Adding graphene in rubber increases its strength, elasticity: Study

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 17:16

London, May 22 (IANS) Adding a very small amount of graphene -- the world's thinnest and strongest material -- to rubber films can increase both their strength and the elasticity by up to 50 percent, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher.


App that turns smartphones into quake detectors

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 10:52

New York, May 22 (IANS) Researchers on Sunday released a Japanese version of an Android app that takes information from smartphones to detect earthquakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.


Scientists find out why laundry smells

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 21:34

London, May 21 (IANS) Ever wondered why your just-cleaned clothes don't smell as fresh as you had hoped? Researchers from a British university blame it on certain organic compounds which must be removed to make clothes smell good.


Jacket by Levi's, Google lets you control smartphones

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 13:26

New York, May 21 (IANS) Google and denim jeans company Levi's have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways, a media report said.


Modified microalgae converts sunlight into cheap drugs

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 12:56

London, May 21 (IANS) A team of scientists has genetically modified microalgae to produce valuable chemicals to be used in drugs for deadly diseases like cancer by harnessing energy from the sun.


'RoboBees' to help build better drones

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:38

New York, May 20 (IANS) Inspired by nature, scientists have developed a new type of flying microrobots called "RoboBees" which can perch during flight like bats, birds or butterflies to save energy and stay in the air for long durations and help develop future drones.


Two mega tsunamis on Mars reveal perfect conditions for life

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:50

New York, May 20 (IANS) Two large meteorites hit the Red Planet millions of years apart, triggering a pair of mega-tsunamis that forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life, reveal scientists.


First manned flight in 1891 or 1903?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:16

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Was the first manned flight in 1891 or in 1903? The question will be rekindled at next month's Berlin Air Show.


Kudankulam unit 2 reactor fuel loading complete

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 15:32

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) The loading of reactor fuel into the second unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu has been successfully completed, a source at the KNPP said on Thursday.


New plant-eating dinosaur species identified

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 15:12

Toronto, May 19 (IANS) An international team of palaeontologists has identified new species of plant-eating horned dinosaur, the fossil remains of which were discovered in Montana nearly a decade ago.


Software to boost robots' ability to solve problems

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 14:12

New York, May 19 (IANS) Scientists including an Indian-origin professor have developed a new software which helps robots efficiently cope with challenges like grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator while boosting their creativity in solving problems.