Astronauts watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in orbit

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:52

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Even as "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" continues its run in theatres across the world, it also got an audience at a place away from our home planet - the International Space Station (ISS).


Sustainable energy balance needed to meet rising global demand, say experts

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:36

Moscow, Dec 25 (IANS) With global energy demand expected to grow 30 per cent by 2040 as per International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates, a sustainable energy balance needs to be achieved to meet this requirement while also ensuring reduction in hazardous emissions, experts said.


First photosynthesis took place 1.25 billion years ago: Study

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 17:40

Toronto, Dec 24 (IANS) The process of photosynthesis in plants first took place 1.25 billion years ago, finds a study that identified an algae fossil, believed to be the world's oldest known direct ancestor of modern plants and animals.


Potentially hazardous asteroid Phaethon larger than thought

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 13:40

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) Classified as "potentially hazardous", the near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon has a diameter of about six kilometres -- roughly one kilometre larger than previous estimates, new radar images obtained by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico suggest.


Kids' innovations should be encouraged by IITs: Pranab

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:24

Gandhinagar, Dec 22 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said there was immense wealth of ideas and innovation in children and it should be encouraged by institutes like the IITs and NIDs.


Observation of two neutron stars merger 'breakthrough of the year'

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:40

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) The first observations of a merger between two faraway neutron stars, a violent celestial event that generated tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, was the "breakthrough of the year", according to the journal Science.


Sun-like star found eating its own planetary offspring

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:00

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Researchers have found evidence to show that a Sun-like star 550 light years from Earth is slowly consuming its "offspring" -- crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust - like the ancient Greek god Cronus who devoured his children.


NASA develops new tool to fast-track search for alien life

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:36

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) To push its search for life in alien terrains, NASA has developed a new spectroscopy instrument designed to detect compounds and minerals associated with biological activity more quickly and with greater sensitivity than previous instruments.


Boost for gene editing, artificial womb technologies (2017 in Retrospect)

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:48

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Advances in medical sciences this year have brought good news for humanity at large because of the progress made in gene editing technology to treat inherited diseases, and particularly to cancer patients with the approval of a gene therapy by US regulators.