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World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

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The baby was born using the new and controversial technology, called mitochondrial donation, which incorporates DNA from three persons. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his parents, and a small amount of genetic code from a donor.

NASA spots possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

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Using ultraviolet images taken by Hubble, a space telescope that was launched in 1990, the potential plumes were seen around the southern edge of Europa and appear as dark fingers or patches of possible absorption.

China unveils Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in search for extraterrestrial life

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The FAST is a radio telescope located in the Dawodang depression, a natural basin in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province, southwest China.

ISRO launched 8 satellites in two different Orbits

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The satellites that were carried into space included the primary payload SCATSAT-1 of India, and seven other customer payloads (five foreign and two domestic).

MIT develops a spectroscopic technique to detect Martian life

Sep 21, 2016
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A novel interpretation of Raman spectra will help the 2020 Mars rover select rocks to study for signs of life.

Scientists use stem cells to successfully grow human lungs in a dish

Sep 20, 2016
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The researchers used stem cells taken from actual adult human lungs to coat tiny sticky hydrogel beads. The beads eventually grew and self-assembled to envelope the hydrogel beads, which were all placed inside linked wells. The resulting structure produced evenly distributed three-dimensional patterns consistent with actual air sacs like those in human lungs.

HRD Minister inaugurates Super Computer PARAM-ISHAN at IIT Guwahati

Sep 20, 2016
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The supercomputer has a power of 250 teraflops and a 300 terabyte capacity and can be used in areas like computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, civil engineering structures, etc.

Union Cabinet approves extension of contract between India and ISA for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules

Sep 13, 2016
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By extending the contract, India's exclusive rights for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules in the allotted Area in the Central Indian Ocean Basin will continue.

New imaging system to read closed books: MIT Research

Sep 12, 2016
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In the latest issue of Nature Communications, a group of researchers described a prototype of the system, which they tested on a stack of papers, each with one letter printed on it.

NASA launches OSIRIS-REx to collect samples from asteroid

Sep 9, 2016
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OSIRIS-REx is United States’ first mission to collect samples from an asteroid and return to Earth. It hopes that the collected samples would help them in learning more about the origins of life.

ISRO launches advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR

Sep 8, 2016
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Satellite INSAT-3DR will have about ten years of operational life and will provide a variety of meteorological services to the country.

Indian scientists solve preterm birth mystery

Sep 8, 2016
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For the first time, the researchers found that gram-positive Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria produce small balloons called membrane vesicles. These vesicles contain toxins that destroy foetal and maternal cells. They also kill the collagen that keeps the cells together.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket destroyed in explosion

Sep 2, 2016
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It was the second time in just over a year that SpaceX has lost a Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to launch NASA astronauts for the first time in 2017.

ISRO successfully test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine

Aug 29, 2016
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With this, India has joined the select league of four space faring nations that have demonstrated flight testing of Scramjet engines.

Intel unveils Project Alloy device to create merged reality

Aug 22, 2016
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Alloy is a headset that uses the RealSense technology enabling people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world. There is no need for cables to connect to the computer.

World’s biggest aircraft Airlander 10 makes maiden voyage in Britain

Aug 19, 2016
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This flight of the 92-metre ship, nicknamed the Flying Bum for its shape, lasted for about half an hour. The aircraft completed a series of flight manoeuvres and landed safely.

NASA selects six companies to develop prototypes and concepts for Deep Space Habitats

Aug 16, 2016
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NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of space in low-Earth orbit. In addition, they will also work towards improving deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.

Smiles originated 30 million years ago: Study

Aug 9, 2016
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The study was conducted by team of researchers including Fumito Kawakami, Masaki Tomonaga and Juri Suzuki of Kyoto University in Japan and was published on 3 August 2016.

Endosulfan causes DNA damage in animals: Study by Indian researchers

Aug 9, 2016
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A team of researchers led by Professor Sathees Raghavan from the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, Bengaluru revealed that endosulfan breaks in DNA strands and disturbs the damage response mechanism found in cells, which leads to compromised DNA strand repair.

China launches Tiantong-01; its first satellite for mobile telecommunication

Aug 7, 2016
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Tiantong-01 is the first satellite of China's home-made satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the country's space information infrastructure.

Scientists developed mechanism to recycle CO2 into usable fuel

Aug 3, 2016
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The researchers used a metal compound called tungsten diselenide, which was fashioned into nanosized flakes to maximize the surface area and to expose its reactive edges.

China to carry out first human gene editing trial for lung cancer

Aug 3, 2016
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A team led by Dr Lu You at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital in Chengdu received approval to carry out the trial from the hospital’s review board on 6 July 2016. The world’s first genetic editing trial on humans will be based on CRISPR–Cas9 technique.

Great Red Spot storm heating Jupiter's atmosphere: Study

Jul 29, 2016
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The storm is based in Jupiter’s lower atmosphere and spans 13670 miles by 7456 miles (22000 km by 12000 km). The top of its clouds reach altitudes of about 31 miles (50 km).

IMD to use supercomputer to forecast monsoon with Dynamical Model

Jul 29, 2016
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The dynamical model is also known as the Coupled Forecast System. It collates data on local as well as global weather patterns to simulate a forecast for a specific duration.

Brazilian scientists discover another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito

Jul 26, 2016
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The scientists found the presence of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito infected by the Zika virus in three out of 80 groups of mosquitoes analysed up until now.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first round-the-world journey

Jul 26, 2016
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The Solar Impulse 2 has travelled 26744 miles since setting off from Abu Dhabi. The aircraft has racked up 558 hours of flight time.

CSIR-CMERI develops Solar Power Tree for generation of electricity

Jul 25, 2016
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The Solar Power Tree harnesses solar energy for producing electricity with an innovative vertical arrangement of solar cells. Therefore, it reduces the requirement of land as compared to conventional Solar Photovoltaic layout.

Scientists decide to launch field trials of oil-degrading bacteria in Kochi

Jul 25, 2016
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The oil-degrading properties of these bacteria will pave the way for the development of bioremediation agents to clean up petroleum pollutants from the environment.

Facebook's Aquila Internet drone completes first test flight

Jul 23, 2016
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Facebook hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60000 feet and communicate with each other to deliver internet access.

Genes of 6000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

Jul 21, 2016
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With this, the ancient barley has become the oldest plant genome to be reconstructed to date. Before this, only prehistoric corn was genetically reconstructed.

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