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Scientists develop hairy electronic skin which may allow robotic limbs to 'feel'
Scientists develop hairy electronic skin which may allow robotic limbs to 'feel'

To mimic the human sense of touch, researchers built artificial hairs using magnetic cobalt-based microwires - commonly used filaments that are as flexible as human hairs.

This year will last a second longer than usual
This year will last a second longer than usual

For welcoming the New Year, you will have to wait a little longer than usual as timekeepers will add a "leap second" to the final minute of 2016.

Ammonia detected in Earth's troposphere for first time
Ammonia detected in Earth's troposphere for first time

For the first time, researchers have discovered ammonia in the Earth's lowest atmospheric layer with highest emissions of the gas encountered in North India and Southeast China.

Researchers discover new species of 'ant-like' desert bees
Researchers discover new species of 'ant-like' desert bees

New species of 'ant-like' desert bees have been discovered by a team of researchers.

Never-seen-before birthing of ice cloud in a laboratory! - Watch stunning time-lapse video

Scientists have witnessed the birth of atmospheric ice clouds, creating ice cloud crystals in the laboratory and then taking images of the process through a microscope.

Need attention on theoretical physics in India: Indian-American scientist

India needs focused attention to further the discipline of theoretical physics, where it is yet to match global standards, says Indian-American physicist Mani Bhaumik.

Real or illusion? UFO hunters find 'spoon' on Mars again in NASA photo - Watch video
Real or illusion? UFO hunters find 'spoon' on Mars again in NASA photo - Watch video

YouTube channel UFO Hunter has found a "spoon" in a NASA image taken by the Curiosity Rover droid.

NASA orbiter detects small troughs growing on Mars which may become 'spiders'
NASA orbiter detects small troughs growing on Mars which may become 'spiders'

Using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data, researchers have detected cumulative growth of erosion-carved troughs that may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders".

Scientists discover jet stream in Earth's molten iron core
Scientists discover jet stream in Earth's molten iron core

A jet stream deep below Earth’s surface has been discovered by scientists.

Soft robot that mimics biological movements designed
Soft robot that mimics biological movements designed

Harvard researchers have developed a new model to design a soft robot that bends like an index finger and twists like a thumb when powered by a single pressure source.

Roads shatter Earth's surface into 600,000 fragments reducing ability of ecosystems to function effectively: Study
Roads shatter Earth's surface into 600,000 fragments reducing ability of ecosystems to function effectively: Study

A new study has found that the Earth's surface is shattered by roads into over 600,000 fragments, more than half of which are smaller that one square kilometre.

First biological pacemaker developed
First biological pacemaker developed

The findings from the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network in Canada show how human pluripotent stem cells can be coaxed in 21 days to develop into pacemaker cells.

Expert dismisses existence of blue or green eyes, says brown is the only colour!
Expert dismisses existence of blue or green eyes, says brown is the only colour!

Even though all eyes are technically brown, the amount of melanocytes varies from person to person.

Scientists develop new bird-like drone with feathers
Scientists develop new bird-like drone with feathers

Birds alter the configuration of their wings, when they need to change direction, increase their speed or counter headwinds.

Sir Issac Newton's 1687 book auctioned for USD 3.7 million!
Sir Issac Newton's 1687 book auctioned for USD 3.7 million!

The Principia famously elucidates Newton's three laws of motion, explaining how objects move under the influences of external forces.

Science under threat of neglect and apathy: Maha Governor Vidyasagar Rao

The Governor said that it has been 86 long years since CV Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Scientists create safer lithium-ion batteries
Scientists create safer lithium-ion batteries

In a recent research, scientists have discovered a safe alternative to the flammable liquid electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries.

'Gen-next toys may be controlled by your thoughts': Scientists
'Gen-next toys may be controlled by your thoughts': Scientists

Some of the most popular toys on the children's list to Santa on Christmas eve like remote-operated cars, helicopters and toy robots may soon be controlled via a headset using the power of thoughts, scientists say.

'Smartphones may help combat antimicrobial resistance'

Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria are posing a severe threat to global public health. In particular, they are becoming more common in bacterial pathogens responsible for high-mortality diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and sepsis.

 Scientists come up with Lab-on-a-chip technique to simplify cancer detection
Scientists come up with Lab-on-a-chip technique to simplify cancer detection

 Scientists have developed a new lab-on-a-chip technique that may probably simplify and ease out cancer detection at an early stage.

Scientists create material for safer, economical nuclear reactors
Scientists create material for safer, economical nuclear reactors

This may be used in next-generation nuclear reactors that will operate at higher temperatures and radiation fields, producing energy more efficiently and economically.

Scientists develop new AI system to imagine how scenes will play out
Scientists develop new AI system to imagine how scenes will play out

This system can take still pictures and generate short videos to simulate what happens next, similar to how humans can visually imagine how a scene will evolve.

First Indian scientist nominated to European young investigator programme
First Indian scientist nominated to European young investigator programme

"Minhajuddin Sirajuddin from Bengaluru is the first young life scientist to be nominated for the EMBO Young Investigator Programme," EMBO said in a statement.

Researchers develop low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic hand
Researchers develop low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic hand

This hand is designed for a person who still has the ability to move their wrist and by moving their wrist, they can use and control the hand's fingers to hold various objects.

Using vertebrate model to study diseases: Indian scientists discover hematopoietic stem cells in fruit fly
Using vertebrate model to study diseases: Indian scientists discover hematopoietic stem cells in fruit fly

They said the discovery in fruit fly has far-reaching implications for stem cell-based therapies for humans.

Google Doodle marks 340th anniversary of Ole Rømer's determination of the speed of light
Google Doodle marks 340th anniversary of Ole Rømer's determination of the speed of light

340 years ago, on December 7, 1676, Danish astronomer called Ole Romer determined the speed of light by observing the planet Jupiter eclipsing its moon Io 140 times. 

Urban Aeronautics' robotic flying vehicle completes first solo test flight - WATCH
Urban Aeronautics' robotic flying vehicle completes first solo test flight - WATCH

Completing such missions in rough terrain or combat zones can be tricky, with helicopters currently offering the best transportation option in most cases.

Researchers find new method to improve predictions
Researchers find new method to improve predictions

In their study, researchers found that the I-score is effective in differentiating between noisy and predictive variables in big data and can significantly improve the prediction rate.

Is cow poop an answer to global warming problems?
Is cow poop an answer to global warming problems?

The four-cambered stomachs of cows have microbes that convert food into methane during the digestive process.

Doomsday in 2017? Conspiracy theorists predict end of the world in December next year!
Doomsday in 2017? Conspiracy theorists predict end of the world in December next year!

This is not the first time doomsday has been foretold. It was predicted in 2003, 2007, 2012, and 2015, each one claiming to be “the real one”.