Astronomers find cosmic one-two punch

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:20

Two of the most powerful phenomena in the Universe, a supermassive black hole, and the collision of giant galaxy clusters, have combined to create a stupendous cosmic particle accelerator, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.


China creating new map of Moon

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:38

Beijing, Jan 5 (IANS) Chinese scientists are drawing a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon, a media report said on Thursday.


Earth-like snow and ice features found on Pluto

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:14

Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, scientists have found evidence of snow and ice features, known as "penitentes", on Pluto. Until now, these had only been seen on the Earth.


Mysterious radio signal traced to distant dwarf galaxy

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:34

Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) In a first, astronomers, including one of Indian-origin, have traced the source of a mysterious radio signal to a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years from Earth.


NASA selects 2 missions to explore solar system's asteroids

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:26

Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) Aiming to find important clues to the earliest history of the solar system, NASA has announced two missions -- one to explore Jupiter's mysterious Trojan asteroids and the other to study a unique metal asteroid.


China to send 30 missions into space in 2017

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:52

Beijing, Jan 5 (IANS) China plans to conduct some 30 space launch missions in 2017, a record-breaking number in the country's space history, a media report said.


25 experiments in race to board TeamIndus spacecraft to Moon

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:54

Bengaluru, Jan 4 (IANS) An experiment seeks to study photosynthesis on the Moon, and yet another proposes brewing beer to study yeast formation. These are just a couple of the 25 ideas that Bengaluru-based TeamIndus has shortlisted in its bid to find suitable experiments to fly aboard its lunar spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2017.


Manmohan Singh promoted science, hope Modi will too: Bharat Ratna CNR Rao

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 13:06

New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Bharat Ratna awardee and internationally-renowned chemist C.N.R. Rao has said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was very supportive when it came to science and much was done for science and technology during his tenure, while also hoping that Narendra Modi too will consult good scientists.


10-fold surge in green tech can help meet climate targets

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:38

New York, Jan 4 (IANS) Green innovations must be developed and spread globally 10 times faster than in the past if we are to limit warming to below the Paris Agreement's two degrees Celsius target, says a study.


Scientists discover a new human organ

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:12

London, Jan 4 (IANS) Irish scientists have recently identified a new human organ that has existed in the digestive system for hundreds of years.


NASA's new mission to study black holes set for 2020 launch

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:40

Washington, Jan 4 (IANS) NASA said on Wednesday it plans to launch in 2020 a $188 million mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.