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Now water used as propellant for tiny satellites

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:02

Bengaluru, Aug 10 (IANS) Engineers at Purdue University in the US have designed and tested a micropropulsion system that uses liquid water as the propellant for orbital maneuvering of tiny satellites called CubeSats.

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China's quantum satellite sends unbreakable code from space

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:22

Beijing, Aug 10 (IANS) In a major step towards building a hack-proof global quantum communication network, China has sent an unbreakable code from its quantum satellite to the Earth, marking realization of quantum key distribution technology for the first time.

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Milky Way dotted with 100 million black holes

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:24

New York, Aug 9 (IANS) After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorise stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers have determined that the Milky Way is home to about 100 million of the enigmatic, dark objects -- far more than expected.

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Modern dogs emerged through single domestication process: Study

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:12

London, Aug 8 (IANS) Challenging previous research that suggested two domestication processes led to the modern dog, a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist says that all contemporary dogs have a common origin and emerged through a single domestication process of wolves 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.

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Probiotics benefits may be overstated, says study

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:48

San Francisco, Aug 8 (IANS) There is no clear evidence that probiotics, the "friendly" bacteria strain of lactobacillus, prevent eczema -- a frequent precursor to asthma, a study has said.

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Could perennial crops be an answer to climate change?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:10

Bengaluru, Aug 7 (IANS) While India reaped the benefits of the Green Revolution in the 1960s, her neighbour China is now taking the lead in another area of sustainable agriculture -- developing crops that meet the challenges posed by global warming.

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An unforgettable date with a Russian n-plant

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:02

Novovoronezh (Russia), Aug 7 (IANS) Imagine "shutting down" a nuclear power plant by pressing a button with your thumb, or having access to no-go zones for the public in a nuclear site -- all accompanied by experts lucidly explaining the core operations.

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Sisi stresses state attention to science as pillar for development

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 02:38

Cairo, Aug 7 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Sunday the significance of science as the main pillar for comprehensive development and production, noting that his government increased spending on scientific research by 47 per cent over the past three years.

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