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Science & Technology

Flecks of stardust, all around you

Published on 27-Mar-2017
Diverse find: Samples of extraterrestrial dust found on rooftops and other cityscapes in various parts of the world. PHOTO CREDIT: Jan Braly Kihle/Jon Larsen via NYT

After decades of failures and misunderstandings, scientists have solved a cosmic riddle - what happens to the tonnes...

Ethicality of a new stem-cell research

Published on 27-Mar-2017
MORAL DILEMMA: Scientists began grappling with the ethics of lab-raised embryos more than four decades ago. REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE

As biological research races forward, ethical quandaries are piling up. In a report published on March 21...

The mosquito's ability to spot malaria pathogen

Published on 27-Mar-2017
EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTATION: The malaria pathogen induces a signal in the host to attract mosquitoes. REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE

The American Naturalist carried a study by Joel G Kingsolver, University of Washington, USA, in December 1987...

Art of predicting accurate weather

Published on 20-Mar-2017
STAYING UP TO DATE Meteorologists are building robust mathematical models that consider current weather & environmental conditions. REPRESENTATIVE IMAGES

Atmospheric sciences With World Meteorological Day around the corner, Spoorthy Raman looks at how weather...

Magnetic hard drives go atomic

Published on 20-Mar-2017
DATA STORAGE Existing hard drives use magnets made of about one million atoms to store a single bit of data

Landmark achievement Physicists have created a stable magnet from a single atom, and used single atom magnets...

SNIPPETS

Published on 20-Mar-2017
POWERFUL GAZE While humans have a single lens in each eye, the robber fly has several thousand lenses per eye.

Despite being just the size of a rice grain, robber flies, which live all over the world, are champion predators...

The self-snacking behaviour of cells

Published on 13-Mar-2017
Essential: Autophagy keeps the cells and organisms healthy by removing damaged organelles and aggregated proteins. REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE

Can you imagine being so hungry that you have to eat your own body parts? Sounds gruesome, doesn't it? But guess what?...

Large hadron collider experiment gets 'heart transplant'

Published on 13-Mar-2017
MORE POWERFUL: The replacement of a key component inside the CMS experiment represented the first major upgrade to the LHC.

One of the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) huge experiments has been given what's described as a 'heart transplant'....

The universe is expanding, but how fast?

Published on 13-Mar-2017
Growing size: An illustration showing the GAIA spacecraft and the Milky Way. Photo credit: ESA/ATG medialab & ESO

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists...

The power of the bumblebee brain

Published on 06-Mar-2017
small but complex A bumblebee moving a sugar-laden ball.  PHOTO by Iida Loukola via nyt

Never underestimate the power of the bee brain. In the latest triumph for one of humanity's favourite insects...

Photo Gallery
People  are purchasing Mango leaves and Neem leaves on the eve of Ugadi festival ...

People are purchasing Mango leaves and Neem leaves on the eve of Ugadi festival ...

A group of Marathi women, dressed in traditional attires, with placards displaying...

A group of Marathi women, dressed in traditional attires, with placards displaying...

Yakult's new brand ambassador and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty at a promotional event...

Yakult's new brand ambassador and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty at a promotional event...

King of fruits mango has arrived for sale at Eidgah Maidan near Channamma Circle in Hubballi...

King of fruits mango has arrived for sale at Eidgah Maidan near Channamma Circle in Hubballi...

Children with flowers, neem leaves and jaggery all set to welcome the New Year...

Children with flowers, neem leaves and jaggery all set to welcome the New Year...

Roads wear deserted look on Tuesday as temperature soars in Surat...

Roads wear deserted look on Tuesday as temperature soars in Surat...

Security forces chasing away local protesters who tried to disrupt an anti-militant operation...

Security forces chasing away local protesters who tried to disrupt an anti-militant operation...

Smoke billowing out of the house which was targeted by the security forces personnel for...

Smoke billowing out of the house which was targeted by the security forces personnel for...

A man carries schoolchildren on his bicycle on a road in Srinagar, India...

A man carries schoolchildren on his bicycle on a road in Srinagar, India...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

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