Russian cargo craft with supplies lifts off for space station

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:06

Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) Carrying almost three tonnes of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station crew, an unpiloted Russian Progress 68 cargo spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday at 2.46 pm local time.


How NASA plans to protect Mars crew from space radiation

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:46

Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, NASA said it is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet.


Methane rainstorms on Titan more frequent than thought

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:22

New York, Oct 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that intense methane rainstorms batter Saturn's largest moon Titan much more frequently than expected, creating massive floods in terrain that are otherwise deserts.


Facebook data can deliver real-time census

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:46

New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Contrary to the time-consuming conventional way of preparing a census, researchers have said Facebook can be a reliable resource for the exercise and can provide real-time numbers in comparatively less time.


Last ancestor of humans small like gibbons: Study

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:22

London, Oct 13 (IANS) Researchers have found that the last common ancestor of apes and humans was likely small, probably weighing about 12 pounds -- about the size of a gibbon.


Remedy in sight to end straw burning in northern India?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:38

Bengaluru, Oct 13 (IANS) A joint effort is under way by Indian and US scientists to end the harmful practice of rice and wheat straw burning in Punjab and convert the crop residue into a product of value to benefit the farmers.


El Nino caused record CO2 spike in 2015-16: NASA

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:04

Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) Scientists have found that the impact of the 2015-16 El Nino-related heat and drought occurring in tropical regions of South America, Africa and Indonesia was responsible for the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.


India calls for prevention of weaponisation of outer space

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:58

United Nations, Oct 13 (IANS) India has called upon the international community to work together to prevent the weaponisation of outer space and endeavour to formulate a global pact to avoid an arms race in space.


Astronauts take a spacewalk to lubricate robotic arm

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:44

Washington, Oct 11 (IANS) Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have completed a spacewalk lasting about 6.5 hours to lubricate components of the new latching end effector they installed in the previous spacewalk on the Canadarm2 robotic arm.