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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Science

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...

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...

Odisha To Set Up Science Parks In All District Headquarters

Bhubaneswar(PTI): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made a number of announcements including the state government's decision of setting up a Science Park in all the district headquarters. Patnaik made the announcements at the Collectors Conference here. He said all fluoride affected villages in Nuapada district will be provided with filters. About 300 villages will be benefited, Patnaik said. The chief minister also...

Humanoid ‘Sophia’ Appeals For Collaborative Co-Existence

Mumbai(PTI): Sophia, a humanoid to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia, today appealed humans not to be fearful of machines and pitched for a "collaborative co-existence" in the future. In a 20-minute appearance marred by technical hiccups, Sophia said she was quiet worried about growing intolerance in the world and advised the human race to be "kind" to fellow creatures. This...

Discovery Of India: Astrolabe That Guided Portuguese Explorers To India Found!

London(PTI): The world's earliest known marine navigation tool that may have helped legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama find his way to India has been discovered in a 14th-century shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, according to British researchers. Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK accurately scanned the item to within 0.1 millimetres and reproduce a high-resolution 3D...

Indian Navy To Carry Out Barak-8 Test From Kolkata

The Indian Navy was thought to carry out the maiden test of the long-range Barak-8 surface-to-air missile from INS Kolkata tonight. Navy spokesman Captain DK Sharma said the test would take place after 12 AM. The Barak-8 missile is being developed in joint collaboration by India and Israel. While two tests have been successfully conducted onboard Israeli ships, this is the...

Google Celebrates Birthday Of Himalayan Explorer Nain Singh Rawat

New Delhi(PTI): Search engine giant Google today celebrated the 187th birth anniversary of intrepid Himalayan explorer Nain Singh Rawat, the first man to survey Tibet, with a special doodle. Born in 1830, Rawat hailed from the Johar Valley of Kumaon in present-day Uttarakhand and was one of the first Indians who explored the Himalayas for the British. He was part of...

NASA Extends Dawn Mission At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Washington(PTI): NASA has approved a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, allowing the spacecraft to get a closer look at the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been orbiting since March 2015. The spacecraft will...

Rare, Vintage NASA Photos To Fetch Up To 9,000 At US Auction

New York(PTI): Rare, vintage NASA photographs, that include the first picture ever taken from the Moon's surface, may fetch up to USD 9,000 each at an auction in the US. The 446 lots will showcase the extraordinary photographic journey to the Moon and back as seen through the eyes of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts. "While the astronauts' primary goal...

Nature’s surprise at Juhu beach

On Wednesday, Mumbaikars got a pleasant surprise by Nature as Juhu beach delighted locals with an amazing display of sparkling blue lights that enlighted a part of the sea's water. The sea looked as if it was lit up with a neon blue light. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence. This occurs because phytoplanktons, living microscopic organisms, emit light as a...

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...

US-Based Planet Labs To Launch 4 Satellites On Board India’s PSLV-C40

Hyderabad(PTI): Planet Labs Inc, a US-based integrated aerospace and data analytics company, today said four of its Dove satellites will be launched aboard India's PSLV-C40 mission, scheduled to fly in January next year. The primary payload for this mission is Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Cartosat-2 Series satellite, and Planet's four satellites will ride as secondary payloads. In February this year,...

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...

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...