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Google Play Store App pricing will now start at Rs 10

In a move to attract a larger audience, Internet giant Google on Friday said that apps on the Android Play Store can now be priced at Rs 10.

PETA urges parties not to use animals in election campaigns

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Friday asked all political parties not to use animals during election campaigns.

On this day 20 years ago; India made its first mobile phone call!
On this day 20 years ago; India made its first mobile phone call!

India now boasts of being the world’s second-largest telecom market in the world. But do you know how it all started?

Indian scientists discover plant species of dinosaur age

Indian scientists claim to have discovered two new Cycads species of plants in Odisha which were dominant some 201 million to 145 million years ago, popularly known as the Jurassic period.

'Bug' inspired robot that jumps on water
'Bug' inspired robot that jumps on water

With the studies on water striders' ability to jump on water, scientists have now created a robot that can launch itself from the surface of water successfully.

India demonstrates capability of launching Geosynchronous satellite
India demonstrates capability of launching Geosynchronous satellite

 India has demonstrated the capability of launching 1.4 ton class of satellites using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and 2 ton class of satellites using Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk II to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Coming, clothes made of slaughterhouse waste

 In a first, a Swiss researcher has found a novel method to produce high-quality fibre from gelatine - a natural biomaterial derived from collagen which is obtained from various animal by-products.

This lamp runs on glass of water and salt

 A Philippines-based company has developed a lamp that can run for eight hours at a stretch on a glass of water and two tablespoons of salt.

Scientists design first artificial 'protein-making factory'

 In a first, US scientists have engineered an artificial ribosome - the protein synthesisers of the cell - or what the scientists call 'protein-making factory' that may enable the production of new drugs and next-generation biomaterial.

Afro-Brazilians search DNA for pre-slavery origins

More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.

Google pays tribute to Dr Kalam with 'black ribbon'
Google pays tribute to Dr Kalam with 'black ribbon'

Google Wednesday paid a special homage to "missile man" A P J Abdul Kalam by displaying a black ribbon on its homepage.

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.