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A gene for better rice

Scientists said Monday they had pinpointed variants of a gene to improve the quality and yield of rice, a staple starch for billions of people.

Now, e-technologies for testing quality of Indian rice, tea

A host of e-technologies for testing quality of tea and rice in India are ready to empower the agricultural sector through the `Digital India Programme`, it was announced here on Monday.

'Map Of Life' predicts extraterrestrial life

 Extraterrestrials resembling humans should have evolved on other Earth-like planets, a study on convergent evolution says.

Viaducts with wind turbines claimed as new source of energy generation

 Trying out new ways to generate electricity, scientists now claim that wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity.

Climate change turning male dragon lizards into females

 Scientists have confirmed for the first time that sex change in reptiles can occur naturally due to exposure to increased temperatures resulting from climate change.

How our sense of smell influenced pig domestication
How our sense of smell influenced pig domestication

Giving insight into how our taste for different foods may have been influenced by variation in our ability to smell, researchers have found that inability to detect a particular smell by Asians led to start of pig domestication.

Caught in action: Pebbles making planets

 Astronomers have detected a ring of rocks or what is called a belt of pebbles, thought to be a crucial link in building planets, circling a very young star.

Early exposure to cat urine makes mice less likely to escape

Mice that are exposed to the powerful smell of cat urine early in life do not avoid the same odour, and therefore they are less likely to escape from their feline predators, later in life, a new study has found.

Indian-American physcians launch research foundation

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic association of medical professionals in the US, has launched a Scientific, Academic Research Foundation (SARF) for supporting key academic research initiatives.

When a selfie is not enough – India abuzz over `velfie` craze!
When a selfie is not enough – India abuzz over `velfie` craze!

Move over selfie, India is embracing the "velfie" with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a range of new mobile apps.

Dutch students develop solar-powered family car

 Dutch students have developed a family car powered by the sun which generates more energy than it uses while reaching speeds of up to 125 kilometres per hour and the vehicle can clock over 1,000 km on a full charge.

UK risks losing its standing as a nation of dog lovers: Experts
UK risks losing its standing as a nation of dog lovers: Experts

Britain risks losing its reputation as a nation of dog lovers due to fickle owners, poor training and an appalling new trend in dumping puppies, charities say.

Two more sniffer dogs to guard Kaziranga rhinos from poachers

 Jorba, the lone sniffer dog deployed in Assam's Kaziranga National Park to combat rhino poachers, will now have company.

Pilots' brains can shut down during crisis

 Modern cockpits in aircraft bombard pilots with so much information that their brains can shut down during a crisis, new research has warned.

Genome sequencing brings woolly mammoth clones closer

Scientists have moved a step closer to bringing the woolly mammoth back to life, after they identified extensive genetic changes that allowed the extinct giant animals to adapt to Arctic life.

Know why we love to feel scared

 Ever wondered why so many people are so hooked up with action-packed video games? It is because playing scares us more than watching films and we get a kick out of it, says a study.

Smartphones to detect eye diseases

 A new software that can detect eye diseases by making use of the smartphone camera has been developed.

Soon, 'selfies' to verify online payments!

 MasterCard is experimenting with a smartphone app which allows people to confirm their identity and authenticate online transactions via a facial scan.

Google Glass 2.0 coming soon?

Google may be testing the next version of the Google Glass called GG1, media reports said.

'Delhi still could be in UNESCO heritage tag race next year'
'Delhi still could be in UNESCO heritage tag race next year'

Delhi is not vying for being named the UNESCO World Heritage City this year but conservators feel "all is not lost" for the historic city and it maybe in the global reckoning next year as the AAP government is pushing for the coveted status.

Indian scientists' new DNA chip for speeding up rice breeding

One Chinese lie has been finally nailed this time by a team of Indian scientists who provide irrefutable evidence that rice did originate in India, a fact contested by China.

Indian scientist Kamal Bawa elected fellow of Royal Society

Noted Indian conservation biologist Kamal Bawa will be formally admitted to the prestigious Royal Society as a fellow on July 10 for his "pioneering contributions to understanding the population biology of tropical forest trees".

 REM sleep key for young brain development
REM sleep key for young brain development

Young human brains go through critical periods when vision, speech, language, motor skills, social skills and other higher cognitive functions are being developed.

VoiceTree app offers firms solutions for missed calls
VoiceTree app offers firms solutions for missed calls

For retailers who service their customers through phones, a missed call will no longer be a problem, thanks to an app developed by VoiceTree, a Delhi-based mobile cloud telephony services company.

Old World monkeys had complex brain

Brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primates, says a study of the brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull.

Enzyme behind sweet scent of roses found
Enzyme behind sweet scent of roses found

Researchers have identified an enzyme which plays a key role in producing the sweet fragrances in roses, a finding that can help restore a pleasing scent to rose varieties that have lost it.

Scientists track genetic race between humans and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are likely to evolve resistance against insecticides or unfavourable climate conditions typical in their local environment, according to a new study.

BlueStacks releases update of Android emulator

BlueStacks has released anupdate of its Android emulator which allows Android apps to run on OSX.

Now a method to find exact time of death, even after 10 days

A new research has found a method that can help calculate the exact time of a human's death even after 10 days (240 hours) of the occurrence.

Seahorse-inspired robots to assist in surgeries

The little seahorse is inspiring researchers to build robots that have capabilities sometimes at odds with one another - flexible, but also tough and strong.