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  • Is that the Loch Ness monster on Apple Maps? 19-04-2014 01:12 PM

    New Delhi: Is the shape that we can see in Apple Maps' satellite image of Loch Ness that of Nessie, the legendary monster that many believe inhabits the waterbody in the Scottish Highlands? The giant squid like shape was also previously spotted on Google Earth about five years ago. Andrew...
  • NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet 18-04-2014 11:21 AM

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Rare blood red lunar eclipse to unfold on Tuesday 14-04-2014 06:52 PM

    Florida: Night owls and early risers in North America will be able to watch a rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color from bright orange to blood red to brown, depending on local weather conditions. The lunar eclipse will unfold over three...
  • Opposition of Mars: Tonight Mars, Earth and sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line 08-04-2014 07:20 AM

    New Delhi: On the night of Tuesday April 8, Mars, Earth, and the sun are arranged in a nearly-straight line. Astronomers call this event an 'opposition of Mars' because Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months. Mars rises in...
  • Earth Hour: A voluntary blackout tonight for environmental issues by over 7,000 cities in 154 countries 29-03-2014 04:58 PM

    London: Lights will be switched off in homes, offices and famous landmarks at 8.30 p.m. Saturday for an hour to mark WWF's annual Earth Hour. Millions of people around the globe will participate in the celebration of the eighth edition of the Earth Hour to show their support for environmental...
  • In support of 'Earth Hour campaign' Howrah Bridge to go dark for an hour 28-03-2014 07:06 PM

    Some of the iconic structures in Kolkata, including the Howrah Bridge, would go semi-dark for an hour on Saturday to support conservation of energy under the Earth Hour campaign. Between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Saturday, all ornamental lights would be switched off at the famous Howrah Bridge and...
  • Nothing should get in the way of great sex: Condom maker Durex asks couples to 'turn off to turn on' in viral Earth Hour ad 28-03-2014 12:23 PM

    A 'global wake-up call from Durex' asks couples seen lost in their smartphones at various romantic settings to log off and reconnect on Earth Hour. "It's time for tech lovers to switch off and reconnect for Earth Hour 2014. On March 29th at 8:30pm we will #TurnOffToTurnOn. Watch the video...
  • US: Anti-war activist, author Jonathan Schell dies at 70 27-03-2014 07:09 AM

    New York: Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and anti-war activist who condemned conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and warned of a nuclear holocaust in terrifying detail in his prize-winning book, "The Fate of the Earth," has died at age 70. Schell's companion, Irena Gross, said that Schell died on Tuesday...
  • Being a youth icon and influencing people is always good, says Arjun Kapoor 26-03-2014 12:43 PM

    Mumbai: Young actor Arjun Kapoor has been named the national ambassador of the Earth Hour to be observed March 29. He is glad that he can influence young minds and bring about positive change. "Being a youth icon and influencing people is always good. But this (the Earth Hour) is...
  • Astronomers discover echoes from expansion after Big Bang 18-03-2014 07:58 AM

    New York: Astronomers announced on Monday that they had discovered what many consider the holy grail of their field: ripples in the fabric of space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang. Predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a century...
  • Asteroid will pass by Earth on Wednesday: NASA 05-03-2014 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: An asteroid will safely pass Earth on Wednesday - closer than the distance from Earth to the moon. It happens about 20 times a year. This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across. Its closest approach to Earth will be at about...
  • Razzies 2014: Father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith named worst actors 05-03-2014 11:01 AM

    Los Angeles: Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for their performances in 'After Earth.' Jaden was selected as worst actor for his starring role in the sci-fi flop about a father and son stranded on an untamed earth, while the elder...
  • 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...
  • There is a lot to learn from Hadfield's journey to become an astronaut 03-02-2014 09:47 AM

    If you are on twitter and don't know who Chris Hadfield is, then you are doing twitter wrong. He took the social networking site by storm when he started tweeting breath-taking pictures from the space through his personal account @Cmdr_Hadfield . He is one of the most seasoned and accomplished...
  • 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...
  • Comet chasing probe wakes up, signals earth 22-01-2014 11:56 AM

    Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft...
  • NASA astronaut takes selfie from space with Earth behind him 30-12-2013 05:07 PM

    A NASA astronaut has taken an incredible selfie from space with Earth in the background while performing repairs on the International Space Station on Christmas Eve. US astronaut Mike Hopkins, 45, took the astounding image of himself while performing repairs on the ISS during the second of two spacewalks spread...
  • Earth records 'soul crushing' temperature of minus 94.7 Celsius in Antarctica 10-12-2013 03:14 PM

    Newly analysed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record is minus 94.7 Celsius (135.8 degrees Fahrenheit). A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when...
  • MOM showing all signs of taking India's dreams to new heights 01-12-2013 11:56 PM

    The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completed yet another milestone when it was slung out of the earth's orbit in a Saturday midnight manoeuvre. The MOM, set to reach the red planet in September 2014, is showing all signs of taking India's dreams to new heights....
  • ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission completes mother-of-all manoeuvre 01-12-2013 03:46 PM

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completed yet another milestone when it was slung out of the earth's orbit in a Saturday midnight manoeuvre. The MOM, set to reach the red planet in September 2014, is showing all signs of taking India's dreams to new...
  • Mars Orbiter leaves Earth's orbit, to reach red planet by Sept 2014 01-12-2013 07:39 AM

    Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission has crossed its first major milestone when it was propelled out of the Earth's orbit, onwards onto its 750 million kilometer journey to Mars on Sunday 1 am. "The Trans Mars Injection (TMI) operations, which began at 00.49 am (IST) has...
  • Indian Mars Orbiter readies to leave earth 30-11-2013 09:10 PM

    India's Orbiter to Mars prepares to part with mother earth soon after Saturday midnight and begin its long journey to the distant red planet coasting through the cosmos for almost 10 months, a scientist said on Friday. "The Orbiter is steadily climbing towards its last apogee (farthest from earth) pass...
  • Mars spacecraft to leave Earth's orbit after midnight today 30-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Bangalore: It's a big night tonight for the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) as the Mars mission Mangalyan is set to leave the Earth's orbit and turn towards Mars in the early hours of December 1. The maneuver will be then followed by a 8-month long journey to the...
  • Miss Earth International 2013: Meet Miss India Nita Sofiani 22-11-2013 12:04 PM

    India's Nita Sofiani was among the Miss Earth International 2013 beauty contestants in Taguig city, metro Manila. About 90 candidates from around the world participated in the pageant which has proactive advocacy in saving the environment, and focuses on eco-tourism this year as its contribution to the country's efforts to...
  • Olympic torch back on Earth after spacewalk 11-11-2013 01:30 PM

    A Russian spacecraft carried the Olympic torch back to Earth on Monday after the torch's first ever spacewalk. The Soyuz-TMA-09M spacecraft, also carrying Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, US astronaut Karen Nyberg and Italian Luca Parmitano, landed in Kazakhstan at around 8.50 am, reported Xinhua. The mission control centre has sent...
  • Mars Mission on track, spacecraft's orbit to be raised tomorrow 06-11-2013 03:09 PM

    After a successful launch, India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft was functioning smoothly in the Earth's orbit and ready for orbit raising operations on Thursday. "Since its injection into Earth's orbit yesterday, it has been functioning smoothly on the orbit. We are planning to perform orbit raising manoeuvres in the early hours...
  • Mission to Mars: PSLV puts 'Mangalyaan' into an elliptical orbit 05-11-2013 09:44 PM

    India's journey to the Mars has begun with the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined an elite club of just four agencies in the world which dared to travel to Mars. The Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission was successfully launched from...
  • Infographic: Earth versus Mars 05-11-2013 06:00 PM

    India's first Mars orbiter was successfully placed in orbit by the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 (PSLV-C25). The Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission was Dr Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, a small coastal village in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday at 2:38 pm. According to ISRO, the...
  • Mars Orbiter Mission put into Earth's orbit 05-11-2013 02:39 PM

    Bangalore: 4:48 pm: "Craft has done what it was intended to do, like deployment of solar panels," The ISRO chief added. 4:45 pm: Calling the mission a success, the ISRO Chief while addressing a press conference said that several operations were performed successfully after the spacecraft reached the earth's orbit....