Beware! Antivirus can make online transactions less safe

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:08

Toronto, May 5 (IANS) Is the antivirus software running on your computer really making it safer to use, say, for online banking? Probably not, says a study that found that security programmes might actually make online computing less safe.


'Planet Nine' may not exist at all: Scientists

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:26

New York, May 4 (IANS) Questioning the existence of "Planet Nine" that was discovered earlier this year, new research by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found that most of the scenarios indicating its presence actually have low probabilities.


Modi greets scientists over fundamental physics prize

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:18

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Indian scientists who are among the recipients of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, an official statement said on Wednesday.


Twitter launches 'Connect' to help you find friends

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:00

New York, May 4 (IANS) Micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday launched a "Connect" tab -- a new feature to help you figure out which relevant accounts you would like to follow.


Here comes a tool to measure lung functions over phone call

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:22

Washington, May 3 (IANS) Indian-origin researchers have developed a new health sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function over a simple phone call made with any phone -- not just smartphone -- from anywhere in the world.


Sea urchin-inspired crawler to explore Mars

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:58

New York, May 3 (IANS) Inspired by the sea urchin's intricate mouth and teeth, a team of engineers and marine biologists from the University of California-San Diego has developed a claw-like device to sample sediments on other planets such as Mars.


Three new species of primates discovered

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:28

New York, May 3 (IANS) Scientists have discovered three new species of mouse lemurs - the smallest primates in the world - in Madagascar.


Election of top post of national science body challenged

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:20

Bengaluru, May 3 (IANS) It's not just the assembly elections that are making news from West Bengal. Of late, the Kolkata-based Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), funded by the union government's Department of Science and Technology (DST), is also generating news that is making scientists sad.


Scientists discover three planets which could support life

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:44

London, May 3 (IANS) Scientists from the University of Cambridge announced Monday evening that they had discovered three earth-sized planets orbiting a dim and cool star 40 light years from Earth which could be the best place to start searching for extra-terrestrial life.


Hubble spots rare hidden galaxy in night sky

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:10

Washington, May 2 (IANS) The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a hidden galaxy located just over 110 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces (The Fish).


Facial expression may improve learning, gaming

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 14:12

London, May 1 (IANS) A computer algorithm that can recognise human expressions may become a boon for the gaming industry, a team of international researchers has found.