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Indian-origin student named America's Top Young Scientist

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Oct 22 : Sahil Doshi, a 14-year-old Indian-American student has won the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative, eco-friendly battery design that could help lower harmful greenhouse gases.


Magnetar 'Storm' provides hints of Starquakes

Washington, Oct 22 : A rapid-fire "storm" of high energy explosion from extremely magnetized neutron star, also called as a magnetar, detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope on Jan. 22, 2009 has now provided hints of Starquakes to the astronomers.


'Pheromones' in air unite male and female moths

Washington, Oct 22 : Researchers have recently studied male moths process of detecting their female partners miles away with the help of 'pheromones' in the air.


Vegetarian dino 'Stegosaurus' used sharp tail as deadly weapon

Washington, Oct 22 : A new research has revealed that Stegosaurus dinosaurs, who were mostly portrayed as plant eaters, were also lethal fighters and used their spiky tails to fight against their enemies.


Cosmic rays can make deep-space ventures risky for astronauts in future

Washington, Oct 22 : A new study has helped scientist understand that cosmic rays can threaten deep-space astronaut missions in the future.


How gigantic black holes can block formation of new stars

Washington, Oct 22 : A new study has provided deeper insight into how big black holes can block formation of new stars in the aging galaxies.


Hydrogen fuel cell cars to rule the roost in future

London, Oct 22 : They may be exorbitantly expensive at the moment, but cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to challenge the dominance of petrol and diesel cars in the near future, said a researcher from Loughborough University in Britain.


How giant black holes block star formation

New York, Oct 22 : Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in ageing galaxies, a study has found.


Cosmic rays threaten manned missions to Mars

Washington, Oct 22 : Cosmic rays have created radiation hazards in space that potentially threaten future deep-space astronaut missions, said researchers.


Indian-origin sisters develop tool to detect lung, heart disease

Washington, Oct 21 : Two Indian-origin high school students Ilina and Medha Krishen have developed screening tools to detect lung and heart disease using electronic stethoscopes.


Gene behind sweating disorder detected

Washington, Oct 21 : Mutation of a single gene blocks sweat production leading to an increased risk of hyperthermia, also known as heatstroke, said a study.


Comet Siding Spring nucleus relatively small: NASA

Washington, Oct 21 : NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully captured views of the comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring when it whizzed past Mars Sunday, obtaining key information about its nucleus.


Why some of us suffer from 'winter blues' revealed

Washington, Oct 21 : A new study has shed light on why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems.


Now, laser tractor beam that can repel and attract objects

Washington, Oct 21 : Scientists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre.


'Ham radio can counter dark side of social networking'

Kolkata, Oct 21 : Amateur or ham radio can counter the negative effects of social networking by providing a safer and alternative route for making friends worldwide, according to a licensed ham operator based in West Bengal.


Could scientists create life?

London, Oct 21 : In a virtual computer experiment, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have discovered information strings with peculiar properties that can reveal how the life originated on the Earth.


Shoot like a pro this Diwali with DSLR camera

By Somrita Ghosh, New Delhi, Oct 21 : For 22-year-old student Ridhima Shukla, taking pictures like a professional in the run-up to Diwali is pure fun - for she cannot resist capturing the colourful lanterns, diyas and lights that fill the air.


3D printer used to save cancer patient's foot

Canberra, Oct 21 : Australian doctors have used a 3D printer to help build a Melbourne man a new heel bone and save him from losing his leg to cancer.


NASA's Mars orbiter provides fresh clues for comet 'Sliding Spring'

Washington, Oct 20 : NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided data about a comet 'Siding Spring' that buzzed the Red Planet and the concerted campaign of observations may have yielded fresh clues to the solar system's earliest days more than 4 billion years ago.


Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change

Washington, Oct 20 : In a new study, scientists have found that natural gas alone was not enough to slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.


Crocodile-like reptile spotted on Mars

Washington, Oct 20 : NASA Scientists have spotted a crocodile-like creature on Mars, hinting towards another sign of life on the red planet.


Low Carbon emissions can be beneficial for developing countries

Washington, Oct 20 : Scientists have revealed that expanding energy access increases CO2 emissions but in India and other developing countries it could have positive effects and very little effect on climate change.


Carbon nanotube-based lights are more efficient than LEDs

Washington, Oct 20 : Japanese scientists have recently discovered carbon nanotube-based lights that are more efficient than LEDs.


Parent stem cells controlled by progeny

New York, Oct 20 : Megakaryocytes or large cells found in bone marrow play a critical role in regulating stem cells, found a study.


Vitamin B12 could detoxify pollutants

London, Oct 20 : Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, researchers have discovered that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution.


New spine disease clue found in mummies

London, Oct 20 : Refuting earlier claims, researchers have discovered that a degenerative spinal condition and not a spinal inflammatory disease hit members of the ancient Egyptian royal families from the 18th to the early 20th dynasties.


'Ancient fish pioneered penetrative sex'

Sydney, Oct 20 : Sexual intercourse was pioneered by a group of unsightly, long-extinct fish about 385 million years ago in Scotland, Australian scientists have reported.


NASA Mars orbiters safe after comet flyby

Washington, Oct 20 : All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status after each took shelter behind the Red Planet during a period of risk from dust released by a comet that sped past Mars Sunday - closer than any other known comet flyby off a planet.


Dead battery gets charged in two minutes!

Singapore, Oct 19 : Imagine a dead smartphone battery getting charged up to 70 percent in flat two minutes?


New implantable eye device may make reading glasses obsolete

Washington, Oct 19 : A new study has revealed that a thin ring inserted into the eye could improve vision up close providing easy remedy for presbyopia and making reading glasses obsolete soon.


Drug-resistant bacteria to be soon taken care of

London, Oct 19 : In a major breakthrough, researchers have discovered how bacteria destroy antibiotics - a finding that will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future.


Food pipe tissue grown from stem cells

New York, Oct 19 : Using a simple technique known as multiple combinations of cell populations, researchers have grown tissue of the oesophagus (food pipe).


Does the Saturn moon hide a 'fossil' core or an ocean?

New York, Oct 19 : A new study focused on the interior of Saturn's icy moon Mimas suggests that its icy surface cloaks either a rugby ball-shaped rocky core or a sloshing sub-surface ocean.


The effect of 'red' not limited to humans, says study

Washington, Oct 18 : A recent study has shown that the color red increases people's attraction but the effect may not be limited to humans.


'Mysterious' US space plane returns to Earth from 'secret' mission

London, Oct 18 : The US Air Force's X-37B space aircraft has recently returned to Earth after a two year of secret mission, it has been reported.


New technique to make biofuel production cheaper

Washington, Oct 18 : By mixing inexpensive iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium, researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to producing biofuels cheaply and more efficiently.


NASA orbiters set for close encounter with comet near Mars

Washington, Oct 18 : A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars Sunday, NASA said in a statement.


Warming climate restructuring bird population

Washington, Oct 18 : Driven by a warming climate, birds typically found in more southerly regions are gradually pushing north, restructuring the communities of birds that spend their winter in northern latitudes, research has found.


Colour red sexually arouses female monkeys

London, Oct 18 : The concept of the colour red being defined as a signal that suggests that a woman is ready to mate is not limited to the human species. The 'red effect' sparks a similar interest in female monkeys as well, suggesting that it is somewhat of an evolutionary mechanism.


US plane on secret mission returns to Earth

Los Angeles, Oct 18 : After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned.


Now, 'metal ball' fusion reactor that can power earth foreve

London, Oct 17 : Scientists have developed a metal ball shaped fusion reactor that may be able to save the world by powering it forever.


NEC Corporation discovers easy way to monitor blood pressure

Tokyo, Oct. 17 : NEC Corporation has developed a first-of-its-kind blood pressure measurement technology that enables high-precision blood pressure measurements with a low application of pressure (stress).


What lies underneath Saturn's wobbling moon revealed

Washington, Oct 17 : Scientists using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft, have measured the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, and observed that the back and forth wobble caused a surface displacement of 6 kilometers.


Temperature distributions in Sun cause explosions, scientists say

Washington, Oct 17 : The space telescope IRIS researchers have found evidence of such short-lived heat pockets in the Sun and showed that the temperature distribution within the Sun's outer layers could occasionally turn topsy turvy.


ISRO repositions Mangalyaan to avoid collision with Siding Spring comet

Washington, Oct 17 : Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has repositioned their Mars orbiter Mangalyaan as a comet called Siding Spring comet will reportedly come closer to Mars on 19th October, 2014.


Saturn's moon Mimas may have ocean under its icy surface

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has suggested that the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, indicate that the moon either contains a weirdly shaped rocky core or has a sub-surface ocean beneath its icy shell.


Having a sibling promotes sympathy and altruism in brothers

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that siblings uniquely promote sympathy and altruism in boys.


Patients in vegetative state show 'hidden awareness'

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that there is "hidden brain signatures" of consciousness in the patients in a vegetative state.


NASA's Hubble spots distant galaxy 13bln light-years away

Washington, Oct 17 : NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recently spotted a diminutive object that is estimated to be over 13 billion light-years away; this is supposed to be one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen.


Mysterious dark matter 'axion' detected in X-ray sky

Washington, Oct 16 : A new space study detected mysterious dark matter-'axions' in the X-Ray sky.


High-fat meal more dangerous for males than females

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that male and female brains respond in remarkably different ways to high-fat meals and the differences in male brains brain lead to greater inflammation and increased health risks in males that indulge on fatty foods in comparison to females.


First ever 3D map for Universe shows how it evolved

Washington, Oct 17 : Scientists have, for the very first time, created a three-dimensional map of the 'adolescent' universe, which shows the evolution of galaxies over 11 billion years.


Male brains wired to choose sex over food

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that male brains are wired in such a way that they suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.


Virus threat may make amphibians disappear

London, Oct 17 : A team of European researchers has found that viruses are causing severe diseases and mass deaths in many amphibians including frogs and salamanders.


Your smartphone can detect cosmic rays

New York, Oct 17 : Can your smartphone detect very high-energy cosmic rays that hit the Earth from space? Yes, say physicists.


NASA's Hubble spots distant galaxy

Washington, Oct 17 : NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy - one of the farthest galaxies ever seen through a giant cosmic magnifying glass over 13 billion light years away.


'Hidden' consciousness found in vegetative patients

London, Oct 17 : A team of researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist Srivas Chennu from University of Cambridge has found hidden signatures of consciousness in the brains of people in a vegetative state.


NASA findings brighten up Sun like never before

Washington, Oct 17 : New findings by NASA spacecraft about how the Sun's atmosphere or corona or what causes solar winds that can impact technological infrastructure in space and on Earth has given the scientific community an unprecedented amount of information about our Sun.


Breakthrough in increasing data transmission

Seoul, Oct 16 : A mobile operator in South Korea announced Thursday it has developed a technology that combines the frequencies of WiFi networks and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) to increase the speed of data transmission.


NASA's new video captures UFO around ISS

London, Oct 16 : In a NASA footage, which shows two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts on a spacewalk, a more mysterious object has appeared in the background.


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