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NASA's Hubble Telescope captures the most distant star ever seen

Apr 4, 2018
Astronomers were able to view this faraway star and set a new distance record through a phenomenon called 'Gravitational Lensing'.

India replaces Vietnam to become world’s second largest mobile phone producer

Apr 2, 2018
India has replaced Vietnam to become the second-largest producer of mobile phones in the world, only after China. According to data shared by ICA, India accounted for 11 per cent of global mobile production in 2017 compared to 3 per cent in 2014.

India's antibiotic usage touching alarming levels: Study

Apr 1, 2018
A recent study suggests that India has witnessed the highest increase in antibiotic consumption among Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) between 2000 and 2015. According to medical experts, if this continues to progress, no antibiotics will be left even for the most simple infections by 2030.

Scientists discover a new organ 'Interstitium' in the human body

Mar 31, 2018
Once confirmed as an organ, interstitium will take skin’s place as the largest organ in the human body.

India successfully launches GSAT-6A Communication Satellite

Mar 30, 2018
The GSLV rocket successfully placed the satellite in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and from GTO, the satellite will be taken up to its final geostationary orbit by three orbit raising manoeuvres.

NASA to launch GRACE-FO mission to observe Earth's frozen regions

Mar 27, 2018
NASA would be launching two new satellite missions and conduct an array of field research in 2018 to enhance the understanding of Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, snow cover and permafrost. The mission called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission will continue the legacy of the original GRACE mission.

Cambridge Analytica controversy: Explained

Mar 22, 2018
Cambridge Analytica allegedly had a hand in assisting with Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections 2016, by using unethically gathered data to manipulate voter behaviour. The firm has also allegedly worked with the Leave EU camp during Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit).

E-cigarettes can harm liver: Study

Mar 19, 2018
According to a new study, using electronic cigarettes may lead to an accumulation of fat in the liver, consequentially causing harm to the vital organ. The study was conducted on mice, which were exposed to e-cigarettes.

Google launches Google assistance in Hindi

Mar 16, 2018
Google has announced the launch of Google Assistant in Hindi. The launch came days after Actions on Google received support for Hindi and 15 other international languages including Thai, Indonesia, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch.

NASA Twins Study confirms change in Astronaut's DNA by time spent in Space

Mar 16, 2018
Scientists measured Scott's Metabolites which are necessary for maintaining life, Cytokines that are secreted by immune system cells and Proteins to track physical changes in him.

NCRB launches ‘Citizen Services’ mobile app

Mar 15, 2018
The National Crime Records Bureau has launched a mobile app called ‘Citizen Services’ to offer various essential police related services to the citizens. The services aim to provide a smooth interface between the citizens and the police.

Dengue fever may increase stroke risk: Study

Mar 14, 2018
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to search for Interstellar Water

Mar 14, 2018
The research team will led by McClure and co-principal investigators Adwin Boogert and Harold Linnartz and will target the Chamaeleon Complex, a star-forming region visible in the Southern Sky.

Researchers find link between childhood trauma, schizophrenia

Mar 12, 2018
The study provides the missing link for clinicians who have long theorised about the association between childhood trauma and hallucinations and delusions. One of its major findings was that the hallucinations in psychotic disorders were associated with all types of childhood trauma.

Researchers unlock decades-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the sun

Mar 7, 2018
In a ground-breaking discovery, researchers have discovered that the magnetic waves crashing through the Sun may be the key to heating its atmosphere and propelling the solar wind. Though the theory of heat being produced by the waves was predicted almost 75 years ago, the scientists have the proof for the very first time.

National Science Day 2018 observed across India

Mar 1, 2018
The Day is celebrated every year on 28 February to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist Sir CV Raman.

Indian scientists develop next generation technology loop to generate clean energy

Feb 24, 2018
The laboratory scale test loop was developed by a research group at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research, IISc, as part of the Indo-U.S. consortium called Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States.

Kerala to soon deploy robots to clean up manholes

Feb 19, 2018
The Kerala government will soon be utilising the services of robots to clean the sewer holes in the state. Named 'Bandicoot', the robots are equipped with Wi-Fi, blue tooth and control panels and have four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers.

Botanical Survey of India signs MoU with UK’s Natural History Museum

Feb 17, 2018
The esteemed Indian scientific research organisation, BSI has signed a MoU with UK’s Natural History Museum to boost up scientific exchanges between the two nations to enable them to learn from each other and work collaboratively to address important scientific questions.

Scientists discover new class of antibiotics in soil

Feb 16, 2018
These antibiotics can target the formation of the bacterial cell membrane or even destroy the cell wall.

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