Science

  • Robot sex to determine how life began 15-04-2014 06:07 PM

    This may come straight from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Scientists have performed robot sex to find how life began on earth. Scientists used rat-sized robots to study evolutionary patterns over thousands of generations without them growing old in the process. They programmed a small bots with the need to...
  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written 08-04-2014 11:47 AM

    Dune by Frank Herbert is often quoted as 'Science Fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings'. The cast is huge and varied, a tapestry of flesh that includes the likes of noble desert fighters, messiahs, conniving 'witches', and greedy emperors. 'Ender's Game' is the story of a young boy placed...
  • India's Iron man? IIT Roorkee students develop 'soldier' robots to fight wars 01-04-2014 11:31 AM

    Picture this: Robots braving bullets while ferrying weapons and ammunition to soldiers on the battle front. Or, a robotic arm resembling the human variety that can work in hazardous areas like blast furnaces. Students at IIT-Roorkee are swotting to turn these ideas into reality. At the leafy Indian Institute of...
  • When science fails faith should claim its rightful place!!

    The Wanderer |  K Aravamudhan
    The debate on astrology is never ending and so too the question on the existence of God. In a sense the debate between the believers...

  • 2 Indian students among top 10 of Intel science awards 12-03-2014 08:41 PM

    Two Indian-American students on Wednesday made it to the top 10 of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search awards, bagging a prize of USD 20,000 each. Anand Srinivasan of Georgia bagged the eighth position while Shaun Datta from Maryland took the last 10th spot in the awards. Eric S Chen,...
  • Women have more resilient brains: Study 03-03-2014 03:22 PM

    Washington: Women are able to carry higher levels of genetic defects without getting brain development disorders such as autism, a new study has found. The study provides compelling evidence in support of the "female protective model", which proposes that women require more extreme genetic mutations than do males to push...
  • State board examination begins in Chhattisgarh 02-03-2014 01:57 PM

    The class X and XII board examination began in Raipurin the state on Saturday but authorities have to cancel the class 10th Environmental science paper, to be held on March 3, after the question paper of the same subject was found in the packet for class 12th examinee in Bemetra...
  • Oscars to stream live online for the first time 28-02-2014 05:43 PM

    Los Angeles: The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription...
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad opens AIIMS campus in Raipur 28-02-2014 08:12 AM

    Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad formally inaugurated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences campus in Raipur, at a glittering ceremony in Raipur on Thursday. On the occasion, he also announced setting up of a Cancer Treatment and Research Institute at a cost of Rs 120...
  • Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Chicken, scientists say, finally solving the world's ultimate scientific mystery 27-02-2014 11:30 AM

    What has been seen for centuries as the world's most baffling scientific and philosophical mystery, has finally been solved, according to scientists. The chicken came first, scientists said cracking the riddle of whether the chicken or the egg came first, the Daily Mail reported. Researchers found that the formation of...
  • Infosys Prize 2013: The science and society debate 10-02-2014 10:59 PM

    The Infosys Awards are in the 5th year. This year, these awards have been instituted to recognise excellence in the pure sciences and in the social sciences. CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose asks the panel if India is doing enough to bring its scientists back to the country. ...
  • Infosys Science Awards: Three of the seven awardees are women 09-02-2014 04:53 PM

    Seven of the country's brightest minds gathered together at the 2013 Infosys Prize ceremony - given every year to research in the basic sciences to recognize path breaking, independent work. The prize comprising a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 55 Lakh is a big boost for Indian scientists....
  • Dr Rajesh Gokhale wins Infosys prize for Life Sciences 06-02-2014 10:11 AM

    Dr Rajesh Gokhale, 2013 Infosys prize winner for Life Sciences, has found what could lead to a possible new cure for TB, a disease which kills one Indian every minute. ...
  • Rats bigger than sheep could roam Earth in future 05-02-2014 03:05 PM

    London: Super-sized rats! Giant rodents, the size of sheep or even bigger, could walk the Earth in future as they take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, scientists have predicted. A University of Leicester, UK, academic predicts rats will continue to grow and fill a "significant chunk" of Earth's emptying...
  • Humans display four, rather than six, basic emotions 05-02-2014 03:02 PM

    London: Humans have just four basic facial expressions which correspond to distinct universal emotions - two less than previously believed, a new study has found. A commonly-held belief, first proposed by Dr Paul Ekman, posits there are six basic emotions which are universally recognised and easily interpreted through specific facial...
  • Professor AR Vasavi wins Infosys Prize for Social Science 05-02-2014 02:01 PM

    A former IIM professor and a sociologist working on the issues of rural employment Professor AR Vasavi has worked in a remote village in backward Karnataka. She has also worked in the areas of debt-ridden farmers' suicides and empowerment of rural youth, finding alternatives and solutions to contemporary rural problems....
  • PMT scam: SAIMS chairman in judicial remand till February 17 04-02-2014 04:03 PM

    A local court has remanded the chairman of Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) Vinod Bhandari in judicial custody till February 17 in connection with the multi-crore 2012 Pre Medical Test scam. Bhandari, who has been charged with forgery, cheating, violation of IT Act and criminal conspiracy, was sent...
  • PM outlines science R and D projects with an outlay of Rs 9K crore 03-02-2014 05:30 PM

    Jammu: In major boost to scientific research and development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced projects including a National Mission on High Performance Computing and a Neutrino-based Observatory in Tamil Nadu with an outlay of about Rs. 9,000 crore. Asserting that government has invested in several areas to ensure...
  • 8-year-old boy dies after allegedly being beaten by teacher 03-02-2014 10:35 AM

    An eight-year-old boy died after allegedly being beaten by a school teacher in Jharkhand, police said on Monday. According to police, parents of the boy Sujit Munda -- resident of Mandar town, near Ranchi -- alleged that their son was brutally beaten up by school teacher Arsad Ansari. The boy...
  • Bangalore: Rs 225 crore brain research centre to come up 30-01-2014 09:13 PM

    Bangalore: A brain research centre at a cost of Rs 225 crore will come up in a joint effort between Indian Institute of Science and a trust formed by Infosys Executive Vice-Chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan and his wife. IISc, the country's premier university for scientific research and higher education, and the...
  • Oscars 2014: Academy revokes the song 'Alone' from nominations 30-01-2014 12:12 PM

    Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked the song 'Alone yet not alone' from the film of the same name, from its nomination for best original song. The composer of the song Bruce Broughton, who is a former governor and current music branch executive committee...
  • Former Academy of Motion Pictures president Tom Sherak dies at 68 29-01-2014 11:43 AM

    New Delhi: Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, died on Tuesday after a long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 68. Sherak served as president of the Academy, which organizes Hollywood's annual Oscars ceremony, from 2009...
  • NASA to launch 5 Earth science missions in 2014 23-01-2014 10:24 PM

    For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active...
  • Trans-disciplinary health varsity opens in Bangalore 20-01-2014 12:07 AM

    India's first trans-disciplinary health university -- Institute of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (IHST) -- opened in this tech hub on Sunday. It would help create a new Indian model for integrative healthcare. "I believe this is the only university in the country with a mandate to bridge Indian shastras...
  • 3 dead, 20 injured as 2 buses collide head-on 16-01-2014 02:12 PM

    "Three persons were on Thursday killed and at least 20 others injured, when two buses collided head-on near Dungo village on NH-23 in Gumla district," police said. "The collision occurred around 9 am when the bus carrying tourists from West Bengal was going to Netarhat while another bus was heading...
  • US: Indian-American named member of Chinese Academy of Sciences 15-01-2014 09:59 AM

    Washington: An eminent Indian-American scientist and president of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in the US has been named a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subra Suresh has been recognised for his scientific contributions in materials science and engineering, including his work connecting nano-mechanical cell structure to disease...
  • Out on bail, stalker stabs a girl eight times at Darul 08-01-2014 06:27 PM

    A girl was stabbed eight times by a youth, who was out on bail after having been jailed for stalking her last year, at Darul village in Palamu district on Wednesday, police said. "Md Ansari was re-arrested after he stabbed the girl eight times when she resisted his advances," Superintendent...
  • Law intern case: AK Ganguly opts out from his position of guest faculty at NJUS 03-01-2014 03:16 PM

    Kolkata: Retired Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly on Friday opted out from his position as the guest faculty at the National University of Juridical Sciences. The move came after the NUJS distanced itself from Justice Ganguly in the sexual harassment case. After opting out from his position, Justice Ganguly said,...
  • NUJS official held for sexually harassing colleague 27-12-2013 04:42 PM

    Six months after he was accused of sexually harassing a colleague, the assistant registrar of the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata was arrested and presented before a court on Friday, police said. "A complaint alleging sexual harassment, including sending indecent emails, was lodged in July against Siddhartha Guha....