Penguins date back 14,600 years: Scientists

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:32

Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) A study by Chinese scientists in East Antarctica has shown that penguins existed in the region 14,600 years ago, 6,000 years earlier than previously thought.


NASA to send probe to Titan or a comet by 2025

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:20

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) NASA has picked two concepts for a solar system mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s -- a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.


NASA could send probe to nearby exoplanet by 2069

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:32

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) To look for signs of life beyond our solar system, the US space agency could send a spacecraft to the nearby Alpha Centauri system by 2069, according to a mission concept presented by a NASA scientist.


Gravity waves force Jupiter jet stream to change direction

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:04

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) A NASA-led team has found that gravity waves force an east-west jet stream speeding through the atmosphere high above Jupiter's equator to change direction on a schedule almost as predictable as a Tokyo train's.


Telangana varsity hosts global conference on functional materials

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 19:46

Hyderabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Over 200 delegates from 10 countries are attending an international conference on advanced functional materials which kicked-off on Monday at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) at Basar in Telangana.


Twitter to begin penalising hateful, abusive accounts: Report

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:40

San Francisco, Dec 18 Aimed at reducing hateful content on its platform, Twitter will start penalising accounts from Monday that include "hateful imagery and display names", or those who "use username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour", the media reported.


Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 16:00

Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a team of three astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


What made the oldest plesiosaur a strong swimmer

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:00

London, Dec 17 (IANS) An analysis of the fossil remains of the oldest-known plesiosaur, an unusual underwater reptile that lived 201 million years ago, has revealed that the species was a very effective swimmer.