India to double R&D budget

India has decided to double the expenditure in Research and Develpoment (R&D) and major initiatives were being taken by India in super computing, material sciences, genomics, nano sciences and plant breeding techniques and synthetic biology. Addressing the Opening Plenary Session of the 8th Annual Meeting of STS Forum on “Science & Technology for the future of Humankind” at Tokyo today ...

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Indian-American Harvard scientist moots the idea of magical flying carpet

Indian American scientist at Harvard, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, and other scientists — Mederic Argentina of the University of Nice, and Jan Skotheim of the Rockefeller University in New York have  invented the magical flying carpet of Alladdin in Arabian Nights based on the aerodynamics of a flexible, rippling sheet moving through a fluid. The scientists are confident to make one that ...

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NASA Space Telescope finds fewer near-earth asteroids than expected

New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought. The findings also indicate NASA has found more than 90 percent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, meeting a goal agreed to with Congress in 1998. Astronomers now estimate there are roughly 19,500 — not 35,000 — ...

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft reveals flood volcanism similar to Earth on Mercury

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which has orbited Mercury,  sent some new photos and information about the planet Mercury. The data shows widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet. MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, conducted 15 laps ...

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Teachers loosen purse strings to improve class-room creativity

Amber Jones creates the same bulletin board at Hartford Christian Academy in West Hartford, Conn., every fall — the “My Story” board. She keeps it simple but engaging for her kindergarten students, decorating the bulletin board with paper images of their future selves made using her Cricut paper-cutting machine. “The kids absolutely love their personalized paper dolls,” Jones said. “It ...

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Bangalore’s Namma Metro to Open on Oct. 20, Kamal Nath, not PM to inaugurate

Bangalore’s much-awaited Namma Metro will be opened officially on October 20, announced state chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda. Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not available for the inauguration, Union Urban Development minister Kamal Nath will inaugurate the first reach of the Bangalore Metro from Byappanahalli to MG Road at 11 am on Oct. 20. The opening of the metro ...

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Fermilab shuts down Tevatron Injector

The Tevatron, the second highest energy particle collider in the world after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC),has finally ceased its operations at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois on Friday. The “energy doubler” accelerates protons and antiprotons in 6.28 km ring to generate energy of up to 1 TeV. Set up in 1983, the $270 million unit added its main ...

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire gets 95,000 pre-order on Day One

On the opening day after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, an estimated 95,000 pre-orders were made, according eDataSource, which tracks consumer purchases. By analyzing purchase receipts received by email, eDataSource is able to estimate the daily orders places at major ecommerce sites as well as what products are being purchased. Though this was one-third of what Apple’s iPad ...

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