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Decoding the past

Published on 23-May-2016
blue wonders The craters of Haulani and Occator (below) on Ceres.

The gap between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in the Copernican model of the solar system was large enough to get the attention ......

A carnival of the mind

Published on 23-May-2016
a gap There is no scientific explanation for consciousness, without which none of the famous discoveries could have been made. photo courtesy: john Hersey/nyt

At the Science of Consciousness conference recently in Tucson, Arizona, USA I was faced with a quandary: Which of the ...

To keep obesity at bay, exercise may trump diet

Published on 23-May-2016
more effort Scientists have been pointing out that exercise by itself tends to be ineffective for weight loss.

Young rats prone to obesity are much less likely to fulfill that unhappy destiny if they run during adolescence than ...

Lasers for propelling miniature spacecrafts

Published on 16-May-2016
moving out Stephen Hawking believes that if we are to survive as a species,  we must ultimately spread out to the stars. representative image

A recent report of a proposal supported by Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking among others, envisages the launch...

Studying shock waves in depth

Published on 16-May-2016
useful The findings of shock wave research have been used to develop  futuristic equipments for military and aerospace purposes. representative image

What happens when an object moves faster than the speed of sound? Imagine an airplane, or a space capsule returning from...

Pushing the limits

Published on 16-May-2016
Right or WRONG? Advances in culturing human embryos (in pic) could reignite ethical debate on the duration of such experiments. photo courtesy: Gist Croft, Alessia Deglincerti, and Ali H Brivanlou of The Rockefeller University

Developmental biologists have grown human embryos in the lab for up to 13 days after fertilisation, shattering the previous record...

Hot super-Earths stripped by host stars

Published on 09-May-2016
Hot, hot, hot: The image shows a  planet being stripped by its host star's heat. photo courtesy: Peter Devine

We live 150 million km away from our nearest star. It rises each morning, sets each night, and is our primary source of energy...

Towards more robust devices

Published on 09-May-2016
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS: Structure of carbon nanotube foam as seen through an electron microscope; (top-right inset)a pressure transducer for combat aircrafts and a 'nano-OM' written using electro-lithography.

Researchers are designing ways to improve the mechanical strength of materials for a variety of applications, especially electronics...

Putting CO2 back to work

Published on 09-May-2016
Onerous: Carbon dioxide is much more difficult to split than water, involving 6 steps, each requiring energy and a catalyst. photo courtesy:  Viktor Koen/NYT

Scientists are working on ways to convert carbon dioxide into a renewable, recyclable resource, writes Henry Fountain...

Synthetic biology tackles global anti-venom shortage

Published on 02-May-2016
The snakes produce only small amounts with each bite and are hard to raise in captivity.

When the medical charity Doctors Without Borders called the worldwide shortage of snake anti-venom a public health crisis last September...

Photo Gallery
Girls cover themselves during a dust storm in mathura on Monday...

Girls cover themselves during a dust storm in mathura on Monday...

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art to aware people about water scarcity...

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art to aware people about water scarcity...

English actor Sir Ian McKellen and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan share lighter moments...

English actor Sir Ian McKellen and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan share lighter moments...

A senior Army Officer presents the Sher-e-Kashmir Sword of Honour to a new recruit...

A senior Army Officer presents the Sher-e-Kashmir Sword of Honour to a new recruit...

People watching the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area...

People watching the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area...

Demi Moore poses for photographers as she arrives for The Vogue 100 Gala Dinner...

Demi Moore poses for photographers as she arrives for The Vogue 100 Gala Dinner...

Nuremberg and Frankfurt players jump for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer..

Nuremberg and Frankfurt players jump for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer..

People hang fish to dry on bamboo poles in Mumbai...

People hang fish to dry on bamboo poles in Mumbai...

A cyclist with his daughter pedals his cycle holding an umbrella...

A cyclist with his daughter pedals his cycle holding an umbrella...

An elderly vendor waits for customers of green grass during rains in Srinagar....

An elderly vendor waits for customers of green grass during rains in Srinagar....

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