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Space DNA can help find alien life on Earth

London, Nov 27 (IANS) A unique space experiment has found that DNA has the capability to survive extreme conditions of space and re-entry into Earth's dense atmosphere - raising the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life. During the experiment, small, double-stranded DNA molecules were applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket. After the launch, space fl...

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Russian expedition aims to go 100 metres deep in Antarctic waters

Kazan (Russia), Nov 27 (IANS/TASS) An expedition to reach a depth of 100 metres in the Antarctic waters, involving divers from the Republic of Tatarstan, was launched in Russia Thursday. The expedition, organised by the Russian Geographical Society, aims to collect Antarctic water samples at a depth of 100 metres in order to study micro organisms. This would be another stage in t...

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Putin says Russia to stay out of geopolitical conflict

Moscow, Nov 27 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Russia is not a threat to any other countries, vowing that Russia will stay out of any geopolitical conflict. We are not threatening anyone and we are not going to get involved in any geopolitical gambling or intrigue, let alone conflict, Xinhua quoted Putin as saying at a conference with senior military officials in S...

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Plane freezes to ground in Russia; passengers push it to runway

Moscow, Nov 26 (IANS) Passengers of a Russian plane that froze achieved a miracle when they braved biting cold winds to push their stricken plane towards the runway. The passengers were shift workers flying south to warmer climes and their Tu-134 chartered plane froze to the ground Tuesday, with temperatures plummeting to -52 degrees Celsius, The Telegraph reported. Oil in the ai...

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Robot sheds light on Antarctic sea ice

New York, Nov 25 (IANS) Using an underwater robot built by an Indian-American scientist, a team of international researchers has developed the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice. The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) known as SeaBED provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access. The AUV has been d...

7 days ago
LiDAR laser technology discovers Roman gold mines in Spain

London, Nov 21 (IANS) With the help of a laser system called the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology that is attached to an aircraft, archaeologists discovered a vast gold mining network created by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago in Spain. Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria river valley, in Leon, the researchers also unearthed the complex hydraulics system ...

8 days ago
Northeast's traditional environmental knowledge important: Expert

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) The traditional environmental knowledge from India's northeast and northern regions, particularly the Himalayas, integrated with modern science is important for battling climate change, suggested Nobel laureate Betsy Weatherhead here Thursday. Weatherhead, an American environmental scientist with a background in ozone depletion and climate change, shared the 2007 N...

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China vows to boost capacity to explore polar regions

Beijing, Nov 20 (IANS) China has vowed to strengthen its capacity to undertake polar region expeditions, following President Xi Jinping's visit to a Chinese icebreaker in Australia. Xi boarded the icebreaker called Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, and while on the vessel, visited an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of China's polar expeditions, Xinhua reported Wednesday. He also s...

9 days ago
Russia seeks Google's help for underwater map of Arctic shelf

Moscow, Nov 18 (IANS/TASS) The Russian government Tuesday invited US internet search giant Google to create an underwater map of the Arctic shelf. Russia's ministry of natural resources said it was discussing with Google a joint project on creating a panoramic map of the Arctic shelf. We have held a meeting with the representatives of Google ... We offered them to think about one...

14 days ago
New Zealand, Germany to boost trade ties

Wellington, Nov 14 (IANS) New Zealand and German leaders Friday agreed to support efforts to increase mutual trade and investment during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Auckland. Merkel and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key released a joint statement after their meeting, Xinhua reported. The statement said they welcomed the commitment in the European Union (EU) New ...

17 days ago
31 endangered species added to UN protection list

Quito, Nov 10 (IANS/EFE) The 11th Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has ended in Quito with a decision to include 31 endangered species in its list, the executive secretary of the convention, Bradnee Chambers, said. The convention, which falls under the aegis of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), began last week with the presence of around 700 delega...

18 days ago
New database on plants to spur global research

Dublin, Nov 10 (IANS) In a move that may help scientists preserve plants better, botanists at Trinity College, Dublin have launched a database with information for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. With climate change and growing human population rapidly re-shaping plant distributions, the database called COMPADRE Plant Matrix, will foster collaborations between scientists, said...

19 days ago
Penguin-bot to study flightless birds

London, Nov 9 (IANS) French researchers have developed a baby penguin robot to get up close and personal with penguins and study their behaviour. The team from the University of Strasbourg tried about five different versions of the robots until they found the right one to study penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica. It was covered in grey fur, sported black arms, a painted black-an...

23 days ago
Ancient women manipulated male behaviour to survive wars

Washington, Nov 5 (IANS) We have gone through studies that focus on the problems warfare poses for men and how they shaped human male cognition. Now, a novel study based on traditional stories from across the world highlights how wars have affected women. According to researchers, ancestral women developed certain strategies to increase their odds of survival and their ability to manage ...

26 days ago
Meeting most of the world - Modi government's foreign policy overdrive

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Barring most of the African Union countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have met leaders of most countries of the world by the end of December 2014, pointing to the heightened stress on foreign policy by the new Indian government that took power on May 26. Modi, who set off a foreign policy buzz with invites to eight South Asian neighbours, including Pakist...

26 days ago
Russia invites India to jointly develop hydrocarbon projects

Moscow, Nov 1 (IANS/TASS) Indian companies will be able to participate in development and production of hydrocarbons in the Arctic and in East Siberia, Russia's Deputy Minister of Energy Yuri Senutin told TASS news agency Saturday. The high-ranking official participated in a meeting of a Russia-India working group on energy and energy effectiveness. For the first time ever we hav...

27 days ago
Tectonic event led to burst of animal life during Cambrian Age

New York, Nov 1 (IANS) A major tectonic event may have triggered the rise in sea level and other environmental changes that led to the Cambrian explosion, the sudden burst of animal life 530 million years ago, showed a research. The new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the Cambrian explosion that has puzzled scientists since the time of Charles Darwin. Th...

28 days ago
Antarctic ozone hole stands steady: Scientists

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The Antarctic ozone hole has reached its annual peak size and holds steady, say scientists, trying to determine if the ozone hole trend over the last decade is a result of temperature increases or chorine declines. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million sq km - an area roughly the size of North America. The single-day maximum area was similar to t...

29 days ago
Russia to ask UN to agree to Arctic borders expansion

Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Donskoy, said Wednesday that his country intends to ask the UN to allow Russia to expand its land borders in the northern Arctic region in 2015. The request will be presented to the UN in the spring of next year, as we have plans to expand Russian borders in the Arctic region, Xinhua quoted the minis...

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India to acquire polar research vessel

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Giving a boost to India's scientific research, the government Wednesday approved the acquisition of a polar research vessel for Rs.10.51 billion. The approval was given by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official release said here. The vehicle, which is an ice-breaker and research-cum-supp...

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