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Fossil Site Shows Impact of Early Jurassic Period’s Low Oxygen Oceans

Using a combination of fossils and chemical markers, scientists have tracked low ocean-oxygen in early Jurassic marine ecosystem that could have led to survival of only a few species. The research, led by Rowan Martindale of the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, zeroes in on a recently discovered fossil site in Canada located at Ya Ha Tinda ...

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Hubble Spots Barred Spiral Galaxy Lynx

Discovered by British astronomer William Herschel over 200 years ago, NGC 2500 lies about 30 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Lynx. The NGC 2500 is a particular kind of spiral galaxy known as a barred spiral, its wispy arms swirling out from a bright, elongated core. Barred spirals are actually more common than was once thought. Around two-thirds ...

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Using Einstein’s Theory, Brightest Galaxy 10000 Million Light Years Away Discovered

Using Albert Einstein’s gravitational lensing theory, scientists have discovered a galaxy at about 10,000 million light years away but thousand times brighter than the nearest Milky Way. Anastasio Diaz-Sanches from Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) in Spain used gravitational lensing phenomenon found by Einstein to magnify the apparent image of the original object. “Thanks to the gravitational lens” explained Sánchez, ...

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Diet rich in tomatoes cuts skin cancer in half in mice

Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study at The Ohio State University. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers appeared online in the journal Scientific Reports. It found that male mice fed a diet of 10 percent tomato powder daily for 35 ...

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Walking Like Ants Reduces Risk for Spiders: Study

Humans aren’t the only actors on the planet. To avoid being eaten, some jumping spiders pretend to be ants, according to Cornell University research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Ants are aggressive at defending themselves: They are well-armed with bites, stings and formic acid. Ant-mimicking jumping spiders – Myrmarachne formicaria – in contrast, can’t do much more ...

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India Missile in Pipeline to Target Whole of China: Report

PINAKA missile of India

India is gearing up its nuclear arsenal aimed at targeting entire China, while it is already capable of deterring Pakistan, said a research article published in July-August issue of ‘After Midnight’. Written by top American nuclear experts — Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris — in the article titled, “Indian nuclear forces 2017“, the report said India is modernising ...

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‘Star Trek’ Fiction Comes True, China Succeeds in Quantum Teleportation

Chinese scientists have achieved a breakthrough in much-awaited quantum teleportation when they successfully teleported photons to an orbiting satellite 300 miles above, paving the way for a future unhackable quantum Internet. In Star trek, Scotty beams up crew to distant locations anytime and in the latest experiment, Chinese researchers were able to beam photons from a ground station in Ngari, ...

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No Life Possible Due to UV Radiation on Mars, Finds New Study

When NASA scientists declared that finding alien organism on Mars surface is a possibility soon, they were not sure about the perchlorate effect. Now that new research has found that the bacteria exposed to UV-activated perchlorate were killed within minutes, may change their perception about the possibility of life in the form of any organism, forget about the bacteria. Perchlorate ...

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Team Indus Pitches for $40 Mln Funding to Emerge as India’s Equivalent of SpaceX

Team Indus, the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, wants to go beyond the challenge and emerge as India’s equivalent of SpaceX, US private space company, with an eye on additional fund-raising to the tune of $40 million in the next round. With its lunar rover mission launch set for December aboard ISRO’s PSLV rocket, Team Indus ...

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How Did Romans Make Such Solid Concrete 2000 Years Ago? Secret Unveiled

Samples from this Ancient Roman pier, Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy, were studied with X-rays at Berkeley Lab.CREDIT:J.P. Oleson

A 2,000-year-old concrete harbor structure, made from volcanic ash, lime and seawater by Romans that has remained a puzzle for long has been cracked by minerologists using X-ray and Advanced Light Source (ALS). A team of researchers working at the Berkeley Lab used X-rays to study samples of Roman concrete at microscopic level to learn about the mineral cements. The ...

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Wiped out Dinosaurs Gave New Life to Frogs: Study

The dinosaurs wiped out from Earth gave rise to most of the frogs alive today. A new study by Chinese and American biologists shows that if the calamity had not wiped the planet clean of most terrestrial life 66 million years ago, 88 percent of today’s frog species wouldn’t be here. Nearly nine out of 10 species of frog today ...

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38 Natural World Heritage Sites Facing Threat, Warns IUCN

A view of Białowieża Forest, Belarus-Poland. CREDIT: IUCN Elena Osipova

Two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites are affected this year by illegal fishing, logging and poaching, said the monitoring body International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), sending alarm bells over the risk faced by some of the world’s most precious and unique ecosystems and species. On the eve of its 41st session of the World Heritage Committee ...

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Bees Have Third Eye, Applicable for Drones’ Night Vision: Study

Machine vision in drones is similar to human vision and cannot see colours clearly owing to light reflection and day and night difference but bees are different with a third eye, said a new study suggesting revamp of vision techniques in cameras, robots and drones. A Melbourne-based researchers team has studied how bees have three special eyes on top of ...

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NASA’s Juno to Fly Directly Over Jupiter’s Mysterious Red Spot Now

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is all set for another manoeuvre on July 10, flying directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm. This meanoeuvre will be humanity’s first close-up view of the gigantic storm being monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years on Jupiter, making it mysterious and puzzling. “Jupiter’s mysterious Great ...

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NASA Data Detects Huge Drop in Global Fires, Good or Bad?

NASA satellites have detected from space that the number of fires across tropical forests in South America, the Eurasian Steppe, and the savannas of Africa are increasingly declining due to settled lifestyle than previous nomadic lifestyle in the regions. The transition is leading intensified agriculture and steep drop in the use of fire leading to decline of forest fires, said ...

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Cassini Takes Plunge Into Saturn, Scientists Cross-Fingered

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.(NASA)

In its line up for final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini has once again taken a proximal plunge into the surface of Saturn on June 29, 2017. The final plunge is scheduled for mid-September. The Cosmic Dust Analyzer’s (CDA) science team, in Germany adjusted the instrument’s settings this week based on experience in recent “proximal” passages between Saturn’s rings and ...

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Meet Arnav Sharma, Indian Boy Who Scored Higher Than Einstein, Hawking in IQ Test

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An Indian-origin boy aged 11 took the famous Mensa Test for IQ measurement, totally unprepared and unaware of it and the results showed that the child prodigy has scored more than what Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking could have scored. The maximum score in the test was around 140 and the boy, Arnav Sharma scored 162 in the Mensa Test. ...

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Mars Colony with Child Slaves? No Way, Says NASA Denying Ex-CIA Man’s Allegations

Only Curiosity Rovers on Mars, Not Humans Please, Says NASA (Photo: NASA)

NASA has always been accused of wrong doing in space or hiding aliens or UFOs spotted in the sky and the US space agency has kept silent or denied very often any such conspiracy theories and the lastest one was Anonymous video and in less than a week another conspiracy theory has hit the agency. In a bizarre revelation on ...

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International Asteroid Day Today: More Than 16000 In Nearby Galaxy

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 30, 2017 with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). There are more than 16,000 asteroids in the vicinity, according to NASA. The program will air ...

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New Algorithm Can Read Your Mind, Shows Study Using Brain Imaging Technology

Now brain imaging technology can read what’s going on in your mind by using machine learning algorithm developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. The new algorithm can ‘read minds’ and identify complex thoughts with 87 per cent accuracy, they claim. Since the brain’s building blocks for complex thoughts are formed by various sub-systems and not language-based, by measuring ...

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Wildlife Report Calls for Better Human-Wildlife Management to End Conflicts

Crop damage caused by wildlife (Photo: Krithi Karanth)

Stressing the need to strengthen human-wildlife conflict management across India in view of up to 32 wildlife species damaging life and property in this nation of 1.2 billion people, a recent study published in the July 2017 edition of Human Dimensions of Wildlife sought a better management approach to end the conflict. The researchers have called for the identification of ...

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NASA Denies Anonymous Video on Alien Life Discovery Announcement

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer took this photograph of an American flag in one of the windows of the International Space Station's cupola, a dome-shaped module through which operations on the outside of the station can be observed and guided. Throughout NASA's history, spacecraft and launch vehicles have always been decorated with flags.(NASA)

US space agency NASA has denied global hackers group Anonymous claim that it is going make announcement on the discovery of alien life, said a spokesman. Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on YouTube that said NASA is about to announce the discovery of life in our galaxy but NASA scientist beyond Earth. “Contrary to some reports, ...

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Anonymous Predicts NASA Announcement on Alien Life Soon; Will it be on Europa?

In this false color image of Europa, reddish-brown areas represent non-ice material resulting from geologic activity. White areas are rays of material ejected during the formation of the Pwyll impact crater. Icy plains are shown in blue tones to distinguish possibly coarse-grained ice (dark blue) from fine-grained ice (light blue). Long, dark lines are ridges and fractures in the crust, some of which are more than 1,850 miles long. These images were obtained by NASA's Galileo spacecraft during Sept. 7, 1996, Dec. 1996 and Feb. 1997 at a distance of 417,489 miles. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Not NASA but the global hacking group Anonymous has come out with a revelation that the US space agency is likely to announce the discovery of alien life. Anonymous on their website said, “NASA says aliens are coming!” and there is no confirmation from NASA, which never reacted on such alien stories in the last seven decades. Anonymous has also ...

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PSLV-C38 Successfully Launched With 31 Satellites

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Within months after successfully launching more than 100 satellites at one go, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites on Friday, June 23, 2017 in its 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV. PSLV-C38 lifted off at 9:29 am IST from the First Launch Pad from Sriharikota in Andhra ...

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NASA Kepler Team Releases Catalogue of Exoplanets, 10 Similar to Earth

NASA has released catalogue of 4,034 planets of which 2,335 are exoplanets and ten planets found similar to earth in size and habitability. These 10 planets orbit with their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. Available on the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the ...

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HRD Minister Felicitates Indian National Science Talent Scholars of 2016-17

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar felicitated the award winners of National Science Talents-2017, at a function, in New Delhi on June 14, 2017.(PIB)

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has felicitated winners of National Science Talent Exam of the Year 2016-17 in New Delhi on Wednesday, which is slowly emerging as India equivalent of US Intel Science Awards. The winners were given away mementoes and certificates by the Minister. Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) in association with Vigyan Prasar – an autonomous institution under ...

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ISRO Launches GSLV Mk III Successfully with GSAT-19 Satellite

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The first developmental flight (GSLV MkIII-D1) of India’s heavy lift launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III was successfully conducted today (June 05, 2017) evening from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota with the launch of GSAT-19 satellite. This was the first orbital mission of GSLV MkIII which was mainly intended to evaluate the vehicle performance including that of its fully indigenous cryogenic ...

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UK and US Share Similar Mindset? How?

UK and US share a similar mindset when it comes to horizontal drilling for shale energy, say Cardiff University researchers and colleagues. Though an entire ocean separates the UK from the US, when the issue of fracking arises, the great divide — philosophically speaking — narrows considerably. Concerns about short-term and long-term impacts of horizontal drilling for shale energy are prevalent ...

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India ‘Reactivates’ Its Association Status with IEA

India has reactivated its association status with the world energy body International Energy Association and said both will work in the areas of mutual interests, including capacity building to meet supply side disruptions. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan met Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA on Thursday jointly with Minister of State for Power, ...

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ISRO Earned $4.5 Million, 76.5 Million Euros in Last 2 Years

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Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix) has earned a foreign exchange of 76.5 Million Euros and $4.5 Million from foreign countries through launching of their satellites on-board PSLV. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Space Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, informed the House that ...

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