Scientists decode mystery of Pluto's 'bladed terrain'

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 11:54

Washington, Sep 27 (IANS) Shedding light on mysterious formations resembling giant knife blades of ice on Pluto, scientists have found that the "bladed terrain" is made almost entirely of methane ice, and likely formed as a specific kind of erosion wore away the surfaces, leaving dramatic crests and sharp divides.


Some facial creams can even cause death, scientists warn

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:34

Bengaluru, Sep 26 (IANS) Some popular brands of facial creams that are advertised as containing "activated carbon" for better results can be harmful to the skin and even cause death, scientists say.


Pence makes 'most long distance call' to thank ISS astronauts

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:04

Washington, Sep 26 (IANS) US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday made his most "most long distance call" when he spoke to NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) from the agency's Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama.


NASA's heartbeat detector helps search for Mexico quake survivors

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:44

Washington, Sep 25 (IANS) A suitcase-sized radar instrument capable of detecting human heartbeats under rubble is helping disaster relief workers on the ground in Mexico City respond to the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on September 19 that killed hundreds, NASA has said.


Pence to visit NASA centre building deep space mission rocket

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:52

Washington, Sep 25 (IANS) US Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama on Monday which is building the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket along with the other technologies and systems needed to send astronauts into deep space.


Australia decides to establish national space agency

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:36

Adelaide, Sep 25 (IANS) Australia's Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham officially announced on Monday that the country will establish its own national space agency.


Multi-gene test found effective in predicting Alzheimer's disease

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 15:42

San Francisco, Sep 24 (IANS) In a new test, a research team has found that combining the effects of over two dozen genetic variants help in predicting which cognitively normal older adults will go on to develop Alzheimer's dementia.


What causes bone loss in elderly

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 14:06

New York, Sep 24 (IANS) Researchers have identified a mechanism that leads to bone loss in older adults, an advance that may help develop therapeutics to treat the age-associated bone loss condition.


Researchers develop new scale to measure wisdom

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:14

New York, Sep 24 (IANS) Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new tool to assess an individual's level of wisdom.


Neanderthal children grew just like modern kids: Study

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:48

London, Sep 23 (IANS) Modern humans and Neanderthals emerged from a common recent ancestor and the first fossil analysis of a Neanderthal boy's skeleton recovered from Spain has revealed that the kid grew just like a modern-day child would.


Textile cultures of Italy, Greece different during Iron Age: Study

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:26

London, Sep 23 (IANS) Despite the use of similar textile technologies during the Iron Age, Italy shared the textile culture of Central Europe while Greece largely followed the near eastern traditions of textile production, a detailed analysis of textile fragments has revealed.