Science

NASA turns to students to design 3D printed expandable objects

To celebrate the arrival of the first expandable habitat to the ISS and the launch of the first commercial 3D printer to space, the ASME Foundation and NASA have issued a brand new Future Engineers ch

Is planet Earth in ‘quake mode’? Concerned experts watch closely

Certain "high risk zones" around the world do require a close watch, geophysicists now believe after a spate of high-intensity earthquakes rattled different parts of the world and reignited the questi

Like humans, Neanderthals used toothpicks too: study

Scientists have found evidence that Neanderthals, the extinct cousins of modern humans, may have used toothpicks to remove food out of their teeth, just like us.

Heat stress to ‘cripple’ densely populated regions by mid-century

Extreme heat can be fatal and now, a team of researchers has projected crippling heat stress in densely populated regions by mid-century.

Fossil fuels could be phased out globally in just 10 yrs

Burning of fossil fuels is very concerning, but now a team of researchers has suggested that the worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels could be phased out in just 10 years.

Electrical brain stimulation enhances creativity: Study

Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Centre (GUMC) in US used Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to stimulate an area of the brain known to be associated with creativity in c

Jupiter’s moon creates enough heat to support ocean: Study

Jupiter exerts a strong gravitational pull on Europa, creating far more heat on the moon's ice-sheet than earlier thought, which may be enough to support a sub-surface ocean, a new study suggests.

Supernova iron discovered on Earth’s Moon

This supernova hypothesis was first put forth in 1999 by researchers at the TUM who had found initial evidence in a deep-sea crust.

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Saturn probe detects interstellar dust

Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004, studying the giant planet, its rings and its moons. The spacecraft has also sampled millions of ice-rich dust grains with its cosmic dust analyser i

Scientists: Greenland ice sheet is melting freakishly early

Greenland's massive ice sheet this week started melting freakishly early because of a weather system that brought unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, scientists say.

This new roundworm species from India is ‘unique’

The unique features and blending characters have made a new roundworm species from India a distinct yet intermediary or connecting link between two supposedly distant genera, according to a study.

New ‘self-powered’ smart skin helps robots get ‘touchy’

Smart skin technology helps robots sense the world, but keeping them powered up and highly sensitive at low cost has been a challenge. Now, a team of scientists has come up with a self-powered, transp

Barack Obama praises young Indian-American science wizards

Maya Varma from California and Anarudh Ganesan from Maryland won various science competitions, thus qualifying for the sixth White House Science Fair.

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Sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure drove ancient humans to marriage, monogamy

According to a study, the root of marriage can be traced back to nothing romantic, rather it may have been started just to avoid sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

Intelsat signs up for Orbital’s satellite life-extension service

Intelsat SA will be the first customer for Orbital ATK Inc's new service that will use robotic vehicles to fix damaged satellites in space, the companies said on Tuesday.

Sunshine’s droppings could shed light on panda diet mystery

Britain's only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are taking part in an experiment to find out whether the famously faddy breed really does only eat shoots and leaves.

Human-like robots to soon treat social disorders

A team from European universities created a system to enable a robot or computer avatar to interact with a patient while playing a version of the mirror game, in which two players try to copy each oth

Billionaire Yuri Milner bids another $100 mn to explore the cosmos

Billionaire Internet investor Yuri Milner announced another $100 million initiative on Tuesday to better understand the cosmos, this time by deploying thousands of tiny spacecraft to travel to our nea

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Chip paves way for deeper understanding of black holes

A breakthrough chip for the nano-manipulation of light has pioneered new paths for developing next generation optical technologies and enabling deeper understanding of black holes.

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship arrives at ISS with inflatable space habitat

SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, carrying an experimental inflatable space habitat that might be crucial for future deep space explorations.

NASA pioneering programme: Indian-origin scientist Ratnakumar Bugga selected

An Indian-origin scientist's proposal has been selected for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme -- an initiative that invests in transformative architectures through the development o

SpaceX launches inflatable space habitat to ISS

US space firm SpaceX resumed its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, carrying aboard an experimental inflatable space habitat that might be crucial for future deep spa

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft enters emergency mode

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that hunts for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, has gone into emergency mode some 75 million miles from Earth, the US space agency said.

NASA selects Indian-origin researcher for innovative concept

NASA has selected 13 proposals, including one by an Indian-origin scientist, through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a programme aimed at revolutionising future space missions to Mars an

North-pole had ice-free summers 6 to 10 million years ago: Study

The central Arctic was completely ice-free during summers some six to 10 million years ago and the sea-surface temperature reached four to nine degrees Celsius, a new study has found.

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New mathematical models predict where to find fossils

Scientists have built a series of mathematical models to determine the areas in Australia most likely to contain fossils of long-extinct animals.

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Giant black hole found in an unlikely place

The near-record breaking black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, was discovered in the centre of a galaxy, in a sparsely populated area of the universe.

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