nuclear power (Lead)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
In a major decision to fast-track Indias domestic nuclear power programme, the union cabinet on Wednesday approved construction of 10 units of indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). ... read..


Close relatives around may help Female monkeys live longer: Study
Washington D.C. [USA] | May 17, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Large families and strong social ties may help female rhesus macaques live longer, by reducing their chances of dying by 2.3 percent in one year, reveals a new study. ... read..


China approves clinical trial of albumin from rice
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
China's food and drug authority has approved a clinical trial of human blood protein yielded from transgenic rice seeds, which could lead to large-scale production of much-needed plasma. ... read..


Heavy rainfall changed Mars' surface long ago: Study
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet's impact craters and carved out river-like channels on its surface billions of years ago, says a study. ... read..


Social ties boost life expectancy in monkeys: Study
London | Wednesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
Large families and strong social ties help monkeys to live longer, new research has said. ... read..


Google Doodle marks Antikythera Mechanism's discovery
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Google on Wednesday marked the discovery of Antikythera Mechanism - believed to be the world's first computer - 115 years ago. ... read..


3D-printed soft, four-legged robot can walk on sand
Los Angeles | Wednesday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
US engineers have developed a 3D-printed, four-legged robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces such as sand and pebbles, the media reported on Wednesday. ... read..


'Puffy planet' could help scientist search for alien life
New York | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:29 PM IST
Astronomers have discovered a "puffy planet" orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth which may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that would be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life. ... read..


World Heritage-listed island most polluted place on Earth
Sydney | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
A remote island in the South Pacific is the most polluted place on the planet, Australian research said on Tuesday. ... read..


Proxima b could support alien life: Study
London | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
The Earth-sized exoplanet Proxima b which orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbouring star, could support alien life, suggests new research that explored the potential climate of the planet. ... read..


SpaceX successfully launches communication satellite
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
SpaceX has successfully launched a very heavy commercial communications satellite aimed at delivering high-speed broadband connectivity globally. ... read..


NASA Mars rover to study fluid-carved valley's origin (With Image)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Mars rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim, NASA has said. ... read..


Turns out, 'drunk you' not that different from 'sober you'
Washington D.C. [USA] | May 16, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Your personality may change when you drink, but less than you think, according to a recent study. ... read..


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