Simulation helps study oldest-known star in galaxy

Washington, July 23 : Astrophysicists conducted a simulation study in order to have a better understanding of the formation of the oldest-known star in the galaxy.

Research questions satellite data over Antarctic sea expansion

Washington, July 23 : The Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as fast as previously thought, a new research suggests, adding that there may be a processing error in the satellite data.

'Comb on a chip' behind new atomic clock design

California, July 23 : In a first, researchers have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb or a microcomb.

Fly-inspired hearing aids soon

Washington, July 23 : Researchers have now developed a tiny prototype device that mimics a parasitic fly's hearing mechanism and may be useful for a new generation of hypersensitive hearing aids.

Condom that fights sexually-transmitted diseases

Melbourne, July 23 : Imagine a condom that not only stops pregnancy but also kills germs that can lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Creating specialised crystals with milk, fog

Washington, July 23 : Creating highly purified crystals to make high-powered lenses, specialised optics and computers for consumers can no longer be a difficult and expensive method.

Elephant's sense of smell stronger than dogs, humans

Tokyo, July 23 : Researchers have found that African elephants have the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR) genes ever characterised - more than twice than that of dogs and five times more than humans.

Self-cooling solar cells to last longer

Washington, July 23 : What if a solar cell could keep itself cool even in the blistering heat of the sun?

Air waves may produce optical cables

Washington, July 23 : Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fibre to any point on earth or even into space.

Cancer drug can detect HIV virus

Melbourne, July 23 : In a key discovery against HIV, researchers have shown that an anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV to levels readably detectable in the blood by standard methods.

Vaccine for dust-mite allergies

New York, July 23 : If you are allergic to dust mites, here comes the help. Researchers have now developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by switching on the body's immune response.

NASA probe to reveal Pluto in historic fly-by

Washington, July 23 : Pluto is almost largely unknown to us and it is so far away that even the powerful Hubble Space Telescope strains itself to see it.

'Natural cooling fluctuation' masked greenhouse effect during last decade: Study

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that a natural cooling fluctuation between 1998 and 2013 largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Microbiologists unravel mystery of TB causing microbe

Washington, July 22 : Microbiologists has find the mechanisms by which the aerobic soil microbe Mycobacterium smegmatis is able to persist for extreme lengths of time in the absence, or near-absence, of oxygen which might develop a revolutionary class of antibiotics to tackle TB.

Transiting exoplanet with 'longest known year' discovered

Washington, July 22 : Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet, Kepler-421b, which has the longest known year.

Dwarf galaxies dancing around larger ones question universe formation theories

Washington, July 22 : Several dwarf galaxies that 'dance' throughout the universe in arranged disc-shaped orbits around larger ones makes it more difficult to understand how the universe was formed and evolved, according to a new study.

Scientists snip out HIV virus from cultured human cells for first time

Washington, July 22 : Scientists have designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for the very first time.

Kerala scientist finds 'oil-eating' bacteria

Thiruvananthapuram, July 22 : A scientist from Kerala has discovered three new species of oil-degrading bacteria from industrial waste.

Bacteria use their entire body to swim

New York, July 22 : Bacteria just do not swim with propellers but use the entire body, a new study shows.

Exoplanet with 704-day-long year found

New York, July 22 : Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, researchers have discovered an exoplanet with the longest known year.

Most detailed map yet of Mars developed

Washington, July 22 : The US Geological Survey (USGS) has developed the most detailed map of Mars to date, which includes topographic and thermal information as well as data on the properties of the Martian surface.

Bird droppings can be mosquito busters!

By K.S. Jayaraman, Bangalore, July 22 : Don't get upset if birds mess up your courtyard or your home garden with their dropppings. These winged creatures may actually be helping to protect you and your family from dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Migrating birds map routes to prevent interbreeding?

Toronto, July 22 : Genes may lead migrating birds to take particular routes to their destination that could prevent interbreeding, suggests a study that tracked hybrids between songbird species.

Scientists spot 108 genes linked to schizophrenia

Washington, July 22 : In pathbreaking work, a team of researchers has linked 108 genetic locations to schizophrenia.

Avian influenza treatments identified

Washington, July 22 : In a novel discovery, scientists have identified six potential therapeutics to treat the deadly H7N9 avian influenza.

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes

By Imran Khan, Patna, July 22 : First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature.

Functional human platelets generated in lab

Washington, July 22 : The US scientists have developed a next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in the lab.

'Simulated' human heart created for better drug testing

London, July 22 : In pioneering research, a scientist has developed a 'simulated' human heart to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials.

Oceans pivotal in sustaining alien life: Study

Washington, July 21 : A new study has revealed that oceans are vital in moderating climate on Earth-like planets, thus sustaining alien life.

Now, Lennon's song with 'Armstrong's heartbeat, planet Venus rhythm'

Washington, July 21 : Louise Gold, a Berlin-based singer/songwriter, recorded John Lennon's song 'Oh My Love' cover and added sounds of 'Neil Armstrong's heartbeat and planet Venus' to honor the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Plants' size, age impact productivity more than climate

Washington, July 21: A new study has revealed that the size and age of plants has more impact on their productivity instead of climate that has a relatively minor direct effect on net primary productivity.

How does nature's strongest glue stick?

London, July 21 : Barnacles produce the strongest glue or cement found in nature. The material is better than anything we have developed synthetically and sticks to any surface, even underwater.

Smartphones to drive future cars

New York, July 21 : Hold on to that steering. Cars of the future are set to get rid of traditional controls like buttons and switches and have a touchscreen smartphone for your driving comfort and overall safety.

Oceans vital for alien life on other planets

London, July 21 : Oceans have an immense capacity to control climate and they are vital in sustaining life even in case there is any on other planets, says a study.

Genes play key role in twins' language deficit

New York, July 21 : Contrary to the popular tendency to attribute delays in early language acquisition of twins to mothers, researchers have found that genes play a significant role in their overall language deficit.

New technology to make nuclear waste clean-up cheaper

London, July 21 : In what could solve the commercial problems associated with clean-up of nuclear waste, researchers have successfully tested a material that can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements such as radon from the air.

Sniffer laser for hard-to-detect explosives

Washington, July 21 : There's bad news for bomb-sniffing dogs: researchers have found a way to increase the sensitivity of a light-based sensor to detect incredibly minute amounts of explosives.

Gene behind benign breast tumours identified

Singapore, July 21 : Researchers have identified a critical gene that could help clinicians distinguish fibroadenomas cases from breast cancer. Fibroadenomas is the most common benign breast tumour in women of reproductive age.

Plant's biomass depends more on size, age than on climate

New York, July 21 : Plant's productivity, that is the amount of biomass it produces, depends more on its size and age than temperature and precipitation as traditionally thought, says a study.

X-ray to fix broken earphone

New York, July 20 : This may sound bizarre but a US doctor has used X-ray machine to fix his broken headphone after "diagnosing" a tiny break in the cords.

No signal! Turn your smartphone into 'walkie talkie'

New York, July 20 : For hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and families that love to travel, this device is a must as this turns your smartphone into a "walkie talkie" even if you have no phone coverage.

Scientists discover new clues to brain's wiring

Washington, July 20 : In a step forward in learning how a developing brain is built, researchers have identified a group of proteins that programme a common type of brain nerve cell to connect with another type of nerve cell in the brain.

Diamond blasted with laser to decode giant planets' core

New York, July 20 : To unlock the mystery behind how the cores of 'super-Earths' or giant planets like Jupiter respond to intense atmospheric pressure, US researchers have blasted a diamond with the world's biggest laser beam at a very high pressure.

Darwin's 195,000 pages library now available online

Washington, July 19 : Books that Charles Darwin had with him during the five journey spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle are now reconstructed and available online

New breed 'metamaterials' can put twist in light

Washington, July 19 : Scientists have created a latest breed of materials known as metamaterials that can twist the light.

Here's how to walk on walls

London, July 19 : The trousers shown in the Wallace and Gromit film 'The Wrong Trousers' that allowed for its wearer to walk on walls and ceilings could theoretically work for 20 minutes at a time using a rechargeable battery, according to a new research by students of University of Leicester.

World's largest laser re-creates giant planets' conditions in lab for first time

Washington, July 19 : Scientists have experimentally re-created the conditions that endure deep inside the giant planets like Jupiter, Uranus and many of the planets recently discovered outside our solar system with the help of very powerful laser.

World's longest '40 inches dinosaur poop' up for sale

London, July 19 : World's longest 'dinosaur fossilised feces', which is 40 inches long and around 5.3 to 33.9 million years old, is set to get auctioned.

Baby home monitoring system at toy exhibition

New Delhi, July 19 : An electronic device that can sing a lullaby, detect temperature and even keep an eye on your baby was launched here Saturday at the Toy Biz exhibition.

New gut insight for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers

New York, July 19 : Are you suffering from the nagging irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cannot enjoy your food? Here is good news.

Mars was warmer and wetter 3.7 bn yrs ago

Washington, July 18 : Scientists have revealed that images and data captured by the rover Curiosity suggest that Mars would have been warmer and wetter some 3.7 billion years ago.

Giant holes in Moon could shelter future astronauts

Washington, July 18 : According to the new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, there are over 200 lunar pits that could provide shelter to the future astronauts.

Science behind cutting 'fair pieces' of cake revealed

Washington, July 18 : A new study has found the algorithm to divide goods such as cake and land.

Early birds likelier to be 'less moral' in evenings

London, July 18 : A new study has revealed that people who wake up early in the morning are more likely to behave immorally and cheat in the night.

Map reveals worldwide impacts of climate change

Southampton (United Kingdom), July 18 : Scientists from the University of Southampton have helped to create a new map, which shows the impact climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century, if carbon emissions continue to increase.

Gene that mediates ageing identified

New York, July 18 : In what could point towards the possibility of one day using therapeutics to combat ageing, researchers have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in ageing that can be detected early in development.

Conditions deep inside giant planets recreated in lab

New York, July 18 : In what could lead to better understanding of how giant planets form, researchers have experimentally recreated the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such as Jupiter, Uranus and many other planets recently discovered outside the solar system.

New biomarker discovery brings HIV vaccine a step closer

London, July 18 : The vaccine for HIV being developed by the Norwegian vaccine company Bionor Pharma could soon be a reality as researchers have found that median HIV viral load reduction more than doubled among participants with high anti-C5/gp41732-744 antibody levels.

Now, cancer vaccine from cat poop parasite

New York, July 18 : You may soon look at cat poop in a different light as it may hold the key to cancer cure.

Moon pits can protect astronauts from radiation, dust

Washington, July 18 : For astronauts exploring the lunar surface, there are some habitable places where they can hide to rescue themselves from radiation, micrometeorites, dust and wild day-night temperature swings.