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Japan-led probe to Martian moons to carry NASA instrument

Washington, Nov 21 (IANS) NASA will send an instrument to study the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos on a Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of the Red Planet planned for launch in 2024, the US space agency has said. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will shed light on one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet -- when and how the smal...

1 day ago
BRICS scientists plan nanotheranostics for simultaneous cancer diagnosis, treatment

Moscow, Nov 20 (IANS) Cancer therapy a la paintball? Three teams from BRICS countries, including Russia and India, plan to embark on a project that uses the benefits of nanotechnology to simultaneously bundle both diagnostics and therapy into one package for treating cancer just like paintball activity. Dubbed nananotheranostics' (abridged from therapy-diagnostic), this emerging advanced...

3 days ago
Magnitude-4.4 quake hits Iran-Iraq border

Tehran, Nov 18 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale on Saturday struck Iran's Kermanshah province near the Iraqi border, the same area which is still recovering from a powerful tremor last week that killed over 400 people. The quake occurred at 7.42 a.m. near the town of Ghasr Shirin at a depth of 10 km, the seismological centre of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran Un...

4 days ago
Odisha government seeks C-DAC Regional Centre

Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday requested the Centre for setting up a Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Regional Centre at Bhubaneswar. In a letter to Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Chief Minister said the establishment of the regional centre would accelerate research in high-performance computin...

5 days ago
Earth-sized planet that could host alien life found

London, Nov 16 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet outside our solar system which is expected to be temperate and could be a comfortable abode for possible life. This Earth-sized world, named Ross 128 b, is likely to have a surface temperature that may also be close to that of the Earth, according to a paper presented in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. <...

5 days ago
Five professors among Infosys Prize winners

Bengaluru, Nov 15 (IANS) Five eminent professors and a director were selected for the Infosys Prize 2017, said the software major's Science Foundation on Wednesday. A six-member jury of renowned scientists and professors selected the winners from 236 nominations received in six categories, Foundation's Board of Trustees President and Infosys co-founder K. Dinesh told reporters here. <...

6 days ago
Five professors among Infosys Prize winners

Bengaluru, Nov 15 (IANS) Five eminent professors and a director were selected for the Infosys Prize 2017, said the software major's Science Foundation on Wednesday. A six-member jury of renowned scientists and professors selected the winners from 236 nominations received in six categories, Foundation's Board of Trustees President and Infosys co-founder K. Dinesh told reporters here. <...

8 days ago
Fossil fuels pushing earth closer to tipping points, scientists warn

Bonn, Nov 13 (IANS) Global emissions from fossil fuels and industry are pushing the earth closer to a tipping points, scientists have warned. They say there is noticeable climate change and i's still about to get much worse with a future of severe flooding, heat waves and droughts. Emissions need to peak soon and approach zero by 2050 and there is a mechanism to transition to a low carbo...

9 days ago
Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high

Katihar (Bihar)/Azamgarh/New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge. Indeed, it was difficult, but thanks to Allah, due to the continuous ...

13 days ago
Heat source under Antarctica melting its ice sheet: NASA

Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) A geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies deep below West Antarctica, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet, confirms a new NASA study. The heat source may help explain why the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsed rapidly in an earlier era of rapid climate change, and why it is so unstable today, said the study p...

14 days ago
Indian telescope measures star in Taurus constellation

Bengaluru, Nov 7 (IANS) India's multi-wavelength space telescope AstroSat had measured the X-ray polarisation of the Crab pulsar (star) in the Taurus constellation, said space agency ISRO. AstroSat accomplished the difficult task of measuring X-ray polarisation of Crab pulsar in the Taurus constellation during 18-months of its study for the first time, said the Indian Space Research Orga...

15 days ago
India, South Africa tracing evolution of galaxies

Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) India and South Africa have decided to expand their foot-print in the realm of stars underpinned by strong historical ties dating back to over 100 years. Bolstering 20 years of strategic partnership between both sides, India is participating in the multi-nation Square Kilometre (SKA) - set to become the world's most powerful radio telescope. SKA will be the...

21 days ago
'Invisible glass' could solve smartphone glare problem

New York, Oct 31 (IANS) Reading a message on your smartphone under sunlight could become a lot easier as researchers have found a way to make glass antireflective, reducing reflections so much that it essentially becomes invisible. Most of today's electronics devices are equipped with glass or plastic covers for protection against dust, moisture, and other environmental contaminants, but...

22 days ago
Oldest recorded solar eclipse occurred 3,200 years ago

London, Oct 30 (IANS) Cambridge University researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on October 30, 1207 BC, is mentioned in the Bible, and could help historians to date Egyptian pharaohs. Solar eclipses are often used as a fixed point to date events in the ancient world, said Professor Colin Humphreys from Univ...

23 days ago
The philosopher who supplanted God, bested Mike Tyson by words

Philosophers are not usually distinguished for themselves seeking to curtail the scope of their sphere of activity, being lucid or admitting they were mistaken. Nor are they known for stopping crimes being committed by force of argument. But philosophy's wide realm always had exceptions, like this British thinker whose achievements include stopping Mike Tyson from forcing himself on Naomi Campbel...

25 days ago
Scientists spot comets outside our solar system

New York, Oct 27 (IANS) Scientists have detected the dusty tails of six exocomets -- comets outside our solar system -- orbiting a faint star 800 light years from Earth. These cosmic balls of ice and dust, which travelled about 160,934 kms per hour before they ultimately vapourised, are some of the smallest objects yet found outside our own solar system, according to a study published in...

28 days ago
Stephen Hawking PhD readers crash Cambridge University website

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Demand for acclaimed British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis intermittently crashed part of Cambridge University's website as physics enthusiasts flocked to read his work, the media reported on Tuesday. Hawking's 1966 thesis Properties of expanding universes was made freely available for the first time on the publications section of university...

1 month ago
Indian, Russian scientists craft gold nanostars to destroy cancer cells

Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) Scientists from India and Russia have crafted star-shaped gold nanoparticles that can selectively destroy cancer cells. These stable, inexpensive and non-toxic particles will also make it possible to detect cancer at an early stage. The development was reported by scientists from the National University of Science and Technology MISIS (NUST MISIS), Moscow, and the ...

1 month ago
Why is the Sun's atmosphere much hotter than its surface

Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that small solar flare could help explain why the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, is so much hotter than the surface. The corona is hundreds to thousands of times hotter than the Sun's visible surface, the photosphere. Because the Sun produces heat at its core, this runs counter to what one would initially expect: normally the layer c...

3 months ago
'Independence was only transfer of power; true freedom is equal access to everything for everyone'

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The nation has just celebrated Independence Day with great pomp and fervour -- but does this special occasion evoke similar sentiments among the Dalits living in the country? No, contends author Sujatha Gidla, who was born an untouchable and is now creating waves in US literary circles with a provocative memoir capturing the life of her community in India. Until ...

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