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Time travel a reality soon? Scientist develops model for viable time machine
Time travel a reality soon? Scientist develops model for viable time machine

 The concept of time travel first came into existence after HG Wells' 1885 book 'Time Machine', which piqued people's curiosity – and scientists have worked to solve or disprove the theory.

2,000-year-old tombs excavated in China

The tombs, thought to be from either the late West Han (206 BC-24 AD) or early East Han (24-220 AD) dynasties, were discovered in November at a construction site in Huaihua city.

New robotic system can 3D print buildings

The building could also be completely customised to the needs of a particular site and the desires of its maker.

Aussie scientists crack barley's genetic code benefitting healthier beer
Aussie scientists crack barley's genetic code benefitting healthier beer

Burton from the University of Adelaide said cracking barley`s genetic code was a "major achievement" which could lead to healthier beers and lower beer production costs.
 

Perfect 'catch' to a perfect throw – Science behind hurl detected
Perfect 'catch' to a perfect throw – Science behind hurl detected

Researchers, who looked at the physics behind releasing a projectile with the human arm in a series of calculations, suggest that a slow underarm throw is the best strategy for getting a piece of paper into a nearby bin.

Jamun used to make low-cost solar cells

Researchers used naturally occurring pigment found in jamun as an inexpensive photosensitiser for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs) or Gratzel cells.

Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!
Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!

The ancient fungus-like life forms, found in fossilised gas bubbles 800 metres (2,600 feet) underground in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, are remarkable not just for their age but their origin, the researchers said.

Scientists discover 70 million-year-old dinosaur egg fossils in China!
Scientists discover 70 million-year-old dinosaur egg fossils in China!

There have been similar finds in the Foshan region, which has gained a reputation in the scientific community for revealing valuable information from the Cretaceous period.

Chemistry research in India 'still not in big league'

Researchers Subbiah Arunachalam, Muthu Madhan and Subbiah Gunasekaran carried out a scientometric analysis of contributions from India in leading multidisciplinary chemistry journals over the 25-year period 1991-2015.

New method to 3D-print glass objects developed
New method to 3D-print glass objects developed

The material, which remained liquid, was washed out in a solvent bath, leaving only the desired cured structure.

Researchers develop more conductive, tougher material than copper
Researchers develop more conductive, tougher material than copper

Aligned carbon nanotube sheets are suitable for a wide range of application spanning from the micro to the macro-scales, Tawfick noted in the study published in the journal Advanced Engineering Materials. 

Scientists come out in huge numbers in Washington to protest against Trump's slash in research budget
Scientists come out in huge numbers in Washington to protest against Trump's slash in research budget

While hundreds of people were lining up to join the march, dozens of volunteers were handing out signs with the official slogan of the protest: "Science, not Silence".

Thousands join March for Science rallies over `alternative facts`

The March for Science demonstrations have been organised in response to what is seen as mounting political pressure on facts-based evidence.

Study reveals origins of Indonesian 'hobbits'

Data from the study concluded there was no evidence for the popular theory that Homo floresiensis evolved from the much larger Homo erectus, the only other early hominid known to have lived in the region with fossils discovered on the Indonesian mainland of Java.

New approach may lead to high-power batteries

Researchers from Stanford University in the US developed a mathematical model for designing new materials for storing electricity.

March for Science: Earth Day to witness world's largest protest; over 200 to join march in India
March for Science: Earth Day to witness world's largest protest; over 200 to join march in India

In Coimbatore, the organisation for science education, School of Science, is organising the satellite march around the city's race course.

Female scientists overrepresented on Twitter: Study

The ratio of female to male scientists on Twitter (0.62) was greater than the ratio of female to male authors on US-based scientific papers (0.43), the findings showed.

Our ancestors had powerful night-time vision

Mammals and reptiles share a common ancestor, with the earliest mammal-like animals appearing in the Late Triassic about 200 million years ago. 

'Naked singularity' detection now easier? Indian scientists find new ways!
'Naked singularity' detection now easier? Indian scientists find new ways!

Wikipedia defines naked singularity as "a gravitational singularity without an event horizon."

Six mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt`s Luxor
Six mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt`s Luxor

The tomb, discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, belonged to a nobleman who worked as the city judge, the ministry said in a statement.

New faster method cuts gold extraction cost by 40 per cent

Scientists have developed a new method for extracting gold that reduces the cost of production of the precious metal by up to 40 per cent and dramatically decreases the amount of time needed to do so.

Scientists develop new mind-reading technology

The technology can recognise the numbers zero to nine with 90 per cent accuracy using electroencephalogram (EEG) readings while the subject utters the numbers.

Scientists discover mammoth black shipworm that draws energy from sulphur
Scientists discover mammoth black shipworm that draws energy from sulphur

Scientists set up an expedition and found live specimens of Kuphus polythalamia planted like carrots in the mud of a shallow lagoon.

This wearable sensor can diagnose diseases from sweat: Scientists

The new sensor collects sweat, measures its molecular constituents, such as chloride ions and glucose and then transmits the results for analysis and diagnostics.

Earliest rock art paintings in southern Africa date back to 5,000 years: Scientists
Earliest rock art paintings in southern Africa date back to 5,000 years: Scientists

Researchers used a novel technique to isolate the paint fragments before dating them, as well as 13 other fragments from rock art sites across southern Africa, including in Lesotho and South Africa.

Novel tech could shrink power plants tenfold, enhance efficiency

The term asupercritical` describes the state of carbon dioxide above its critical temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and critical pressure of 73 atmospheres, making it twice as dense as steam.
 

No more animal testing! Tiny chips may replace practice soon
No more animal testing! Tiny chips may replace practice soon

The chips are translucent, giving researchers a window into the inner workings of the organ being studied.

Decoding the mysteries of life: Physical mechanism may unveil secrets of origin, formation!
Decoding the mysteries of life: Physical mechanism may unveil secrets of origin, formation!

Identifying the process and mechanism driving this synthesis has been one of the largest questions concerning the origin of life.

This new solar-powered device can harvest water from dry air
This new solar-powered device can harvest water from dry air

In a first, scientists have developed a new device that can harvest water from air everyday by using ambient sunlight, even in dry or desert climates.

Racial, sexist bias may sneak into AI systems: Study
Racial, sexist bias may sneak into AI systems: Study

These biases range from the morally neutral, like a preference for flowers over insects, to the objectionable views of race and gender.