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Sperm being sent to ISS to see whether they squirm the same way in Space

Sperm samples for the Micro-11 experiment arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, where the researchers prepared them for launch to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA

Remember when you first learned about reproduction process in health class at school? Well, NASA biologists are wondering how some of those basics of how fertilization would work if sperm and egg were to unite in space. In other words, having sex aboard on ISS and examine how the sperm squirm in weightlessness — is their plan. A cargo mission is ...

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7 Questions of JEE Main: CBSE rubbishes it as ‘Fake News’, explains entire process

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has categorically denied that the news about repetition of 7 questions in JEE Mains 2018 entrance test was a false propaganda aimed at misleading students and gaining publicity by some commercial ventures. The news was carried out originally by the weblink cisthetaglobal.com stating that “7 to 8 questions out of the 90 questions ...

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Apple goes ‘red’ with new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus Special Edition

Apple has finally unveiled its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, the new generation of iPhone in a comlete red finish, sporting glass enclosure, with a matching aluminum band and a sleek black front. The special edition (PRODUCT) RED iPhone will be available online in select countries and regions beginning Friday, April 13. Apple also introduced ...

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First human migration out of Africa began 90,000 years ago, far wider than previously thought: Study

A bone, identified instantly as a human middle finger by an archaeologist in Saudi Arabia turned out to be 88,000 years old sending the scientists into ecstasy. The excavation was led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The bone is the oldest fossil of Homo Sapiens species to ever be found outside of Africa and ...

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NASA captures in-depth images of strange formations on Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured some strange formations on the surface of the Red Planet with its Context Camera giving clues about the measurements of one impact crater with a central peak and another collapse depression with concentric troughs. Gullies on Martian sand dunes found on Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows seen in the last ten ...

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Are UFO revelations true? Buzz Aldrin clears lie detector test on UFO sighting

Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper have one thing in common, they are among the ardent defenders of UFO theory and claimed to have seen or chased many during their space travels. Now, all the four have cleared a lie-detector test, which reiterates their claim. The lie detector test was carried out using the latest technology ...

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#MeToo movement hits Telugu film industry, Sri Reddy leads it the nude way

The heatwave generated by the “Me Too” movement in Hollywood is now sweeping the Telugu film industry when TV journalist-turned-actress Sri Reddy removed her clothes in protest against sexual harassment by brokers and middlemen. She was arrested immediately for creating nuisance in public space but she was able to dent the image of the worsening Telugu film industry with allegations ...

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ISRO all set to launch IRNSS-1I navigation satellite on April 12, What’s in it?

IRNSS-1I

Nine months after the failure its last navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August 2017, India’s space agency ISRO is all set to launch another navigation satellite to complete the indigenous GPS system,  as a part of the series of IRNSS navigation satellites from its spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on April 12. IRNSS is similar to US’ Global Positioning System ...

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CBSE Class 12 Economics paper leak traced to HP school, WhatsApp HQ reveals all

Delhi Police have zeroed in on three culprits — a teacher of a private school, a clerk and a support staff — from Himachal Pradesh for leaking the CBSE Class 12 Economics paper. All the three have been arrested by a Special Investigation Team of Delhi on Saturday. The Economics paper was leaked in handwritten format two days prior to ...

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Jodhpur Court grants bail to Salman Khan

After a delay of two days, Bollywood actor Salman Khan was granted the bail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case by the Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday. The actor will return to finish his films on priority while pending appeal to a higher court. Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who heard the bail plea on Friday ...

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IPL 2018: KKR to take on RCB in Kolkata Sunday

IPL 2018 trophy winner

A new-look Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) without Gautam Gambhir will take on a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday in the inaugural match of 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL). Dinesh Karthik has replaced Gambhir, who led KKR for four years and won the IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. ...

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Severe Weather Warning issued for next 5 Days 

India Meteorological Department has issued severe weather warning for the five days beginning April 7, 2018 to April 11, 2018. The northeastern belt over the Gangetic plain and Bihar, Assam  & Meghalaya  and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura are likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, said the Met agency in its latest bulletin. Southern states are likely to witness ...

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New Income Tax Return Forms for Assessment Year 2018-19 issued

The Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) has issued new Income Tax Return Forms (ITR Forms) for the Assessment Year 2018-19, making it one page simplified ITR Form-1(Sahaj), that may benefit around 3 crore taxpayers. However, criticism mounted on personal questions it seeks from the taxpers. This new ITR Form-1 (Sahaj) can be filed by an individual who is resident other ...

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Jodhpur Court sessions Judge Transferred hours before Salman Khan bail plea hearing today

Jodhpur District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi’s was transferred to Sirohi, just hours after he reserved the bail plea to Saturday, indicating possible delay in the case. After Joshi’s order for more documents, such as files of previous cases heard by Rural and High Courts, the High Court website on Friday night transferred him and listed Sirohi District ...

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After Sushma Swaraj, Jaitley now goes under knife for kidney transplant

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s health has become a cause of national concern as the second-in-command in Modi’s government is all set to undergo a kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS on Saturday, April 7. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which has apologized for its mistaken dialysis on a patient last week, said it has formed a special ...

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Team Indus gears up for second chance at Lunar XPRIZE

TeamIndus rover

India’s first private sector space agency Team Indus is gearing up for the XPRIZE lunar launch giving final touches to its stalled latest mini rover meant for lunar landing. Since Team Indus failed to raise funds for ISRO-backed PSLV launch, it could not meet the deadline set by Google as of March 31, 2018. Eventually, Google withdrew the prize money ...

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JNU on top as University in HRD 2018 NIRF ranking

Despite unrest on the campus, Jawaharlal Nehru University still remains the top university in India alongwith the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru that was adjudged the overall best institution in the country. The 2018 ranking of top institutions by the HRD Ministry ranked the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) as the best engineering college and the Indian ...

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Ram Charan’s magic works, ‘Rangasthalam’ crosses Rs.100 crore

Rangasthalam poster

But for Ram Charan’s omnipresence in the film, the overtly dragged Telugu film ‘Rangasthalam’, directed by Sukumar based on a real story in a village in Rayalaseema, finally entered the Rs.100-crore club bringing cheers to the mega family of Chiranjeevi and the fans. Despite unexplained beard he was sporting, Ram Charan’s role as a deaf pump repairing man in the ...

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IOA clears Saina’s father’s CWG accreditation finally

Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal has set aside the protocol to play for the country and threatened to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games, starting in Gold Coast on Wednesday, when her father’s name was deleted from the Indian team’s official list. However, her threat has worked and her father’s name was cleared by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday ...

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CBSE to hold re-exam on April 25 for Class 12 Economics, Class X Undecided

  Battered CBSE has announced a re-test for Class 12 Economics paper on April 25 throughout the country. It has further clarified that the Class 10 Maths paper re-test will be held, if required, in July, that too in Delhi, Haryana and NCR region and not all over the country, giving relief to many Class 10 students elsewhere in the ...

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Doctors make patients familiarize with Apple’s Health Records feature

Apple health records

When Dr. Robert Harrington, cardiologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford, sees patients, they frequently pass him stacks of printed medical records and spreadsheets, hand-drawn charts or their smartphone with notes and photos. Occasionally, they’ll enter his office with grocery bags full of medications to walk him through the details of their care. “People hand you all ...

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US visa screening to check your Facebook, Twitter, other social media history now

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Reminiscent of the erstwhile Cold War polemics, the US State Department will publish its new rules requiring new visitors and immigrants to the country to furnish the details of their social media history, from Facebook to Twitter, among others which may reveal their social practises, ideological inclination and mindset. During the Cold War, leftist ideology was abhorred and in-depth scrutiny of educated ...

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EC Constitutes Panel to Probe Leak of Karnataka Poll Dates

Karnataka Elections

The Election Commission of India has taken serious note of the leak of Karnataka elections date by a BJP functionary before its official announcement. In a statement, the EC said, “It was brought to the notice of the Commission that minutes before the official announcement of the Election Schedule, Mr Amit Malviya (BJP party IT head) in a Tweet had ...

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Karnataka Assembly Elections from May 12, Full Text of Schedule, Code of Conduct

Karnataka Elections

The Election Commission has declared the agenda for Karnataka state assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 12 but the BJP party IT head had tweeted the info before the official announcement, embarrassing the Election Commission. The term of the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka will expire on 28 may 2018 and the EC is required to hold elections before ...

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Elon Musk joins trend, deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages

As Delete facebook is gaining momentum, SpaceX and Tesla chief Elon Musk has removed the verified official pages of his top companies on Friday, minutes after a comment on Twitter in support of the #DeleteFacebook movement. Soon after deletion, Elon Musk quipped, “What’s Facebook?”. Earlier, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton urged his followers to delete Facebook by tweeting it’s time to ...

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Rumours of Martial Law abound in Pakistan as Musharraf’s return expected

Refuting rumours about a possible judicial coup or martial law in Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Saturday said the country is actually heading to elections in July to elect the next government. The remarks came when Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) Secretary General Iqbal Dar told media on Friday that their alliance leader and former Pakistan President Pervez ...

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Water from thin air possible, Indian-origin scientist behind MIT’s new device

Sameer Rao/Wang/MIT

Getting water from air may sound magic to many but scientists from MIT, including an Indian-origin postdoc fellow, have succeeded to get drinkable water right out of the driest of desert air. Since some moisture is always present even in the most arid places on Earth, a practical way to extract that moisture remained the major challenge for many decades ...

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CBSE Class 12 Maths Exam 2018 tomorrow: Students gear up for a tough paper

The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) will be conducting the Class 12 Mathematics exam on Wednesday, March 21, where all science students have to gear up for maximum number of marks as it is possible to score even 100 percent in the paper. Since physics paper was tough, many students are gearing up for a tough mathematics paper too. ...

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Delhi Police detain JNU Life Sciences Professor on Sexual Harassment Charges

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Atul Johri, a professor at JNU’s renowned School of Life Sciences was detained by Delhi Police after receiving complaints from female students accusing him of sexual harassment. On Friday, a group of women researchers from his lab, backed by the JNU Students Union, filed an FIR in Vasant Vihar police station stating that the professor used to call them to ...

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After tariffs on imports, Trump Admn eyes call centres in India, Philippines, Mexico

Trump ramadan dinner

With China as main target, the Trump Administration sought to extract $60 billion in new tariffs. Next, turning its attention on call centres in  India, Mexico and the Philippines, a US bill introduced in Senate this week seeks to stifle offshore centres. The bill, introduced by Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown, wants to create a public list of companies which outsource ...

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