Science

Novel ‘bionic mushrooms’ can produce electricity

Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have created a bionic device that generates green power by 3D-printing clusters of cyanobacteria on an ordinary white button mushroom.

Mars InSight landing site may look like a stadium parking lot

Elysium Planitia, the site chosen for the November 26 landing of NASA's InSight mission to Mars, is so plain that it may very well look like a stadium parking lot, the US space agency has said.

United Nations says earth’s ozone layer is healing

Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report has said.

Artificial Intelligence will match human intelligence by 2062: Expert

In less than 50 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will match humans on traits like adaptability, creativity and emotional intelligence, an expert has predicted.

NASA grants $7 million for new life detection

NASA has awarded nearly $7 million for a fresh interdisciplinary project to detect new, non-Earth-like life on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn's icy moons.

India’s first 3D printed house may be build within a year

The start-up called Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions aspires to completely automate construction, including placement of reinforcements and finishing, by re-envisioning the construction process.

NASA detects smiley in new galaxy

On Saturday, it posted an image on its Instagram handle that showed two yellow orbs above an arc of light -- painting a smiley face in space.

First moon walk’s commemorative plaque sold for $468,500

A commemorative plaque brought to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission went under the hammer for USD 468,500 in Texas, as part of a huge collection that once belonged to late astronaut Neil Armstrong, au

Artificial Intelligence system decodes causes of religious conflict

PTIScientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can help better understand what triggers religious violence.

Ultralight ‘supermaterial’ made using plastic bottle waste

Scientists have developed a way to convert plastic bottle waste into flexible and durable aerogels that could be used for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and as a lightweig

South Africans make bricks from human urine

South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a product

India’s first indigenous microprocessor launched by IIT-Madras

According to IIT-M, the product would assist the defence, nuclear power and government agencies in reducing the threat from systems infected with back-doors and hardware Trojans.

NASA’s Dawn mission to asteroid belt ends

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending an 11-year-old historic mission to explore the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres, the US space agency said.

China launches new high-orbit satellite to boost its global navigation system

China on Friday successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).

World’s last wilderness may vanish due to human activity: Study

The world's last wilderness areas are rapidly disappearing due to human activities, according to a study which found that between 1993 and 2009 an area larger than India was lost to settlement, farmin

Indian, US satellites find black hole that spins near maximum possible rates

Scientists using data from India's first dedicated astronomy satellite, AstroSat, and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found that a black hole in the binary star system 4U 1630-47 spins close t

‘China successfully conducts vertical landing test of space rocket’

China has successfully carried out a vertical landing test of a carrier rocket which will promote the development of a reusable space transportation system, official media reported Thursday.

NASA bids goodbye to planet-hunting Kepler space telescope

NASA has decided to retire its Kepler space telescope that discovered more than 2,600 planets and ran out of fuel needed for further science operations.

NASA Parker Solar Probe breaks record for closest approach to Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has clinched the record for closest approach to the Sun by a man-made object, the US space agency said.

Dwarf galaxy close to Milky Way dying from loss of energy, says study

A dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way called the Small Magellanic Cloud is slowly dying from gradual loss of energy to form stars, said a study by Australian astronomers published on Tuesday.

NASA sets world record with its “supersonic parachute” for the Mars 2020 mission

NASA has created a world record with its "supersonic parachute" for the Mars 2020 mission that survived 37,000 kg load and was deployed in just four-tenths of a second -- twice the speed of sound.

To check pollution, scientists produce ‘environment friendly’ crackers

Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed "environment friendly" firecrackers which produce 30-35 per cent less particulate matter, Science and Technology

Hubble space telescope returns to science operations, says NASA

NASA's famed Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal operations, and completed its first science observations after a failed orienting tool forced engineers to put it in safe mode earlier this m

Rocket carrying 1st UAE-made satellite Ibuki-2 launched from Japan

A Japanese rocket carrying the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite has lifted off from a space center in southern Japan.

Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko pitches for private players in space tourism

Kornienko served as a flight engineer on the International Space Station during Expedition 23/24 and was selected along with Scott Kelly for a year-long mission aboard the ISS.

Signs of supermassive black holes mergers found, say scientists

Scientists have found evidence for a large number of double supermassive black holes, likely precursors of gigantic black hole merging events.

Scientists develop world’s smallest optical gyroscope – device that helps vehicles, drones in 3D space

Originally, gyroscopes were sets of nested wheels, each spinning on a different axis, said researchers from the California Institute of Technology in the US.

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