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Japan's maglev train sets new world speed record
Japan's maglev train sets new world speed record

 A Japanese high-speed train broke its own world speed record on Tuesday, clocking 603 kilometres per hour (374.69 miles per hour), after having set the previous record less than a week ago.

Google Android Wear brings Wi-Fi support, hand drawn emoji to watch

 Google's Android Wear is introducing several new features to its watch including Wi-Fi support, hand gestures and hand-drawn emoji.

Neanderthals may have died off because they couldn't harness fire

 A new study has revealed that Neanderthals may have died off because they lacked in the fire mastery.

Knobs, sliders for better control of smartphones?

 With smartphones' practical applications increasing by the day, touchscreens are not likely to suffice as control surfaces.

Russia, China sign pact on robotics, high-tech innovations

In a significant instance of BRICS cooperation ahead of Russia assuming the group's chair in July, its Skolkovo Foundatiion and China's Cybernaut Investment Group signed an agreement on Tuesday to jointly develop, finance and market high-tech innovations.

Charles Darwin may not have been father of evolution theory, scientist makes startling claim
Charles Darwin may not have been father of evolution theory, scientist makes startling claim

A British scientist has made a startling claim saying that Charles Darwin may not have been father of evolution theory.

Now, human emotions on the palm of your hand

Scientists have shown how technology can enable transfer of human emotion to the palm of your hand through air.

We can be trained to 'follow our hearts'
We can be trained to 'follow our hearts'

A team of researchers has studied whether volunteers can be trained to follow their heartbeat and also whether it is possible to identify from brain activity how good they were at estimating their performance.

Australian farmer discovers ancient sea monster fossil

An Australian farmer has found the remains of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur on his property in Queensland state, a media report said on Tuesday.

Solar plane lands in east China ahead of most ambitious leg
Solar plane lands in east China ahead of most ambitious leg

Solar Impulse 2, the first experimental around the world solar-powered plane, took-off from Chongqing in China for the sixth leg of its journey on Tuesday.

Humanoid robot works as receptionist in Japan
Humanoid robot works as receptionist in Japan

A robot bearing a striking resemblance to a woman is the new receptionist in several of Tokyo's famous Mitsukoshi department stores, Mitsukoshi sales director Shintaro Yamamoto said on Monday.

FireFly Networks deploys Wi-Fi network in Supreme Court

 FireFly Networks, a joint venture between Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, has installed a 24x7 Wi-Fi network in the premises of the Supreme Court of India, a circular issued by the apex court said on Monday.

Rajasthan based NGO awarded in South Korea for water conservation

 Rajasthan-based NGO was awarded the World Water Council Water Showcase Prize of Daegu Gyeongbuk in South Korea for its efforts in water conservation in the desert state.

New algorithm can identify online trolls

Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that is capable of identifying antisocial behaviour as demonstrated in website comment sections.

Know the history behind the first selfie stick

Do you have any idea when the first selfie stick was invented? Well, it was invented in the 1980s by Hiroshi Ueda, who worked for the Minolta camera company at the time and was a keen photographer, BBC reported.

Now, NASA climate scientists hunt for alien life

After more than 30 years of studying the Earth, a team at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York will adapt its global climate model to simulate conditions on potentially habitable exoplanets.

New automated treadmill mimics the experience of running outdoors

A team of researchers have developed a new treadmill that automatically changes speed to match the pace of the runner.

New Google search engine on smartphones will make 'mobile friendly' websites appear in top results
New Google search engine on smartphones will make 'mobile friendly' websites appear in top results

Google will soon change the way how the search engine recommends websites on smartphones wherein it will favour those websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly" and make them appear at the top of the rankings.

Early human ancestors were cannibals: Study

Some early humans in England were cannibals who ate human flesh, gnawed on bones and split them to feast on the marrow inside, a new study has found.

DNA barcoding to the rescue of India's ornamental fish

Indian scientists are using a new approach to identify animal species based on genetic labels or barcodes, that can help monitor and clamp down on trafficking of ornamental fish from northeast India - a biodiversity hotspot - and aid conservation.

Mobile apps can make toddlers smarter
Mobile apps can make toddlers smarter

Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for children, says a new study.

Young women objectify themselves more on Facebook

Young women tend to compare their appearances more frequently to photos on Facebook and in magazines, says a study.

Now, make 5-second video calls to friends using Quickie

Apple iPhone users who detested the idea of long phone calls that dragged on endlessly and rarely used FaceTime can now turn to Quickie, a nifty little iOS app that allows users to make video calls that end after a few seconds automatically.

Google intends to speed up web with QUIC Protocol

Google has revealed that about half of all requests from Chrome to Google's servers are now served over QUIC, a protocol that speeds up the web.

3D print soft toys soon

A team from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University has devised a 3D printer that layers together laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects such as bunnies, doll clothing and phone cases.

New paper microphone may help charge your phone

 Running out of battery? Yell at your phone to charge it!

Now, 'Drunk Mode app' that stops you from making drunken phone calls
Now, 'Drunk Mode app' that stops you from making drunken phone calls

 A new app has been launched that can stop people from making ill-advised drunken phone calls, by forcing them to solve complex math problems.

Oldest human tools discovered in Africa?

 Researchers claim to have discovered the oldest human tools in Africa, dating back 3.3 million years - several hundred thousand years before our genus Homo hit the scene.

Vaccinate dogs to save lives

Have not got your dog vaccinated yet? Go ahead as your little effort may save many lives.

Time to move beyond lithium batteries
Time to move beyond lithium batteries

Replacing lithium ions with magnesium ions in a battery can make it perform almost twice as better, finds a study.