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Flower in space

Remember how in the Hollywood film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney grows potatoes on Mars to survive on the Red Planet? While that’s still a sci-fi achievement, here’s a bit of real life news that’ll leave you quite impressed. Astronauts in space have managed to grow the first ever flower in zero gravity. Read More »

Japanese astronomers discovers Black hole in Milky way

A team of Japanese astronomers has discovered an enigmatic gas cloud just 200 light years away from the centre of the Milky Way that can be the possible missing link in the black hole evolution.This may be the first detection of an intermediate mass black hole (IMBH).Astronomers already know about two sizes of black holes: stellar-mass black holes, formed after ... Read More »

Ancient giant crocodile discovered in Sahara

Paleontologists searching far and wide in Tunisia made a discovery of massive proportions: the world’s largest sea-dwelling crocodile, previously unknown to science, The Washington Post newspaper reports.This prehistoric crocodile is believed to have measured more than 30 feet long and weighed three tons. The skull alone is more than five feet long.Researchers reportedly named the new species the Machimosaurus rex ... Read More »

NASA finds 100 new alien planets

NASA’s planet-hunting revamped Kepler mission has found more than 100 confirmed planets orbiting other stars. The information about the planets, some of which are very different from what the spacecraft observed during its original mission, was shared by University of Arizona’s Ian Crossfield at a conference of the American Astronomical Society, National Geographic reported.According to the report, many newly-found planets ... Read More »

Solar-powered hearing aids in Brazil

Over 360 million people around the world suffer from disabling hearing loss, with the majority living in low and middle-income countries. And while hearing aids can make a big difference, the reality is that globally only 10 percent of those who need the devices actually have access to them. Read More »

‘Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional car’

By David Shepardson Washington – Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released on Friday by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows. The study was commissioned by Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, which has reported a series of minor crashes involving its self-driving fleet. It looked only at Google’s ... Read More »

China begins 5G research

China’s ministry of industry and information technology (MIIT) began to research and test 5G technology with the aim of commercialising it by 2020, the media reported.”The purpose of the research and test is to support the formulation of global 5G standards and boost the development of the telecom industry,” said Cao Shumin, head of a 5G R&D team under the ... Read More »

Why real King Kong became extinct

The largest ape to roam Earth died out 100,000 years ago because it failed to tuck into savannah grass after climate change hit its preferred diet of forest fruit, scientists suggest.Gigantopithecus — the closest Nature ever came to producing a real King Kong — weighed five times as much as an adult man and probably stood three metres (nine feet) ... Read More »

New elements in Periodic Table

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has formally added four new chemical elements to the periodic table, report the BBC and the Guardian.Discovered by scientists in Japan, Russia and America, elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have finally completed the scheme’s seventh row.No other elements were added in the table since the inclusion of elements 114 and 116 ... Read More »

Pre-historic animal shell found in Argentina

A passer-by on Christmas Day found a meter-long shell on a riverbank in Argentina which may be from a glyptodont, a prehistoric kind of giant armadillo, experts said Tuesday.A local man thought the black scaly shell was a dinosaur egg when he saw it lying in the mud, his wife Reina Coronel told AFP.Her husband Jose Antonio Nievas found the ... Read More »

Monkeys knew to sing

Ancient monkeys used auditory cues similar to humans to distinguish between low and high sound notes, say researchers, adding that pitch perception may have evolved more than 40 million years ago to enable vocal communication and song-like vocalisations.Pitch perception is essential to our ability to communicate and make music. “But until now, we didn’t think any animal species, including monkeys, ... Read More »

Hydra can live forever

Is there a creature that can defeat death? Yes, says new research that confirmed that the tiny hydra – a centimetre-long polyp that inhabits fresh water all over the world – does not show any sign of deteriorating with age and, if kept in ideal conditions, may just live forever.Hydra could live in ideal conditions without showing any sign of ... Read More »

Space robots trained with virtual reality

NASA is training space robots with Virtual Reality (VR) where the operators are using Sony’s PlayStation VR to control a “humanoid” in the space environment.Part of “Mighty Morphenaut” project, the PlayStation VR lets the operator make decisions by taking into account the robot’s environment and the robot will then respond accordingly, ubergizmo.com reported.However given the distances involved, the project counters ... Read More »

Paris climate deal paves way for further science

Paris – A deal to reduce global emissions and help the world adapt to climate change was signed in Paris on 12 December — with earlier concerns that science would be ignored allayed by new promises. The agreement, signed by 195 countries, states the “aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible”. Nations will cut ... Read More »

N.Korea criticises anthrax experiment by USFK

Ha-young Choi Pyongyang’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Monday criticized use of anthrax in South Korea, which was revealed by a joint ROK-U.S. joint working group’s (JWG) investigation last Thursday. Repeating its allegations of biological warfare during the Korean War, the newspaper blamed the U.S. for the “criminal activity.” It also criticized Seoul’s position. “Conducting biological weapons experiments randomly, with ... Read More »

Okayama University innovate new technique to remove of strontium from waste water

International Desk Toshiro Ono and colleagues at Okayama University have developed an effective system for removing strontium 90 from aqueous solution based on the hydroxyapatite (HAP) column procedure. The researchers are hopeful that their HAP column technique could be useful for removing strontium 90 from wastewater as well as natural water in the environment. Large amounts of radioactive nuclides were ... Read More »

‘Sail-backed’ dinosaur roamed in Spain

Along a lush river delta in what is now northeastern Spain, a herd of dinosaurs munched on ferns and conifers similar to modern-day cypresses 125 million years ago.These creatures stood out from the others in this Cretaceous Period landscape by virtue of the unusual sail-like structure on their backs, and experts today can only hypothesise about its function.Scientists announced on ... Read More »

Why Neanderthals’ faces different than us

The Neanderthals, who appeared about 200,000 years ago, are quite distinct from modern humans in the manner in which their faces grow, finds a new study.The results add to an old but important debate concerning the separation of these two groups.“This is an important piece of the puzzle of evolution. Some have thought that Neanderthals and humans should not be ... Read More »

NASA shares more close up photos of Pluto

The US space agency has released a series of sharp Pluto snapshots, billing them as the best close-ups of the dwarf planet we may see for decades.On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons became the first spacecraft to pass by Pluto, offering scientists unprecedented insight.Previously released high-resolution images from that historic flyby have revealed unparalleled geographical variety on the planet, from ... Read More »

Scientists found the key to painless life

Scientists at University College London (UCL) have found the recipe for painlessness in a study that used genetically modified mice to show a channel responsible for allowing pain signals to pass along nerve cell membranes is vital to feel agony.In 2006, it was shown that sodium channel Nav1.7 is important for signalling in pain pathways and people born with non-functioning ... Read More »

NASA launches US cargo ship on Sunday

High winds in Florida have pushed to Sunday Orbital ATK’s launch of its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station, the latest in a series of delays due to weather.The next launch bid will begin at 4:44 pm (2144 GMT) on Sunday, with the opening of a 30-minute launch window, NASA said.Strong winds also delayed Friday’s attempt, and ... Read More »

Japanese scientist stripped of doctorate

A Japanese university has revoked a doctoral degree awarded to a young researcher embroiled in a scandal that has rocked the scientific establishment.Haruko Obokata, 32, drew intense media scrutiny after failing to reproduce the results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells.Last year Waseda University told her to correct her thesis, which it says contained ... Read More »

Astronomers see planet still growing

Astronomers have taken the first images of a planet still in formation, a discovery expected to shed light on how giant planets manage to beef up early in their lives, research published on Wednesday showed.Astronomers used a telescope in Arizona to peer at a young star located about 450 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.The star, known as LkCa 15, ... Read More »

Flowers to bloom in space!

After having a sumptuous feast of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce grown in space, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are set to witness flowers blooming on the orbiting laboratory after the New Year. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren has activated the “Veggie” plant growth system and its rooting “pillows” containing Zinnia seeds on the space station.Zinnia is a genus of ... Read More »

Most distant object in solar system found

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious dwarf planet that is three times farther away than Pluto and believed to be the most distant object in our solar system.The discovery of the dwarf planet known as V774104 was announced Tuesday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society near the US capital and could indicate the presence of more rogue planets in ... Read More »

Solar winds stripped life on Mars: NASA

In a first, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has revealed the process that may have played a key role in turning the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment supporting life to a cold, arid planet today.MAVEN is the first mission devoted to understanding how the sun might have influenced atmospheric changes on the Red ... Read More »

Fossil sheds light on ape evolution

The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apesScientists on Thursday announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, fruit-eating female ape that lived in a warm, wet forested region teeming with animals including elephant relatives, rhinos ... Read More »

Electric eels innovative in subduing hapless prey

When it comes to unleashing their trademark zaps, electric eels employ an impressive and sophisticated set of tactics.A study unveiled on Wednesday detailed how these dangerous denizens of the muddy waterways of South America’s Amazon and Orinoco basins can double the voltage of their jolts by curling their serpentine bodies to adjust the position of the positive and negative poles ... Read More »

Absence of big mammals foils ecosystem fertilisation

You can call it the fertilisation cessation, and scientists say it has had a disruptive effect on ecosystems around the world.A study unveiled on Monday showed that the extinction or precipitous population declines of large land and sea mammals starting at the end of the last Ice Age and continuing through today has deprived ecosystems of a vital source of ... Read More »

Gene that triggers sepsis identified

Opening the door for the development of new treatment of the lethal disease sepsis, scientists have identified a gene that triggers the inflammatory condition.Sepsis is a severe whole-body infection that occurs as a complication to an existing infection, and if not treated quickly can lead to septic shock and multiple organ failure, with death rates as high as 50 percent.”This ... Read More »