Doomsday vault for ‘good’ germs

The decline in microbial diversity has been dramatic in the last 50-70 years

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe nears interstellar space 41 years on, detects increase in cosmic rays

Voyager 2 probe is approaching interstellar space and has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system, the US space agency said.

Book review: Ramachandra Guha’s ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World’

A book that reveals the many shades of the Mahatma, the people associated with him and the making of an independent India.

Book review: Deborah Baker’s ‘The Last Englishman’

A unique retelling of the endmost years of British governance in India.

Book review: Veera Hiranandani’s ‘The night diary’

An epistolary novel on one of the greatest divisions of our times.

Long Night of Literature: From war to cultural osmosis – writers from Europe share divergent views

Launched in 2015, Long Night of LiteratureS is an initiative supported by the European Union.

What you need know before taking a sip of Australian Wine

Well—and especially since I’m making a case for Australian wines here today—for a country/continent/island that is many times bigger than western and central Europe combined, it is quite a poor

Here is how to sleep well during festive season

The festive season is just a couple of days away, and it will bring along a lot of travel and parties, which can disturb sleep pattern. Ensure you get your dose of sound sleep.

Zika virus outbreak: Central team sent to Jaipur after 8 more people test positive for Zika infection

A five-member central team has been sent to Jaipur to review the situation and formulate a strategy to contain the outbreak of Zika virus in the Rajasthan capital after eight more persons, including t

Vitamin D supplements may not boost bone health, says Lancet study

The researchers say that clinical guidelines that continue to recommend vitamin D supplementation for bone health should be changed to reflect the best available evidence.

Parker Solar Probe completes first Venus flyby, says NASA

A flyby of Venus at a distance of about 2,415 kilometres was successfully completed during its first gravity assist from the planet, according to the US space agency.

Weight loss drug effective for diabetes remission: Study

Intake of lorcaserin -- a weight-loss drug -- can help decrease risk for diabetes, induce diabetes remission as well as reduce the risk of diabetes complications in obese and overweight patients, a st

Antibiotic may may kill dangerous skin cancer cells, says study

The research, published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, found the drug, called nifuroxazide, showed promise for complementing existing melanoma therapies.

Feel sleepy during office hours? Study shows daytime naps help gain better insight

A short bout of sleep during the day may help weigh up pros and cons and gain insight before making a challenging decision, according to a study.

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru’s Terminal 2 to be constructed by L&T Construction

Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) has awarded the contract for the construction of Terminal 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) to the Building & Factories Business

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a ra

IBM scientists work on new architecture to help computers handle Artificial Intelligence data better

Scientists at IBM are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence (AI).

Tracking indoor air quality can help mitigate home pollution, finds study

Researchers built a series of portable air quality monitors with Wi-Fi and connected them to a server. Three sensors were placed in each of six homes from four to 11 months in 2017 and 2018.

First known exomoon may have been discovered, says study

Astronomers using Hubble and Kepler space telescopes have found compelling evidence for the existence of the first known moon outside our solar system, orbiting a gas-giant planet 8,000 light-years aw

Indians spend more time watching online videos than TV, reveals survey

The findings showed that viewers in the Philippines watch the most online video at eight hours, 46 minutes each week, followed closely by India and the US at nearly 8.5 hours of viewing each week.

MedAchievers partners with Venture India to launch $100 million healthcare fund

Healthcare platform MedAchievers Wednesday said it has partnered with business consultancy firm Venture India to launch a USD 100 million fund 'MedAchievers Connect' to fund cutting-edge research in h

Black holes ruled out as universe’s missing dark matter, finds study

After the detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes in 2015, astronomers held out hope that dark matter might consist of a plenitude of black holes sprinkled throughout the universe.

Crash diets linked to more belly fat, less muscle, says study

If you are planning to take up extreme dieting or crash diets to cut that extra flab, think twice. According to a study, crash dieting would result in more belly fat and less muscle.

Are you game to be a Park Ranger? Then get to Phillip Island

A new mobile game gives kids the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and take on the role of a Ranger on Victoria’s wildlife island

Deep space travel may damage astronaut’s gut functions

The gastrointestinal tract is a self-renewing tissue with continuous cell division/proliferation. The mucosal (top) layer of cells is replaced every three to five days through coordinated migration o

Cataracts linked to higher bone loss, fracture risk, study suggests

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, revealed that the diagnosis of cataracts was associated with a 29 per cent increased risk of developing osteoporosis or fract

This algorithm may help find new antibiotics, cancer drugs, says report

In just a week, running on 100 computers, the algorithm, called Dereplicator+, identified over 5,000 promising, unknown compounds that merit further investigation, said Hosein Mohimani, an assistant p

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