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Cartosat satellite to be used to check illegal mining

The Indian space agency would use its Cartosat satellites to detect illegal mining, said a senior official here on Saturday.

New lobster-like predator found at 500 mn-year-old site

What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly-identified prehistoric species called Yawunik kootenayi.

Facebook tests laser drones in British skies

If Facebook has its way, there would soon be huge solar-powered drones - with the wingspan of a commercial airliner - beaming down internet in the remotest of areas.

Obama honours two South Asian science, math mentors

An Indian-American and a Sri Lankan-origin scientist and teacher are among fourteen individuals and one organization named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons
Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

US, Russia sign deal to prolong ISS operation

An agreement has been signed to prolong the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) till 2024, Igor Komarov, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said at a news conference on Saturday.

Do something different, CNR Rao tells students

Eminent scientist CNR Rao has asked students to take the less travelled road to succeed and lamented the paucity of funds for science and education in India.

Study says fitness wristbands 'vulnerable' to third-party hack attacks

Fitness trackers of all kinds have become extremely popular, helping people to manage their physical activity and calorie intake and stay in shape. However, such devices also process important personal data about their owners and it is important to keep it secure.

Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections

Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to a new study.

 Four leopards die in Tripura zoo
Four leopards die in Tripura zoo

Four leopards have died in the zoo at the Sipahijala sanctuary in past four days due to protozoa infection, zoo authorities said on Friday.

Agricultural waste may power future cars

 Agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, can be used to create environment friendly biofuel to power cars, scientists say.

Structures tougher than bulletproof vests are here

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that can stretch up to seven times their length while remaining tougher than Kevlar -- often used to make bulletproof vests.

Tasmania's swift parrot can go extinct in 16 years

 The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot can soon follow the dodo as researchers have found that the bird is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years.

Bacteria can create 'natural battery'
Bacteria can create 'natural battery'

Bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a "natural battery", a new research shows.

New jumping spider with mating plug discovered
New jumping spider with mating plug discovered

Researchers at Kochi's Sacred Heart College have discovered a new little jumping spider belonging to the Salticidae family in the Western Ghats.

Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food
Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food

A new study has revealed that bats avoid collisions by following certain set of "traffic rules" laid down by them while trawling for food at high speed.

Young women use cellphone more while driving
Young women use cellphone more while driving

 Female drivers are 1.63 times more likely to use a cell phone while driving than male motorists, finds a new study.

New nature-inspired morphing wings help drones recover from mid-air collisions

Researchers have recently developed nature-inspired morphing wings that can help drones recover from mid-air collisions.

How Twitter, TV, newspapers reported IPCC's climate evidence

A new study has provided a deeper insight into how Twitter, TV and newspapers reported the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) climate evidence.

Humanity's most recent common male ancestor lived 239,000 yrs ago

A new study has recently provided a deeper insight into the genome of a nation.

Novel sensor can detect low-flying drones

Scientists at Saarland University, Germany, have developed a novel sensor technology that will make monitoring long fences possible and can even detect a stealth drone.

Robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions

By examining the wings of birds and bats, Stanford University physicists have created a robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions.

John F. Nash and Louis Nirenberg win 'maths Nobel' for 2015
John F. Nash and Louis Nirenberg win 'maths Nobel' for 2015

Abel Prize for 2015 has been conferred to two US mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and Canada-born American national Louis Nirenberg for their contributions to mathematical sciences.

Eminent scientist rues lack of scientific infrastructure in India

Eminent scientist C N R Rao has rued the lack of basic infrastructure for science in India.

Enhance mobile battery life with system settings
Enhance mobile battery life with system settings

Always have to carry your smartphone charger with you? You can save a lot of battery life by just tinkering with your device's settings.

Archeologists unearth Maya 'melting pot'

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilisation's transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

New technique paints tissue samples with light

A new advanced imaging technique developed by an Indian-origin scientist that uses infrared light, instead of chemical stains, to scan tissue samples can enable fast and broad diagnostic assessments.

Brain processes new words as pictures
Brain processes new words as pictures

When we look at a new word, out brain first learns the word and then sees it like a picture, instead of a group of letters.

Even kids won't help if others are around
Even kids won't help if others are around

Children as young as five are less likely to help a person in need when other children are present and available to help, new research shows.

Delhi govt asks IT Ministry to block Uber, Ola mobile apps: Official
Delhi govt asks IT Ministry to block Uber, Ola mobile apps: Official

The Delhi government has asked union Information Technology Ministry to block mobile applications of taxi-hailing companies Uber and Ola in the capital city, a state government official told Reuters on Wednesday.