Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 86

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon as module pilot on the record-setting Apollo 14 mission in 1971, has died at the age of 86, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Novel polymer may lead to artificial muscles soon

The integrated polymer offers two distinct "compartments" with which chemists and materials scientists can work to provide useful features.

 

Viral infection during pregnancy may increase autism risk

Immune reactions in the current study linked to autism risk are the kind caused only by viral infections in the mother, and have "nothing whatsoever to do with vaccines.

Researchers create first self-assembled superconductor

Researchers at Cornell University have blazed a new trail by creating a self-assembled, three-dimensional superconductor.

India, Russia ink deal on competitive research projects

The agreement provides for competitive research grants to Indians and Russians for joint implementation of projects.

Marvin Minsky, pioneer in artificial intelligence, passes away aged 88
Marvin Minsky, pioneer in artificial intelligence, passes away aged 88

Professor Minsky, who died on Sunday, January 24, 2016, was 88.

Social rodents show empathy just like humans
Social rodents show empathy just like humans

Prairie voles are particularly social rodents, causing them to be the focus of many studies.

Science and technology will threaten humanity within 10,000 years: Stephen Hawking
Science and technology will threaten humanity within 10,000 years: Stephen Hawking

Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about "new ways things can go wrong" for human survival.

Bite mark analysis may result in false convictions

Widely accepted in criminal courts and often presented as key evidence in prosecutions, bite mark analysis is actually "far from an exact science” and can lead to false convictions, says a new study.

'Homeopathy, astrology are bogus, harmful and useless'
'Homeopathy, astrology are bogus, harmful and useless'

Ramakrishnan, a chemistry scientist, believes India should have a more rational outlook on such practices.

'Forbidden' substances may help sustain life on super-Earths

Researchers studied various structural compositions of Mg-Si-O that may occur at pressures ranging from 5 to 30 million atmospheres.

Scientists develop material for super-powered battery
Scientists develop material for super-powered battery

The new material will enable electric vehicles travel 35 km after charging for just seven seconds, said the research team from the institute.

Dress colour illusion tops 10 weirdest science news

A bizarre case of the black/blue or gold/white dress was among the annual top 10 weirdest science stories chosen by the Australian Science Media Centre.

CRISPR – Science's Breakthrough of the Year!
CRISPR – Science's Breakthrough of the Year!

CRISPR came on top of Science's annual list of scientific breakthroughs given fresh demonstrations of its muscle this year.

Want a fat salary? Go for a PhD
Want a fat salary? Go for a PhD

With the help of US Census Bureau data, the researchers examined employment and earnings outcomes of nearly 3,200 PhD graduates from eight major research universities.

Science and religion can coexist!

Just when you thought science and religion can't coexist, a new worldwide study comes assuring that not all scientists are atheists.

More than half of Indian scientists religious: Study

More than half of scientists in India, Italy, Taiwan and Turkey self-identify as religious, says a new study.

Physicist Trilochan Pradhan gets Kalinga Samman

 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday conferred the "Kalinga Samman 2014" on physicist and Padma awardee Trilochan Pradhan for popularising science among the common man.

'Electronic' plants to herald new era for scientists

A team of Swedish researchers, by using living roses, has created analogue and digital electronic circuits inside living plants, calling them "electronic plants".

Nagaland postpones Class IX final exams
Nagaland postpones Class IX final exams

The Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) has postponed and rescheduled Class-IX final examination in the state.