New forms of HIV can jump from animals to humans

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:32

New York, July 22 (IANS) While the HIV epidemic continues to threaten health and well-being of a large section of the world's population, scientists have warned that new forms of the virus jumping from animals to humans cannot be ruled out.


Documentary on American national parks launched in Kolkata

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 21:38

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Traversing through towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, get a feel of the American wilderness, courtesy "America Wild: National Parks Adventure", a documentary giving a sweeping overview of history of US' national parks.


India to launch satellite jointly developed with US in 2021

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 21:28

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Indian space agency and US NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L&S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), slated to be completed and launched by 2021, parliament was told on Thursday.


Female birds call the shots to break-up

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:02

Sydney, July 21 (IANS) Endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren female birds call the shots or tune when it comes to breaking-up with their partner, according a new study.


Why treatment outcome is worse in obese cancer patients

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:46

New York, July 21 (IANS) Examining why obese patients fare worse than leaner patients across many cancer types, a new study has found that cancer stem cells not only use fatty tissue as a robbers' cave to hide from therapy, but actively adapt this cave to their liking.


NASA's new institute to explore ways to protect astronauts

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 14:02

Washington, July 21 (IANS) The US space agency has established a new institute charged with researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA's "Journey to Mars".


New camera to capture high-quality facial expressions

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 13:32

London, July 21 (IANS) Using new methodology, researchers have developed a camera that can capture facial expressions -- a key component of visual effects for movies and computer games -- with the robustness of traditional multi-view methods.


People become benevolent by chance

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:16

London, July 21 (IANS) Why do people help those in distress or the needy when there is no direct benefit involved? Why do some people not like bribing or cheating the system? The answer may not lie in genes but elsewhere.


Oceans may have massive reserve of hydrogen

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:16

New York, July 21 (IANS) Hydrogen may not be as rare as once thought as a new study says that rocks beneath the ocean floor by fast-spreading tectonic plates may be a large and previously overlooked source of the gas, which might be the fuel source responsible for triggering life on Earth.


Two Earth-like exoplanets may harbour life, shows Hubble data

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:18

Washington, July 21 (IANS) Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has conducted the first search for atmospheres around Earth-sized exoplanets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of presence of life on two rocky exoplanets.


Scientists develop device to help pregnant women self-monitor baby

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 04:42

Warsaw, July 21 (IANS) Polish scientists have developed a portable device enabling pregnant women to examine the state of their baby, including its heart rate, early detection of placenta abruption, baby's hypoxia or being tied with the umbilical cord.


Ants learnt farming 60 mn years ago; man 10,000 years back

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:36

New York, July 20 (IANS) Ants belonging to a South American group switched from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to subsistence farming of fungi that grew on decomposing, woody plant matter some 55 to 60 million years ago, shortly after the dinosaurs died out, new research has found.


How Twitter helped solve Milky Way mystery

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:04

Toronto, July 20 (IANS) Taking help from Twitter, two astronomers have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the Milky Way galaxy.