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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...

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 -...

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...

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...

‘Zoothera Salimali’ a new member in the avian family

An international group of ornithologists named a newly discovered species after Salim Ali, the birdman of India thus paying tribute to the man who shaped generations of ornithologists. Himalayan Forest Thrush (scientific name Zoothera salimali) which has been discovered from northeastern India and adjacent parts by a team of researchers from Sweden, India, China, the U.S., and Russia. Previously, a bat species...

India’s new tracking centre in Vietnam

India will establish a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea. This move will deepen ties between India and Vietnam who have long-running territorial disputes with China. While billed as a civilian facility - earth observation satellites have...

5th navigation satellite ‘IRNSS-1E’ launched by India

Space agency ISRO today successfully launched its fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E onboard the workhorse PSLV-C31 at Sriharikota, taking another step to be on par with US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). In a precise textbook launch, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C 31 blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, about 110 km from Chennai at 9.31 am and...

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...

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...

For First Time Ever: Galaxy Merging captured by Hubble Telescope

The Hubble space telescope has captured a picture of two galaxies merging into a single structure about 230 million light-years away in the Hercules constellation. The image was captured by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the galaxy NGC 6052 was originally classified as a single abnormal galaxy. According to the researchers the...

‘Chasmosaurus’ may complete the chapter of evolution

According to the scientists a 75-million-year-old fossil of a young Chasmosaurus in Canada which may help fill in gaps in the evolution of other horned dinosaurs. Philip Currie from the University of Alberta said, "For the first time ever, we have a complete skeleton of a baby ceratopsid". "We've only had a few isolated bones before to give us an idea...

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...

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...

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...