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.


Asteroid to pass by Earth on Thursday

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:24

Washington, Oct 11 (IANS) A small asteroid will safely pass by Earth on Thursday at a distance of approximately 42,000 kilometres, just above the orbital altitude of communications satellites, NASA has said.


Scientists reveal origins of durian fruit's pungent aroma

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:28

Singapore, Oct 10 (IANS) A team of Singapore scientists has discovered the truth behind the durian tropical fruit's pungent aroma deemed as one of nature's smelliest secrets, the media reported on Tuesday.


Japan launches latest satellite of positioning system

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:50

Tokyo, Oct 10 (IANS) Japan on Tuesday successfully launched the fourth and final satellite that makes up its terrestrial positioning network system, which will improve the current GPS services and help create a better communications system during a disaster.


'Science and technology communication key to good governance'

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:18

New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) Proper communication of science and technology is important for policy making and key to ensuring good governance in India, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said here on Monday.