262 new faunal species discovered in India in 2015: Official

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 19:12

Kolkata, June 28 (IANS) India has enriched the faunal biodiversity of the world with the discovery of 262 new species in 2015 while 105 species were recorded in the country for the first time, a Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) official said here on Tuesday.


ZSI documenting climate change in five Himalayan states

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 18:06

Kolkata, June 28 (IANS) The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has launched long-term monitoring studies in five Himalayan states to document the effect of climate change on animal biodiversity, an official said here on Tuesday.


Household fuels major source of Beijing smog: Study

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 16:14

Beijing, June 28 (IANS) A new study has pinned down an overlooked source of outdoor pollution in Beijing -- residential cooking and heating -- which according to scientists contributes more to the city's choking smog than do the transportation sector and power plants combined.


Rare meteorite responsible for Mercury's origin: Geologists

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 16:12

New York, June 28 (IANS) Based on an analysis of cooling rate and the composition of lava deposits on Mercury's surface, a team of geologists has found that the planet likely has the composition of an enstatite chondrite -- a type of meteorite that is extremely rare on Earth.


Stunning images reveal Jupiter ahead of Juno's arrival

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:50

London, June 28 (IANS) Researchers at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have captured stunning new images and prepared the highest-resolution maps to date of Jupiter, a week ahead of the arrival of NASA's Juno spacecraft at the giant planet on July 4.


New method for helium exploration developed

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:03

London, June 28 (IANS) A team of researchers has developed a new approach to find natural researves of helium -- a key element in MRI scanners, welding, industrial leak detection and nuclear energy -- the known reserves of which are quickly running out.


Scientists develop 'bionic' cardiac patch

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:54

New York, June 28 (IANS) Scientists have built a "bionic" cardiac patch that could act similarly to a pacemaker and monitor as well as respond to cardiac problems.


Manganese oxide indicates Mars was once Earth-like

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:12

Washington, June 28 (IANS) NASA's Curiosity rover has observed high levels of manganese oxides in Martian rocks which indicates that higher levels of atmospheric oxygen once existed on Red Planet.


Indians risk online security for diet tips: Intel

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:44

New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Three out of four youngsters in India are likely to click on promotional links related to diet tips and programmes and a large section among them are even willing to share their credit/debit card details if such tips take them a step closer to achieving desired results, an Intel Security survey showed.


NASA set to test-fire booster for world's most powerful rocket

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 09:40

Washington, June 28 (IANS) US space agency NASA is set to test-fire a booster for the world's most powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) which will power astronauts on the journey to Mars and on other deeper space missions


'Harappans in Alamgirpur made clever use of landscape, water availability'

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:02

Kolkata, June 27 (IANS) Inhabitants of Harappan settlements found in Uttar Pradesh's Alamgirpur, the easternmost site of the Indus Valley civilisation, channeled their knowledge of the local landscape and water availability to zero on these sites specifically and not just for the sake of setting up communities in the region, an archaeologist said here on Monday.


Ancient 'Deep Skull' not related to indigenous Australians

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:28

Sydney, June 27 (IANS) The 37,000-year old remains of the "Deep Skull" -- the oldest modern human discovered in South-East Asia -- was not related to indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought, says a new study.


Get even the last drop out from shampoo bottle soon

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:52

New York, June 27 (IANS) Ever struggled with a shampoo bottle in trying to get the last drop out or the last bit of a hand wash, dish wash or laundry detergent? Worry not as researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found a way to create the perfect texture inside plastic bottles to let soap products flow out freely.