SCIENCE

World Water Day 2016: Some Facts & A Glance

As World Water Day is observed on March 22 since 1993 with the theme designated by the UN — "Better water, better jobs", several organisations such as UN-WATER and UN-HABITAT are organising the day officially on behest of the UN. While the UN says that a billion people around the world still do not have access to safe drinking water, ...

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World Thinnest Micro Lens Discovered, to Revolutionize Nanotech Applications

Australian researchers have created the world’s thinnest lens, thousand times thinner than a human hair, which will revolutionize the nanotechnology frontiners into new smartphones, medical devices and miniature cameras. Led by Yuerui Larry Lu from ANU Research School of Engineering, they discovered the potential of the molybdenum disulphide crystal which fits in the requirement to produce future lenses for visual ...

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ISRO Quietly Places 6th IRNSS-1F Satellite, 7th, Final One Next Month (Photos)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today launched its 6th IRNSS-1F navigation satellite via its work horse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-32) from Sriharikota at 4.01pm, with the next and final one in the series scheduled next month to complete constellation of seven navigation satellites to become indigenous with complete control over the country’s navigation system and join the ranks ...

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Watch Live Today’s Solar Eclipse: India Timing Before 8 AM

In a great relief to many Indians who observe rituals before and after solar eclipse, the timings will be before they wake up at 5:50 AM in the morning and ends at 6:51 AM, much before many mothers get up to send their children to schools. Moreover, only partial eclipse will be visible during this time. “In most of the ...

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ISS Reporter-Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth, Sets New Record Stay in Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth today along with his Russian counterpart Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko aftr 340 days aboard the International Space Station that had elicited enormous interest in space watch from above and the way night lights ignite new visions of our planet. The astronauts returned by a Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 pm ...

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NASA to Fund Lockheed Martin to Build Quieter Supersonic Jet

Eversince shelving the noisy supersonic jet Concord, NASA has been eyeing the quieter supersonic passenger jet that can bring continents closer to hours of reach and now it has roped in Lockheed Martin giving it liberal funding to the tune of $20 million and 17 months to design the next generation aircraft. The preliminary design of a “low boom” flight ...

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Inspired by Bats, New Unmanned Air Vehicles to Make Debut in 5 Years

Inspired by bats, researchers from the University of Southampton have designed innovative membrane wings, paving the way for a new type of unmanned Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) with improved aerodynamic properties, which can fly over long distances and cost less. The wings work like artificial muscles, changing shape in response to the forces they experience and have no mechanical parts, ...

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Zika: Where and When Will Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Strike Next?

Zika, the virus that is rapidly spreading through South and Central America and the Caribbean, have ientifed three places in Ecuador where it might strike next. Zika is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry dengue and chikungunya viruses, and that were historically responsible for yellow fever. Zika may be linked with birth defects such as microcephaly, and with the ...

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6 Indian-Origin US Scientists to be Honoured by Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has named six Indian-origin among 106 young researchers for the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest such honour for early career achievers. They will receive the awards later at a ceremony in the White House. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of ...

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Neanderthals Mated Modern Humans Much Earlier Than Previously Thought: Shows DNA Analysis

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(Video Credit: COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY) Based on DNA analysis, an international research team has found strong evidence of an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred 100,000 years ago, almost 50,000 years earlier than what anthropologists previously thought. The scientists provided the first genetic evidence of a scenario in which early modern humans left the African continent ...

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Smart Chip Developed to Connect Brain Signals to Prosthetic Limbs

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have developed a small smart chip that can be paired with neural implants for efficient wireless transmission of brain signals to inner organs that can be monitored from outside. Neural implants when embedded in the brain can reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or give paraplegic people the ability to move their dead or ...

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Russian Scientists Record Space Gravitational Waves, Prove Einstein True Again

Confirming a significant prediction made in the special theory of relativity by Albert Einstein in 1916, Russian scientists have captured gravitational waves as part of their LIGO project pioneering a new understanding of space. The advanced Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has achieved the first direct measurement. A primary source of gravitational waves is a series of astronomical events called compact ...

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100 Times More Accurate Optical Single Ion Clock Developed

The "clock laser" (blue beam) excites the trapped ion (yellow) with a special pulse sequence, influenced by infrared radiation (red beam), measured by means of the clock laser. (PTB)

Atomic clock experts from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) are the first research group in the world to have built an optical single-ion clock which attains an accuracy that is 100 times better than predicted theoretically so far. Eve3r since Hans Dehmelt in 1981, who was to be awarded a Nobel prize later, had developed the basic notions of how to ...

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New Desalination Battery Technology Opens Up New Hope

Imagine if we can turn sea water into fresh water and new technology is pacing forward to find a way out that too at a low cost and ASAP. Leaping ahead inthe direction, engineers from the Universsity of Illinois have found the technology that charges batteries for electronic devices to provide fresh water from salty seas. Illinois mechanical science and ...

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World Wetlands Day 2016: One Billion Make living on Wetlands

Based on Sustainable Livelihoods for our Future as the theme for World Wetlands Day being celebrated today, February 2, 2016, the day is important for organisations to project the vital role of wetlands for the future of humanity and specifically their relevance towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, said Ramsar Convention. World Wetlands Day marks the date of the ...

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