Thursday, April 27, 2017

India's proposed coal plants could imperil global climate goals
New York | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:11 PM IST
The world is unlikely to meet global climate goals if India carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, new research warns. ... read..

Google Doodle marks Cassini's first 'Grand Finale' dive
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
As the Cassini spacecraft starts its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, Google has marked the occasion with an animated Doodle. ... read..

China launches second aircraft carrier
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
China launched on Wednesday its second aircraft carrier in a Dalian shipyard in Liaoning province, an official said. ... read..

India's outsized coal plans put Paris climate goals at risk
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, according to University of California, Irvine and CoalSwarm researchers. ... read..

NASA looks at newly formed Tropical Depression 3W in 3-D
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Tropical Depression 03W formed in the Pacific Ocean west of Guam on April 24, 2017, and data from the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite was used to look at the storm in 3-D. ... read..

Wax worm may answer problem of plastic waste
London | Tuesday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
A solution to the global problem of plastic waste is in sight as researchers have discovered that the larva of wax worm has the ability to degrade plastic -- which is incredibly resistant to breaking down. ... read..

IIITM-K develops app for coffee growers
Thiruvananthapuram | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
State owned Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) on Tuesday launched an application to provide soil nutrient information and fertiliser recommendation for coffee plantation owners. ... read..

NASA's Cassini probe completes final Titan flyby
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet. ... read..

Researchers relate extreme weather to global warming
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In the past, scientists typically avoided linking individual weather events to climate change, citing the challenges of teasing apart human influence from the natural variability of the weather. But that is changing. ... read..

Jackfruit seeds could substitute cocoa beans to make chocolate
Bengaluru | Tuesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
New research has found that the seeds of jackfruit -- a large fruit found in many tropical countries -- are a potentially low-cost substitute for cocoa beans, the primary ingredient of chocolate. ... read..

NASA's super pressure balloon takes off from Wanaka
Wellington | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
After several unsuccessful attempts, NASA finally launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, on Tuesday. ... read..

Ahmedabad surgeon performs India's 1st robotic surgery
Ahmedabad (Guajarat) [India] | April 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A unique robotic surgical procedure, said to be the first of its kind performed in India and third in the world, was recently performed by a doctor at Sterling Hospitals on a 37-year old patient to relieve him of acute pain caused by a rare condition of M ... read..

Chemistry research in India 'still not in big league'
Kolkata | Monday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Despite an increase in research output and international collaboration, chemistry research, "the central science", in India is "still not in the big league", an analysis has revealed. ... read..

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks US spaceflight record
Washington | Monday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Commander of the International Space Station's Expedition 51 crew, Peggy Whitson officially set the US record on Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days. ... read..

Material tougher, more conductive than copper developed
New York | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Researchers have developed thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness about 50 times higher than copper films, currently being used in electronics. ... read..

Cold weather, fewer sun hours increase alcoholic cirrhosis
London | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
People in colder and less sunny regions of the world have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking which results in irreversible scarring of the liver, scientists have found. ... read..

Opt for stairs, not soda, to feel more energised at work
New York | Sunday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Researchers have found that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a regular pace is more likely to make you feel energised than ingesting 50 milligrams of caffeine -- about the equivalent to the amount in a can of soda. ... read..

Nano-technology will soon make GM obsolete: M.S. Swaminathan
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
Noted agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan, hailed as the mentor of the Green Revolution that saw India achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain, feels GM technology, which has generated much heat in the country, will soon become "obsolete" with the adven ... read..

This 3-D skin printer can heal severe burns faster
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A newly-developed method for using a modified printer that covers wounds with healthy skin cells can make the traditional burn treatment a history. ... read..

Now you can 3D print glass
London | Sunday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
A team of engineers has developed a process by which it is now possible to 3D print complex forms of glass. ... read..

Earth Day-2017: Students, environmentalists, MNCs join chorus to save planet (Roundup)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
The 48th Earth Day celebrations on Saturday saw participation from school children in awareness drives, campaigns in social media, emotional appeals from MNCs and a request from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep the planet clean and green. ... read..

Model to up efficiency of high-power batteries developed
New York | Saturday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
A team of scientists has developed a method to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices and, at the same time, decrease their size. ... read..

Indonesian hobbits not related to modern human ancestor: Study
Sydney | Saturday, 2017 2:45:06 PM IST
Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus - an ancestor to modern humans - as has been widely believed, a study says. ... read..

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting lab
Beijing | Saturday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
China's first spacecraft, the Tianzhou-1, docked successfully with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Centre. ... read..

Researchers map America's changing racial diversity
New York | Saturday, 2017 12:45:06 PM IST
Researchers in the US have created a digital map to track the changing racial diversity of every neighbourhood in the country. ... read..

Do your bit, save the planet: Google's Earth Day Doodle (Lead)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
Eat less meat, opt for carpooling, and unplug unused electronic devices -- do your bit and make a huge difference to saving Earth, suggests Google's Earth Day Doodle on Saturday. ... read..

Do your bit, save the planet: Google's Earth Day Doodle
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Do your bit and make a huge difference to saving Earth, the only known object in the universe known to harbour life, suggests Google's Earth Day Doodle on Saturday. ... read..

Over 200 to join 'March for Science' in India
Kolkata | Friday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Joining people in over 500 cities across the world, Coimbatore in India will "stand up for science" in the world's first ever March for Science on Saturday. ... read..

Female scientists overrepresented on Twitter: Study
New York | Friday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Compared to their scholarly publishing, women scientists are over-represented on the microblogging site Twitter compared to male scientists, research has found. ... read..

Just when you thought brain games made you smarter
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
You may want to be skeptical of ads declaring you can rev up your brain's performance by challenging it with products from the growing brain-training industry, according to a recent study. ... read..

Turns out, you can 'point out' a man's education
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Knowing a man's education is as simple as looking at his fingers, according to a recent study. ... read..

Accomplished female scientists often overlooked
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Turns out, gender gap still exists in the STEM fields-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. ... read..

Indian scientists find new ways to detect 'naked singularity'
Mumbai | Friday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
In a significant find, a team of scientists from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) here has found novel ways to detect a bare or naked "singularity" - the most extreme object in the universe. ... read..

Sea snail venom offers possibilities of designing human ailments drugs
Port Blair [India] | April 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In a first of its kind study, peptides, from the venom of cone snails, have been identified that opens up possibilities of drug research for several human ailments. ... read..

Winds halt NASA's balloon launch attempt yet again
Wellington | Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
High surface winds scuttled NASA's sixth attempt at launching a stadium-sized super pressure balloon from Wanaka in New Zealand on Friday, the media reported. ... read..

Antarctica's biodiversity 'falling between the cracks'
Washington D.C. [USA] | April 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been debunked. ... read..

China launches first cargo spacecraft
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 6:45:33 PM IST
China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province, authorities said. ... read..

Soyuz spacecraft carrying new crew members to ISS blasts off
Washington | Thursday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying two crew members for the International Space Station blasted off on Thursday from a launch facility on Kazakhstan, NASA has said. ... read..

New exoplanet may be best place to look for alien life (Lead)
London | Thursday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
A rocky exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star 40 light-years from the Earth may be the best place scientists have found so far to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System, say astronomers who discovered it. ... read..

Trump to make Earth-to-space call on April 24
Washington | Thursday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump will make a special Earth-to-space call from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station on April 24, NASA has said. ... read..

Cassini set for final close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan
Washington | Thursday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's largest moon Titan on April 21, NASA has said. ... read..

Scientists discover super-Earth that could harbour life
London | Thursday, 2017 7:45:04 AM IST
An international team of astronomers has discovered a so-called "super-Earth" that could contain liquid water, a situation that would make it a very good candidate for harbouring life. ... read..

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