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Rethinking roots of human culture

A new study has found that teaching is not essential for people to learn to make effective tools.

GAIL, ISRO join hands to monitor pipeline through special portal

 Enhancing its pipeline security through an eye in the space, GAIL (India) Ltd on Thursday said it has joined hands with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), an arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), for the purpose.

Scientists make real gold as light as air

The so-called aerogel is a thousand times lighter than conventional gold alloys.

Bigger smartphone screens can change buying preferences: Study
Bigger smartphone screens can change buying preferences: Study

Participants in the study who viewed video ads on larger smartphone screens were more likely to want to purchase a product.

Tanla's A2P messaging hub processes over 5 bn messages

The market for A2P messaging is continuing to grow worldwide and is estimated to be worth $60 billion by 2018.

Physicist Trilochan Pradhan gets Kalinga Samman

 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday conferred the "Kalinga Samman 2014" on physicist and Padma awardee Trilochan Pradhan for popularising science among the common man.

Extinction key to vertebrate diversity: Study

Periods of high extinction on Earth, rather than evolutionary adaptations, may have been a key driver in the diversification of today’s dominant land vertebrates, including reptiles, birds, and mammals, suggests new research.

Indian-origin engineer discovers new green power source

Researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist have developed a novel technology that harnesses electrical energy from blue-green algae that could be used to power cell phones and computers in future.

Betrayals forced early humans to spread across the world

Penny Spikins from the University of York in the UK said that the speed and character of human dispersals changed significantly around 100,000 years ago.

Ants build moving bridges linking themselves!
Ants build moving bridges linking themselves!

The findings could be applied to develop swarm robotics for exploration and rescue operations. 

Excavation work of Sarasvati river to be completed soon

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is the Chairman of Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB), today said that in the first phase, excavation work of mythical Sarasvati river from its origin point to Kurukshetra in three districts will be completed soon and directions have been issued to complete the work at war footing.

Tracking smell? Don't just follow your nose

Research shows that while searching in a familiar area with limited choices, a run-and-scan strategy is more efficient than a tracking strategy.

Inexpensive way to clean water from oil sands wastewater

Water in tailing ponds left to biodegrade naturally in the environment still contains these contaminants decades later.

Earth may have ‘hairy’ dark matter, says NASA
Earth may have ‘hairy’ dark matter, says NASA

Dark matter is an invisible, mysterious substance that makes up about 27 percent of all matter and energy in the universe.

Archaeologists in Croatia discover 3,500-year-old sunken town

Croatian archaeologists have announced that they had discovered a 3,500-year-old sunken town and a port in the Adriatic Sea near Zadar, a southern coastal city.

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery.

US scientists dispute classic theory of sexual orientation

Researchers from Washington State University have established a categorical distinction between people who are heterosexual and those who are not.

Climate deal urgent after weather-linked disasters kill 600,000 in 20 years: UN

Weather-related disasters have grown more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, the UN said today, issuing a further call for nations to strike a landmark deal on climate change.

Secret behind bacterial sex unlocked

Migration between different communities of bacteria is the key to the type of gene transfer that can lead to the spread of traits such as antibiotic resistance, said researchers from Oxford University.

Your sense of taste is hardwired in brain

Most people think that we perceive the five basic tastes -- sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savoury) - with our tongue.

'Rat vision' gives humans best sight ever
'Rat vision' gives humans best sight ever

The brain cells suggest that human and other primates retain a visual pathway that traces back to the primitive systems of vertebrates like fish and frogs.

How to take successful family photos at Christmas
How to take successful family photos at Christmas

Here are a few tips for shooting stunning photos at Christmas.

Bracelet to help blind people navigate in the works
Bracelet to help blind people navigate in the works

Two entrepreneurial engineers from the Tec de Monterrey institute in Mexico have taken wearable technology beyond just emails and social networking, by creating a bracelet with a very specific purpose.

Clothes smarter than you are: Welcome to the future!

A researcher with Fluid Interfaces at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, Coelho works at the cutting edge of wearable devices that may be smarter than the person wearing them.

Rare Ming Dynasty tomb with murals found in China

A tomb dating back about 500 years with rare brightly coloured murals was today discovered by archaeologists in east China's Shandong province.

More grey matter mass may be secret to happiness

The secret to happiness may lie in having more grey matter mass in a region of the brain called precuneus, a new study suggests.

Fossilised skull of homo erectus unearthed in China

Scientists have discovered a well preserved fossilised skull of homo erectus in China, which dates back around 150,000 to 412,000 years.

Construction of China's mega telescope enters final stage
Construction of China's mega telescope enters final stage

The construction of the world's largest ever radio telescope in China's Guizhou province has entered the final stage as scientists tested the installation of the "retina", the media reported on Sunday.

Say Cheese! Now NY rat takes a selfie

In a first, a rat took a selfie from a passed out man's phone on a New York city railway station, a media report said.