Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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SpaceX to fly 2 private tourists around moon in 2018 (Second Lead)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
US aerospace major SpaceX has announced plans to fly two private citizens on a week-long trip around the moon next year. ... read..


S&T in northeast plagued by poor infra, lack of good governance (Feb 28 is National Science Day)
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
Delay in receiving lab equipment due to remoteness, corruption in fund management, dearth of jobs for returnee scientists and inadequate infrastructure are some of the major hurdles faced by researchers in India's northeast region (NER) who demand good go ... read..


Exoplanets with volcanic hydrogen may support alien life
New York | Tuesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
Exoplanets with hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources may have a warmer surface and provide a better target for scientists to find signs of life outside our home planet, says a study. ... read..


Earth's first outer layer was single solid shell: Study
New York | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
Shortly after te Earth formed and began to cool, the planet's first outer layer was a single, solid but deformable shell which later began to fold and crack more widely, giving rise to modern plate tectonics, suggests new research. ... read..


Astronomers find Star Wars' Tatooine-like binary star system
London | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
In a first, researchers have found evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun that resembles Tatooine -- Luke Skywalker's home world in the "Star Wars" film. ... read..


SpaceX to send 2 tourists around moon in 2018 (Lead)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Two space tourists will be on a week-long trip around the moon in 2018 on a Dragon spaceship as part of an initiative by US company SpaceX, a media report said. ... read..


Two travellers around moon with SpaceX in 2018
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 8:45:04 AM IST
Two individuals will be on a week-long trip around the moon in 2018 on the Dragon spaceship as part of an initiative by US company SpaceX supported by NASA, a media report said. ... read..


Tool to reduce risk of triggering manmade earthquakes
New York | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
Two researchers at Stanford University have developed a software tool designed to reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes where oil and gas production activities may trigger slip in nearby faults. ... read..


SPACE India to teach astronomy to specially-abled
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 8:15:21 PM IST
Physically and visually impaired children and youngsters in Delhi, Ludhiana and Chennai will get an opportunity to learn various aspects of astronomy as part of the National Science Day celebrations in the country, New Delhi-based Science Popularisation A ... read..


Bengali science portal gives rural schools origami paper microscopes
Kolkata | Monday, 2017 3:45:06 PM IST
Inspired to make science accessible to Bengali-speaking masses, creators of a popular science web portal plan to distribute Foldscopes -- a $1 origami paper microscope -- to schools in rural areas of West Bengal, free of cost. ... read..


Modi hails ISRO's achivements, interceptor missile success (Roundup)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday heaped praise on Indian scientists for launching 104 satellites into space in one go and for carrying out test of Ballistic Interceptor Missile. ... read..


Does reading maps make you nervous? Blame your genes
London | Sunday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
If the very thought of spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, makes you nervous, it could be partly due to your genes, suggests a new research. ... read..


Record-breaking PSLV mission has a downside: Ex-ISRO chief
Bengaluru | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Buried in the flood of congratulatory messages that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) received after its recent space feat is one discordant note raising some concern. ... read..


India is proud of ISRO's achievements: Modi
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday heaped praises on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and said the country is proud of the space agency's achievements. ... read..


IIT - Kgp team develops prototype to protect IoT devices
Kolkata | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Scientists at the Indian Institute Of Technology - Kharagpur (IIT - Kgp) have designed 'Physically Unclonable Functions' (PUF) which are fingerprint generator circuits that can protect Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure from manipulation. ... read..


Computer bots too have fights like humans
London | Sunday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
"Benevolent bots" that are designed to improve articles on Wikipedia -- just like humans -- have online "fights" over content that can continue for years, researchers have found. ... read..


NASA's lost balloon recovered from Antarctica
New York | Saturday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
Scientists have recovered a lost football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it from Antarctica after a year of its flight. ... read..


Russian cargo craft arrives at space station (Lead)
Washington | Friday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 cargo ship docked at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said. ... read..


Spring coming sooner to Arctic due to climate change
New York | Friday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Nature's clock is running fast in the Arctic, thanks to climate change. Due to diminishing sea ice cover, spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters, ... read..


Rare luminous nebula poses cosmic puzzle
New York | Friday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Astronomers have spotted an enormous, glowing blob of gas in the distant universe, with no obvious source of power for the light it is emitting. ... read..


Space station crew await Russian cargo delivery
Washington | Friday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
With the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Thursday, the crew are now focusing on a Russian cargo delivery, which is scheduled to arrive on Friday, NASA said. ... read..


Focus on building stamina than just weight-loss: Experts
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Rather than focussing only on weight-loss and a well-toned body, one should have a holistic approach to fitness and build stamina across all areas -- running marathons, lifting weights, cycling, and performing basic daily chores, experts say. ... read..


New clues found for nuclear waste cleanup
Washington D.C. (USA) | February 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
According to a study, the research being done on the chemistry of technetium-99 has boosted the understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and can lead to better cleanup methods. ... read..


'2,500 start-ups from Smart India Hackathon'
Kolkata | Thursday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
India will get as many as 2,500 start-ups from the Smart India Hackathon 2017, a 36-hour non-stop digital programming initiative scheduled on April 1-2, an official said here on Thursday. ... read..


Are we alone in the universe? Search closes in on alien life (Second Lead)
Washington | Thursday, 2017 6:15:06 PM IST
In a remarkable step towards answering the question "Are we alone in the universe", astronomers have spotted a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets which could harbour liquid water, key to life as we know it, NASA said. ... read..


Australians create revolutionary 'barcode scanner' microscope
Canberra | Thursday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
Australian engineers have created an advanced microscope using a beefed-up "barcode scanner", which they believe will help doctors better analyse complex medical conditions such as cancer. ... read..


SpaceX cargo aborts docking at space station
Washington | Thursday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
Scientists are reworking plans for the arrival on Thursday of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft after its docking with the International Space Station was aborted early Wednesday morning, NASA said. ... read..


Google doodle celebrates discovery of seven exoplanets
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST
Google on Thursday celebrated with a doodle NASA's announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a single nearby star -- believed to be the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable worlds outside our solar s ... read..


7 Earth-size planets orbiting single star discovered (Lead)
Washington | Thursday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
In a major boost to the search for alien life outside our solar system, astronomers have spotted the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, NASA said. ... read..


NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star
Washington D.C. [USA] | February 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to ha ... read..


Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star
Washington | Thursday, 2017 1:15:04 AM IST
At least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away and each may contain liquid water and be able to sustain life, astronomers announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters here. ... read..


Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers Amity 20, 000 equipment for research initiatives
Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] | February 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Germany's Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation has handed over equipment worth 20, 000 to Amity University for accelerating research initiatives. ... read..


Separation of binary asteroid points to Planet Nine: Study
London | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Encounter with a planet beyond Pluto -- the so-called Planet Nine -- millions of years ago might have separated and pushed a binary asteroid to their current orbits, says a study. ... read..


NASA telescope finds clues to dark matter at Andromeda galaxy
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has found a signal at the centre of the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy that could be coming from dark matter, an unknown substance that makes up most of the universe, according to a study. ... read..


Computer crashed? Blame cosmic rays from outer space
New York | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:05 PM IST
When your computer crashes or your smartphone freezes, most likely you blame the manufacturer. In many instances, however, these failures may be caused by the impact of electrically charged particles generated by cosmic rays that originate outside the sol ... read..


Why there are three different layers of iron in solar system?
Washington D.C. (USA) | February 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
According to a new study, Carnegie's Stephen Elardo and Anat Shahar shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary interior can help scientists understand the period in our Solar System' ... read..


Opportunity for more sustainable energy with new hydronium-ion battery
Washington D.C. (USA) | February 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The world's first battery to use only hydronium ions as the charge carrier has been been developed by scientists. ... read..


Russia to induct largest n-icebreaker in 2019
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 12:45:06 PM IST
Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker ... read..


NASA to reveal new findings on exoplanets this week
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. ... read..


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