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Artificial Intelligence may give birth to superhumans in 20 years

Artificial Intelligence may give birth to superhumans in 20 years

Artificially intelligent (AI) nano-machines will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles and bones, say experts

Oct 17, 2017, 14:02 PM IST
LIGO scientists strike gold, make first direct observation of gravitational waves from merger of neutron stars

LIGO scientists strike gold, make first direct observation of gravitational waves from merger of neutron stars

The event caused by the neutron stars has been dubbed "GW170817" because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on August 17.

Oct 17, 2017, 09:35 AM IST
Scientists design 'camouflaging skin' inspired by octopus

Scientists design 'camouflaging skin' inspired by octopus

The team's pneumatically-activated material takes a cue from the 3D bumps, or papillae, that cephalopods such as such as octopus and cuttlefish can express in one-fifth of a second for dynamic camouflage, and then retract to swim away.

Oct 15, 2017, 18:28 PM IST
This is why Sun's atmosphere is much hotter than its surface

This is why Sun's atmosphere is much hotter than its surface

The corona is hundreds to thousands of times hotter than the Sun's visible surface, the photosphere.
 

Oct 14, 2017, 13:33 PM IST
Lightweight material may help create hypersonic aircraft

Lightweight material may help create hypersonic aircraft

An extremely lightweight material can withstand a high temperature and stress, a step towards developing hypersonic aircraft able to travel at five to 10 times the speed of sound.

Oct 11, 2017, 13:35 PM IST
Renewable, algae-based footwear developed

Renewable, algae-based footwear developed

Scientists are seeking to also make them "biodegradable," by chemically converting the algae oil into polyurethane in manner that will allow the carbon bonds to be degraded by microorganisms.

Oct 09, 2017, 18:57 PM IST
Doomsday to begin on October 15; world to witness 7 years of natural calamities, claim conspiracy theorists

Doomsday to begin on October 15; world to witness 7 years of natural calamities, claim conspiracy theorists

Doomsday theorist Dave Meade believes the chaos will be triggered by the mysterious 'Planet X', or Niburu.

Oct 08, 2017, 13:08 PM IST
This is why prehistoric humans avoided inbreeding

This is why prehistoric humans avoided inbreeding

A study suggests that the early development of more complex mating systems may at least partly explain why anatomically modern humans thrived while other species, such as Neanderthals, did not. 

Oct 07, 2017, 12:07 PM IST

New nanomaterial can create hydrogen fuel from seawater

The advance may lead to a new source of hydrogen fuel, ease demand for fossil fuels and boost the economy of countries where sunshine and seawater are abundant.

Oct 05, 2017, 16:25 PM IST
Indian scientists who contributed to Nobel Prize-winning discovery say it's 'a dream come true'

Indian scientists who contributed to Nobel Prize-winning discovery say it's 'a dream come true'

A consortium of scientists, including many from India, was a part of the gravitational waves that were first predicted by Einstein on the basis of his theory of general relativity in 1916.

Oct 04, 2017, 08:29 AM IST
Kip Thorne, co-writer of Nolan's Interstellar, awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

Kip Thorne, co-writer of Nolan's Interstellar, awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

Oscar Awards snubbed science epic Interstellar and its co-writer Thorne. Nobel committee knows better than that.

Oct 03, 2017, 18:31 PM IST
Meteorites splashing into warm ponds sparked life on Earth

Meteorites splashing into warm ponds sparked life on Earth

Available evidence suggests that life began when the Earth was still taking shape, with continents emerging from the oceans, meteorites pelting the planet - including those bearing the building blocks of life - and no protective ozone to filter the Sun's ultraviolet rays.

Oct 03, 2017, 15:15 PM IST
Now, crying can help generate electricity

Now, crying can help generate electricity

Researchers have found that applying pressure to a protein present in tears could actually generate electricity.

Oct 03, 2017, 13:26 PM IST
World's first robotic farm completes fully automatic harvest

World's first robotic farm completes fully automatic harvest

The researchers purchased several small-size agricultural machines, including a tractor and a combine, a machine for harvesting grain crops, the 'Live Science' reported.

Oct 02, 2017, 19:13 PM IST

Do you know how many years ago did homo sapiens emerge?

Swedish and South African scientists managed to identify the genetic sequence of the remains of three hunter-gatherer individuals who lived between 2,300 and 1,800 years ago and four peasants who lived between 500 and 300 years ago

Sep 29, 2017, 16:34 PM IST
Earth lost 40% mass during formation

Earth lost 40% mass during formation

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, the scientists shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of our home planet. 

Sep 28, 2017, 16:50 PM IST
Fourth gravitational wave signal detected – Five things you need to know

Fourth gravitational wave signal detected – Five things you need to know

The latest observation was made on August 14, 2017. It's the first gravitational wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector.

Sep 28, 2017, 09:56 AM IST
Archaeologists unearth 'Lost city' of Alexander the Great in Iraq

Archaeologists unearth 'Lost city' of Alexander the Great in Iraq

Researchers at the British Museum in London used drones to find the remains of Qalatga Darband, a fortified settlement in northern Iraq with a thriving wine trade, that went unrecorded in history.

Sep 26, 2017, 17:44 PM IST
'Magic dust' may help develop powerful supercomputers

'Magic dust' may help develop powerful supercomputers

This entirely new design could form the basis of a new type of computer that can solve problems that are currently unsolvable, in diverse fields such as biology, finance or space travel, researchers said.

Sep 26, 2017, 14:30 PM IST