EARTH

  • Earth meteorite indicates water reservoir on Mars 2 days ago

    Washington: NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question...
  • Massive asteroid not a threat to earth: NASA December 10, 2014

    New York: A massive asteroid discovered by Russian researchers is not a threat to the Earth, NASA has confirmed. According to media reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. "Some press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on...
  • Christian Bale found unlikely inspiration in 'Life of Brian' for his role in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' December 3, 2014

    Paris: When Christian Bale landed the part of Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', the latest epic from the British director, he found unlikely inspiration in Monty Python's irreverent comedy film 'Life of Brian'. Bale, 40, had just finished filming 'American Hustle' and was not in the best physical...
  • Life should be chaotic, says Amitabh Bachchan November 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he enjoys working in a "chaotic" environment. "Words written in solitude ... in an air of nothingness, bring the required results. Words written in the middle of chaotic traffic are the best for me - life should be chaotic, yet controlled in some (ways). "Those 'some's'...
  • Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation November 27, 2014

    Washington: In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that works against the harmful radiation belt. High above Earth's atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultra-relativistic...
  • Powerful earthquake sparks panic in Indonesia November 27, 2014

    Manado: A powerful undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, causing fresh panic in an area that has been hit by a series of strong tremors in recent days. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of casualties or damage after the quake, which the US Geological...
  • Earth smashed by 556 fiery asteroids in last 20 years November 18, 2014

    Washington: Over 556 small asteroids smashed into the Earth over the last 20 years, NASA researchers have found, suggesting that fiery space rocks are bombarding into the planet's atmosphere at a stunning rate. A map released by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Programme shows that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate...
  • NASA shows satellite images of Earth's sanctuaries in book November 16, 2014

    Washington: From the weaving waterways of the Sundarbans to the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia, NASA has unveiled stunning satellite images of Earth's last untouched sanctuaries in a new book. The efforts to conserve parks and protected areas around the world are being aided by Earth observations from space-based sensors...
  • Watch: Formation of new planet captured by radio telescopes in Chile November 9, 2014

    A planet is being formed around a sun-like star HL Tau that is 450 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. The images were taken by powerful radio telescopes in Chile. ...
  • New NASA tech to use natural resources beyond Earth November 2, 2014

    Washington: Future astronauts on Mars will rely less on supplies from Earth and may even be able to create rocket fuel and 3D printed structures by using locally sourced minerals, according to NASA. To enable missions deeper into space than ever before, NASA is investing in technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilisation...
  • China builds new center to launch space station October 26, 2014

    Beijing: China's fourth and most advanced space launch center which will boost the carrying capacity of Chinese rockets manifold is set to launch the country's space station and cargo spacecraft. The Wenchang satellite launch center in south Hainan Province will be used mainly for geosynchronous orbiters, large-tonnage space stations, cargo...
  • NASA invites public to send their names into space October 9, 2014

    Washington: Over 2.8 lakh people from around the world, including 21,729 Indians, have so far submitted their names to be inscribed on a NASA microchip that will eventually fly to Mars. NASA is giving people a chance to shoot their names up into space on the first Orion mission, scheduled...
  • Milky Way home to 3,000 extra-terrestrial civilisation: Scientist October 8, 2014

    Toronto: Earth is one of some 40 billion potentially habitable worlds in the galaxy with about one new life-friendly planet forming every year, a study has revealed, adding that our Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extra-terrestrial civilisations. However, what makes its difficult to reach out to them are...
  • Smallest known galaxy with supermassive black hole found September 18, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers led by an Indianorigin scientist have discovered a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest and densest galaxies ever known located 54 million light years from Earth. Though the black hole is five times the mass of the black hole at the Centre of our Milky...
  • Evolutionary approach can save earth: Scientists September 13, 2014

    Washington: Evolutionary thinking is not just about the past anymore. It is about the present and the future and addressing societal challenges such as food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss in a sustainable way, says a significant study. The age of the Anthropocene the scientific name given to our...
  • NASA to turn ISS into perfect Earthobserving platform September 9, 2014

    Washington: In a move to monitor our planet better, NASA is adding a number of Earthobserving instruments to the International Space Station (ISS) that will increase the leverage of the orbital laboratory's unique vantage point in space. The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the ISS in September inaugurates...
  • Year's last 'supermoon' tonight September 9, 2014

    Boston: Sky watchers and others who spend time outdoors at night in the United States are in for a treat on Tuesday night in the form of an apparently largerthanaverage, shinier full moon, the last of this summer's three "supermoons." A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full and at the...
  • 'House' sized asteroid passes close to Earth September 8, 2014

    London: A 60feet asteroid about the size of a normal house flew past Earth on Sunday posing no threat to humans, NASA reported. The asteroid 2014 RC passed over New Zealand at a close distance of 40,000 km from earth. An asteroid of same size left over 1,000 people injured when it...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: UCC can't be sued for plant contamination, says US court August 1, 2014

    In a major blow to victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a US court has ruled that the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) cannot be sued for the ongoing contamination from the chemical plant. Nongovernmental organisation EarthRights International had filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on behalf...
  • Scientists warn of Earth's sixth mass extinction event July 25, 2014

    Washington: The loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event, scientists warn. Since the year 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 per cent average decline...
  • Finding life beyond Earth is within reach: NASA July 15, 2014

    Washington: NASA expects to find the first traces of alien life within the next 20 years. Experts from NASA and its partner institutions have outlined a roadmap to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes. "Just imagine the moment,...
  • Is the upcoming film 'Earth to Echo' a ripoff of Steven Speilberg's 'E.T.'? July 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: The similarities between "Earth to Echo" and "E.T." are more than striking. But reviews are mixed on whether it is an inspired updating of the Spielberg classic, or a cheap knockoff. The family fun movie, out in time for America's 4th of July holiday weekend, recounts a group of...
  • Earthlike planet discovered 16 lightyears away June 29, 2014

    Melbourne: Researchers have found a potentially habitable planet, located just 16 light years away, which is among the top three most Earthlike exoplanets ever discovered. An international team of researchers discovered the "superEarth" planet, GJ 832 c, which takes 16 days to orbit its reddwarf star, GJ 832, and has a...
  • PSLV C23 launch cleared; 49hour countdown begins on Saturday June 27, 2014

    Chennai: A 49hour countdown for the June 30 launch of PSLV C23 carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT7 and four copassenger spacecraft from the spaceport of Sriharikota will begin at 8.52 AM on Saturday. The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB), which met Friday at Sriharikota, cleared the launch, paving the way for...
  • Earthsize 'diamond' discovered in space June 25, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers have discovered an Earthsized 'diamond' about 900 lightyears away in space, which is possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallised, forming in effect an Earthsize diamond in space. The object is likely...
  • Quiz: Can you identify these famous Indian landmarks as seen from space? June 20, 2014

    Some are historical monuments and heritage sites while others are prominent geographical landmarks. You've seen these famous Indian landmarks several times in photos. This is how they look from space. How many can you identify? ...
  • Travelogue, documentary series, dance competition Doordarshan announces five new shows June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A travelogue documentary series and a show based on transformation in rural India are among five fresh shows being offered by the national broadcaster Doordarshan. Starting Friday, DD National will roll out "Nadiyaan Gaati Hain", the first of the five shows, which promise to offer a whiff of fresh...
  • Want to save the planet Earth? This bizarre movement believes voluntary human extinction is the only solution! May 27, 2014

    While the world is busy conducting researches over newer methods to save the planet Earth, this movement has a simple solution the voluntary extinction of humans. The VHEMT, pronounced vehement, is a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. Is human extinction really the only way to save the planet Earth? The official...
  • NASA unveils Earth Day 'global selfie' mosaic of 36,000 pictures May 23, 2014

    New York: NASA unveiled its "global selfie" on Thursday, a mosaic of more than 36,000 pictures uploaded to social media showing people and places around the world in commemoration of Earth Day, the US space agency said. NASA asked people on April 22, Earth Day, to upload pictures tagged with #GlobalSelfie...