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Indians can't think forward by 15 mins: Einstein's diaries
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
A book compiling Albert Einstein's travel diaries has claimed that the world-renowned scientist believed Indians were "biologically inferior" and were hampered by the subcontinent's climate that "prevented them from thinking backward or forward by more than a quarter of an hour." Caltech author Ze'ev Rosenkranz further quotes Einstein "Wouldn't we too, in this climate, become like the Indians?"
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:18 pm on 15 Jun
Dust storm on Mars shuts down NASA rover 'Opportunity'
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
A massive dust storm on Mars, which was first detected by Opportunity rover on May 30, has blocked out the Sun over one quarter of the Red Planet, shutting down all science operations except its master clock, said NASA. The solar-powered vehicle last communicated with Earth on June 10 and would wake up automatically when it's charged sufficiently, added NASA.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:16 am on 14 Jun
99-million-year-old frogs' fossils found encased in amber
short by Pragya Swastik / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
A set of four tropical frogs that lived alongside the dinosaurs 99 million years ago have been discovered from amber lumps dating back to the Cretaceous period in Myanmar. This makes them the world's oldest rainforest frogs ever discovered by mankind. It included one skeleton of a frog complete enough for scientists to identify a new species 'Electrorana limoae'.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:35 am on 16 Jun
World's most experienced spacewoman retires as astronaut
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired on Friday after a 22-year-long career. Whitson, who joined NASA as a researcher in 1986, has spent more time off Earth than any other American, totalling 665 days over three International Space Station missions. The 58-year-old is the oldest woman to go into space and also the most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 missions.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:52 am on 16 Jun
First woman in space had to re-enact landing for filming it
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman to go into space on June 16, 1963, had to re-enact her landing sequence in order to be filmed. Doctors concealed Tereshkova's bruise the day following her actual landing and the then 26-year-old was put back in her capsule, while actors ran towards the capsule to open it and receive her.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:25 pm on 16 Jun
People to get ₹2L to stay at 'Hotel Influenza', get infected
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
Saint Louis University in Missouri, US, is offering $3,500 (over ₹2.3 lakh) to people who would volunteer to be exposed to flu virus for a study on vaccines. The university has converted part of its on-campus hotel into a research hub, dubbed "Hotel Influenza", where volunteers would have access to meals, internet, TV, and private bathrooms during the 12-day stay.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 01:31 pm on 14 Jun
NASA flies large unmanned aircraft in public airspace
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
NASA's remotely piloted Ikhana aircraft successfully flew its first mission in the US airspace without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. The flight took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and reached an altitude of about 20,000 feet, where commercial airliners fly. The technology could help monitor and fight forest fires, and provide emergency search and rescue operations.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:59 pm on 14 Jun
WHO declares gaming addiction a mental health disorder
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the addiction to video games or 'gaming disorder' as a mental health disorder. Likening it to substance abuse, WHO stressed it is not a casual term applied to anyone who spends a lot of time gaming. Symptoms must be sustained for at least a year before coming under the category, the organisation added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:56 pm on 18 Jun
Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into nearest black hole
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
An observatory in Spain is planning to beam late physicist Stephen Hawking's voice into space directly at the nearest known black hole from Earth, 3,500 light-years away. The transmission would take place around the same time as his burial, between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin after a memorial service on Friday at London's Westminster Abbey.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 01:41 pm on 15 Jun
'Baby Miracle' born with eyes shut, missing brain dies aged 10
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 12 Jun 2018,Tuesday
A 10-year-old who was born with part of her brain missing, her eyes sealed shut and severe disabilities has died. Known as Baby Miracle, Miracletina Julie Nanai was born in island nation of Samoa. Her father Mikaele said she was so severely disabled that doctors predicted she would only live for a few hours and wanted to let her die.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:56 pm on 12 Jun
US team designs robot to draw blood, rapidly analyse samples
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
Rutgers University researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that gives rapid results and could allow doctors to spend more time treating patients. It includes an image-guided robot for drawing blood from veins, a sample-handling module and a centrifuge-based blood analyser. "This device represents the holy grail in blood testing technology," said a senior researcher.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:49 am on 14 Jun
Antarctica lost 3 tn tonnes ice in 25 yrs, sea level rose 7.6 mm
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
Antarctica has lost about three trillion tonnes of sea ice since 1992 contributing to a global sea-level rise of 7.6 mm, according to a research published in the journal Nature. The study found melting tripled in the last five years compared to 2012. Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 metres if it ever all melted, noted researchers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:21 pm on 14 Jun
Researchers discover a new type of photosynthesis
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
The Imperial College London researchers have discovered a new type of photosynthesis that uses near-infrared light instead of visible light used for photosynthesis. They found that some blue-green algae deactivate 'chlorophyll-a' used in standard photosynthesis and switch to 'chlorophyll-f', allowing photosynthesis in shade. This may pave the way for more efficient engineered crops, they said.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:36 pm on 17 Jun
Einstein called Chinese people 'filthy, obtuse' in his diary
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
A book compiling Albert Einstein's diaries on his tour of Asia in the 1920s has claimed the scientist described the Chinese as "industrious and filthy" with "spiritless and obtuse" children. However, according to the author, Einstein called the Japanese "unostentatious, decent, altogether very appealing", remarking that "intellectual needs of the nation seem to be weaker than their artistic ones".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:20 am on 15 Jun
Researchers decode brain of blind patient who can see motion
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
US-based neuroscientists have mapped the brain of a blind woman able to see objects, but only if in motion. "She is missing a piece of brain tissue about the size of an apple at the back of her brain. But rather than shutting down her whole visual system, she developed ways to bring vision to other brain parts," said researchers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 07:52 pm on 14 Jun
Stephen Hawking laid to rest; ashes buried near Newton, Darwin
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking's remains were buried in Scientists' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey between the graves of Issac Newton and Charles Darwin on Friday. The memorial service witnessed attendees like Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played lead in 2004 film 'Hawking', and British astronaut Tim Peake. Hawking had passed away on March 14, aged 76.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:17 pm on 15 Jun
Three infant planets discovered around newborn star
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
Two independent teams of astronomers have discovered three infant planets in orbit around a four-million-year-old newborn star about 330 light-years from Earth. Using a new planet-finding technique that identifies unusual gas flow patterns, the astronomers identified three discrete disturbances in the young star's gas-filled disk, saying it was the strongest evidence of orbiting planets.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:31 pm on 15 Jun
Woman sues NASA to keep Moon dust 'gifted by Neil Armstrong'
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 12 Jun 2018,Tuesday
A US-based woman has pre-emptively sued NASA for legal ownership of a Moon dust sample, which she claims was given to her father by his close friend Neil Armstrong. The lawsuit was filed in advance as the space agency states all lunar material belong to the US government. The lady also holds a note apparently addressed to her by Armstrong.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:06 pm on 12 Jun
Tick wrapped in spider web found in dinosaur-era amber
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
A German collector in Myanmar has discovered a tick in amber (resin) which was likely trapped in spider web and immobilised by the spider wrapping its silk around it. The arachnid was then likely entombed in amber that may have dripped from a nearby tree about 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, said researchers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:27 pm on 15 Jun
Interstellar dust older than Solar System found on Earth
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jun 2018,Thursday
Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped confirm that samples believed to originate from interstellar comets collected from Earth's upper atmosphere contain dust leftover from the initial formation of the solar system. The initial solids from which the solar system formed 4.6 billion years ago consisted of organic carbon coupled with nitrogen and oxygen besides ice and silicate, the team found.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:47 pm on 14 Jun
Mammals becoming more nocturnal to avoid humans: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
A study encompassing 62 species worldwide found that to avoid human presence, mammals spent relatively less time being active during daytime. Researchers found a 1.36 times increase in mammals' night activity, even among those already classed as nocturnal. The author said the findings echoed the past, as it was only after dinosaurs' extinction that mammals started venturing out in daylight.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:22 pm on 16 Jun
Stanford Prison Experiment was based on a lie, claims report
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
A well-known psychological study which showed human beings are naturally inclined to abuse power when given a position of command was based on fakery and lies, as per a report by American author Ben Blum. The report points to recordings archived at the Stanford University which show the lead researcher instructing "guards" to treat "prisoners" poorly in the mock jail.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:01 pm on 15 Jun
New sperm structure found maybe linked to infertility: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 12 Jun 2018,Tuesday
A US-based study found a new centriole, a sperm structure which may contribute to research on infertility, miscarriages and birth defects. The centriole is the only essential cellular structure contributed solely by the father for building the cell's skeleton and antennae known as cilia. Researchers found that a father donates not one, but two centrioles through the sperm during fertilisation.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:59 pm on 12 Jun
Black hole 'burping' after 'eating' star seen for 1st time
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
In a first, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a jet of material ejected when the gravitational force of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a nearby star. The tidal disruption event occurred 150 million light-years from Earth where a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun shredded a star twice the Sun's mass.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:46 am on 15 Jun
World's biggest atom smasher worth $1 billion to get upgrade
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
The $950-million Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, is getting an upgrade that will let researchers collect up to 10 times more data by 2026. The 27-km-long particle accelerator, which produces one billion proton-proton collisions per second, will be fitted with 130 new magnets. LHC discovered the Higgs boson in 2012 that led to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:23 pm on 16 Jun
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