IIT-K team develops wearable technology from silk

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:10

Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) Just imagine India-made smart textiles that can sense what goes on around you, store data and communicate for necessary action! Well, scientists have inched closer to indigenously built wearable electronic devices, thanks to unique properties of silk.


Dust around active black holes more compact than thought

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:14

Washington, June 14 (IANS) Using observations from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, researchers have found that the dust surrounding active, ravenous black holes is much more compact than previously thought.


Navigating towards a 'Paris Agreement for the oceans'? (Comment)

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:46

The first ever UN Ocean Conference came to a close on June 9 with a "Call For Action", over 1,300 voluntary commitments made to support ocean health, and aspirations for a new convention to protect biodiversity in the roughly half of our planet which lies beyond national jurisdictions.


Wildfire smoke may be worse for climate than thought

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:00

Washington, June 13 (IANS) Smoke from wildfire worldwide could impact the atmosphere and climate much more than previously thought, new research using data collected during NASA airborne science campaigns has found.


Novel system to detect cell phone hacking

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:08

San Francisco, June 12 (IANS) Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new system called SeaGlass that helps detect cell phone surveillance by modelling a city's cellular landscape and identifying suspicious anomalies.


Why rain-bearing clouds are thinning out over India

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:36

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that this year's monsoon rainfall will be around 98 per cent of the long-period average, which is good news in this drought-prone era. But another study by the same IMD shows a more worrying trend. It has found that rain-bearing clouds have been thinning out across the country over the last 50 years.


NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:08

Washington, June 12 (IANS) Examining initial samples of rocks collected by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the lower-most layers of Mount Sharp mountain, suggesting that conditions changed in the water environments on the Red Planet over time.


China launches record-breaking drone swarm

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:24

Beijing, June 11 (IANS) China has launched a swarm of 119 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), breaking the previous record of 67 drones, an official said on Sunday.


Researchers discover 2-D magnet for first time

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 08:52

San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) A team of researchers has for the first time discovered magnetism in the 2-D world of monolayers, or materials that are formed by a single atomic layer.


Navigation satellite clocks ticking; system to be expanded: ISRO

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:46

Chennai, June 10 (IANS) "The clocks are ticking." Every morning this announcement brings relief and not tension to the Indian space agency team that is managing the navigation satellite system NavIC with only one rubidium atomic clock switched on instead of two in the six satellites.


NASA deep sea expedition to prepare astronauts for Mars journey

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:34

Washington, June 10 (IANS) A team of 22 persons including a university professor is set for a deep sea expedition by NASA to test simulated spacewalks, time delays in space communication and the effect of ketogenic (high-fat, low-carb) diet on astronauts who will be part of future space missions, including to Mars.


Zero gravity can affect regenerative health of space travellers

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:30

New York, June 10 (IANS) Scientists studying flatworms that were part of a five-week experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have found that absence of normal gravity can affect anatomy, behaviour and microbiology, especially their ability to regenerate.