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30 Nobel Laureates To Attend Indian Science Congress: Telengana Minister

Hyderabad(PTI): The 105th Indian Science Congress, to be held here in January next year, will be attended by about 30 Nobel laureates, Telangana Forests Minister Jogu Ramanna has said. The Congress will be hosted by Osmania University from January 3 to 7, a state government release yesterday quoted the minister as saying. The state government will set up nine science centres...

NASA Says ‘Super Earth’ Planet Nine Does Exist In Solar System

Washington(PTI): The elusive 'Planet Nine' does exist, and may be 10 times the mass of the Earth and 20 times away from the Sun than Neptune, NASA scientists say. Planet Nine could turn out to be our solar system's missing 'super Earth' - a planet with a mass higher than the Earth's, but substantially lower than the masses of ice...

Two Primitive Earthworm Species Discovered In Western Ghats Ranges In Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Scientists have discovered two new primitive species of earthworm in the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Kerala. Researchers at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala and Shoolini University in Himachal Pradesh named the new earthworm species Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi. For Drawida polydiverticulata, its multiple lobes, also called diverticulums - an organ located in the front of its body -...

Poachers Remain A Threat To Tiger Conservation: Vardhan

New Delhi(PTI): Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said India is still battling with poachers to conserve tigers in the country, but expressed hope that with collective effort, the number of big cats in the country would be doubled in the next five years. India is currently home to 70 per cent of the world's tiger population in over 17 states and...

Indian Born Academician Named Dean Of MIT’s Engg School

New York (PTI):  An India-born academician at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named as the dean of its engineering school. Anantha Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) was last month named the dean of the MIT's School of Engineering. He assumed his new role effective July...

Scientist, Academician Yash Pal No More

New Delhi (PTI): Eminent Indian scientist Professor Yash Pal, noted for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays as well as for being an institution-builder, died last night. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "Pained by Professor Yash Pal's demise. We have lost a brilliant scientist & academician who made a lasting contribution to Indian education." The...

Pallav Bagla Bags Indira Gandhi Prize For Popularisation Of Science

New Delhi (PTI): Science journalist Pallava Bagla was today awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for popularisation of science. More than a thousand fellows of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) collectively choose once in every three years the best populariser of science in the country. Bagla is the Science Editor with the NDTV and a science columnist with the Press Trust...

Brain Dead Man’s Organs Save Four Lives

Thane (PTI):  A 38-year-old brain dead man's organs have saved four lives after his family decided to donate them, a hospital has said. The man had suffered injuries due to a fall while he was going about his daily routine. He was rushed to the Jupiter Hospital in Thane where he was declared brain dead at 7.30 PM on Tuesday,...

World’s First Double Hand Transplant On Child A Success

London (PTI): The world's first child to receive a double hand transplant - a 10-year-old boy from the US - is now able to write, dress and even play baseball, say doctors, declaring the pioneering surgery a success. Zion Harvey was two-years-old when he had sepsis, a life-threatening infection. Doctors had to removed both his hands at the wrist, and...

5 Indian Students Set To Enter Aerospace Univ in France

New Delh (PTI): When 22-year-old engineering student Arti Kalra from Punjab learnt about her selection to a prestigious aerospace university in France, she felt like "crashing through the windows and flying in the air". She is among the five bright engineering students who have been selected under the ISAE-MBDA Programme of Excellence to follow a two-year master's course at the prestigious...

ISRO launches PSLV-C38 with 31 satellites

ISRO successfully launched India's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites-29 of them from 15 different countries from Sriharikota launch pad in Andhra Pradesh. Cartosat 2 will orbit the earth from 500km above,and will be capable of counting the numbers of army tanks in the enemy territories. With hostile borders and uneasy ties with neighbouring countries, Cartosat-2 will...

NASA’s video reveals the magnetic field in Sun

NASA has released a first-ever video model of the Sun to understand the Sun's electromagnetic field that may be crucial for future deep space travel, by combining real time observations and computer simulations to analyse how plasma courses through its corona. Its magnetic field is responsible for everything from the solar explosions that cause space weather on Earth to the...

Great! Household materials to generate electricity now

A very small device made from household materials such as paper, pencil and a Teflon tape can generate enough electricity to run a remote control. A team from EPFL in Switzerland, working with researchers from the University of Tokyo, used some of everyday materials to make a tiny device that can generate more than 3 volts of power or electricity. The...

Earthworms may cause adverse effects on the Ecosystem

A new research suggests that an abundance of earthworms in soils could lead to reductions in the number of trees and and other plant species. Contrary to the popular belief that these creatures and beneficial to the natural ecosystem, the scarcity of these invertebrates can be a threat to certain plant species, causing adverse effects on the ecosystem. Researchers visited sugar maple forests...