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NASA Satellites reveal major shifts in global freshwater

May 18, 2018
The scientists used 14 years of data from the NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites to track global trends in freshwater in 34 regions around the world.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day observed

May 17, 2018
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was observed across the world on May 17 with the theme ‘enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for all’. The day aims to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other ICT can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Bangladesh’s first communication satellite

May 12, 2018
After successful liftoff, the rocket returned to an upright landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump cuts funding to NASA system that monitors greenhouse gases

May 12, 2018
US President Donald Trump’s administration has cut off the funding for NASA system that monitors the flow of greenhouse gases. The move comes at a time when the world is struggling to combat climate change.

National Technology Day 2018 observed

May 11, 2018
National Technology Day is observed every year on May 11 to mark the anniversary of the successful test-firing of Shakti nuclear missile in Pokhran. The scientific achievements of the day prompted the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to declare India as a nuclear state.

ISRO develops atomic clock for indigenous navigation satellites

May 8, 2018
With the development of the atomic clock, ISRO has become one of the few space organisations in the world that are capable to develop this highly sophisticated technology.

Lunar rock indicates hidden water ice reserves on Moon: Study

May 7, 2018
A team of scientists from the Tohoku University in Japan found the mineral called Moganite in a lunar meteorite discovered in a desert in northwest Africa.

NASA launches InSight Spacecraft to study the Mars' deep interior

May 7, 2018
It will enable the scientists to understand the temperature on the Mars, which is crucial for sending people there and will help them know that how much a human environment need to be heated under frigid conditions.

NITI Aayog, IBM sign SoI to develop crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence

May 5, 2018
NITI Aayog and IBM have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real-time advisory to farmers in aspirational districts. The main aim of the agreement is to enable cooperation in the use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve crop productivity.

Fasting can boost stem cells' regenerative capacity: Study

May 4, 2018
In a new study, US biologists discovered that 24-hour fasting can dramatically improve stem cells' ability to regenerate, in both aged and young mice. The findings may help cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy and older people suffering from intestinal infections or other gastrointestinal disorders that can damage the lining of the intestine.

Fourth regional conference on futuristic, resilient and digital infrastructure begins

May 4, 2018
The 4th regional conference on futuristic, resilient and digital infrastructure began in Bengaluru on May 3, 2018. The 2-day event is a lead-up to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will be hosted by the Union Government from June 25-26 in Mumbai.

NASA’s Kilopower Reactor could power missions to Mars

May 3, 2018
The demonstration of Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology could pave the way for future systems that could power human outposts on the Moon and Mars.

NASA set to launch 'InSight' mission to study Mars’ deep interior

May 2, 2018
The InSight Mission will give hints of how rocky bodies form including Earth, its moon and also about planets of other solar systems.

NASA’s lunar orbital platform ‘Gateway’ to begin construction

Apr 25, 2018
NASA will start work on its Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway by early 2019 when it will award the first contract for the program. The lunar platform will be NASA's planned ‘staging’ area for studies of the moon and the deep-space environment.

Deep Italian cave may help detect life on Mars

Apr 20, 2018
Scientists have discovered signs of life in a massive cave in Italy that is located about 1300 feet below the ground. The discovery may help detect life on other planets. The scientists found variations in the isotopic content of atoms in the mineral gypsum, which is a weathering product of the cave's formation.

NASA launches planet-hunting mission 'TESS'

Apr 19, 2018
The exoplanets discovered by TESS will help future researchers to conduct more comprehensive follow-up studies and to assess the capacity of these planets to harbour life.

NASA launches CHESS mission to study matter between stars

Apr 18, 2018
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has successfully launched CHESS mission to study the interstellar medium, the matter between stars. The space between distant stars is not empty. It contains drifts of vast clouds of neutral atoms and molecules.

Cyber-security Tech Accord: 34 global tech firms sign key accord against cyber attacks

Apr 18, 2018
The "Cyber-security Tech Accord" is a public commitment among 34 global companies to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.

Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme

Apr 17, 2018
Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that can be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems. The discovery could provide a recycling solution for the tonnes of plastic bottles made of PET that currently persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

China develops 3D conic device to increase solar-thermal conversion

Apr 16, 2018
Scientists applied this device to solar waste-water treatment and the test showed that the device could not only recover clean water but could also recycle heavy metals such as copper and cadmium.

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