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Global warming alert: Earth will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold by 2030, says UN IPCC report

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday said the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, precipitating the risk of

Can’t remember what you study? Write in Sans Forgetica – a font that helps you better recall what you read

Researchers have created a new type font, called Sans Forgetica, to help people remember more of what they read.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Two-legged robot masters human balancing act

Researchers used an efficient whole-body controller developed by integrating contact-consistent rotators (or torques) that can effectively send and receive data to inform the robot as to the best poss

Extremely distant solar system object discovered

Scientists have discovered a distant object at the edge of the solar system, which completes one orbit around the Sun every 40,000 years, a finding that supports the presence of Planet X.

US, Japan duo win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body's natural defences can fight cancer, the jury said on Monday.

Scientists say water can be turned into hydrogen fuel – here’s how

Scientists say they have developed a highly stable material that helps split water molecules for hydrogen fuel production.

You can now order experimental Martian soil for $20 per kg

The University of Central Florida (UCF) in the US has a unique product to sell - experimental Martian and asteroid soil. Interested buyers can get it for $20 a kg plus shipping.

Great step towards low-cost healthcare! IIT-Bombay kickstarts a Medical Device Innovation Camp

The Biomedical Engineering and Technology incubation Center (BETiC) at IIT-Bombay Friday kickstarted a Medical Device Innovation Camp (MEDIC) to enable doctors and engineers innovate for low-cost heal

New smartphone-based system to test for lead in water

Scientists say they have created an inexpensive system, using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer, that can detect lead in tap water at levels commonly accepted as dangerous.

NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars

A NASA Mars orbiter has spotted the agency's Opportunity rover on the Red Planet for the first time since it went into hibernation after a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days

Cassini spots dust storms on Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Saturn's moon Titan, making it the third space body after Earth and Mars where dust storms have been observed.

Ancient Mars may have supported underground life

Ancient Mars had an ample supply of key ingredients for microbes to thrive under its surface for millions of years, a study has found. Lacking energy from sunlight, subterranean microbes on Earth -- k

Scientists decode Darwinian paradox, suggest homosexuality is genetic

Will homosexuality eventually be extinct? With new evidence suggesting that homosexual behaviour is governed primarily by genetic influences and gay couples reproducing significantly less than heteros

New method created to turn plant waste into fuel

Scientists have created a ready-to-use recipe to turn sawdust into gasoline, which can help existing gas plants generate greener fuel.

Scientists voice opposition to weakening of US Endangered Species Act

Thousands of scientists joined on Monday to accuse the Trump administration of trying to erode the Endangered Species Act in favor of commercial interests with a plan to revamp regulations that have f

NASA’s Mars probe beams back selfie to mark four years in orbit

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has beamed back a selfie to mark its four years orbiting Mars and studying the upper atmosphere of the red planet.

Pop-up habitats developed for Moon, Mars using origami techniques

Scientists have developed pop-up space habitats for future human colonies on the Moon and Mars, using a combination of origami techniques and digital weaving processes.

Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa will be SpaceX’s first tourist to moon

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will hitch the first SpaceX ride around the moon in 2023. He plans to invite as many as eight artists to join him.

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