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World's largest Chinese radio telescope goes online
World's largest Chinese radio telescope goes online

Days before the operation of the world's largest radio telescope began, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) has gone online in China.

Stephen Hawking issues warning again - Future of human race in grave danger unless we move to space!
Stephen Hawking issues warning again - Future of human race in grave danger unless we move to space!

This warning has come through by way of a new book, 'How to Make a Spaceship', written by journalist Julian Guthrie, which contains an afterword by the physicist.

New lizard species discovered in Mumbai, named after Indian scientist

A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon's Aarey Colony and Thane's Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered, and has been named after a Bengaluru-based scientist Varad Giri.

No more Down Under: Where do you think you're going, Australia?
No more Down Under: Where do you think you're going, Australia?

It is moving north with a slight clockwise rotation.

Contacting aliens? Don't even think about it, warns Stephen Hawking!
Contacting aliens? Don't even think about it, warns Stephen Hawking!

In the film, Hawking performs a hypothetical flyby of Gliese 832c, a potentially habitable exoplanet located 16 light years away.

Oxygen levels were key to early animal evolution: Study
Oxygen levels were key to early animal evolution: Study

High level of oxygen in ancient oceans were crucial for the emergence of skeletal animals 550 million years ago, a new study suggests. The study is the first to distinguish between bodies of water with low and high levels of oxygen.

China begins operations of world's largest radio telescope
China begins operations of world's largest radio telescope

China began operations of the world's largest radio telescope on Sunday in the mountainous region of Guizhou province.

This novel method may help burn victims grow new skin
This novel method may help burn victims grow new skin

A method to measure the limit to which human skin can be stretched has been developed by US researchers, which could help to grow new skin for burn victims.
 

Researchers develop device from spinach to produce electricity
Researchers develop device from spinach to produce electricity

Using a membrane extract from spinach leaves, Israeli researchers have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell device that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight.

Pranab Mukherjee​ greets scientists on successful launch of 'Barak-8' missile
Pranab Mukherjee​ greets scientists on successful launch of 'Barak-8' missile

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday congratulated the scientists and engineers involved in the successful test firing of 'Barak-8', a surface-to-air missile.

'Mars-quakes' could produce energy source to support life
'Mars-quakes' could produce energy source to support life

Rocks formed by the grinding together of other rocks during earthquakes are rich in trapped hydrogen and similar seismic activity on Mars may produce enough hydrogen to support life, a study says.

2100-year-old human skeleton found on Antikythera Shipwreck
2100-year-old human skeleton found on Antikythera Shipwreck

A human skeleton found during the ongoing excavation of the famous Antikythera Shipwreck -- the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered -- could provide an insight into the lives of people who lived 2100 years ago, say researchers.

China's space lab Tiangong-2 blasts off

 China on Thursday launched its Tiangong-2 space lab into space paving the way for a permanent space station it plans to build around 2022.

1913 of 2018 rhino horns examined in Assam
1913 of 2018 rhino horns examined in Assam

A total of 1,913 of the 2,018 rhino horns stored in various treasuries of Assam have been examined so far by a panel which completed the checking of Barpeta treasury on Wednesday.

Indo-American scientist awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

 An Indo-American imaging scientist and inventor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been conferred with the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for his path-breaking inventions to improve lives globally.

Proud moment! Indian-born MIT researcher wins prestigious 'Marconi Young Scholar' award in US
Proud moment! Indian-born MIT researcher wins prestigious 'Marconi Young Scholar' award in US

 Dinesh Bharadia, an Indian-born researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won the prestigious  'Marconi Young Scholar' award in the US.

Weekend special: Special contributions made by NASA that improved everyday life!
Weekend special: Special contributions made by NASA that improved everyday life!

And to prove this point, every year since 1970s, NASA publishes a list of space technologies that have been amalgamated into everyday usage.

China builds its first unbreakable, stealth-defending quantum radar
China builds its first unbreakable, stealth-defending quantum radar

The radar was tested in mid-August, Russia Today quoted Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency as saying. 

New crab species discovered in Chinese pet market
New crab species discovered in Chinese pet market

An examination of the ornamental fish market in southern China has led to the discovery of a new species and even a new genus of freshwater crab, researchers have reported.

Researchers come up with multi-modal wearable device
Researchers come up with multi-modal wearable device

The researchers, Debraj De and Sajal K. Das, along with their teammates created a wearable device for the wrist that can track a person's movements, ambient environment, bio-signals and much more.

Scientists discover 'ghost snake' in Madagascar
Scientists discover 'ghost snake' in Madagascar

A new species of snake discovered in Madagascar by a team of researchers has been named "ghost snake" for its pale grey colour and elusiveness.

Scientists name new fish species after Barack Obama for his commitment to protecting nature
Scientists name new fish species after Barack Obama for his commitment to protecting nature

Scientists are set to name a new fish after US President Barack Obama honouring his decision to create a new protected area off the Hawaiian coast.
 

'Weather bombs' could present deep details of Earth interiors
'Weather bombs' could present deep details of Earth interiors

These storms produce very strong winds that cause the ocean to swell, generating powerful waves. 

It may soon be time to say goodbye to dripping ice cream cones!
It may soon be time to say goodbye to dripping ice cream cones!

Thanks to two 14-year olds in the US, we will probably be able to eat ice creams from cones without a mess!

Clothes that repair their own rips? Study swears on new coatings!
Clothes that repair their own rips? Study swears on new coatings!

The coatings may not only lead to everyday self-healing clothes, but also help create garments that are tailored for protection against chemical and biological warfare agents and that can repair themselves.

3D-printed structures that 'remember' original shapes
3D-printed structures that 'remember' original shapes

 A team of engineers has used light to print 3D structures that "remember" their original shapes even after being stretched, twisted and bent at extreme angles

Common chemical can make male turtles behave like females
Common chemical can make male turtles behave like females

Exposure to a chemical used in many consumer products, including water bottles, can induce behavioural changes in turtles, reprogramming male turtle brains to exhibit behaviour common in females.

Disappearing trick of fish can fool animals with super sight
Disappearing trick of fish can fool animals with super sight

The silvery skin of fish like herrings, sardines, mackerel and tuna act like mirrors, reflecting their watery surroundings to better blend in and the effect serves as a kind of underwater invisibility cloak that helps them hide even from animals with super sight, new research has found.

New movement discovered in blink of an eye
New movement discovered in blink of an eye

We probably do it every day but scientists have only now discovered a distinct new way in which we move our eyes.

Anti-pollution campaign bags global environment award

'Clean Air India Movement (CLAIM)', said to be India's largest anti-pollution campaign, on Tuesday bagged the 'Energy and Environment Foundation Global Award 2016' for efforts to tackle the problem of air toxicity.