Soft wearable exosuit to help soldiers, rescuers

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:38

New York, May 12 (IANS) Researchers from Harvard University have developed a flexible exosuit that reduces the energy required for walking when carrying a heavy load - helping people like soldiers, rescuers in emergency situations or hikers who frequently have to do so.


China opens first deep-sea research institute

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:10

Beijing, May 12 (IANS) China has opened its first deep-sea research institute which experts said will be meaningful for resource exploitation and improvements to naval technology.


Key science returns to Earth from ISS aboard SpaceX spacecraft

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:56

Washington, May 12 (IANS) Carrying over 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday morning (India time).


How brain controls vision and what we miss to see

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:28

New York, May 11 (IANS) A team of US researchers has come up with a rough map of part of the brain that controls vision and leaves things out even when they are plainly in sight.


Facebook launches WhatsApp desktop app for Windows, Mac

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:28

New York, May 11 (IANS) Social media giant Facebook has made available its WhatsApp instant messaging smartphone service on Mac and Windows desktops, media reports said on Wednesday.


Are we ready for chatbots, the next technology wave?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:02

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) When the tech giant Microsoft unveiled its AI or artificial intelligence-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with the people in March, little did the tech giant realise that the twitterati would begin slamming the innocent bot with racist and offensive comments.


NASA's Kepler probe discovers over 1,200 new planets

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:40

Washington, May 11 (IANS) NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets - the single largest finding of planets to date - giving fresh hopes to astronomers to discover another Earth reverberating with life.


Scientists produce jet fuel in 'one pot' recipe

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:34

New York, May 10 (IANS) Researchers including one of Indian origin from the US Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a "one-pot" method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material.


Intense wind from nearby black hole discovered

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:08

London, May 10 (IANS) An international team of astrophysicists has detected an intense wind from one of the closest known black holes to the Earth.


Beware! Smartphones can make you hyperactive

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:58

New York, May 10 (IANS) Are you getting bored easily when trying to focus, or having difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities? If yes, the pervasive use of a smartphone could be the reason behind these attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, new research suggests.


Five-fingered robotic hand learns on its own

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:08

Washington, May 10 (IANS) A team led by an Indian-origin computer engineer from University of Washington has built a five-fingered robotic hand that can not only perform dexterous in-hand manipulation but also learn from its own experience without depending on humans to direct it.


Australia to further cut Antarctic research funding

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 17:26

Canberra, May 9 (IANS) Australia's national scientific agency will cut further funding and jobs from its Antarctic research field, in a move that scientists warn would ruin Australia's key partnerships in the region.


Mercury transit begins at 4.43 p.m. in India

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:38

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Marking a rare astronomical event -- the Mercury transit, the planet Mercury crossing in front of the Sun, will be visible in India on Monday from 4.43 p.m. till sunset at 7.01 p.m. in Delhi.