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Simulated Mars mission gutted in fire

London, Jan 29 (IANS) A simulated Mars mission held in the Utah desert in the US came to an abrupt end, when the research station was gutted in fire, media reported Wednesday. According to a Daily Mail report, the mission involved four astronauts living in isolation for two weeks in the hope of recreating the psychological effects of life on Mars. Instead, they had to deal with a...

2 days ago
Russia asks Indian companies to tap its natural resources

Moscow, Jan 27 (IANS/TASS) Russia has expressed its desire to draw Indian investment into developing its huge natural resources sector, seeking to move trade patterns from a long-standing supplier-consumer relationship into new economic partnership. Wishing India's Ambassador to Russia P S Raghavan Monday on the occasion of India' 66th Republic Day, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor ...

2 days ago
Ocean warming melting one of largest Antarctica glaciers

Sydney, Jan 27 (IANS/EFE) One of the largest glaciers on the planet, Totten, is melting due to ocean warming, a phenomenon that demonstrates the vulnerability of East Antarctica and its role in increasing the level of the oceans. The Totten glacier, 120 km long and 30 km wide, is one of the largest glaciers on the planet and also one of the least understood glacier systems, Steven Rintou...

7 days ago
Fish found living beneath Antarctica

Washington, Jan 22 (IANS) In a ground-breaking discovery, glacial geologists in Antarctica have discovered fish and other aquatic animals living in perpetual darkness and cold - beneath a 740 metre-thick roof of ice. The animals inhabit a wedge of seawater only 10 metres deep, sealed between the ice above and a barren, rocky seafloor below. The location is so remote and hostile t...

8 days ago
Proud to set world record, says swimmer Bhakti

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Indian open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma said Wednesday she was happy to set a world record and make her country proud. Bhakti set a world record Jan 10 by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean. Bhakti became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat, beating the record of British open water swimming champion L...

11 days ago
Travelling for work: Michael Palin's later career

The British were by no means the first travel writers, being beaten by various Greek and Arab scholars, Chinese and Japanese Buddhist monks and Venetian merchants. But they were arguably the first to begin travel for pleasure or even as a challenge! Thus it was apt that Jules Verne chose an Englishman as the hero of Around the World in Eighty Days and following Phileas Fogg's footsteps - and goin...

14 days ago
President, PM laud swimmer Bhakti for new world record

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma for setting a world record by swimming 1.4 miles (2.25 km) in 1 degree Celsius temperature in the Antarctic Ocean in 52 minutes. In his message, the president said: I am delighted to know that you have set a world record, becoming the worl...

14 days ago
Modi congratulates swimmer Bhakti for new world record

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma for setting a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in the one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean in 52 minutes. We are all very very proud of Bhakti Sharma for her accomplishments! My best wishes to her, Modi said in a statement. Bhakti Tuesday became the f...

15 days ago
Bhakti Sharma sets world record in Antarctic Ocean

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma of India set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean. Bhakti Tuesday became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat, beating the record of British open water swimming champion Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox, according to information received here....

17 days ago
China to build fifth research station in Antarctica

Shanghai, Jan 12 (IANS/EFE) The Chinese icebreaker research vessel Xuelong, which set sail in October, has begun preparations for constructing China's fifth research station in Antarctica, the Peoples Daily reported Monday. Xuelong, meaning Snow Dragon, reached the waters near Victoria Land in Antarctica Dec 26. The vessel's helicopter Xueying, meaning Snow Eagle, transported 13 ...

21 days ago
Don't be ashamed of history, Harsh Vardhan tells scientists

Hyderabad, Jan 8 (IANS) Defending a paper presented at the Indian Science Congress which claimed existence of aeroplanes in India thousands of years ago, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday asked the Indian scientific community not to be ashamed of the country's ancient history. Addressing a news conference here, the minister rejected the criticism that the Science Con...

23 days ago
Underwater drone maps ice algae in Antarctica

London, Jan 6 (IANS) An underwater drone is helping researchers map the distribution of ice algae on the underside of the sea ice in Antarctica. With the new robot technology, it is now possible to study the underside of sea ice across large distances and explore a world previously restricted to specially trained divers only. The drone was actually designed to study the sea bed a...

23 days ago
The space weather impact on Earth's atmosphere

New York, Jan 6 (IANS) In a new study that sheds light on space weather's impact on Earth, researchers have shown for the first time that plasma waves buffeting the planet's radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere. The solar system and the bulk of the universe comprises matter which is mostly in the form of a plasma. Plasma is a very hot gas i...

25 days ago
The Big Bang theory to be probed from Antarctica

New York, Jan 4 (IANS) A set of six telescopes collectively known as Spider - Sub-orbital Polarimeter for Inflation, Dust and the Epoch of Re-ionization - will circle Antarctica in a bid to observe a haze of faint, radio microwaves that envelops space. Such waves are thought to be the fading remnants of the primordial fireball in which it all started 13.8 billion years ago and the exerc...

26 days ago
Bouchard launches Australian Open bid at Hopman Cup

Perth, Jan 3 (IANS) World No.7 Eugenie Bouchard is confident her upcoming Hopman Cup appearance will give her the best chance for Grand Slam glory at the Australian Open. Bouchard enjoyed a breakout year after making her Hopman Cup debut last summer. The 20-year-old reached the semi-finals of both the Australian Open and French Open, before making a dream run to the Wimbledon final, repo...

27 days ago
Can planes be made disappearance-proof?

London, Jan 2 (IANS) The year that went by was particularly bad for the aviation industry with a plane disappearing in March, never to be found again and another going off the radar at the year-end, only to be discovered later as having crashed. However, do we have technology to make an aircraft disappearance-proof? A Canadian airline seems to have found a way to do so, according to a re...

29 days ago
Expect some big scientific breakthroughs in 2015

Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) While 2014 saw some marvellous discoveries like 3D-printed body parts and scientific breakthroughs like comet landing, 2015 too holds a great future for science, reports the prestigious journal Nature. The first big news is expected to come with the reboot of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in March after a two-year shutdown. The machine at CERN, Europe...

1 month ago
Russia at risk of "deep recession", says Medvedev

Moscow, Dec 24 (IANS/EFE) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the country stares at a deep recession and accused some countries of deliberately hindering Russia's economic progress, alluding to the West. Setting too modest goals creates a risk of falling into a deeper recession than what otherwise would be the case, Medvedev said during a meeting Tuesday with senior of...

1 month ago
Martian rock reveals new clues about Earth's history

New York, Dec 23 (IANS) A new analysis of a Martian rock has revealed a record of our planet's climate billions of years ago when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever formed there might have emerged. Minerals within the meteorite hold a snapshot of the planet's ancient chemistry of interactions between water and atmosphere, said Robina Shaheen, project scientist ...

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Russia vows to retaliate against US, Canadian sanctions

Moscow, Dec 21 (IANS) Russia vowed to take retaliatory measures against fresh US and Canadian sanctions, calling the moves an evidence that the West lacks interest in settling the Ukraine crisis. The United States and Canada still cannot put up with the results of free declaration of will in Crimea and Sevastopol, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Saturday in ...

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