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World’s beaches eroding in protected marine areas, says NASA

The world's sandy shorelines are declining in protected marine areas which could threaten plant and animal species and cultural heritage sites, a global survey of beaches with satellite data from NASA

In a first, scientists satellite collar a dhole – a species on verge of extinction

In a first, wildlife scientists have collared a dhole, the Indian wild dog, with a satellite transmitter to understand the ecology of this endangered species that is considered as important as tigers

NASA new mini satellite to peer into Milky Way’s halo

A tiny NASA satellite has been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) that will help scientists search for the universe's missing matter by studying X-rays from the 'halo' of hot gas surr

Scientists discover twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter

Scientists have discovered twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total number of natural satellites circling around the king of planets to a whopping 79.

Indian-origin researchers big discovery in US: Plants may soon create own fertiliser from thin air

It may soon be possible to engineer plants that develop their own fertiliser by using atmospheric nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis, according to Indian-origin researchers in the US.

Bad mood may help your brain with everyday tasks, says study

Being in a bad mood can help some people's executive functioning, such as their ability to focus attention, manage time and prioritise tasks, according to a study.

Britain announces its first ever spaceship launch site

Britain's space sector took one giant leap when the site of its first vertical launch spaceport was announced.

World’s first? IIT Madras unveils remotely operable LEAP microscope – All you need to know about Rs 40 cr miscroscope

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras today launched a Rs 40 crore remotely operable miscroscope, claimed to be the world's first of its kind, that would enable precise view of atoms of a material

There may be more than a quadrillion tonnes of diamond hidden 100 miles below the surface of the Earth

There may be more than a quadrillion tonnes of diamond hidden 100 miles below the surface of the Earth, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached, according to a study.

Novel technique allows robots to play teammates to soldiers

Scientists have developed a new technique that allows robots to autonomously navigate in different environments and carry out actions a soldier would expect from a team mate on the battlefield.

Creating job opportunities from e-waste: India-born Australian scientist Veena Sahajwalla shows the way

The effective management and disposal of electronic waste, or e-waste -- the innards and shells of dumped smartphones, desktops, laptops and printers, among other things -- is a massive modern-day cha

Century’s longest lunar eclipse on July 27-28 with a totality duration of 1 hr 43 mins – Top things to know

A total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27-28 with a totality duration of 1 hour 43 minutes, the longest in this century, the Ministry of Earth Sciences said today.

Rare double asteroid orbiting each other discovered by NASA

An asteroid discovered last year is actually two objects, each about 900 metres in size and orbiting each other, new observations by three of the world's largest radio telescopes have revealed.

NASA telescope to inspect atmospheres of gas giant exoplanets

The telescope, a scientific successor to Hubble Space Telescope, is expected to launch in March 2021.

Gravitational waves could reveal how fast universe is expanding

Gravitational waves emitted by a rare system - a hugely energetic pairing of a spiralling black hole and a neutron star - can be used to determine the Hubble constant, which describes the rate at whic

Did NASA probe burn up organic molecules on Mars 40 years ago?

It may sound a bit bizarre but a NASA probe may have accidentally destroyed organic molecules found on the surface of Mars more than 40 years ago.

New treatment found to regenerate cardiac muscles after heart attack

Scientists have found a potential treatment that can help regenerate cardiac tissues after a heart attack, and could help prevent the onset of heart failure in patients.

Scientists discover world’s oldest colours from Sahara desert in Africa

Scientists have discovered the oldest colours in the geological record - 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa.

Savoury foods may help promote healthy eating, says study

Consuming savory foods can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity, a study has found.

NASA prepares to extract data as Kepler space telescope runs ‘very low’ on fuel

The US space agency has placed the spacecraft in a no-fuel-use safe mode to save the remaining fuel so that data extraction can be completed, NASA said on Friday.

NASA solar probe gets ‘revolutionary’ heat shield

Ahead of its August launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe -- the mission aiming to get closest to the Sun than ever by any human-made object -- has got its "revolutionary" heat shield permanently attached

Cosmic collision with ‘Sausage’ galaxy reshaped Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered an ancient cosmic collision with an object, dubbed the "Sausage" galaxy, that reshaped the structure of the Milky Way galaxy.

Albert Einstein’s gravity theory passes extreme test, says study

Albert Einstein's insights into gravity hold true even in one of the most extreme scenarios the universe can offer, according to a study.

Artificial intelligence network made of DNA can identify ‘molecular handwriting’

Scientists have developed a neural network using DNA, which can correctly identify numbers encoded in molecules using machine learning, an advance that may pave the way for biological machines with ar

ISRO tests crew escape system for human spaceflight

In its aim towards human spaceflight, Indian space agency ISRO on Thursday carried out the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system.

Cosmic rays from massive star system may reach Earth, says NASA

Eta Carinae - the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years - is accelerating particles to high energies, some of which may reach Earth as cosmic rays, a study using data from

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Signing up for the study will get you a 10-day stay in the hotel, which boasts such amenities as six leather recliners in front of a flat-screen TV, private bathrooms, internet and around-the-clock nu

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