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Tiny robots that think, act like insects in the offing

Published on 15-Dec-2017
The RoboBee, one of the first in insect-sized robots, designed in Harvard University. YouTube screenshot.

Scientists are developing a new type of programming that will allow tiny robots to think and act like insects...

NASA scientists to survey unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice

Published on 15-Dec-2017
Even small amounts of melt across areas as vast as Greenland or Antarctica can result in large amounts of meltwater contributing to sea level rise. Representational Image

A team led by two NASA scientists is all set to embark on a 750-kilometre expedition...

'Rare gene mutation that lowers sensitivity to pain found'

Published on 15-Dec-2017
Researchers learnt that an Italian family of 6 had a rare mutation that made them far less sensitive to pain than normal people. Representative image.

Researchers have identified a rare gene mutation that may lead to low sensitivity to pain, an advance...

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

Published on 15-Dec-2017
The eight-planet system -- the largest known outside of ours -- orbits a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away.

A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA's Kepler space....

New reasons found for collapse of Indus Valley civilisation

Published on 14-Dec-2017
The new research stands out in comparison to many its predecessors in terms of data quality.

Some of the previous research put the blame on a singular event

Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt's Aswan

Published on 14-Dec-2017
Today's statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt's ancient history.

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact...

Two astronauts, cosmonaut return from five-month ISS mission

Published on 14-Dec-2017
The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Expedition 53 crewmates Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik and Paolo Nespoli is pictured seconds from landing in the steppe of Kazakhstan in below freezing weather.

Two astronauts, from the US and Italy, and a Russian cosmonaut today landed in Kazakhstan...

MIT scientists create plants that can glow

Published on 14-Dec-2017
Illumination of a book (Paradise Lost, by John Milton) with the nanobionic light-emitting plants (two 3.5-week-old watercress plants). Photo: Seon-Yeong Kwak

MIT scientists have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light by embedding specialised nanoparticles into their leaves, a major step towards...

'NASA to screen new Star Wars film in space'

Published on 14-Dec-2017
Astronauts aboard the ISS will be able to enjoy The Last Jedi.

NASA is planning a special screening of the latest Star Wars film for astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS)...

Student satellite helps solve major space mystery

Published on 14-Dec-2017
A team of more than 65 students designed, built and operated a small CubeSat satellite that helped researchers discover energetic electrons in the inner Van Allen radiation belt, believed to be created by cosmic rays bombarding Earth's atmosphere. Photo: University of Colorado/LASP.

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in the Earth's radiation...

Pokemon Go may help people who struggle socially: study

Published on 13-Dec-2017
Pokemon Go. DH File Photo

Pokemon Go may help people who struggle socially, according to a study which...

'Blade runner' legs give maimed Thai dog new lease on life

Published on 13-Dec-2017
Cola's prosthetics were developed by orthopaedist Bendt Soderberg, who works at a hospital in Phuket.

Just over a year after he was maimed for gnawing on someone's shoes...

Twitter makes 'tweetstorms' easier with 'threads'

Published on 13-Dec-2017
The move comes just a month after Twitter rattled the Twitterverse by doubling the limit for tweets in most languages to 280 characters.

Twitter said today it would make it easier for users to build "tweetstorms" by linking together posts...

'By 2022, 9% Indians will be in jobs that do not exist today'

Published on 13-Dec-2017
Jobs of 21 percent of the workforce in 2017 would face 'existential threat', the report noted. Image for representation

Indian job landscape is in transitionary phase, thanks to emerging technologies and by 2022...

Social media trends can predict vaccine scares

Published on 12-Dec-2017
Researchers extrapolated data from Google and social media and combined it with their mathematical model to uncover how vaccination and anti-vax movements are influenced by them.

Analysing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study...

New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty

Published on 12-Dec-2017
A map of the first data set, detailing the breakdown of poverty by area. Photo: University of Buffalo.

An Indian-origin scientist in the US has developed a novel technique that combines cellphone records with satellite data to create...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot one-and-a-half Earths wide: NASA

Published on 12-Dec-2017
NASA has learnt that the Storm's roots penetrate 300 kilometres into the gas giant's atmosphere, and that it is 1.5 Earths wide.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot - the solar system's most famous storm - is almost one-and-a-half Earths wide and penetrates...

Kansas shooting hero Ian Grillot honoured by Time magazine

Published on 11-Dec-2017
Ian Grillot. Image courtesy Twitter/@CoverageUsa

Time magazine has honoured Ian Grillot, the US national who took a bullet for an...

Mars atmosphere well protected from solar wind: study

Published on 11-Dec-2017
Mars, as it stands today, has less than 1 percent of Earth's atmospheric pressure, and no defined magnetic dipole to speak of.

The atmosphere of Mars is well protected from the effects of the solar wind on ion escape from the planet, despite the...

Top 10 mountain ranges of Karnataka (video)

Published on 11-Dec-2017
DH File Photo

On International Mountain Day, DH curates the top 10 mountain ranges...

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media on the first day of the winter session...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media on the first day of the winter session...

Outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress...

Outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress...

INLD MP Dushyant Chautala arrives by a tractor to attend the winter session of Parliament...

INLD MP Dushyant Chautala arrives by a tractor to attend the winter session of Parliament...

Social activist Anna Hazare while addressing a press conference at the Guwahati Press club, in...

Social activist Anna Hazare while addressing a press conference at the Guwahati Press club, in...

Members of Anganwadi workers hold a protest against Uttar Pradesh Government in support of their...

Members of Anganwadi workers hold a protest against Uttar Pradesh Government in support of their...

Election observers inspecting the EVM (Electronic Voting Machines) at a distribution centre...

Election observers inspecting the EVM (Electronic Voting Machines) at a distribution centre...

A vegetable vendor sits between the wheels of a parked truck, in a street market in Kolkata on...

A vegetable vendor sits between the wheels of a parked truck, in a street market in Kolkata on...

Army jawans near a helicopter parked at Kolkata maidan during foggy Friday morning. Historic Victori

Army jawans near a helicopter parked at Kolkata maidan during foggy Friday morning. Historic Victori

A fisherman casting his net at Dal Lake during a cold winter morning, in Srinagar on...

A fisherman casting his net at Dal Lake during a cold winter morning, in Srinagar on...

Muslims pray on the steps of a mosque during a demonstration against the...

Muslims pray on the steps of a mosque during a demonstration against the...

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