RESEARCH

  • 'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past Yesterday

    Sydney: The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply...
  • Massive asteroid not a threat to earth: NASA 1 week ago

    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...
  • Veenapani Chawla dies at 67 November 30, 2014

    Puducherry: Theatre personality Veenapani Chawla died Sunday after a severe heart attack, said her representative. "She passed away around 12:00 p.m. at the Be Well Hospital in Puducherry after she suffered a severe heart attack," her representative Dhavamani told IANS. "The funeral will take place tomorrow (Monday) here," she added. The actress-director-choreographer-writer-composer...
  • E-cigarettes contain 10 times more amount of carcinogens: Research November 27, 2014

    Tokyo: E-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking. The electronic devices increasingly popular around the world, particularly among young people function by heating flavoured liquid, which often contains nicotine,...
  • Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy:: PM Modi asks Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh to take action November 11, 2014

    Eighty three women had undergone sterilisation surgeries on November 8 within five hours at a camp in Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village on the outskirts of Bilaspur. ...
  • Chhattisgarh government suspends four doctors over Bilaspur sterilisation mishap, FIR registered November 11, 2014

    Bilaspur: Soon after reports of the death of eight women due to sterilisation surgeries came to light, the Chhattisgarh government has suspended four doctors for medical negligence in the case. An FIR has also been registered against the doctors. Eight women had died after they underwent sterilisation surgeries at a camp...
  • Keeping active in middle age lowers breast cancer risk November 4, 2014

    London: Just 15 minutes of vigorous activity every day, such as running, in addition to walking and moderate activity, can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by a fifth in postmenopausal women, a new study has found. Researchers also found that women with the most body fat were 55...
  • Harassment a common part of online life: Survey October 23, 2014

    New York: A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Centre found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty per cent have experienced...
  • Chinese, US researchers develop robots that can work together October 21, 2014

    Beijing: Chinese and American researchers have successfully used cloud computing to link robots with very different specifications in the two nations to communicate with each other and work together. Using Internet-based computing in which remote servers are networked to share information, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)...
  • RBI redistributes work among Deputy Governors October 21, 2014

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank, which is in the process of restructuring some of its departments, redistributed work among its four Deputy Governors. It said that consequent on reorganisation of the departments/work areas in the Reserve Bank effective on November 3, 2014, the portfolios of the Deputy Governors has been redistributed....
  • Smoking during pregnancy alters newborn's DNA October 18, 2014

    New York: Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy may find it difficult to cope with stressors of daily life later due to an alteration in DNA of a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to foetus, a study says. Newborns of such mothers show lower levels...
  • Project to scan 'social pollution' on Twitter: Researchers October 18, 2014

    New York: Researchers at the Indiana University in the US are working on an ambitious project to collect and analyse 'social pollution' that is spreading on social media like Twitter. Funded by the US National Science Foundation, the project named "Truthy" will study what researchers call "social epidemics", including how memes...
  • Mentally-ill people seek peer support on YouTube October 18, 2014

    London: YouTube has become a common platform to seek and provide peer support for people suffering from mental disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "People with severe mental illness are now open about their illness experiences on a public social media website like YouTube," said lead study author John Naslund...
  • 'Hidden' consciousness found in vegetative patients October 17, 2014

    London: A team of researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist Srivas Chennu from University of Cambridge has found hidden signatures of consciousness in the brains of people in a vegetative state. These signatures point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive, thus...
  • Users in poorer countries download movies, those in richer economies prefer music October 10, 2014

    Washington: Those living in poorer countries primarily download large high-definition files such as movies over Internet, found a study. It added that a country's economy plays a major role in Internet file-sharing patterns. Researchers reported that BitTorrent users in countries with a small gross domestic product (GDP) per capita were more...
  • Indian navigational satellite's launch postponed October 6, 2014

    Chennai: The launch of India's third navigational satellite IRNSS-1C has been postponed by a week, the Indian space agency said on Monday. In a posting on its Facebook page, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said: "Due to an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a...
  • Researchers say dog's epigenome gives clues to human cancer October 4, 2014

    London: Dogs may be a great model for understanding the causes of human diseases, especially cancer, scientists say. Researchers have characterised the dog's epigenome and transferred the results to human cancer to understand the changes in appearance of tumours. The bond between humans and dogs is strong and ancient. The relationship...
  • Researchers invent the first rechargeable solar battery October 4, 2014

    New York: Integrating the function of a solar panel that captures light, and a cheap battery that stores energy into one hybrid device, researchers have successfully invented the world's first solar battery. The device will help bring down the costs of renewable energy by 25 per cent, the researchers said. The key...
  • Indians and Americans see each other in positive light: Survey September 27, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US comes at a time when people of both countries continue to see each other in a largely positive light, according to a Pew Research Centre survey. While Madison Square Garden's sold-out shows usually include headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna or Arcade...
  • Mangalyaan carrying 5 instruments including a Mars Colours Camera September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after India became the first country to send a spacecraft to Mars in its first attempt, Mangalyaan has sent the first pictures of the red planet. The Mars Orbiter is carrying five instruments with it. One of them is the Mars Colours Camera. The MCC is...
  • NASA congratulates ISRO for Mangalyaan's successful entry into Mars orbit September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: As India's Indian Space Research Organisation made history with Mangalyaan successfully entering Mars orbit, United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulated the agency for creating history. NASA's Maven had also reached the orbit of Mars on Tuesday. "We congratulate ISRO for its Mars arrival! Mars Orbiter joins...
  • 'Namaste', 'Howdy': ISRO's Mangalyaan, NASA's Curiosity Rover greet each other on Mars September 24, 2014

    As India made history with the insertion of Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan into the orbit of the red planet, it was a treat for those on Twitter. Twitteratti saw a fun exchange of tweets between NASA's 2012 Mars mission Curiosity, ISRO's Mars Orbiter and NASA's 2014 Mars...
  • We should launch a war against cancer: Harsh Vardhan September 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday called for the launching of a countrywide war against cancer. The minister earlier in the day formally recommended the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here as one of the 20 RCCs in the country chosen to be elevated as the apex state cancer institute. "Cancer...
  • 4Minute Mile: A jetpack that allows wearers to run faster September 19, 2014

    Houston: American researchers have developed a jetpack that can allow people reach the fourminute mile mark by enhancing speed and agility. Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have developed this jetpack with the help of the Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). The jetpack was designed for soldiers in the field who...
  • This year's Ig Nobel prizes go to researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels and the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds September 19, 2014

    Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research...
  • World's first waterbased nuclear battery developed September 17, 2014

    New York: Researchers at the University of Missouri have created a longlasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used as a source of reliable energy in automobiles and space flight. The battery uses a radioactive isotope called strontium90 that boosts electrochemical energy in a waterbased solution. A nanostructured titanium dioxide...
  • Youngsters read more books than the older generation September 15, 2014

    Washington: Despite digital technology invading youngsters' life, US millennials are reading more books than the older generation, said a latest survey by Washingtonbased think tank Pew Research Centre. "Eightyeight percent of Americans under 30 years read a book in the past year, compared with 79 per cent of those aged 30...
  • A smartphone app that judges how moral you are in daily life September 15, 2014

    London: Can a smartphone app judge how moral you are in daily life? Yes it can, say researchers. In a bid to track moral judgements in everyday life, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed by more than 1,200 people as they spent the...
  • Scientists invent device that uses a magnet to clean bad blood September 15, 2014

    Paris: Scientists said on Sunday they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections. The external gadget tested so far in rats but not yet humans could be adapted one...
  • Facebook activity can accurately reveal personality traits of strangers September 14, 2014

    Washington: People can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity, according to a new study. However, changes to the social media site in the past three years could be making it harder to do so, scientists said. Researchers at The University of Kansas sampled 100 Facebook users, paralleling the...