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Google’s AI program predicts 3D shape of proteins

Google’s DeepMind outfit’s latest AI program ‘Alphafold’ predicted the 3D shapes of proteins which are the fundamental molecules of life. Co-founder and CEO of DeepMind Demis Hassabis said that it is was an important moment for them as it was a major investment in terms of.....

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Facebook to fund £4.5mn to train journalist in Britain

Facebook is reportedly donating 4.5mn pounds to train journalists to cater news to British communities that have lost local newspapers and reporters. Most of the local newspapers forced to shut down in short of ad revenue because of the increasing number of .....

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Make a homemade body oil to pamper yourself!

Going to a spa for a massage is not always possible. Make this body oil with kitchen ingredients and make your skin feel younger. In a pan, heat coconut oil, add 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds, ½ tsp whole black pepper, 3-4 pieces of vasambu. Cool and transfer to a container. Massage your body wit.....

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When women are most fertile to get pregnant

According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 20s and 30s are the best time for a woman to get pregnant. It is important to find out when you are ovulating. The ovulation phase lasts for 2 days in a cycle, and this is when a woman is most fertile. Ovulation kits, digital tests.....

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Study claims fish oil during pregnancy helps kids’ growth

The children of mothers, who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy, are likely to gain more body mass than those who don’t, said a study conducted by Copenhagen University researchers. Taking fish oil supplementation from the 24th week of pregnancy will help children to gain harmless b.....

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Exposure to toxic metals increases heart disease risk

The research conducted by the University of Cambridge in the UK found that an increased exposure to the toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cardmium or copper may enhance the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The metals produce by-product of Oxygen called free radicals that may result in o.....

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UN takes significant steps to protect the high seas

The high seas- oceans that lie beyond economic zones, make for half of the planet protecting terrestrial life from the impact of climate change. These waters are threatened by deep-sea mining, over-fishing and the patenting of marine genetic resources. Over exploitation could be prevented by a bi.....

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Pool banking umbilical cords better in blood related disease

Medical experts have observed that in case of treatment of blood related diseases, Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant (UCBT) has higher success rate when compared to Bone Marrow Transplant. Experts say that pool banking allows more access to umbilical cords when it is needed. UCBT will be able to tr.....

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WhatsApp to tackle fake news through radio campaigns

WhatsApp has announced that it will be rolling out radio campaigns across India urging people to cross check the information received as a forward before sharing it with others. WhatsApp has received severe criticism for circulation of fake news leading to incidents of mob lynching. The campaign .....

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Study reveals slow and steady always wins

A study has found that on the long run, a race is always won by a slower and steadier animal. Researchers analysed the animal speed, based on land, air and water and found that world’s fastest animals are actually some of the slowest ones when their movements are averaged throughout their l.....

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Scientists say infrequent newsreaders best at predicting

Neuroscientists have forecasted which content will go viral by showing it to a small number of people and observing their brain activity. Now, they have found that infrequent newsreaders are best at predicting what goes viral. This is because these readers are more reflective of how people in gen.....

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Our brain affected by air pollution, Study

A study found air pollution to affect the brain so much that people struggle for words or complete simple maths. Long-term exposure to air pollution severely affects cognition skills. The effect is found to be more pronounced in men than women, affecting the elderly the worst. This study highligh.....

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Drone usage to be allowed from December 1

From December 1, the government of India will allow the commercial usage of drones. Their usage is expected to be a help in sectors like agriculture, health and also in disaster management, which is very significant. . The user will have to seek permission to fly them; a mobile app will be launch.....

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Smartphones can soon help to predict flash floods

Researchers noted that smartphones can monitor environmental features such as humidity, temperatures, light-levels, sound level and so on. A study suggests that devices with these features will be able to forecast the weather accurately and to track weather patterns that lead to the natural disas.....

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Researchers find out how to stop cell death

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found how to stop cell death. They identified a chemical that helps to prevent inflammatory cell death. The chemical act against extreme inflammation. This is also known as a pharmacologic approach that helps to stop the devel.....

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Study shows that pigs are more intellectual than we think

We know that pigs are quite intelligent, but a recent study has proven much more. The study conducted by Messerli Research Institute shows that pigs possess learning and visual cognitive abilities and are capable of long-term memory and visual discrimination. We need

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Veggies and fruits are toxic chemicals storehouse

Scientists warn of pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals being injected for faster growth and artificial colors are turning ‘green’ and ‘fresh looking’ vegetables and fruits in the market into health hazards for common man. Vegetables are also contaminated by dirty water, un.....

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Low- cost drugs for Snake bites

Researchers from IIT Delhi in Collaboration with US developed an antivenoum that effectively deactivate poison of snakes. It is helpful for Indian Cobra, Common Krait, Russels Viper and Saw- scaled Viper. Peptide serum from horse serum costs Rs 500 per vial, but IIT Delhi aims to sell for RS 70. .....

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Study says use of antioxidants do not relieve muscle pain

Study has found that use of antioxidants through food do not relieve muscle pain after exercises. Data from 1089 participants from ages 16-55 were analysed. It suggests avoiding antioxidants use for recovery that damages cells and tissues, creating oxidative stress. Berries, dark chocolates, kidn.....

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Researchers claim weight loss pill is not a danger to heart

Researchers claimed that lorcaserin, the first weight-loss drug, will not increase the risk of serious heart problems. They said the drug is not a danger to health and is safe for heart health with long-term use. Taken twice a day, it is an appetite suppressant which works by stimulating brain ch.....

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Drugs could interfere with blood pressure pills

According to a new research, people taking blood pressure pills often take other drugs, which interfere with the pills' effectiveness. It stated that 18% of people taking the drugs make blood pressure pills less effective, which may be justified and acceptable to the patients. But it may be s.....

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Ice found on moon with Chandrayaan I data

Using data from India’s Chandrayaan I spacecraft launched 10 years ago, NASA scientists have confirmed the presence of frozen water deposits in the coldest parts of moon’s Polar Regions. With this discovery, it will be helpful for future expeditions on the moon, as water will be easie.....

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Stone tools linked to modern man hands, Study

A study found that the technique used to produce stone tools might have needed modern human hands to produce highly forceful precision grips to produce advanced types of a stone tool like spear points. This platform preparation technique designs a striking area on a tool to remove specific stone .....

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Trigger warnings found to be psychologically harmful

Trigger warnings, started as courtesy to people suffering from PTSD, has proven to be not helpful when it comes to shielding non-trauma survivors from distressing material. It can increase peoples’ perceived vulnerability to trauma. It has been found to make emotional reactions worse rather.....

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Conspiracy theories: African Americans' social devaluation

A new study has found African Americans who believe in race-related conspiracy theories to more likely believe that society values them less than others. This study indicates African American beliefs in certain conspiracy theories that are driven in part to compensate for their social devaluation.....

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Eat meat in moderation to live a longer life

It has been found that people, who ate a moderate amount of carbs, could live longer than those who ate almost none or ate mostly carbs.Studies found that people, who replaced starchy foods with plant proteins such as nuts and legumes lived longer than those who ate beef, pork or chicken. People .....

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Cleo Skill, to teach Alexa Indian languages

Amazon has developed Cleo Skill, which enables users to teach Alexa Indian languages by talking to her. Using Cleo, customers can respond to Alexa’s English statements through various Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Telugu etc. It uses artificial intelligence called machine learning w.....

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Youth regains his voice after a rare surgery

A rare laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery was performed on a 21-year-old youth in Mumbai, who lost his voice 11 years ago in an accident. The procedure was successfully completed on the person who had been unsuccessfully operated on multiple times.  The HOD Dr Srinivas Chavan said that t.....

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3D printed reef to save corals in Maldives

Scientists in Australia have found a novel way of saving coral reefs, which has been diminishing due to climate change. The reef has been developed using computer modelling and 3D printing. The experimental project in Maldives aims to help coral reefs survive the climate change. The reefs are cas.....

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Revolution in food processing: Lab-grown meat in 2021

Dutch startup Mosa Meat has raised €7.5M, which will support the development of a first lab-grown meat product, that is expected to reach market by 2021. Co-founded by Mark Post, the scientist behind the world’s first lab-grown burger, it will help reduce land use and pollution. Such m.....

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Sugars recycled from forestry waste can be useful

Rehap, an EU project, has found a way to produce 2,3-butanediol, a chemical building block used in a range of industrial applications, using sugars recycled from forestry waste. Rehap is partnering with the investor Tecnalia and its portfolio company Biosyncaucho to develop the viable alternative.....

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Study says smartphones dirtier than a toilet seat

According to a new research, smartphone’s screens have been found to be three times dirtier than a toilet seat. The research carried out on popular devices, their screens were found to be the filthiest part of the device. It had the combined total of 254.9 colony forming units per square cm.....

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Brain can take rational decisions, says study

According to a study, our brain is capable of taking logical decisions, setting aside previous influences by existing biases. It stated that we learn from the accumulation of our own experiences. It also highlighted the importance that the brain gives on accumulation of evidence during decision m.....

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Women have smaller pockets than men, Study

According to a research, it has been found that women trousers have smaller pockets in comparison to those meant for men. They were found to be on an average 48% smaller than pockets on men’s trousers. Hence, this result in lesser real estate to shove in a smart phone like an iPhone X or Sa.....

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An Egyptian tomb holds the world's oldest cheese

Researchers claim that the world's oldest cheese has been found inside a 13th century BC Egyptian tomb. It shows that cheese has been stood against the test of time. It was discovered in a jar from the tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis in Egypt. An analysis was conducted on the sample which p.....

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US scientists censor own work under Trump regime: Survey

Scientists working for the US Govt said they censor their own work to avoid getting in trouble, as per a new survey. They said political concerns outweigh scientific rigor under the Trump administration. The scientists also added that budget cuts hamper their missions. They fear speaking up about.....

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Scientists warn heat-related calamities on the rise

Climate scientists warn that 2018 would be the 4th hottest year on record and claim that the trend will continue. The mortality rates owing to extreme heat may increase globally. US pulling out of the Paris agreement affects the target to reduce emissions. Melbourne, Ahmedabad and Switzerland gov.....

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Rich spending millions to get their brains frozen

The super rich are having their brains frozen in the hope of being resurrected someday. It involves cryogenic science in which the body is frozen deeply. The rich and the famous, have opted for this process in the hope that they will wake up centuries later when their brain will be implanted in a.....

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An egg a day can lower 18% risk of heart diseases: Study

Researchers from China’s Peking University suggest that an egg a day could lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases significantly. They claim that there is an association between moderate level of egg consumption and a lower cardiac event rate. It said daily egg consumers had a 26% lower r.....

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Teen depression treatment improve parents’ mental health

Studies found by treating teens with depression, their parents’ mental health also improves. Depression is not an individual ailment; its a family affair. There are cases of offsprings of depressed mothers who have higher risk of depression. These findings may help healthcare providers deal.....

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Science tells why it's hard to get kids' attention

Researchers studying kids’ attention issues have found that it’s a matter of salience, a complex brain process that determine what should brains get from the outside world and keep our attention. Parents can combat the distractions and get their kids' attention by being attentive .....

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Scientist find the speed of death as 30 microns per minute

Scientists have measured the rate at which cells kill themselves off for an organism’s own good or death, by studying the frog cells. They found the speed of death as 30 microns a minute. According to them, by knowing the speed at which cells die, we can do amazing things like curing cancer.....

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SSLV to revolutionise the global satellite industry

A small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) being developed by an ISRO team is in the offing. If this is achieved, it will transform the global satellite launch industry by cutting down costs by 10%. This quick-response rocket will be able to launch small satellites. After successful testing it in mi.....

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ISRO to roll out a TV channel during centenary celebrations

ISRO is gearing up to celebrate the centenary of its founding father Vikram Sarabhai. The revelries will be held throughout year starting in August 2019.  As a part of this, it plans to roll out a dedicated ISRO TV channel. It will telecast programs on space applications, developments and sc.....

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Bosnia has an opportunity to see a display of meteor shower

Stargazers of Bosnia had an opportunity to see a display of the Perseids meteor shower that lit up the sky on Aug 12. They watched it at Sand Pyramids, near the town of Foca. This particular type of meteor returns every August, arising when Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tutt.....

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Natural Cycles: An app to avoid unwanted pregnancy

A new app called ‘Natural Cycles’ has been designed to keep track of fertility in women and prevent pregnancy. The US Food and Administration (FDA) has approved of the app. FDA’s assistant director for the health of women said that the app can provide effective method of contrac.....

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe takes off

The Parker Solar Probe by NASA was launched off from Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida on Sunday afternoon. The Probe, which is the most ambitious mission of NASA, will over the next 7 years, come within 16.16 million kilometres of the sun. This is the closest any spacecraft has ever go.....

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Nasa's Parker Solar Probe launched on second attempt

Nasa's Parker Solar Probe was launched today. The launch was delayed on Saturday due to a technical snag. The probe is a $1.5 billion unmanned spacecraft. It aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the centre of the solar system. The probe is designed to plunge into the Su.....

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Elderly people suffer a risk of dying after fractures

Researchers say that increased risk of dying after older adults break a bone is real, long-lasting and not limited to hip fractures. An analysis of mortality among people aged 50 and older found an increase in mortality risk of up to 25% with other types of fractures as well. The risk of dying is.....

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Web domain names in regional languages to be available soon

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is reportedly working on to integrate India languages to website domains. Sooner web domains will be available in Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. This would help people with no knowledge .....

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Cocaine relapse can now be overcome by exercise, a study

A study finds that exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction. Major causes of relapse is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions caused by the withdrawal itself. Exercise reduce stress hormones and elevate mood, helping to alleviate.....

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ISRO to get a makeover on the birth centenary of Sarabhai

The Indian Space Research Organization premises in Bengaluru are all set to get the makeover to mark the birth centenary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. Unprecedented changes are proposed in 17 new divisions and programme offices to support future of interplanetary missions and other programmes. The Unio.....

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe postponed until tomorrow

NASA has postponed until Sunday the launch of its $1.5 billion unmanned Parker Solar Probe. The delay is to provide engineers more time to probe a red flag that was raised in the last moment before lift-off. The glitch had to do with the gaseous helium pressure alarm on the spacecraft. The next l.....

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Parker Solar Probe to set off on a journey towards the sun

NASA will blast off the first spacecraft that is to fly directly toward the Sun on Sat. The mission is to unearth mysteries surrounding the corona which is the atmosphere covering the Sun. It is named after 91-year-old solar physicist Eugene Parker who discovered the solar wind. The tools aboard .....

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Study says checking work emails can lead to anxiety

William Becker’s study, it is said that employer’s expectations of their employees checking emails during non-working hours are harmful to their health and their families too. It leads to anxiety. He is a Virginia Tech professor in Pamplin College of Business whose study will be prese.....

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Sweet scent from the flowers were enjoyed by dinosaurs

A research reveals that the flowers attracted pollinators with the help of their scent. Fragrances and nectar are produced by the floral secretory tissue glands in plants. Some these scents were also detected by dinosaurs living in the mid-Cretaceous Period. These fragrances are enjoyed by the hu.....

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Stress makes you process bad news better, a study

A recent study has found people feeling stressed or anxious more able to process and internalize bad news. It is a known tendency of people to take notice of good news rather than bad news normally. But when people feel threatened or stressed, a different pattern emerged where they become more vi.....

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Indian researcher explains the hydraulic jump phenomenon

Water splaying the sink before going down the plughole is a household occurrence. It is called the hydraulic jump and was documented by the Leonardo da Vinci in 1500's. This can increase the turbulence in deep waters. Scientist Rajesh Bhagat says the size of a jump can be easily calculated an.....

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A robotic spider to aid surgical procedures

Scientists have developed a flexible, soft robotic spider that would help assist surgical procedures in areas difficult for humans or rigid robots to access. It is about the size of a coin. It was developed using a hybrid technology that merges 3 fabrication techniques.  It covers changes in.....

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WhatsApp limits message forwarding in India

WhatsApp has started rolling the 5 chat forward limit in India that restricts a media clip or message being forwarded more than 5 times. It disables the forward option post this limit. This move back is to help check the spread of fake news and misinformation on the platform. It is also educating.....

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More than 8 hours sleep daily can lead to early death

A new study has found people who sleep more than 8 hours daily of having a higher risk of early death from heart diseases and strokes than those who slept less than 7 hours. The researchers found excessive sleep as a marker for poor health. One explanation found was getting too little exercise an.....

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Snapchat filters are linked to body dysmorphia, Study

Researchers have found that people in general and also teenagers are smitten by the social media to look like their virtual self, like in snapchat face filters. They want to have same flawless skin and big eyes rendered by those filters. As filtered selfies are a reference for altering appearance.....

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Earth will become a hothouse soon, warns scientists

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state, warns a group of scientists. Even if countries control the emissions, it is impossible to avert such mayhem, they said. They say earth would witness bo.....

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Google rollouts Android Pie for smartphones

Google has launched the latest version of its Android OS called the Pie. It aims to make smartphones easy to navigate. The google pixel phone will receive the first update. This will be followed up with partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year. It comes with features like the .....

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Protecting wildlife from “ways” of modernity and development

Roads, railway lines and irrigation canals become barriers that hinder wildlife movement, fragment populations, restrict gene flow and block access to potential habitats, contributing to habitat loss. The recent quandary is whether a 30-km detour to protect the wildlife-rich forests in Karnataka .....

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No real scientific evidence for Bach’s flower remedies

Bach flower remedies, called “rescue remedies”, were created in the 1930s by English physician Edward Bach, who produced 38 remedies for various emotional states. Evidence evaluated for claims made by these “medicines”, didn’t show differences between flower remedies.....

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Stay away from carbohydrates, 52.4% obese in South India

The institutional study conducted in Tamil Nadu reveals that the overall prevalence of obesity in adults in South India at 52.4 per cent. Kerala is the highest with 34%, followed by Tamil Nadu at 24.4%, Andhra Pradesh at 22.7% and Karnataka at 17.3%. The obesity noted is usually in the truncal an.....

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CMV is not dangerous, says scientists

A research conducted at the University of California has found that viruses with slower impact tend to alter the human body's response to vaccines and pathogens alike. The researchers have labelled CMV to be not dangerous. They also found that animals infected with CMV had higher levels of Fi.....

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Chandrayaan-2 launch will be delayed

Chandrayaan-2 launch will be delayed further. Officials said the launch may be no sooner than January. Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the moon. The postponement of the ambitious mission from October comes in the wake of ISRO facing two setbacks in less than a year. The launch of t.....

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Coffee may prove to be a true elixir

Coffee lovers can rejoice. It has been found that coffee can protect cardiovascular health and may help regulate blood sugar levels. The polyphenols in coffee may protect against stress and ageing mechanisms at cellular level. Unpublished research also suggests that it is associated with a reduce.....

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Google apologises for coding UIDAI no into setup of Android

Google apologised for inadvertently loading the UIDAI helpline number into the 'setup wizard' of Android phones. It said that the numbers can be manually deleted. It also promised to fix the same in future editions of its setup wizard. The clarification had come on reports that many Andro.....

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Google Glass’s solution for autism among children

Children suffering from autism usually have a hard time to grasp expressions and emotions on the faces of people they interact with. Google has come up with a wearable Glass, which gets notification about the facial expression of the person with whom they are interacting. This is done with the he.....

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Apps to add an extra dose of fun on Friendship Day

With the friendship day around the corner, it is the best time to celebrate the day with your best friends at home. Cosy up indoors with your best friends and order your favourite foods from Uber Eats. If the rains are keeping you indoors, play Sachin Saga game. Sing along with your pals to iconi.....

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Modest exercise can reduce weight gain

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, middle-aged women, who are worried about putting on weight when they quit smoking, even the minimal amount of exercise can minimize weight gain after quitting. Even walking for about 90 minutes a week or 150 minutes of moderate intensity ac.....

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The brilliance of the rare blue diamond may be due to boron

The extremely rare and pure blue diamonds are born deep inside Earth’s mantle and get the hue from boron, which may have been carried by subducting ocean plates deep. Researchers used Raman spectroscopy, a noninvasive technique that illuminates diamond inclusions with a laser beam and then .....

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GoPro planning on coming out with 3 new cameras

GoPro Inc, action-camera maker, forecast current-quarter revenue more than what Wall Street estimated on Thursday. It would launch 3 new cameras for the holiday season. GoPro’s new low-priced models of its Hero flagship follow a $200 model launched in march and build on efforts to bring bac.....

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Ranchi man develops a humanoid robot

Ranjit Srivastava, a 38-year-old from Ranchi, has developed a humanoid robot, which can talk in Hindi, Bhojpuri and Marathi along with English. The robot is jointly developed by Ranjit and Hong Kong-based company. They have named the robot, Rashmi. Rashmi uses linguistic interpretation, artificia.....

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A wearable sensor app to help smokers quit the habit

US researchers have developed a wearable sensor technology to help users quit smoking. The app detects arm and body motions associated with smoking. It then sends video texts of 20 to 120 secs to smokers. The messages stress the health and financial benefits of quitting smoking. Earlier studies h.....

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Moon to be visible during the day until Aug 4th

The Moon will be visible for a few hours following sunrise on the west until August 4. This is the gibbous phase of Moon’s waning also called the ‘children’s moon’ follows the total lunar eclipse witnessed on July 27. After this the Moon will move closer to the Earth&rsquo.....

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Heading the ball is riskier for women footballers

A study found brain damage from heading a football is 5 times more extensive in women than men. Women tend to suffer brain trauma from heading footballs. The brain’s white matter damaged in women were more than in men, which affects the communication between different parts of the brain. Th.....

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Necrotising fasciitis: A deadly bacterial infection

Research found toxic flesh eating bugs that can threaten your life. Necrotising fasciitis is a rare bacterium that affects muscles and organs, which finds a place in the limbs and develops sepsis. Symptoms include painful scratches, fever and flu. It leads to organ failure. The treatment: Operati.....

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Stone Age tools discovered in Bhopal

Early Stone Age tools have been found in Bhopal, which dates back to millions of years ago. The discovery was made by Dr Narayan Vas a retired superintending archaeologist of the Archaeological survey of India. The tools were discovered at a residential colony and near Kaliasrot dam. These tools .....

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Google plans censored search engine in China

Google is reportedly planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. The Chinese version of the site will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, said a report. The project, codenamed Dragonfly, has been underway sinc.....

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Non-smokers also prone to risks of lung cancer in Delhi

New research reveals that even non-smokers are prone to the risk of lung cancer due to the rise in air pollution in Delhi. It was also found that the majority of patients of the study suffered from adenocarcinoma, that happens due to non-smoking reasons. Nearly 30% cases had been misdiagnosed as .....

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Heatwaves likely to scorch a vast area of China: MIT study

A new research conducted by the MIT in the US said that heatwaves will likely to make a vast area of China uninhabitable towards the end of the century. As carbon emissions rise and farmland expands across the fertile North China Plain, this area could soon see the biggest climate change-induced .....

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Science Journals comes with their best

Nature Communications journal talks about a study showing the epithelial cells’ role in a growing embryo by adopting a new shape that decreases energy use and increased packing stability. Science Robotics talks about drones that become flexible to absorb the shock when it hits something. Na.....

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How its going to feel travelling on India’s 1st bullet train

India’s first bullet train has never before features like separate toilets for men and women, as per a design finalised by NHSRC, alongwith a wheelchair accessible toilet. It will also have dedicated changing and child feeding room. There will be special facilities for the ill. Coaches will.....

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Lenovo to launch the first 5G smart phone

According to smart phone manufacturer Lenovo’s Vice President, Chang Cheng, the company is all set to mass produce handsets with 5G technologies. It will be powered yet-to-be-introduced qualcomms snapdragon 855 SoC. The 5G phone is expected to get uncovered by the end of this year. OPPO is .....

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Psychological benefits of having houseplants

An increasing number of people are becoming plant-friendly off late. There are psychological benefits by nurturing the plants. According to researchers, plants help you to de-stress and soothe you. They also enhance creative thinking. They help to reduce anxiety. They make you more productive, an.....

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India’s bullet trains to be equipped with enviable features

The proposed bullet train will have separate toilets for men and women, a room for changing diapers and child feeding, comprising of baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink. Along with special facilities for sick travelers, it will also have freezer, hot case, facilities to b.....

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Uber scraps self-driving trucks project for autonomous cars

Uber is reported to have decided to stop its plan to develop self-driving trucks and is planning to give more focus on autonomous cars instead. In the absence of an urgent need for self-driving trucks to keep Uber Freight competitive, the team will work on cars, reports said. It has a version of .....

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Learn to place a WhatsApp group video and audio call

WhatsApp’s has rolled out its group audio and video call feature that supports 4 participants at a time. It is available for both Android and iOS users. Group calls have been designed to work reliably in different network conditions. Users need to place a video or audio call and then click .....

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Skincare is responsible for more women exploring science

Skincare market has been growing steadily for the past few years, standing at $18 bn in 2017. The research for skincare has attracted lots of female scientists over the years and L’Oreal has female scientists joining it with a specific interest in skincare science. It is a personally relata.....

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Mars is not habitable as there is no carbon dioxide: Experts

Mars is not liveable as was earlier believed due to the lack of carbon dioxide, said scientists. A recent research revealed that the planet does not have enough carbon dioxide to allow the atmosphere to ever become habitable for humans. Scientists will more about the water and carbon dioxide leve.....

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Study finds daughters prefer attractive potential spouses

Chinese researchers find daughters prefer attractive potential spouses while parents want someone with a higher income but less attractive for them. Evolutionary biology has a theory called ‘parent-offspring conflict theory’ where conflicts arise, as they are not genetically identical.....

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LGBTQ’s can find their soulmates through Delta app

Ishaan Sethi is the founder of India's first LGBTQ networking app called ‘Delta’. It offers a platform for the community to find their ideal match. Being one among them, he saw a gap in the dating app market catering to the LGBTQ. He says that in India though the third gender has .....

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Study says suicide and global warming are related

A new study has found environmental factors like global warming as a potential cause for suicides. It has been found that suicide rates and use of depressive language is on the rise when the weather is warmer. Anothing finding is that people fight more when its hot. It appears heat profoundly aff.....

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Why some people get bitten by mosquitoes more

According to researchers at Rockefeller University of New York, some people get more bitten by mosquitoes than others because the body could be giving off cues. These sensory cues include body odour from lactic acid, heat and carbon dioxide in our breath, which the mosquitoes sense. They can floc.....

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Extreme heat is 'the face of climate change': Scientists

While extreme heatwaves and wildfires create destruction around the globe, the world’s leading climate scientists are saying that their predictions are coming true. They termed heatwaves and wildfires as the face of climate change. The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle but are .....

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How and when to watch the total Lunar Eclipse tonight

The longest total lunar eclipse will occur tonight and the next such event will take place in 2123. It will begin at 11:44 pm IST and expected to last until 1am IST with the moon taking a reddish hue at the end. The visibility may be affected in some areas due to the weather. However, there are m.....

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Dinner time could increase the cancer risk

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer says that the time you eat dinner is more likely to trigger the development of  breast and prostate cancer. It further stated that people who ate dinner before 9:00 or wait at least 2 hours before going to bed had a lowe.....

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Smart plants to detect deadly radon and mold in homes

Scientists are genetically engineering house plants to sense harmful chemical from mold and other kinds of fungi. Inspired by smoke detectors and smart home monitors, these plants can alert house owners about their presence. The concept has already been tested on farm. The reaction of plants coul.....

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Liquid water discovered on the surface of the Red planet

Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars, using Marsis, a radar instrument on the Mars Express orbiter. The proposed "lake" is beneath the south polar ice cap. Though previous research had found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on th.....

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Caffeine not effective as appetite suppressant

A new study has found that caffeine is not effective as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss aid. Caffeine is added to dietary supplements with claims to suppress hunger and help weight loss as per previous studies. This study reinforces the importance of good eating habits and not relying on .....

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Scientists say they are closer to creating artificial embryo

A team of researchers led by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz has claimed that they are almost near to creating artificial embryos using mouse stem cells. The research is seemed crucial as it would help understand the development of life. The team said that human embryos could be created in a similar way.....

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N-Korea begins dismantling missile test facilities: Report

Satellite images indicate North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles. It is a part of its proposed complete denuclearisation promised to Trump at a June summit. The images showed work at the Sohae satellite launching station to disman.....

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Therapy Dogs reduce ADHD symptoms effectively, a study

Researchers find therapy dogs to be effective in reducing ADHD symptoms in children. This study involved children aged 7-9 who had been diagnosed with ADHD and have never taken medicines for their condition. The parents of these children found fewer problem behaviors over time. This is good news .....

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Dairy is out and plant-based alternatives are in

Demand for dairy has become low as more people are adapting plant-based alternatives. Many dairy farms have shut down as they have lost their contracts. Some companies are moving towards plant-based alternatives, seeing the financial benefits. The market for plant-based alternatives is expected t.....

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Robots that deliver snacks at home: China

Little yellow horse is an autonomous robot that delivers drinks, fruit and snacks to the residents of Kafka compound from a local store in Beijing. Created by Zhen Robotics, it is equipped with a GPS system, cameras and radar. They plan to scale up deliveries to 1 bn and cannot be stolen as it&rs.....

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Tracing history of life by charting the course of river

Vivien Cumming writes about her expedition with the Geological Survey of Canada. They traversed through 200km of the Copper mine River searching for evidence of early life. Rocks sculpted by the river document 500 million years of Earth’s history that started over 1.5 billion years ago when.....

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NASA to launch Parker Solar Probe for a closer study of sun

NASA is all set to launch Parker Solar Probe, a car-sized spacecraft, which is expected to reach the Sun closer than any human made object ever has. The Probe will be lifting off on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy in Aug first week. The Probe is expected to be conducting a closer study of.....

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LEDs can make us mentally ill

A new study found potential effects of LED lighting on mental illness. Bright light therapy was helpful for depression but excess and poorly-timed light exposure have adverse effects on manic states and the sleep-wake cycle. Blue light from smartphones inhibit melatonin secretion in adults disrup.....

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Cancer is higher in diabetic women

Researchers at the George Institute for global Health have found that women with diabetes are at a greater risk of cancer than men. The study found that women with diabetes had risk of developing leukaemia and cancers of the stomach, mouth and kidney. Women with diabetes were 27% more likely to d.....

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Facebook may launch satellite for internet in 2019: Report

Facebook is reported to be working on to launch Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019.  It described the purpose of the project as efficiently provide broadband access to un-served and underserved areas throughout the world. Facebook’s earlier two projects with the aim of c.....

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Eco friendly way to dispose rubber

A group of scientists from IIT Mandi have found a environmentally safer way to break down used Rubber. The method uses faster leather degrading microbes in comparison to other methods. The process is centered on Xanthomonas bacteria, the only known Gram negative bacteria, which are used in the co.....

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Facebook probes into Crimson Hexagon’s misuse of users’ data

Facebook has suspended a US based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over the suspicion that the misuse of its users’ data. It has begun an investigation into the concerns about the collection and sharing of user data by the firm. However, Facebook said it had not found any evidence to prove th.....

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Helping the visually challenged: Hear2Read app

Suresh Bazaj, an entrepreneur working in the telecom industry, has designed an app to help visually impaired students use the internet easily. The non-profit initiative, Hear2Read app uses Text To Speech (TTS) software that processes visual content into audio. It describes available options and a.....

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Sony launches the all new pocket sized mobile projector

MP-CD1 projector is capable of projecting content up to 304.8cm in size from a distance of 350cm. Its compact design reduces heat but maintains high brightness and has battery power up to 2 hrs. The HDMI and USB port accepts content from a variety of media-streaming devices, smartphones, laptops .....

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Instagram indicates online users with a green dot

Instagram will now show users if you are online with a green dot which will be visible in the Direct inbox and friend list when you share a post. This feature can be turned off if required. It is also testing a new feature that gives public account holders to remove followers discreetly. It is co.....

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Menopausal origins to be unveiled by dolphins

Study of the species with no menopause, bottlenosed dolphins, can help understand how this biological process of females unable to bear children evolve. These dolphins extend their maternal care of their last-born offspring for nearly 8 years to ensure their survival. Scientists say this extended.....

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Monotremes could suckle at nipples earlier

The discovery of key fossils of monotremes,( i.e. mammals who don’t have nipples and the young ones lick or slurp milk from patches on the mother’s body), shows that the monotreme ancestors could suckle after all. This finding can change the understanding of the evolution and anatomy .....

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The Devonian Nekton Revolution never happened

An in-depth study of marine fossils and Paleozoic ocean life suggests the Devonian Nekton Revolution, a period when swimmers suddenly dominated in the oceans, between 419 million and 359 million years ago, may never have really taken place. It was the age of fishes and of forests, as bony fishes .....

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Chrome browser updated with site isolation feature

Google has updated its Chrome browser with a new site isolation feature. This security measure guards Chrome against vulnerabilities including Meltdown and Specter. It will also auto download articles and store it for use when the user is in location without Wi-Fi. It has been rolled out to 99 % .....

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Facebook plans major crackdown on posts inciting violence

Facebook is planning major crack down on contentious and fabricated posts that incite violence. The new policy will be implementing in the coming months. It will remove misleading content, such as doctored photos, created or shared to stir up to ignite volatile situations. It would also partner w.....

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Smartphones use poses high risk of ADHD in teenagers: Study

A new study says that a habit of frequent use of smartphones and other digital devices could pose a high risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in teenager. ADHD is a brain disorder with symptoms that include a pattern of inattention, hyperactive behaviour and impulsiveness t.....

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Bad Marriage can damage health

According to a new study, married life ridden with frequent conflicts can have a detrimental effect on health. Researchers monitored 373 heterosexual couples to investigate about their disagreeing issues related to children, money, in-laws etc. The results of the study showed martial affected hea.....

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Heart Failure deadlier in women than men

A new research has found that 16.8% of women died more than 14.9% of men due to heart diseases. The study found 10%women get admitted to hospitals for cardiovasculr issues compared to 9% men. A heart failure involves failure to pump blood to the rest of the body. Women get a different heart failu.....

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Middle Children becoming uncommon

According to a new research, the ideal number of children a couple have has dropped from 3 to 2 in the last 40 years. In comparison, research from the 70’s, shows that an average mother in a lifetime would have more than 3 children. Among the reasons for this is the economic status of the f.....

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The science behind ‘single-hood’

ASAP Science explains reasons for being single. The ‘attachment style’, i.e. the way parents bring up a child plays a role in individuals remaining single due to an insecure attachment style formed as a result of inconsistent parenting. The presence of a genome, G-Allele that lowesr s.....

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Bird-brains are complex and intelligent

Research reveals new aspects of birds’ intelligence. Crows were found to be able to operate a vending machine by using the right token needed to release a treat while green herons hunt by luring prey with bait on the surface of the water. The rare bird kea, was seen setting off traps using .....

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Rolls-Royce designs a flying taxi for personal mobility

Rolls-Royce has designed an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle or flying taxi. Its battery will be charged by a gas turbine. It is looking for an airframer and partner to provide aspects of the electrical system to commercialize and bring out the project by next decade. This c.....

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iPad to get the complete version of Adobe Photoshop

Adobe plans to bring the full version of Photoshop to Apple’s iPad. The earlier version of PS was limited for use in the Mac OS.  It expected to be released in 2019. The company also plans to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. Apple has already stopped .....

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1955 Steam Engine to be back on tracks

In a move to rekindle the old memories of steam engines, the railway authorities have decided to restore WG-10253, a steam engine built in 1955. The railways plan to restore and make the steam engine functional which was in service until 1992. The work for moving the engine m to the mainline bega.....

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Google Morse code disabled friendly

Google has announced that it is bringing Morse code as a method of input in Gboard, on iOS and Android. When the code is activated, it fills the keyboard area with 2 large dots and dash icons. Word suggestions appear as one taps the icons just like QWERTY version.
Tania Finlayson who is a .....

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Facebook serious about making its own custom chips

Facebook this month hired Shahriar Rabii to be a vice president and its head of silicon. Rabii’s appointment implies that the social-networking giant is serious about building its own semiconductors. This would mean Facebook may join the league of Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, a.....

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Study says LGBQ teens are more prone to dangerous drugs

A study led by San Diego State University researchers suggests that LGBQ teens are more prone to the use of dangerous drugs including alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Compared to their heterosexual peers, LGBQ teens faced an elevated risk for going use of alcohol, vaping, and marijuana. The team note.....

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Science has confirmed these obvious things

Cats don’t listen to you because they aren’t hardwired to listen for commands unlike dogs. Homework plays an important part in student’s learning as those who do homework score better. High heels hurt because they exaggerate your posture. Pigs use mud to control their body tempe.....

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The origin of the ‘Ghost’ particle exposed

Researchers have confirmed that they have located a deep space source that liberates high-energy neutrinos otherwise known as Ghost particles. It traverses through space, zipping through people, planets and whole galaxies. It was detected deep below Antartica’s surface and its source was tr.....

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A new VR program that treats fear of heights

In a new VR treatment for fear of heights, using animated avatar to coach patients through ascending a virtual high-rise, participants are reported to being much less afraid after 2 weeks. This may make psychological treatments for phobias and other disorders far more accessible. This is “a.....

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MeerKAT radio telescope to shed light on cosmic mysteries

When MeerKAT will fully be operational in the late 2020s, it would be the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope. The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon. This would be incorporated into the complex Square Kilometre Array .....

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Why salmons jumps 30cm in the air

Young sockeye salmon jump 30cm in the air. Scientists say it’s because they’re infested with sea lice, a pea-size parasite that feeds on mucus, blood and skin; tries to splash them off. It takes an average of 56 leaps to dislodge a single sea louse, making the fish an easy prey for pr.....

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YouTube introduces new feature to check stealing of videos

YouTube will be releasing a new tool called Copyright Match tool to let creators check if their videos are being stolen or replicate and enabling them to take relevant action against it.  It also announced new measures to tackle the spread of videos and fake news on its platform. It will pro.....

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Blue Origins plans to charge $200,000 for space travel

Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos owned Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle is all set to take tourists into space. It is planning to charge about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year from passengers. Bezos said they planned test flights with passengers on the N.....

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9-kg tumour removed from ovaries

Doctors in Gurugram have removed a tumour that weighed 9 kilos from the ovary of a 50-year-old woman. The patient experienced pelvic pain and swelling in her lower abdomen and tried to control her increasing weight through diet and exercise. The tumour was removed without any complications, after.....

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Twitter tests Promoted Trend Spotlight ads in Explore tab

Twitter has reportedly started to test ads in its Explore tab. Testing is going on in placing Promoted Trend Spotlight ad which place a visual banner with a GIF or image over Explore. It will be visible for the first two times a user visits the tab that day before going back to the Trends list. O.....

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Surprising fact of male sharks that make babies

Male sharks have a pair of claspers that deliver sperm inside the female who has no claspers. Marine biologist Alissa Barnes was in for a surprise when she found female reproductive system in each of the 7 bigeye hound-sharks she dissected and they had no internal male sex organs. She stumbled on.....

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Ghost particle may shed light on cosmos mysteries

Scientists are of the hope that a tiny ghost like subatomic particle can give answers to the century old mystery of where cosmic rays come from. The particle that was ejected from an incredibly energetic galaxy four billion light years away could also shed light on some of the most intense and my.....

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Tab games may help improve speech in children

According to a new study, tablet games make a difference to children having speech disabilities. It was tested with a group of children aged between 3-12 years. The result was showed that it made a positive impact on their motivation and satisfaction. It helps them solve crosswords and puzzles an.....

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Instagram rolls out questions sticker to start conversation

After the success of interactive stickers to enhance communication between users, Instagram now introduced questions sticker that let friends submit questions to answer. Instagram assures fun while initiating a conversation with followers of a story. The question sticker will let you find your fr.....

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Chinese users increase spending on internet

Five among the top 10 applications on Apple’s iOS app store ranked by consumer spending are owned by Chinese companies, including Tencent Video, iQiyi, Kwai, Youku and QQ that are the top-grossing Chinese apps, according to reports.  China overtook USA to become the biggest market. Eff.....

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Instagram plans to introduce verification badge for users

Instagram is considering introducing 'request verification' process so as to verify users profile with blue tick mark. It comes with an official request form that is accessible within the app for non-verified users. Using the feature, users can provide account details and a copy of  .....

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Unmanned cargo ship reaches ISS in record time

Russian Cargo ship Progress MS-09 arrived at the International Space station in record time carrying fuel, food and other supplies. It took less than 4 hours to make the journey using a fast track approach. Roscosmos said this was achieved due to the new version of the Soyuz booster rocket fitted.....

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Harvesting electricity from the rain

Reyhan Jamalova a 15-year-old girl from Azerbaijan, has successfully invented a smart device - Rainergy, that harvests the energy of raindrops to generate electric power. She and her friend, Zahra Gasimzade were assisted by their physics tutors during four months of designing and calculations. Th.....

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This female squid lays eggs in antifungal goo

Bobtail squid’s females deposit their eggs in a jelly that can fight off the fungus that make the eggs go bad. These females have a specialized organ housing bacteria that helps coat eggs with a thick layer of protective jelly impregnated with the microbes. These bacteria make antifungal ch.....

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Ancient mariners found to have hunted whales

Maori people, according to their myth, landed in New Zealand riding the back of a whale. Archaeological sites in New Zealand have found whale bones, usually the smaller or slow-moving species, using a new technique for detecting species from short DNA snippets. Another team has found that Romans .....

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Cannot counter the effects of a hangover using caffeine

Scientists say that coffee does not counteract the effects of booze as it does not help in reducing the alcohol levels in the body. Experts suggest that though you may feel more alert after a cup of coffee. The hand-eye coordination and other motor skills will remain under the influence of alcoho.....

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WhatsApp’s new feature tells user about forwarded messages

WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that will let its users identify the messages that are forwarded. The new feature is a tool to combat fake news and false information in India. It has unleashed a user awareness drive in the country after drawing flak from the Indian government over fake and .....

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Bacteria-detecting plastic strip identify contaminated food

Researchers developed Sentinel Wrap, a thin, plastic patch that changes colour under UV light when it comes in contact with meat contaminated with E.Coli. Food contaminated by E.Coli is difficult to be detected by smelling or just by looking at it. DNA molecules, added to the thin plastic, lights.....

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WhatsApp to roll out feature to fight fake news

WhatsApp will introduce a new feature that distinguishes messages which have been forwarded. This is a part of various measures it has taken to ensure its platform isn’t used as a tool to mobilise mobs. It wanted cooperation among technology, people and Govt to fight fake news to make peopl.....

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Milky Way gets its shape from an age old collision

Astronomers have discovered that Milky Way was reshaped after a collision with an object hypothetically named ‘Sausage’ galaxy. This helped the former acquire its inner bulge and outer halo. However, the dwarf galaxy did not survive the impact and its stars were absorbed into this sys.....

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3D facial recognition to end the use of passwords

Scientists have developed a new 3D facial recognition system called FR3DNet, which they claim can identify people even if there are changes in expressions, textures and scale. It improves security measures while possibly removing the need for personal passwords. Currently, 2D facial recognition i.....

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Test on fish samples confirms presents of formalin

The test on fish samples collected from Chinthadripet and Kasimedu, the two major fish markets in Chennai, confirmed presents of formalin. It is a cancer-inducing chemical used illegally to preserve fish. Carcinogen is also widely used as a preservative and disinfectant. Formalin causes irritatio.....

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Scientific evidence proves coffee helps to live longer

A study shows that drinking a cup of coffee daily — regular or decaffeinated, may lower risks of early death by 8%. Researchers analyzed data regarding consumption and health history of about 500,000. Other benefits of drinking coffee include protection against age-related inflammation, imp.....

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No other theory can surpass Einstein’s relativity theory

Experts say, Einstein’s theory of relativity that states all objects fall at the same rate regardless of their mass and structure holds true even in extreme scenarios. Theories that claim objects with strong gravity fall differently from those with low mass has severe constraints. Hence, Ei.....

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Researchers develops method to see proteins in human cells

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed tagging device named FerriTag that can clearly detect proteins under human cells. The device uses electron microscopy to view proteins, which contains iron cells in human bodies, in precise scale. This device is useful in enabling the cell t.....

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Women tend to be choosier in selecting partners

Research found that women are choosier than men when it comes to dating. Women under 40 are more specific when they seek a partner while men become more particular as they age. They also try to find companions who have equal or higher educational qualifications than them. As they see education as.....

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Google ‘Duplex’ may soon reach call centres

Google’s voice calling ‘Duplex’ may soon reach the call centers and assist customers with queries. It uses AI to mimic a human voice and help in making salons appointments and book tables at hotels. CEO Sundar Pichai said they are concentrating more on the interaction between th.....

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Injectable that fights the signs of aging in hands

According to Dr Ellen Marmur, Restylane Lyft is a hand injectable that has been approved by the FDA that reduces the signs of aging on the hands. Its main component is the Hyaluronic Acid that restores the skin elasticity. Lack of elasticity in hands lead to protruding veins and tendons and sunsp.....

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Scientists create immunobiotic drug to kill deadly bacteria

Scientists at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have developed “immunobiotic” drug that could eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The drug has been created merging existing antibiotic with a molecule that attacks antibodies unleashed by the immune system to fight bacteria, respon.....

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Team Shunya’s solar home generates future energy

Team Shunya from IIT-B has been selected to represent India at the Solar Decathlon 2018 in China. They have to design and build a solar-powered home for 6 with a furnished area of 1800sq.ft. with net-positive energy generation. This is their second time at designing a solar home, they got positiv.....

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Scientists try IVF to save near-extinct white rhino

Scientists claimed that they have succeeded in developing hybrid embryos from the sperm of endangered northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory. They expect that it could help to save the mammal from extinction. The hybrid embryos have now been frozen for finding a surrogate southern white rh.....

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AI tool analysis handwriting and tells nationality

An AI powered tool can tell the nationality of a person by analyzing the hand writing. Researchers at the Cornell University have developed an AI using researchers at the Cornell University that would determine the nationality of the writer. The tool now is able to identify people from Malaysia, .....

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A collision may have led to the tilting of Uranus

Researchers have come up with a theory to explain the unusual incline of Uranus. It is mostly due to a collision between Uranus and a young proto-planet made of rock and ice 4 bn years ago. The impact of this may have tilted the planet without destroying its atmosphere. This could also be the rea.....

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ISRO to test escape system devised for safety of astronauts

ISRO has scheduled a pad abort test of its experimental space ship which will carry Indian astronauts as a part of Human Space Flight Programme. It involves jettisoning the space capsule in case of a technical snag. It also helps the astronauts safely descend using parachutes. It will launched fr.....

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Urban bumblebees faring better than rural ones

Ash Samuelson and his team have studied and found that the bumblebees of London are doing better than their English countryside counterparts. His team collected 100 wild, foraging queen bees, and learned that the colonies placed in agricultural fields produced fewer reproductive offspring and few.....

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Tone of your voice helps people how tall or strong you are

Your tone’s aggression can help listeners know how strong or weak, tall or short, you are than them with a high degree of accuracy. The study showed that men could judge whether a stranger is physically stronger 88% of the time while women tend to overestimate. This could have risen from th.....

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Genetic diseases maybe cured with green tea and red wine

A new study reveals that compounds in green tea and red wine may block the formation of toxic molecules. These molecules are associated with causing developmental, neurodegenerative and inborn congenital metabolic disorders in humans. Tannic acid found in red wine and EGCG found in green tea effe.....

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NASA seeks support from people to track mosquitoes

NASA invites citizens to join in a study to track mosquitoes. This is to create new forecast model that predicts the spread of diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria. This tracking can be done by downloading the GLOBE Observer which captures the data using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper too.....

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Grindr launches online to help LGBTQ community in India

In view to provide all kinds of assistance to the LGBTQ community, Grindr for Equality a network based in Los Angeles has developed a single-window online locator. It would give information about the service providers for LGBTQ members across India. It was launched in association with Kolkata-bas.....

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Bioinformatics to give treatment to hypertensive patients

Researchers have devised a machine learning algorithm to provide intensive treatments faster to hypertensive patients. The new technology that records patient age, urinary albumin/ creatinine ratio (UACR) and cardiovascular disease history is an example of how emerging field of bioinformatics cou.....

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Know more about easy intermittent fasting

New research on weight loss plans doesn’t involve calorie counting, constant hunger or extreme effort. This study has people fasting for 16 hours a day and then being able to eat anything they want in the remaining 8 hours. This is known as the 16:8 diet where it has helped people lose weig.....

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World’s first bio-engineered ovary tested

Researchers from a leading fertility center claim they have tested the world's first bio-engineered human ovary in animals. It preserves immature eggs in the ovarian tissue which can be implanted after the treatment provided there are no cancerous cells in the tissue. Currently, women freeze .....

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Scientists capture image of a baby planet

Astronomers have captured the image of a planet’s birth from the European Southern Observatory. The image shows a baby planet forming in the dust while swirling around a young star. The planet is located about 3 bn km from the star PDS 70 and is a gas giant bigger than Jupiter. It has a clo.....

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Obesity may be linked to early progression of Alzheimer’s

The results from a study shows that obesity in middle age may contribute to the early onset of Alzheimer’s.  It also suggests that a diet high fat and sugar increased inflammation and stress in the hippocampus, which responsible for long-term memory. It gives insight on the early progr.....

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Scientists develops insulin pill to replace injections

Scientists have claimed to have developed insulin pill that can be taken orally, which is expected to be a relief for diabetic people who inject insulin. The pill can survive the stomach’s acidic environment and release insulin in the blood. However, there is no confirmation when it will be.....

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Photography may cause attentional disengagement

Scientists have found the act of clicking pictures harmful for the memory. Participants were made to visit a museum in 3 scenarios that is viewing paintings without a camera or by viewing paintings and clicking snaps using a camera phone or Snapchat. The snappers disengaged from the object hence .....

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Portugal invents an eco-friendly smart phone case

A Portuguese tech firm has developed an Android smartphone whose case is made from cork. It is a renewable material that is native to the country. Ikimobile is the first phone to be made without using materials like plastic, metal and glass. A layer of cork covers the back of the phone that safeg.....

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Artificial ovary can help cancerous women to conceive

A team of doctors in Copenhagen have claimed that they have developed an artificial ovary where human eggs can be kept alive for weeks. Artificial ovary is made from human tissue and egg. The new development is expected to help women have children after cancer treatment and other therapies that c.....

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Our wanderlust is more than just a feeling

There is a scientific reason for us wanting to travel. Wanderlust is strongly embedded in human evolutionary history. Modern humans lived in nomadic communities for 99% of history. This nomadic urges always made humans to pack up and leave if the situations were dire. It’s more to do with t.....

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Low self-esteem linked to crime and delinquency

Criminology researchers have found evidence linking self-esteem to illegal acts. They found higher self-esteem has negative effect on crime and delinquency. In other words, people suffering from low self-esteem tend to engage in illegal behaviour. But in cases of egoism and narcissism, high self .....

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NAO robots measure the interest of autistic children

MIT scientists have developed a deep learning network to aid robots or NAO. It is 2 feet tall, which conveys emotions by changing the eye colour, limb-motion and voice tone. It measures the interactions of children having autism spectrum. It assists human therapists by giving them information by .....

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Hookah usage is on a high, social media is the culprit

Research says that hashtags, such as #hookah or #shisha, used on social media, are encouraging the use of hookah usage. 300 Instagram posts were examine for the study and were found to have portrayed and promoted hookah smoking, which can pose as public health challenges. The researchers suggeste.....

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Scientists develop Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak

Scientists are developing a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak that they claim could completely vanish solid objects. Researchers developed this technology by altering light waves going through an object. The spectral cloak turns this light another color, such as blue, as it goes through the g.....

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Milky Way has tonnes of grease-like molecules

Scientists have found that the Milky Way galaxy contains grease-like molecules of carbon. There is also another form of carbon which moth-like or aromatic. The greasy form is dirty, toxic and forms in the interstellar space environment. As carbon is essential, a study of these 2 types will indica.....

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Launch of James Webb Space Telescope postponed to 2021

The launch of James Webb Space Telescope the world's premier science observatory has been deferred to March 2021 by NASA. This move will cost the agency an additional $8.8 billion. The review board chaired by Tom Young unanimously recommended that it was critical for all the elements of Webb .....

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Contact with humans can reshape the brains of rabbits

Study found that pet rabbits’ contact with humans result in reshaping of their brains compared with that of wild ones.  It changed their fear, amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex. Pet rabbits have limited white matter that makes them react slowly while wild ones have larger brains an.....

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UNESCO join hand with Tech firm to develop Edu-video games

MGIEP and Ubisoft, a French video game publisher along with UNESCO are being working to develop educational purposes video games to distribute among wide range of students. While UNESCO focuses on sustainable development and utilizing education for building peaceful societies, Ubisoft develops ga.....

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Teens need to be educated about food management

Research says that teens have low level of awareness regarding food management. 50% of students practiced basic hygiene. Teens are the future caretakers of food, so they need to be taught the value of food and how it should be managed. The students of food and nutrition classes changed their eati.....

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Kids cradling dolls on left may have better skills

A research conducted in the UK suggests that kids who tend to hold their dolls on the left may have better cognitive abilities and social skills. This is because the brain’s right side processes information about faces while the left improves facial recognition. Humans also prefer holding b.....

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Electricity generation can be done using eggshells

Scientists from IIT Kharagpur have developed tiny devices using eggshell proteins that can yield electricity from body movements. The piezoelectric properties of the egg shells are activated under mechanical stress to produce electricity. The egg shells can be used in its original form to generat.....

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Facebook allows Cryptocurrency ads on condition

Facebook has eased the ban on cryptocurrencies advertisements after five months. However, there will remain a prohibition on initial coin offerings to raise assets. The companies need to get prior consent from FB to place ads by proving that they have licences or are traded on a public exchange. .....

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Spending too much time at the desk may increase frailty

According to a study, women who spend more time sitting down are at a higher risk of becoming frail as they age. It also increases the risks of hospitalization, falls, and premature mortality. Move at least 250 steps every hour, take breaks and get up to fill water, tag a co-worker to have a walk.....

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Hayabasu2 explorer to collect samples from asteroid Ryugu

The unmanned Japanese space explorer Hayabusa2 reached asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft will blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth. It is expected to make three brief touch-and-go landings on the surface of the asteroid. It will also deploy 3 rovers that.....

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Sky gazers can observe the blood moon on July 27

Sky gazers may witness another celestial phenomenon called the blood moon on July 27-28.  It will be visible in India, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It turns into crimson red hue during the eclipse and is farthest from earth. This year we have also witnessed super.....

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Antidepressants may increase risks of death of lung patients

A recent study warns those, who are the victims of progressive lung disease, taking antidepressants that it increases the risk of death by 20%. The usage of antidepressant by people with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could increase the likelihood of death while it may also cause a 15%.....

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Secrets of caffeine discovered

A study conducted in Germany revealed that caffeine improves movement of a regulatory protein - p27, into mitochondria that helps protect cardiovascular cells from damage. Caffeine consumption has been associated with lower risks for diseases like Type-II diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Four.....

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Astronomers amaze at brilliant supernova in other galaxy

“Never seen before such a staggeringly brilliant flash” was the response of astronomers who witnessed the mysterious collision of stars in a neighbouring galaxy. Most events like it take several weeks to reach peak luminosity, but in the course of just three days, AT2018cow became abo.....

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The hunt for dark matter takes place deep underground

Scientists are currently in a hunt to gather evidence of dark matter. And the probe is not taking place in a lab but it is being done deep underground. A machine is being built in the heart of an Italian mountain. Another team does the same in a former god mine in US. Evidence for dark matter wil.....

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A plaster that can cure painful mouth ulcers

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have revolutionized the treatment of painful mouth ulcers using a plaster. This biodegradable Rivelin patch can be stuck inside the mouth and administers steroids directly on ulcers. It also gives protection and accelerates the healing process. It also .....

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Using innovation to map women’s hygiene

Women’s hygiene in India is a topic of controversy and hearsay with 70% of all reproductive diseases caused by poor menstrual hygiene and women continue to put their health, livelihood and dignity at risk. Usense is a test  designed by Sachin Dubey to detect presence of 4 major Uropath.....

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Women power at IIT Kharagpur’s Smart India Hackathon

The Smart India Hackathon 2018 by IIT Kharagpur witnessed bright performances from women teams. The winner and runners-up were all women's team. Team from Coimbatore's Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women bagged a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. It’s a national platform for India'.....

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Dogs can easily identify human expressions

Research found that dogs use different parts of their brain to identify facial expressions in humans. Negative and positive jargons of people can be easily read by them through the nodding of the head and tail. Intimacy with dogs made them interactive and communicative. Their brain spot peoples&r.....

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Processed eggshells fortifies food and snacks

Scientists from University of Agricultural Sciences says that processed eggshells increase the nutrient value of chapatis and snacks. The study finds that a tsp of the powder fortifies the food and increases the bone mineral density in our body. The eggshell is usually discarded as kitchen waste .....

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ISRO to train overseas students on satellite technology

ISRO will teach 90 qualifying engineers from various countries to build and test satellites for the next 3 years. The capacity-building programme will be hosted in Bengaluru during the months of Nov and Dec each year and will work in three annual batches of 30.  Dr. Sivan said this was as pe.....

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Neglect in childhood leads to social media addiction

A study on 1029 students shows that young adults, who had experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse, emotional neglect and physical neglect in childhood show more signs of problematic and compulsive social media use. Such people tended to use social media as a coping strategy and are unable.....

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IIT-Roorkee engineers reinvents sportswear with bamboo socks

Heelium was launched by IIT-Roorkee engineers Prateek and Siddharth in July 2017 to focus on sports safety, high performance, innovation, design and sustainability. Bamboo socks, one of their wonder products, keeps feet warm in winter, cool in summer. It doesn’t absorb sweat, so no odors or.....

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White bread we feed wild bird are killing them

The harmless act of feeding white bread to birds at ponds and parks has tragically started killing thousands of birds. Angel Wing is a deformity that is found in ducks, geese and swans. It is due to the unhealthy high protein and carbohydrate based diet usually from these white bread and other in.....

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Einstein's relativity theory works outside the solar system

Einstein's theory of relativity is reportedly proven right outside our solar system. Scientists never tried to test the general theory of relativity in its full swing because of its huge implications. The finding of speedy expansion of the universe could only happen with a mysterious substanc.....

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Google makes available offline mode for Chrome on Android

Google has introduced an offline mode of chrome for Android devices in a bid to release its idea of Chrome for "everyone, everywhere.” It has been designed to provide information even without a constant internet connection. When a user is connected to free and unmetered WiFi, it will a.....

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India’s First Robotic Telescope unveiled at Ladakh

India’s first robotic telescope was unveiled at Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, Ladakh. G.C. Anupama, in-charge of IAO says the facility partners with telescopes located around the world to observe the sky. It is designed to capture cosmic events occurring in timescales shorter than.....

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ECOSTRESS to monitor plant health from space

NASA plans to install an instrument called ECOSTRESS on the ISS. It will measure the temperature of plants from space to gain insight on the health of the plants and whether it is facing water stress or lack of water. This will help water managers to correct agricultural water imbalances to keep .....

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‘Wonder Water’ can keep veggies fresh for 40 days

Scientists at Gujarat’s FCIPT have treated normal water with non-thermal plasma turning it into Plasma Activated Water (PAW). It is considered as wonder water as it has bacteria-killing property. It becomes more potent to kill bacteria at higher-reduction potential. Plasma water can easily .....

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VR headsets distract kids from needle phobia

Virtual headsets have been found to distract children from the fear, anxiety and pain of getting a vaccination, as per a new study. Most children have a phobia for needles and this anxiety cause delay in scheduled visits to doctors for vaccines. Research theorize humans have limited capacity for .....

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Deodorants may not cause cancer, says study

For many years, it has been believed that long-term use of traditional deodorants can cause breast cancer in women. However, according to experts, there are no strong epidemiologic studies in medical literature to prove that breast cancer can be caused by antiperspirant use. Earlier, it was thoug.....

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Alcoholism more damaging to female bodies

Research shows that alcoholism affects women’s bodies worse than men. Epidemiologists report that women born between 1991 and 2000 drink as much as their male counterparts and might outdo them soon. Women get addicted faster and experience liver disease and damage to heart and nerves faster.....

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‘Summit’ is the world’s most powerful supercomputer

Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created the world's fastest computer called ‘Summit’. It has the ability to process more than 3 billion calculations per second. It will provide computing power to aid research in energy, advanced materials and AI. It possesses 10.....

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Tools every aspiring web developer should master

Aspiring Web developers need to keep themselves ready with a set of tools to know how to build dynamic websites and apps, manage massive databases and gain skills sought by startups and MNCs alike. The Ultimate Backend Developer Bundle costing $49 has 78 hours of content teaching C, SQL, Bootstra.....

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Games goes next level by dealing with depression

Many games today are tackling mental health issues. Games now acknowledge that inner strife is worth talking about.In the game Celeste, the players help a troubled young girl named Madeline trek to the top of a mountain named Celeste. It is not so much about a girl climbing a mountain, but a girl.....

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ISRO clears the relaunch of GSAT-11 satellite

ISRO has cleared the relaunch of the GSAT-11satellite. It was recalled from French Guinea to conduct technical checks after it lost contact with another satellite. The space agency also lost contact with GSAT-6A which was meant for military communication. GSAT-11 has been certified fit and will b.....

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Dogs could be used as models for future research

Researchers from Budapest’s ELTE University found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food. Canines of normal weight obeyed instructions to check 2nd bowl for food, but obese ones refused after a few rounds when they were offered 2 bowls of food, suggestin.....

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Moons of the exoplanets may help sustain life

Researchers have identified around 100 giant exoplanets outside our solar system using a Kepler’s telescope. They may potentially host exomoons that may be capable of supporting life. There are currently 175 known moons orbiting around 8 planets in our solar system. They fall outside sun.....

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Volcanic sound and shape may help in sensing eruptions

Experts find that the volcanic crater in Ecuador may have changed to a deep cylindrical shape after a series of eruptions in 2015. It is also considered as the largest musical instrument on Earth. It suggests the shape and the infrasound of a crater may have a link to its eruptions and gives insi.....

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Women rising early less likely to get depression, study

According to the findings, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, women who wake up early as they get older are less likely to develop depression than those who love to sleep till late. Scientists says exposure to daylight affects a person’s risk of becoming depressed, and women .....

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People from non-IT domains are learning data science

Rajesri Pawar is a business analyst. She is from commerce and MBA background, but Rajesri is learning to code using tools such as R and Python to bring analytics into her work. She has to learn coding as her work involved interaction with developers. Today, the job is not just for IT guys. Profes.....

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Overweight canines may throw more light on obesity problems

Researchers have found striking resemblances between fat dogs and humans with obesity problem. The study recommends dogs could be used as models for research on the causes and psychological impacts of human obesity. It also observed that overweight dogs were less receptive to instructions and wer.....

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Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space

Late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking’s remains are to laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. As a tribute, a message will be beamed towards the nearest black hole. A specially-written composition featuring his famous synthesised voice will be beamed into space. Hawkings .....

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Women leaders well-prepared for disruptive tech era: Study

The transformation to digital age comes with many challenges but global women business executives are well-prepared for it , according to a study by KPMG. Over 77% of the women leaders view technological disruption as more of an opportunity than a threat. Half of global female leaders believe tha.....

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Contact with Mars rover lost due to dust storm

NASA solar powered Opportunity rover has been silenced by a vast dust storm that enveloped the surface of Mars. It seems to have gone into a power saving mode and will remain so until the sunlight re-appears. NASA officials said they were waiting for the storm to subside reconnect with the rover......

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Albert Einstein may not have been above racism

Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922, post which he embarked on a journey to the Far East and West Asia. His travelogue published by the Princeton University Press reveal his racist attitude towards people belonging to other nations. In his writings, he considered most of t.....

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From Hungry to Hangry

Research carried out by University of North Carolina has investigated what makes someone feeling just hungry to turn bad tempered. A new term has been coined to express this feeling known as ‘hangry.’ The research stated the feeling hangry happens when you feel unpleasantness due to h.....

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AI and Blockchain are transorming travel industry

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning , Bots and Block-chain are prompting industries to re-write their own value chains. Global travel industry positively adopted some of these advanced innovations across various business functions. It has transformed the way consumers search, book, pay and .....

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Facebook says it stopped developing eye tracking technology

Facebook is reported to have admitted its proposed plan to develop a technology that could track users’ eye movement and emotions. It said that right now it is not developing technology to identify people with eye-tracking cameras. If it implement in future, it said, would develop it keepin.....

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Mysterious deaths of ancient trees shocks scientists

Most of the oldest and largest African Baobab trees have died mysteriously over the past 12 years leaving scientists perplexed. They suspect climate change but they don’t have evidence of this. These trees grow to enormous sizes and live for hundreds of years. Researchers say this loss of t.....

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Neil Armstrong gifted me the moon dust: Laura Cicco

Laura Cicco has filed a lawsuit against the NASA, so that, it does not take the vial of moon dust that was gifted to her by Neil Armstrong when she was 10. Her father Tom Murray was a close friend of the astronaut. Scientists analysed the dust and said it could be a sample of the lunar surface. H.....

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New online guide helps people know the plant

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has unveiled the world’s first online ‘horticultural flora’, a complete guide on the 8700 different types of plants being cultivated in South-Eastern Australia. This guide give all information on plants like the plant profiles, identification tools.....

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New tech developed to identify cyberbullies on social media

A new technique has been developed by a team of scientists in the US that can detect personal attacks by cyberbullies on social media and alert parents or network administrators when abuse has occurred. It uses five times less computing resources than existing tools. An India-origin rsearcher is .....

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Making mistakes enhances the learning process

A study found that making errors that are close to the right answer while studying can help in retaining information better. Researchers conducted a memory test of Spanish words among 32 adults who didn’t know Spanish, and found that translations similar to the English words were remembered.....

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Scientists invent eco-friendly sanitary pad burner

Two Indian scientific institutions ACRI and NEERI in collaboration with Sowbal Aerothermics have introduced a pad burner called GreenDispo. It disposes of sanitary waste with least fuel gas emission. Improper disposal leads to growth of harmful bacteria that pose risks to the health and environme.....

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Agra students develop environment friendly car

A group of students from ACE College of Engineering and Management in Agra have developed a car which is built from recycled materials. It runs on solar power. The environment –friendly car was developed taking note the air pollution in Agra. The car can accommodate 4 passengers and will ha.....

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Uber app goes Lite to reach millions across globe

The Uber has launched its Uber Lite app in India in a bid to widen its existing base of over 75mn monthly active riders worldwide. With its 5MB new app it has joined the list of companies that already offer lightweight apps to reach millions of consumers. For Uber, it is not just light app but to.....

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MIT engineers develops low-cost source of drinking water

MIT engineers developed a new system to provide low-cost drinking water for cities, which experience scarcity of water, around the world. The technology captures water evaporating from cooling towers and it will save a substantial fraction of lost water and provides a significant source for clean.....

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SAVE app educates people on heart attack symptoms

Scientists have developed an app called SAVE to recognise symptoms of heart attack and call emergency using a simulated digital nurse called Cora. The app has 4 sections heart attack warning sign quiz; gender-specific signs and symptoms, what to do when having a heart attack and a warning signs t.....

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Now you can downvote on Facebook

Social media giant Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows users to share their feedback on problematic or distasteful content. The downvote feature will be available on the surface and users can rate the content using options like offensive, misleading, off-topic etc. This feedback is .....

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Indian innovation makes MRI scanners portable and cheaper

A group of engineers at Voxelgrids, incubated by Tata Trust’s FISE, has made an innovation, which makes MRI scan 4 times faster, consumes less power, is portable and economical. The idea behind the innovation was the aim to reduce MRI scan costs and making it accessible to all patients to c.....

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Elon Musk promises 10 rocket thrusters on new Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised of adding 10 small rocket thrusters to its Roadster electric car for top speed. Roadster is a sports car unveiled in Nov 2017. He claimed that it go from 0 to 60-mph in just 1.9sec, making it the fastest production car ever made. The new Roadster is due in 2020 wi.....

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Next-Gen harvester gives water using the air from a desert

Scientists had built a prototype water harvester to extract water from the air using solar power. This device has been scaled up to see if water quantity captured in arid conditions can be better. With a kg of metal-organic framework or MOF, about 7 Oz of water from air was captured in a 24-hour .....

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Indian scientists observe a new planet through PARAS

ISRO announced that India has joined a select group of countries that have discovered planets around stars. The planet has a size between Saturn and Neptune was found by Abhijit Chakraborty and team from Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu. It is 27 times the mass and 6 times the radius of Earth.....

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An app which will send timely flood alerts

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring (KSNDMC) and IISC scientists have developed an app which alerts users with important information during monsoons. Alerts of possible flooding will be sent to district administration officials as text messages. An official said that the project will .....

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Xiaomi Redmi Y2 launched, everything you need to know

Xiaomi launched the selfie-centric Redmi Y2 phone in India on Thursday starting from Rs. 9,999/-. It is the successor to Redmi’s Y1 and is targeted at youth looking for a big screen and the selfie experience on a budget. It comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16MP camera .....

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Google has no plans to build AI weapons: Sundar Pichai

While laying out Google’s principles around AI, CEO Sundar Pichai detailed that it has no plan to build AI weapons or mass surveillance systems. His clarification came after the resignation of its employees protesting over its association with US Defense Department’s Project Maven. Pi.....

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Curiosity rover may have found evidence of life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of life in a primeval Martian lake bed. It has also confirmed periodic increases of methane in the Martian atmosphere. Methane may have been generated by the animal or plant life existent there. The studies appear in the journal Science. Experts des.....

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New tech to make flying easier by decoding local accents

A new software being developed by Honeywell aims to make it easier to understand pilots speaking English with strong local accents. The software will decipher accents and automatically transcribe what’s said for air traffic controllers. The success of the software will help India Govt&rsquo.....

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Chariots from the Bronze Age discovered in U.P.

In a path-breaking excavation, archaeologists have discovered 4000-year-old chariots, coffins, swords, daggers and combs in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. Dating back to the Bronze Age, the discovery confirms the existence of a warrior civilization with sophisticated craftsmanship and lifesty.....

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Bacterial gene mapping to develop potential drugs

Scientists are looking for new ways to combat drug-resistant superbugs. They have mapped the genes of more than 3000 bacteria. The samples include strains taken from Alexander Fleming’s nose and First World War soldier. The mapping will be published on the Britain’s NCTC website and c.....

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India second-biggest hub for data analytics jobs

India is the second-biggest hub for data analytics jobs after the US, as per a new study by skilling Edvancer and Analytics Magazine. India now accounts for one in 10 data analytics job openings in the world with nearly 90,000 vacancies. The figure marks a 76% increase from the previous year. Ben.....

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Software developed to decipher 100 Indian accents for air

Honeywell International Inc. is working on software that can detect over 100 Indian languages accents so as to make it easier to English speaking pilots. The software is being developed at the behest of Govt with an aim to connect small villages by air. It will decipher accents and automatically .....

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Scientists discover a 2nd brain in your bowels

Scientists have actually found a second brain in your bowels that is used to control the movement of the intestines and to help eject the waste out of your body. This collection of millions  of neurons works by pulsing electrical waves through the gut. This will help it to function in a sync.....

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Liposuction an option for six packs

Getting a six pack or eight pack abs requires stern exercise regime. However, with advancement in medical science, perfect abs can be attained with harmless procedures like Power-Assisted Liposuction. This surgery can help one attain oblique and transverse abdominals. In this procedure, liposucti.....

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A new type of cancer therapy cures liver cancer

A completely new type of cancer therapy helps to treat advanced liver cancer. It works by increasing the activity of a gene in our DNA that stops cancers growing and helps the liver function normally. The treatment uses a carefully designed piece of genetic material – called a small activat.....

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IIT scientists create oil spill-cleaning fish scales

Researchers from IIT have developed a stretchable underwater superoleophobic membrance that can separate water from the various forms of oil-contaminations. They took this principle from fish scales whose typical structure and chemistry makes them repel oil naturally. This membrane can work in co.....

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Science initiative in France picks Assam girl as ambassador

Assam's Priyanka Das has been appointed ambassador for an initiative in France. Launched in 2014, "For Girls and Science" initiative encourages girls to follow scientific careers and take it to higher education levels. The 26-year-old is pursuing her PhD and working in R&D with .....

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India successfully launches nuclear-capable ballistic Agni-5

India has successfully launched the indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5. This was the sixth trial which was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal. Officials said that the miss.....

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Organs-on-chips: Quantum leap in pharmaceutical research

A revolution has taken over the drug safety testing system thanks to organs-on-chips i.e. devices that use human cells to model the structure and function of human organs and tissues. Potential effects of drugs are discovered faster without having to test on animals and can better predict which n.....

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Google’s Android website dumps tablet section

The ‘Tablets’ section has vanished from the official website of Alphabet Inc owned Google’s Android. At present, the website has only 5 sections: Phones, Wear, TV, Auto, and Enterprise. This means Android doesn’t want its hands in a segment which is dying a slow death.

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Dinosaurs had dandruff too

The oldest known instance of dandruff was found on the fossilized skin of a small, feathered microraptor that roamed the earth 125 million years ago. Paleontologists discovered tiny flakes of fossilized skin on two other dinosaurs as well. Like human dandruff, the skin flakes are made of tough ce.....

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Women face workplace burnouts more than men

Researchers from Montreal University say that the women are more likely suffer burnout due to work more than men. The main reason being they are given less powerful positions at work. It also arises from low self-esteem and lack of work-life balance. It usually manifests itself as headaches, a fe.....

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FB likely to roll-out ‘breaking news’, abandons ‘trending’

Facebook is reportedly testing new features, including a ‘breaking news’ label abandoning its ‘trending’ news section. The new feature allows publisher to add stories to distinguish them from other feeds. It wants to give more prominence to local news. The tool ‘tren.....

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85% US teens prefer YouTube over Facebook: Survey

Facebook use is, a Pew Research survey says, notably lower than the percentage of teens who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat. It shows that teenagers have abandoned FB in favour of other social media platforms. 85% of teen use YouTube followed by 52% Instagram users. Just 51% of US users aged 1.....

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I&B Minister favours self-regulation by online news media

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has urged online new portals to formulate a self-regulation body. He said the Govt was ready to frame guidelines in regards to creating a code of conduct for online new portals. As of now, there were no restrictions on the functioni.....

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Doctors’ waiting rooms can offer nutrition education

A recent study suggested that doctors can get positive results from using waiting rooms in their offices to offer nutrition education to diabetes patients. It involved Type 2 diabetes patients attending weekly group nutrition classes in the waiting room of an endocrinology doctor, improving their.....

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Google’s initiative to make children responsible

Children are most susceptible to the misuse and the ill-effects of internet. In order to protect them, Google India has launched #SummerWithGoogle, a project for children aged between 13-18 years.  The project will involve kids to explore culture, languages and human life and they will be as.....

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IISc Bangalore named in top world universities list

Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science has found its name in the list of top 100 in the World Reputation Rankings 2018. Four of the most respected London universities are reported to have gone down in ratings due to executive pay, sub-par teaching and ‘safe space’ censorship. W.....

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India to overtake Japan as Asia’s 2nd largest power capacity

India is all set to surpass Japan as the 2nd Asian country with the largest power capacity and India is likely to overtake USA, the 2nd largest producer in the world by 2020. India, driven by a rapid acceleration in coal generation, will possess a power capacity of a whopping 363.32 GigaWatts in .....

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AI can detect skin cancer perfectly than dermatologists

An artificial intelligence system trained with convolutional neural network successfully identified skin cancer among 100000 images of malignant melanomas and benign moles. When it compared with that of 58 international dermatologists, the CNN missed fewer melanomas and misdiagnosed benign moles .....

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Earth to be reserved only for residential: Amazon Chief

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, said that the much of the Earth's heavy industry will move off onto other planets, so as to make the Earth only for residential purposes. He wishes to have his rocket company Blue Origin join with Nasa and the European Space Agency to establish a colony on t.....

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Personality traits are linked to music interests: Study

Researchers from Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge say that a person’s musical interest can reveal their personality traits. They conducted an online study of over 20,000 respondents globally. They found open personalities liked refined music. People who like easy-going mus.....

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Start-ups to play key role in ‘brand India’ building:Nasscom

Indian start-ups will play a key role in building ‘brand India’ in a broader technology landscape over the next decades, says Nasscom Chairman Rishad Premji. He said there would be substantial growth in start-ups and many of them will be world-class organisations with world-class prod.....

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Clinical testing of heavy-ion cancer treatment begins

Chinese researchers have begun conducting clinical tests of heavy-ion medical accelerators. It aims to destroy cancerous cells with high-energy electrons. This treatment method is considered to have balanced properties in comparison to the traditional radiation. It reduces radiation effects on he.....

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Astronaut Alan Bean of Apollo 12 mission passes away

Astronaut Alan Bean who was a part of the Apollo 12 mission and had journeyed to the space twice passed away at the age of 86. The Navy test pilot joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1963. He was the fourth man to land on the plain called Ocean of Storms on the moon. Along with him aboard Apollo.....

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Study shows humans influencing cancer in wild animals

A study has found that human activities are changing the environment, causing cancer in wild animals. The changes that humans make to make the environment more suitable for us, is in turn, creating a negative impact on many animal species and taking a toll on them on different levels, including c.....

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Mobile apps boost number of women drivers in India

With the advent of mobile apps, the number of women who make a living out of driving cars, and auto rikshaws are rising. “Being with an app-based company is better than being an ordinary taxi driver. I don’t have to hang around on street corners or roam the streets while looking for c.....

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Looking for meteors to sell and make money

Retired physical education teacher Mohamed Bouzgarine is a celestial hunter, searching for meteorites to sell on a burgeoning international market. He says it "can be more valuable than gold." The price "depends on the rock's rarity, its shape and its condition." He has be.....

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NASA's mission to reach Sun to carry 1.1 million names

NASA's Parker Solar Probe will carry over 1.1 million people's names throughout its seven years long journey to the Sun. The mission, which will begin in this July, is first attempt by humans to reach a star. The probe will swoop through the Sun's atmosphere 24 times, getting closer t.....

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Converting waste to taste with edible jackfruit plates

Researchers of Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) have developed an edible plate rich in protein and fibre made of jack fruit’s horny pines and sticky core. It can be used as healthier option for serving ice-creams, salad and other food items. It is an economical way to .....

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3D self-drive boats to change the transport scene

Scientists have developed a rectangular shaped driverless boat having 3D printed parts. It will be capable of operating on roadways and bridges clearing up road congestion in cities that have waterways such as Amsterdam, Bangkok and Venice. It can also ferry passengers overnight. It works on a pr.....

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Scientists receive powerful radiation from deep in space

Scientists have succeeded in receiving radiation from deep in space that they believe could help to know more about distant universe. The radiation is being considered as one of the most mysterious signals that ever received on earth. The observation is equivalent to looking out from Earth and se.....

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NASA’s solar probe to carry names of the public

NASA said that the ‘Parker Solar Probe’ is the first mission that will 'touch' a star. It had invited the public to send their names which will carried to the sun this July. About 1.1 million names of people have been recorded in a memory card. It will swoop through the sun&rs.....

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On a scientific hunt for the Loch Ness monster

Scientists plan to search the depths of the Loch Ness using the environmental DNA test (eDNA) to establish if the monster really existed. The test will try to capture and sequence the DNA data obtained from skin, scales, faces and urine of any creature moving underwater. An Irish monk was the fir.....

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Eating fish in pregnancy not linked to autism

Scientists at University of Bristol have found no links between levels of mercury in the mothers or autistic traits in their children. It was one of the largest longitudinal studies to date on consumption of fish by pregnant women and its effect on autism. Lead author Jean Golding said that the f.....

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Toxic green blood may prove effective against parasites

While all organisms do not have red colored blood, scientists have discovered a group of skinks that have green blood. The lizards have a green pigment biliverdin that is believed to protect them from parasites. Biomedical insights about the lizards surviving despite huge quantities of biliverdin.....

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DRDO propels BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

BrahMos Supersonic cruise missile was successfully fired from the Odisha coast to certify new features. It aims to cut costs in the replacement of missiles saving huge amounts for the armed forces. The missile variants can be propelled from land, air, sea and underwater. Army now has 3 regiments .....

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Best travel apps for a smart and stress-free holiday

You phone can be an answer to a well earned, stress-free holiday. You need to download these apps to get you going. ‘City Mapper’ is better than Google Maps and make it indispensable for city breaks and long-haul trips. ‘Duolingo’ can help you learn the basic words of a la.....

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China launches satellite for a lunar probe mission

China launched ‘Queqiao’ or Magpie Bridge from the Xichang launch centre. The objective of this communication satellite is to do a planned probe on the dark side of the moon. In a bid to catch up with Russia and the US, China aims to become a major space power by 2030. It plans to lau.....

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Scientists create a smart hydrogel that can move

Scientists have created a 3D printed smart gel that can walk underwater, grab objects and move them. It can remain solid, despite containing 70% water, and moves when placed in light sensitive solution activated by electricity. It can be used in biomedical engineering to make devices, as it has p.....

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Magnetic diode to surge battery efficiency of devices

Deepak K. Singh and his team have invented a magnetic diode which will soon hit the market. It employs a unique honeycomb lattice that has distinct properties like conducting current in a single direction. It is capable of increasing the life of batteries in electronic devices by 100 times and al.....

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Scientists closer to understand cause of PCOS

A study has found the common cause of Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS) as the hormonal imbalance before birth. It is triggered before birth by excess exposure in the womb to the hormone AMH. PCOS is a common cause of female infertility and it affects the working of the ovaries with symtoms like i.....

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Scientists raise red flag on CFC emissions

Scientists have a raised a red flag the depletion Ozone layer over Antartica. Despite the Montreal Agreement of 2010, which bans the use of Chlorofluorocarbon(CFC) there is an increase in emission of this gas. Studies show that the emissions were mostly from eastern Asia. However, more data needs.....

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New information about colour processing cells

A new study has discovered that the colour processing cells in the brain are sensitive not to the edges but only to the colours themselves present in such colour fields.  The colours perceived are due to colour information at every local patch of an image. It was seen that purely chromatic i.....

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The ‘Red Planet’ may have had life in past

The acidic sulphur streams in the UK show evidences of bacteria that survive in extreme conditions. Scientists have used this as a template to explain that the water bodies in Mars may have hosted life 3.5 billion years ago before the water dried up. The organic matter from the area also contains.....

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How did dinosaur eggs hatch without being crushed: Study

Despite their size, dinosaurs laid eggs on their nests and had off springs without crushing them.  Experts have found that they may not have sat on the eggs directly. Instead, they arranged them in a circle in the nest leaving a gap at the center for the mother to sit. While it may not have .....

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‘AMAZE’-ing videos to teach about sex

The AMAZE initiative launched a series of animated YouTube videos that provide accessible, age-appropriate sex education to children between the ages of 10-14. When the Trump administration is pushing sex-education back to the 50’s, the videos are helpful in imparting the right information .....

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Twitter users spread false news during disasters

A study by University of Buffalo has found that active twitter users are likely to spread falsehoods during disasters. 86-91% of users spread false news either by liking or retweeting the original tweet. 1 to 9% was apprehensive about the accuracy of the original post. Less than 10% of those who .....

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Monitoring language nuances is a challenge: FB

Facebook said that getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on the platform is more challenging than removing other types of nuances in human languages. It said that it had disabled nearly 1.3bn accounts and that doesn’t even count all the times the company blocked bogus prof.....

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Innovative pest control using pheromones

ATGC Biotech, founded by Dr Markandeya Gorantla and his team are leading an innovation in pest management, which is pheromone based. For most farmers, chemical-based pesticide is an easy solution to protect corps, which is harmful on nature and consumers as well. The latest innovation uses pherom.....

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SpaceX delays launch of the Falcon 9 rocket

A sudden technical glitch prompted SpaceX to delay the first commercial flight of its updated Falcon 9 rocket for at least 24 hours. The rocket’s computers aborted the take off from US Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it was to carry a communications satellite for Bangladesh. Finally,.....

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NASA to send a mini helicopter to the Martian surface

NASA is to send a mini helicopter called rotorcraft to Mars as part of the 2020 mission. It has two counter-rotating blades, a fuselage size of a softball and weighs about 1.8 kgs. It will be left on the Martian surface by a car-sized rover that will issue commands from a safe distance. The copte.....

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A new study says mobiles can cause cancer

A study published in Journal of Public Health and Environment have raised questions on cell phones and its link with cancer. It found a fatal type of brain tumour called Giloblastoma Multiform (GBM.)  As per the experts, the increasing rate of tumours in the frontal temporal lobe raises the .....

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Mudasarlova Reservoir to generate solar power

One of the oldest man-made reservoirs located in Andhra Pradesh that supplies million gallons of water will soon be the first city in AP to achieve the milestone of harnessing solar energy. Mudasarlova will have floating solar panels with a proposed generation capacity of 2000kWp. The Rs.11-crore.....

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World’s second oldest rock found in Odisha

Scientists claim a rock found 8 years ago from Odisha may be the second oldest rock. It contains two grains of zircon, which is around 4.2 billion-year-old. The analysis was done in China and the result may offer fresh clues about the earth’s origins. The oldest rock was found from Jack Hil.....

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How does the Leaning Tower survive earthquakes?

Scientists say that the Leaning Tower of Pisa has endured earthquakes since 1280 because of the soft foundational soil beneath it. This phenomenon is known as dynamic soil-structure interaction. The tower's height and stiffness combined with the softness of the soil gives it vibrational chara.....

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Kaspersky to bring cybersecurity on an advanced platform

In order to bring visibility back to corporate networks and reduce response times, New Kaspersky Threat Management and Defense will bring Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack, Kaspersky Cybersecurity Services and new Kaspersky EDR on a single platform. It would also reinforce the capabilities of these .....

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The sun to become a planetary nebula after death

Scientists believe that our Sun will shrink to become a planetary nebula, a luminous ring of interstellar gas and dust. The phenomenon will take place in about 10 billion years from now. Although this has been a point of debate for the last 25 years, the data now shows that low mass stars like th.....

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A nanochip that identifies the smell of drugs

Researchers have developed an economical engineered nanochip that can identify the smell of cocaine. This chip could be integrated into hand-held portable devices. It can detect drugs in biological samples such as blood, breath, urine or spit within minutes. The sensing method used in the chip is.....

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View Jupiter seemingly close to Earth today

Sky watchers can view the Jupiter at its brightest and biggest starting at 05:40 hours IST today. The planet can be spotted in the East in the constellation Libra and will be visible all night and will seem like the earth is overtaking Jupiter. When a plane has Earth is on one side and Sun on the.....

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Masters is the new bachelors and doctorate the new masters

The US Census Bureau tells of Americans living longer than previous generations, their working lives are longer as well and their education qualifications have also risen, as they pick a new diploma or two meantime. This has led to the master’s degree to be the new ‘bachelors’, .....

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Google I/O 2018: AI, Android P Beta, revamped Google News

Google has unveiled a string of updates to its upcoming operating system Android P and launched its beta version to make it easy for users to navigate and use smart ways to access functions on Android devices.  It also announced integrating smarter Artificial Intelligence tools in its existi.....

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Uber ties with NASA for air traffic systems for flying cars

Uber Technologies has joined hands with US space agency NASA to study urban manned aircraft. Uber will share its data with the NASA with an aim to realizing air traffic management systems for a world with flying cars. Uber has set a goal of testing these electric flying vehicles by 2020 and a com.....

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Sweat at the crime scene helps find criminals

Research has found that sweat at the crime field can help find criminals. Skin secretions can determine the number of criminals. It contains amino acid and metabolites. It adds that it plays a major role in a person’s lifestyle. Urea and glutamate found in sweat is used for the test, and be.....

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Instagram to introduce music stickers feature for Stories

Instagram is reported to be introducing music stickers to its Stories feature. A code that has been found inside the Android app, can allow users to add music to Stories. It is also testing a way to automatically detect a song you are listening to and display the artist and song title as just a v.....

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Heal wounds with a portable 3D skin printer

Researchers have developed a portable 3D printer that can generate layers of tissue that can help heal wounds within minutes and promotes development of skin layers. Currently, such wounds are treated with a method called split-thickness skin grafting. It involves grafting of donor skin onto the .....

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Full Moon linked to affecting the sleep

Scientists from Basel University in Switzerland have found evidence that lunar influence can affect persons’ sleep pattern under laboratory conditions. 33 volunteers who were unaware about study and unable to see the moon took five minutes longer to sleep and slept for twenty minutes less a.....

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Low-carbon footprint concrete for long lasting roads

US researchers have developed a more durable concrete which could lead to roads and bridges that lasts longer and are more cost-effective. The Ultra high-performance formula concrete has strength of 22,000 psi in comparison to regular concrete which is only 4000 psi. The concrete has almost no de.....

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NASA anxious about use of SpaceX’s rocket technology

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX wants to make the Falcon 9 rocket more powerful by keeping the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size. This proposal has emerged as a topic of debate between NASA and Space X. NASA feels this possesses high risk that may cause blasts and death in.....

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ISRO develops atomic clock to measure satellite's location

ISRO has developed an atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data. With its development, the ISRO has been listed among those space agencies that have the capability to develop this highly sophisticated technology. At present, ISRO imports the clock fr.....

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Australia to setup its first space agency

Australia will formally announce its first space agency on May 8. Reports say that the government is setting aside a seed capital of AU$38 million for its creation. It will be led by Geologist Megan Clark who earlier headed the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. The age.....

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Astronaut Joseph Acaba reveals he has acrophobia

In an interview, NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba revealed that his spacewalk experience unnerved him initially as he is scared of heights. While narrating the experience at the International Space Station (ISS) he said he shared a good rapport with his Russian colleagues. He also said that very soon .....

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Your fingerprint reveals lot more than your identity

A study found that fingerprints not only reveals your identity but also a molecular signature that can reveal aspects of your lifestyle and environment. Fingerprints can be used a lot more than just its unique ridge pattern. It can be used to reveal your eating habits, medical problems and even y.....

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Facebook helps older adults empowered and less lonely

According to research, social networking sites offer activities that help older adults feel empowered and less lonely. It makes them feel like they are a part of a large community. Those with mobility constraints get a feeling of social interaction by communicating on face book. It is found that .....

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The last paper of Stephen Hawking’s published

Physicist Stephen Hawking was working on a paper about theory of evolution on the universe when he died on 14th March. The Journal of High Energy Physics has published the last work he was working along with Thomas Hertog. They argue that the universe was not created at a single moment which is c.....

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How technology helped autistic child

Advaith was diagnosed with Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was 2.4 years old, and doctors had suggested Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for him. This therapy introduced him to sign language, by which he started communicating his needs. But he was not co-operating for speech therapy. Now he.....

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Facebook to introduce ‘Clear History’ tool: Zuckerberg

Facebook is introducing a new 'Clear History' feature, declared Mark Zuckerberg at its annual developer conference, as part of its privacy control mission. He said, it clears links clicked, websites visited and so on. He likened the controls to Web browsers, but added that the Facebook ex.....

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Kongsberg to scale up their hiring in India

Kongsberg Software & Services, Norway plans to increase the headcount at its facility located in Bengaluru. Their projects are related to areas of maritime, defence, aerospace, and digital. They have developed ‘Kognifai’ a digital app store that maps processes using a 3D model and.....

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Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have a magnetic environment

NASA’s Galileo aircraft that has orbited Jupiter for 8 years has revealed a plasma exchange between the planet and its moon Ganymede. The occurrence was due to an explosive magnetic event between their magnetic environments. This is first time a magnetosphere has been identified in a moon a.....

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Apps to learn languages for free

On the go learning is a new way of accessing knowledge. People want to learn a new language either for their employability or to communicate with someone. Here are some learning apps. Kings Learning emphasizes on conversational English practice. Duolingo helps you by answering questions with visu.....

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Mars 2020 mission to go on as scheduled: NASA

NASA has said that the crack developed in the heat shield will not affect the Mars 2020 mission. An inspection done after testing the composite structure of the heat shield exposed a crack that occurred during structural testing. The project team is working to understand the reason for it and is .....

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India on fire: NASA pics

NASA images of the past ten days show many parts of India dotted with fire. While some are forest fires, the rest are due to stubble burning of crops. The increasing use of combine harvesters has led to short crop stubble, which could be one reason for farmers burning rice and wheat stubble. Such.....

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Apps you should have on your phone

Whether you own an Android or an iOS phone, there are numerous apps to make your life simpler. Here are some apps that everyone should have on their phone. Big Basket is an app to purchase all kinds of groceries. Paytm helps you to make quick payments. Zomato offers a series of restaurants to cho.....

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Painful bone biopsies to be replaced by drawn blood samples

Scientists have developed a new blood test to diagnose multiple Myeloma, bound to replace painful procedure of making incision on bone for biopsies. The new test uses a credit card size plastic chip which works on drawn blood. With this test, it will be possible to determine stage of the disease,.....

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Nerd Alert! Research find crosswords more rewarding than sex

Scientists find out the answering puzzles can trigger the same level of dopamine that gives a rewarding feeling during sex. They used MRI scans to study the transition from being dark about a solution to solving a puzzle. Dopamine is the brain reward that a person gets after sex or winning a lott.....

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Own picture-perfect Instagram accounts

Stick to a theme to ensure maximum views on Instagram by creating a cohesive feed. Here are popular themes that do the trick. Opt for a color-co-ordinated theme or a toned one or a light and airy theme. Try using the same filter or go for dark and moody contrasts. Go for pastel, saturated or de-s.....

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Apple slated to release VR and AR headset in 2020

iPhone-maker Apple is working on a standalone Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality headset that will combine both technologies. The headset, code-named "T288," would tap into the iPhone-maker's own chips and is slated for release in 2020. The device would connect to a dedicated box.....

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Scientists are close to finding out life in Mars

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, designed to determine methane content in Mars, has begun to make its 1st measurement on its atmosphere with the new sensors. Scientists believe it will take 1 year to complete a full survey of Mars’ methane hotspots but hopes within a month or 2 they will have an .....

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Facebook adds 'Sleep mode' to Kids Messenger

Facebook has introduced a ‘Sleep Mode’ to the Kids Messenger which lets parents limit its usage. Parents can now set a time during which the child will be unable to use it. The messenger has been developed for the use of kids under 13 years of age. However, child development experts s.....

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Warmer days trigger happier posts on Facebook

Warm, pleasant weather may trigger happier posts on Facebook and Twitter while cold, wet and humid days could lead to negative expressions. The study published in the journal PLOS One, found that weather patterns can influence how we express ourselves on social media and post positive sentiments .....

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Scientists expresses their shock over NASA’s decision

NASA has cancelled the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the surface of the Moon, which has shocked the scientists working on the Resource Prospector mission. They expressed their astonishment in a letter addressed to NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, posting on the website NASAWatch.co.....

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IIT-D’s open house throws up host of innovations

The Open House of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi had some outstanding innovations on display. Flexmotiv is a special crutch to ease walking for the disabled. On-board enables visually challenged people to board the buses. Intelligent prosthetic limb is similar to a real leg. Water- less.....

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Laser saliva test to detect diseases early

Research has found that human saliva test can diagnose immune disorders like many allergies, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis etc. The proposed is a fluid test that can detect through spectroscopic technique with saliva. Saliva comprises of the same immune proteins as that of blood. It aids to.....

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Words you need to remove from your emails

Email takes care of 90% of corporate communications and having good email communication skills can be a key component of your corporate success and for the you need to strike out the words ‘just’, ‘think’, ‘urgent’ and ‘amazing’ from your vocabulary.....

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Emotionally intelligent robots will outnumber humans by 2048

A new research has found that robots are expected to out-populate humans to around 9.4 billion by 2048. This is an alarming matter as even Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking were concerned about autonomous robots and artificial intelligence. A survey conducted earlier showed 71% of the people.....

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Satellite Gaia produces 3-D map of Milky Way

The Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map of a billion stars in the Milky Way. It contains facts such as distance from Earth, color, and speed through space. One of the 450 scientists involved in the project likened the release of the data to opening a chocolate box. It will be published in a spe.....

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YouTube updates kid’s app to deter disturbing content

YouTube is updating its kid-focused video app so that parents get the option of controlling the videos instead of algorithm based computer commands. YouTube Kids app has accused of repeatedly failed to filter out disturbing content. Meanwhile, Google said that it bans kids under 13 from using its.....

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Look at this color to make you 31% smarter

A new study found out colors can make you smarter and more creative as you look at it. Red makes 31% people better at detail-oriented tasks like recalling memories or proofreading. While, blue can make people more creative, doubling the creative ideas they produce as they associate it with openne.....

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FB removes accounts that contain personal security details

Facebook is reported to have removed a number of accounts and pages that shared social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses and accounts of people that contains credit cards. Hackers have advertised databases of private information on the social platform and that Facebook has held stolen id.....

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To be at least 16 years old to avail WhatsApp services in EU

Facebook Inc. owned WhatsApp has raised the minimum age bar for registering to its services from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. It would ask users to confirm their agreeable age in its new terms of service and a privacy policy. It is.....

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Wearable devices lead to distracted driving

A new study by Murtuza Jadliwala, at the University of Texas examines wearable technology and how affects driver’s concentration. It was found that texting with a wearable device can reduce level of distraction; it makes texting just as dangerous as with an ordinary phone. Car accidents are.....

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India tops in installing internet filters, blocking websites

India is reported have topped in installing highest number of Internet filtering systems and blocked the maximum number of web-pages among 10 countries, which were gone through an investigation. University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab has spotted 42 of these installations by 12 ISPs in India to f.....

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Facebook says it removed 1.9mn pieces of extremist content

Facebook, for the first time, has defined the term ‘terrorism’ as part of an effort to be more open about internal company operations. It said that about 1.9mn pieces of extremist content related to ISIS and al-Qaeda have been removed. The EU has been putting pressure on FB and other .....

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Cancer causing virus that clings to DNA decoded

Scientists from University of Virginia have unveiled, how a cancer causing virus anchors itself to a DNA, paving way to find a cure. Researcher M Mitchell Smith has built a microscope with a magnification of 8000X of that of human hair, which helped unveil the structure of tether used by the viru.....

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Homophily making women less visible online

The same old gender and racial biases persist even on online social media platforms. Research showed that two common recommendation algorithms amplify a network effect called homophily. This effect where similar or like-minded people cluster together was found to make women less visible. Such ten.....

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An Ethical Hacker’s attempt to highlight loopholes in IRCTC

The IRCTC website is not without flaws, allowing anyone with basic hacking skills to order food for free. Kanishk Sajnani, an Ahmedabad-based computer engineering dropout and an ethical hacker ordered food for a few bucks while travelling to Mumbai. Interestingly, even though he informed the auth.....

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A New Tool to sport potential online child rapists

The Chat Analysis Triage Tool(CATT) developed by researchers at Puedue Polytechnic Institute in the US have developed an algorithm that can help identify potential sex offenders. It also is for those who are likely to set up face-to-face meetings with children. The CATT tool is algorithm’s .....

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Indonesia’s Fish People adapted to water with larger spleens

Indonesia’s bajau tribe, also known as the ‘Fish People’ have wandered seas for 1000s of years catching fish by diving with spears. This tribe is known for hteir ability to hold their breath for a long time. Researchers have found that they have developed extra large spleens ove.....

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IIT Bombay discovered oil extraction method from Pomegranate

Pomegranate is used as a total fruit & has many medicinal properties. After its oil extraction it can be used as antioxidant, anti-diabetic & for anti cancer. Study in Bombay discovered one-pot oil extraction method as eco friendly too. Dried & powdered seeds were kept in incubator fo.....

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‘Aham’ is an answer to agricultural queries faced by farmers

Farmers can have their queries on agriculture addressed using an app called ‘Aham’. It will
have a chatbot or a scientist reply to their queries. It will also show the past and future trends
of crops in the market. It was built by 6 students from Mumbai's Vivekanand .....

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Archaeologists find treasure on German Baltic island

Archaeologists found 100s of 1000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to Danish King Harald Gormsson on an eastern German island in the Baltic sea. It started off with finding of a silver coin by a teenager in a field near the Schaprode village, after which the archaeology o.....

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Dr. Karve: Innovator of rural technologies

Dr. Anand Karve, founder of Appropriate Rural Technology Institue (ARTI), developed a
long list of rural technologies. He had successfully conducted 50 R&D projects in his long
career as a professional scientist, especially in agriculture with research in plant breeding,
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So when did internet reach India ?

When elected representatives make illogical statements claiming internet had been present in
India during mythological eras, read the facts. The article describes the birth of internet in
1960’s. India went online in 1986 with the launch of Educational Research
Network(.....

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Google’s new program: search & buy products from its platform

The searching giant Google is teaming up with major global retailers including Target Corp,
Walmart, Home Depot, Costco Wholesale Corp and Ulta Beauty to sell their products
through Google’s platforms. Google will list the products of retailers by linking their program
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How HIV evades our immune system

Scientists have discovered how HIV virus avoids elimination from immune system to pave way for the cure of 40 million people. It can be treated with anti-retroviral therapy, but it merely prevents progression. During any viral infection, our immune system produces a powerful molecule interferon. .....

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