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2 days ago
A plant that leads to diamond deposits

New York, May 11 (IANS) A geologist has found a rare African plant that prefers to grow on diamond-bearing kimberlite rocks. The plant, identified as Pandanus candelabrum, is the first indicator species for diamond-bearing rocks, Stephen Haggerty, researcher at Florida International University in Miami, told Science magazine. The thorny, palmlike plant in Liberia grows on top of kimberli...

2 months ago
India to test flight reusable rocket soon

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) India will conduct a test flight of a reusable launch vehicle by the second quarter of this year to reduce the cost of satellite launches, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, the minister of state for department of space said the rocket's 1.5-tonne technology demonstrator would be lofted to a height of 70 km ...

7 months ago
In a first, Hawking radiation mimicked in lab settings

London, Oct 14 (IANS) Scientists have created a lab-scale imitation of a black hole that emits Hawking radiation - the particles predicted to escape black holes due to quantum mechanical effects. Such objects could one day help resolve the so-called 'black hole information paradox' - the question of whether information that falls into a black hole disappears forever, a report in the jour...

7 months ago
Scientists reveal weather map, trace water on exoplanet

Washington, Oct 10 (IANS) Using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, a team of scientists including an Indian-origin researcher has made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet's atmosphere and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b. WASP-43b is a planet the size of Jupiter b...

10 months ago
Friction and fractures inter-related, may explain earthquakes

London, July 9 (IANS) In a major breakthrough that has implications for describing the mechanics that drive earthquakes, researchers have discovered that how things break (fracture) and how things slide (friction) are closely inter-related. The findings overturning conventional wisdom stretching all the way to Leonardo da Vinci. Over 500-years-ago, da Vinci described how rough blocks...

10 months ago
Black hole trio may explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity

London, June 26 (IANS) In a major breakthrough for astronomers in their search for gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein, scientists have discovered three closely orbiting super massive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away. Examining six systems thought to contain two super massive black holes, the researchers found that one of them contained three super ma...

10 months ago
Supersonic air travel to make a comeback?

Washington, June 19 (IANS) Supersonic passenger travel may soon make a comeback thanks to NASA's efforts to define a new standard for low sonic booms. Sufficient research has been done into developing a low-boom standard for the civil aviation industry, NASA said in a statement. Lessening sonic booms - shock waves caused by an aircraft flying faster than the speed of sound - is the m...

11 months ago
NASA to test launch first supersonic vehicle for Mars

Washington, May 21 (IANS) NASA has fully assembled its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), the first supersonic saucer-shaped vehicle that could help scientists explore the surface of Mars, as it gears up for a flight test next month. The flight test is scheduled to take place at the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii June 3, the space agency announced.<...

1 year ago
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo completes test flight

Washington, Jan 11 - Virgin Galactic's space tourism vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, recorded a new high Friday on its third rocket-powered supersonic test flight. The passenger-carrying reusable space vehicle departed from Mojave Air and Space Port in California at 7.22 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on its WhiteKnightTwo mothership, which took it to the planned altitude of 14,020 metres -. At the cont...

1 year ago
Tests underway for Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

Hyderabad, Nov 20 - A series of tests are underway for India's first Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle - and this will get a boost with the wind tunnel facility coming up here. Defence Research and Development Organisation - is confident that HSTDV, which has already achieved 6.5 Mach, will achieve its aim of scramjet flight for 20 seconds. Mach is commonly used to represent...

1 year ago
'Shortcut Romeo' cooly crafted cat-and-mouse game

Film: Shortcut Romeo; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ameesha Patel and Puja Gupta; Director: Susi Ganesh; Rating; *** There are two ways of doing a full-on masala film. You either turn it on its head and poke fun at ridiculous cinematic conventions. Or you treat the stereotypical characters and sacred cows of our cinema with full seriousness. Shortcut Romeo takes the midway route. It s...

1 year ago
'Shortcut Romeo' cooly crafted cat-and-mouse game

Film: Shortcut Romeo; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ameesha Patel and Puja Gupta; Director: Susi Ganesh; Rating; *** There are two ways of doing a full-on masala film. You either turn it on its head and poke fun at ridiculous cinematic conventions. Or you treat the stereotypical characters and sacred cows of our cinema with full seriousness. Shortcut Romeo takes the midway route. It seems...

2 years ago
US aircraft flies at over five times speed of sound

Washington, May 4 - The US Air Force announced its X-51A Waverider aircraft has achieved the longest hypersonic flight in history, flying for three and a half minutes on scramjet power at more than five times the speed of sound. The final flight of the unmanned aircraft built by Boeing reached Mach 5.1 over the Pacific Ocean May 1. It travelled over 230 nautical miles in just over six minut...

2 years ago
Russia to build hypersonic missile

Moscow, Sep 20 - Russia will set up an aerospace company comprising missile makers NPO Mashinostroyenie and Tactical Missiles Corporation to develop hypersonic weapon technology, a senior minister said. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said: Initially, we are talking about a big 'super-holding' based on Tactical Missiles Corporation and NPO Mashinostroyenie. We have found an acce...

2 years ago
Iran threatens Israel

Tehran, July 2 - Iran will respond with its new indigenously built anti-radar ballistic missiles if Israel attacks the Islamic republic, the official media reported. Iran will respond if Israel ventures an attack on the Islamic republic, the IRNA news agency quoted Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of aerospace unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps -, as saying Sunday. Iran was at ...

3 years ago
Recreating planetary sounds from Mars, Venus

London, April 3 - Scientists have for the first time recreated the sound of lightning and whirlwinds from Mars and Venus and also how we would hear human voices on their surface. A team from the University of Southampton, led by professor Tim Leighton, created these sounds and that of ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon, Titan, with the help of tools and techniques of physics and math. T...

3 years ago
Army to order mountain-strike BrahMos regiment soon

New Delhi, March 31 - The Indian Army will soon place an order for a regiment of the 290-km-range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a steep dive capability for mountainous terrain, an top defence official said Saturday. BrahMos Aerospace chief Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai told a press conference at the defence exposition here that the order will be received to supply the steep dive capabili...

3 years ago
Russian-built, BrahMos-fitted frigate set for Indian Navy induction

Moscow, Dec 16 - Equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, INS Teg, a Russian-built frigate for the Indian Navy, will set sail once its Indian crew arrives and takes over the warship from the Russian Navy, well-informed sources said here Friday. INS Teg is the first of six Talwar - class frigates to be equipped with the 290-km BrahMos missiles jointly developed by India and Russia. ...

3 years ago
Nirbhay cruise missile test next year

New Delhi, Nov 16 - India will test its indigenously developed Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile in early 2012, Defence Research and Development Organisation - chief V.K. Saraswat said Wednesday. At a press conference here, Saraswat said the Nirbhay missile was going through its final integration stage. 'It is going through the final integration stage now. We will test the missile ear...

3 years ago
Work on BrahMos' hypersonic version on

Tiruchirapalli -, Oct 9 - Several Indian and Russian companies are working to develop components for the proposed hypersonic variant of Brahmos stealth missile, said a top defence official Sunday. The missile will travel at Mach 7 - seven times the speed of sound. 'A new engine has to be developed alongwith electronics and other subsystems that can withstand the vibrations. Several I...

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