SpaceX wins 2nd NASA contract to take astronauts to ISS

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 10:44

Washington, July 30 (IANS) The US space agency has ordered a second mission from Elon Musk's space transport services company SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).


Butterflies distinguish between plants to lay eggs

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 17:32

London, July 29 (IANS) The tropical butterfly Heliconius erato distinguishes between shapes to use them as a cue for choosing the plants on which to feed and lay eggs, shows a new research.


Breakthrough solar cell that works like a plant

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 14:58

New York, July 29 (IANS) Researchers have developed a potentially game-changing solar cell that essentially does the work of plants -- converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into usable hydrocarbon fuel using only sunlight for energy.


Deep space radiation put Apollo astronauts at high death risk

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 13:36

Washington, July 29 (IANS) Astronauts who were part of the successful Apollo space mission are going through higher rates of cardiovascular problems likely caused by their exposure to deep space radiation, says a researcher from Florida State University.


New bio-sensor can detect muscle fatigue

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 13:34

New York, July 29 (IANS) Scientists have developed a sustainable, wearable bio-sensor to detect conditions like muscle fatigue, stress and dehydration by taking advantage of trove of medical information present in human sweat.


Government to ask doctors to prescribe generic medicines

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 18:00

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The government is planning to modify the rules of the Medical Council of India to make it compulsory for all physicians to prescribe medicines with generic names, Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar said on Thursday.


ISRO postpones rocket launch due to search for IAF plane

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 17:40

Chennai/New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) With the search for the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) transport plane over the Bay of Bengal continuing without much headway, the Indian space agency has decided to postpone the testing of its air breathing engine to a future date, said a senior official.


Burying CO2 underground safer than previously thought

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 17:20

London, July 28 (IANS) Storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in reservoirs deep underground may be better for the climate than emitting the gas directly into the atmosphere as researchers have found that this process is much safer over long periods of time than previously thought.


Weight loss surgery may increase fracture risk

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 17:04

London, July 28 (IANS) Severely obese patients undergoing weight loss surgery are more likely to have increased fracture risks both before and after the surgical procedure, finds a study.


India seen as responsible n-technology country, says Kakodkar

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 16:20

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) Batting for nuclear energy as key to delivering on the Paris Climate Change Summit commitments, former Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar on Thursday expressed optimism over India being included in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).


White dwarf found lashing red dwarf in space

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 16:20

London, July 28 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered a new type of exotic binary star system, in which a rapidly spinning white dwarf star is lashing the companion red dwarf star with high-energy particles, causing the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio.


'India should not lag behind in outer space mining'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 15:34

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) With the US wanting to press ahead with asteroid mining and unlock resources of the moon, India will lag behind if it does not seize the outer space mining opportunity, said a TIFAC official here on Thursday.


Oldest evidence of cancer spotted in 1.7 million-year-old fossil

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:46

Johannesburg, July 28 (IANS) Overturning a common perception that cancer is a modern disease, researchers in South Africa have detected the most ancient evidence of cancer in the fossil of a hominin, or bipedal human relative who lived approximately 1.7 million years ago.