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Now, jacket with built-in pillow, eye mask and gloves!

An Indian-origin couple in the US has invented a travel jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, earphone holders and various pockets to keep your phone, tablet and even a mini-blanket.

China twin tower boasts of world's largest LED wall

A twin tower in China's Jiangxi Province now has the world's largest LED wall, exceeding that of the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest tower, a media report said on Wednesday.

Indian-origin student develops water-resistant socks

A 23-year-old Indian-origin student in the US has developed water-resistant socks and launched a successful kickstarter campaign that blew past its business goal within two days, a media report said.

ICAR lab artificially breeds milkfish for first time in India

For the first time in India, Chennai-based Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) succeeded in artificially breeding milkfish (Chanos chanos), locally known as "Paal Kendai" or "Poo Meen". Milkfish has the ability to grow in brackish water, seawater and even adapts to freshwater conditions.

Amazon unveils drone traffic control system at NASA centre

While the world is looking to deploy drones for delivering groceries to hot piping pizzas, several giants like Amazon and Google are busy developing a drone traffic control system to tackle a scenario when these unmanned aerial vehicles will swarm the skies.

Intel with Micron produces a new much faster storage chip

Intel with Micron has introduced a new kind of non-volatile data storage device which is denser, tougher and faster than the modern memory.

Ultraviolet light can kill pathogens in fruit
Ultraviolet light can kill pathogens in fruit

Simple and inexpensive ultraviolet light technology can kill food-borne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits such as apples and pears, scientists, including those of Indian-origin, have found.

China makes battery that can be charged in 10 seconds

 China has built the world's fastest charging electric buses, with a battery that takes barely 10 seconds to be fully charged.

China building telescope with dish size of 30 football fields

 China is building the world's largest radio telescope whose dish size will be equivalent to 30 football fields.

Chimps eat clay to make diet mineral rich
Chimps eat clay to make diet mineral rich

 The chimpanzees in Uganda's Budongo forest have a new healthy recipe in hand. They have started to boost the minerals in their diet by eating clay which also helps them 'detox' and digest their food, says a new study.

No sci-fi joke: 'Killer robots' strike fear into tech leaders
No sci-fi joke: 'Killer robots' strike fear into tech leaders

It sounds like a science-fiction nightmare. But "killer robots" have the likes of British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fretting, and warning they could fuel ethnic cleansing and an arms race.

Kalam concerned about disabled, developed lightweight prosthetics

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam was concerned about people with disability and along with his team developed lightweight prosthetics from space-age material to enable disabled children to walk easily.

Sarabhai space centre staff pays tribute to Kalam

The mood was sombre at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the ISRO unit in the Kerala capital, as the staff on Tuesday paid tribute to former president APJ Abdul Kalam who died on Monday.

Steak knife teeth made T rex fearsome predators

The dreaded Tyrannosaurus rex and its dinosaur cousins were successful predators partly due to unique teeth designed like steak knives that allowed them to tear through the flesh of their prey, a new study has found.

Oxford English Dictionary searching for first use of 'email'
Oxford English Dictionary searching for first use of 'email'

The Oxford English Dictionary has launched a search to find the first recorded use in English of the word 'email'.

Kalam was never pompous despite achievements: Nuclear physicists

Despite being an eminent scientist and holding a commanding position as India's president, APJ Abdul Kalam used to empathise with people from all sections of society and never displayed a shred of pomposity, say eminent nuclear physicists.

How infants learn new languages?
How infants learn new languages?

An early social behaviour called gaze shifting is linked to infants' ability to learn sounds of new languages, says a new study.

NASA wi-fi chip to extend your smartphone's battery life

 A NASA researcher has developed a wi-fi chip for wireless phones, computers and wearable devices that uses 100 times less power than traditional receivers.

Polar bear Y chromosome reconstructed

Scientists have for the first time reconstructed part of the male chromosome in polar bears and have found out why the Y chromosome is so important.

'Killer robots' must be banned, urge Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk in open letter
'Killer robots' must be banned, urge Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk in open letter

In an open letter to the United Nations, more than 1,000 robotics experts and artificial intelligence researchers have asked for a ban on the development and use of autonomous weapons, better known as, ''killer robots''.

New app to cure writer's block, fire up imagination
New app to cure writer's block, fire up imagination

 Writer's block may soon be a thing of the past, as scientists are developing a smartphone app that aims to measure and boost the mind's creative ability.

Intelligence is not a muscle

 Why is a similar task done efficiently by one person and not-so-well by the other? Scientists now have the answer.

India's 'original rocket man': Abdul Kalam's phenomenal contribution to Science
India's 'original rocket man': Abdul Kalam's phenomenal contribution to Science

India's most loved president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Kalam's death big loss to India and Indian science, say scientists

Indian scientists on Monday mourned the death of former president APJ Abdul Kalam as a big loss to both the scientific community and the country at large.

Kalam was 'Karmayogi', says former ISRO colleague

There is not going to be a replacement for such a great person as former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, as he was a "karmayogi", a former colleague at ISRO said on Monday.

Kalam's death tremendous loss to India: ISRO chief

The sudden demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam was a tremendous loss to the country, Indian space agency chief AS Krishna Kumar said on Monday.

China to end 15 yr ban on video game consoles

It's a relief for the gamers as China has finally decided to scrap its 15-year ban on video game consoles and companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft will now be allowed to manufacture and sell consoles anywhere in the country.

Here is how Alfred Hitchcock's suspense makes your brain react

In a research conducted on the pulse rising movies of Alfred Hitchcock, scientists have revealed how suspense affects audience's brain.

Samsung introduces monitors with wireless charging for mobiles

Samsung has developed a new monitor called SE370 with built-in wireless charging for mobile phones.

Superfast light device for future computers

An ultra-fast light-emitting device that can flip on-and- off 90 billion times a second and could form the basis of optical computing has been developed.