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Indian-origin scientist creates first single-molecule device

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers led by an Indian-American scientist Latha Venkataraman has created a single-molecule electronic device which has a potential of real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices.

Australian solar company lights up India's slums

An Australian company lighting India's slums with solar energy is providing a solution to the problem of deadly air pollution in India's poorest areas, a media report said on Tuesday.

India to seek CERN membership

The much-delayed process of India acquiring the associate membership of premier research institute CERN has already begun, Ratan Kumar Sinha, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India said.

Solar plane set for most challenging leg of epic 6-day journey
Solar plane set for most challenging leg of epic 6-day journey

In a rare test of man and machine, The Solar Impulse 2, the world's only solar-powered aircraft is about to undertake its greatest challenge yet - to fly non-stop for six-days from China to Central Pacific.

Blind people use echoes to detect matter: Study

Blind people use echoes to detect multiple properties of objects through areas of the brain associated with vision, new study says.

Watching 3D movies may boost brain power: Study
Watching 3D movies may boost brain power: Study

Watching movies in 3D may boost your brain power by sharpening cognitive skills and reaction times, a new study has claimed.

Is there life after death?
Is there life after death?

Thousands have claimed to have had Near Death Experience (NDE), but scientists think it's impossible.

2,000-year-old water supply system unearthed in Israel

An ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem has been unearthed.

World's first artificial molecular pump developed

Scientists have developed the first man-made molecular pump, which transports key proteins that cells need to function, that could be used to power artificial muscles.

Brain size influences survival

The ones with the biggest brains could indeed be the fittest to survive in this world as researchers have found that in times of crisis, even fish with larger brain sizes have an advantage over their peers.

'One glance' is all you need to unlock this first 'iris-scan' smartphone

A new Japanese smartphone, which is the first device to ever own an eye scanning feature to enable activation, is about to hit the shelves.

Pain response can be 'shaped' subconsciously

A new study has revealed that subconscious learning can shape pain responses.

This robot learns things like a child
This robot learns things like a child

Heard of a robot that can learn things on its own, through trial and error? Well, here is one.

New superlens can show 'invisible' objects

A new hyperlens can help us see tiny objects that elude even the most powerful optical systems.

User data retrievable from second-hand smartphones
User data retrievable from second-hand smartphones

Are you planning to junk your smartphone in the second-hand device market for the sake of a new one? Beware as your data can be retrieved from your old phone.

'SMART' software identifies poaching hotspots

British researchers have developed a new software to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas.

Trial of sea-plane in Goa on Saturday
Trial of sea-plane in Goa on Saturday

The Goa tourism department will conduct trial of a nine-seater sea-plane here tomorrow before starting a commercial service.

Lowly female chimps better social networkers

Female chimpanzees who rank low in terms of reproductive success seek out other girl pals with similar status, finds a new study on social relationships among apes.

App cuts down time at the counter

Not enough time to wait around for your coffee or lunch to be prepared at your favourite establishment? The solution is in your pocket.

Plants defend themselves while being eaten
Plants defend themselves while being eaten

Vegetarians please note! Next time when you chew upon your favourite lettuce, be a little more considerate.

Japanese kids better at face perception

Face perception plays an important role in social communication and Japanese kids have scored better in this.

Why new Apple Watch update may not monitor your heart rate reliably
Why new Apple Watch update may not monitor your heart rate reliably

This might not be good news for heart patients but the latest update of Apple Watch bug will no longer take heart measurements when it should.

How birds avoid collision with man-made obstacles

Ever wondered how migratory birds avoid colliding with man-made structures up in the air? Social hierarchies, headed by a well-informed leader, ensure a smooth flight for these birds that naturally travel in groups, new research suggests.

Infections can also affect your IQ

In addition to harming your physical heath, severe infections of any type can affect your mental capacity as measured on an intelligence quotient (IQ) scale, a new research has found.

Visualise where your new couch would fit
Visualise where your new couch would fit

Want to buy a new couch but do not know how it will look once you get it home? A Finnish company now lets you visualise different furnishings in your home before you even leave the store.

Indian-origin scientist turns blood into nerve cells

Stem cell scientists led by Mick Bhatia from the McMaster University have successfully converted adult human blood cells into neural cells.

Dog-human bonding older than thought
Dog-human bonding older than thought

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than thought, finds an interesting study, adding that their special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years.

Apple to set same font for iOS, Macs and watch

After running with a new system font (Helvetica Neue) in OS X Yosemite just last year, Apple is planning to bring the San Francisco font which was built in-house specifically for the Apple Watch, to iOS devices and Macs.

Want safer web? Take data control into your own hands

As per researchers, when it comes to keeping online information safe from hackers and other criminals, it's up to the individual user to keep his or her data secure.

Microsoft to enter crowded chat app market with 'Flow'

Microsoft is reportedly developing a new smartphonechat app on iphone, called "Flow" that would work as acomplement for its Outlook inbox app.