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  • Rats use whiskers to navigate in the dark July 8, 2014

    London: Rats use their whiskers in a similar way to how humans use their hands and fingers when moving around in the dark, a new study has found. Exploring rats move their long facial whiskers back and forth continuously while they are moving - a behaviour called "whisking". Scientists have...
  • New tool searches through apps to find what you need! June 16, 2014

    Washington: A new kind of search engine can look inside apps on your smartphone to find what you need. A US-based company called Quixey is developing the search engine that can take in queries such as 'Best Thai restaurants in San Francisco' and produce a list of results that will take...
  • Indian rocket carrying navigation satellite blasts off April 4, 2014

    An Indian rocket carrying the country's second navigation satellite - IRNSS-1B - on Friday blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota  in Andhra Pradesh. Exactly at 5.14 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C24 (PSLV-C24) standing around 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes - tore into...
  • India successfully test fires Agni-IV missile off Odisha coast January 20, 2014

    India on Monday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of about 4,000 km, from a test range off the Odisha coast. "The test firing was a total success. The missile travelled its full range," MVKV Prasad, the director of Integrated Test Range, told PTI. It was...
  • Colorado company tests spacecraft in California desert August 24, 2013

    A company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station has run the craft through a series of tests at a NASA facility in California. The two-hour test of Dream Chaser spacecraft occurred on Thursday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. A...
  • India to have satellite-based navigation system by 2015 July 1, 2013

    Chennai: India will have its own navigational systems like couple of other countries by 2015 and its space agency is in a fast production mode to roll out six more satellites for this purpose, said an official Monday. "All the seven satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) are...
  • India's first navigation satellite readies for launch July 1, 2013

    Chennai: The Indian rocket that at midnight will deliver the country's first navigation satellite is being readied for its mission with its second stage getting fuelled at Sriharikota, a senior official at Indian space agency said. "The countdown is progressing well and the filling of the liquid fuel in the second...
  • IRNSS-1A will help in fixing geographical co-ordinates: Dr YS Rajan July 1, 2013

    The 1,425 kg IRNSS-1A, the first satellite of the seven in Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), has a mission life of 10 years and would provide accurate real-time position and timing information to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km around it....
  • 'India's first midnight satellite launch progressing smoothly' June 29, 2013

    Chennai: The countdown for the first midnight launch of an Indian navigation satellite July 1, 2013 began on Saturday at Sriharikota rocket launch centre in Andhra Pradesh and is progressing smoothly, a senior official said. "The 64.5 hour countdown for India's first navigational satellite IRNSS-1A began at 7.11 am today (Saturday)....
  • Google, like Facebook, in talks to buy Waze for about $1 bn: Report May 24, 2013

    Bangalore: Google Inc is considering buying Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze Inc, which may lead to a bidding war with Facebook Inc, Bloomberg news reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Waze is seeking more than $1 billion and is fielding expressions of interest from multiple parties, said Bloomberg, citing...
  • Facebook in talks to buy Israel's Waze for up to $1 billion: Report May 9, 2013

    Tel Aviv: Facebook Inc is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze for $800 million to $1 billion, business daily Calcalist reported on Thursday. Due diligence is underway after a term sheet was signed, Calcalist said, adding that talks began six months ago. Waze uses satellite signals from...
  • India to launch first navigation satellite in June March 17, 2013

    Bangalore: India will launch in June 2013 the first of the seven Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) into the earth orbit to provide real-time position, navigation and time services to multiple users, the space agency chief said on Saturday. "We are preparing to launch the first of the navigation satellites...
  • MapmyIndia launches Navigator Lx340 for Rs 8,990 February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: MapmyIndia launched Lx340, its new Navigator (portable in-car navigation and entertainment device). It comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, matte-black finish, entertainment features (for playing music, movies, and photos on the go), and Don't Panic software, a new GPS navigation software interface. The Lx340 satellite GPS navigator is priced...
  • Improved navigation in Indian airports with ISRO help January 21, 2013

    Kolkata: Navigational facilities in Indian airports are being improved in collaboration with ISRO, Civil Aviation Secretary KN Srivastava said on Sunday. "We are currently working to improve the navigational facilities in the airports of the country in collaboration with ISRO. The work has already started in several airports," Srivastava said...
  • ISRO plans 58 space missions during 12th Plan October 7, 2012

    New Delhi: ISRO plans to launch 58 space missions, including sending spacecraft to moon and Mars, an exclusive satellite to keep a round-the-clock watch on the country and deploy 500 transponders in the next five years. The space agency also aims to deploy its own version of the Global Positioning...
  • Nokia launches 'City Lens Point' navigation app September 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Finnish handset maker Nokia launched a new app 'City Lens Point' which allows users to search places as well as get directions and reviews to popular restaurants and shops. The application has been launched for its Lumia series of phones and other smartphones. "Using...
  • Google Maps gets navigation, live traffic updates in India September 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Google today announced the availability of two new features for Google Maps in India - turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions through Google Maps Navigation (Beta) and live traffic information for several major cities. Now, users in India will be able to access free voice-guided GPS navigation on their Android...
  • Now, smartphones will help you navigate malls May 13, 2012

    Berlin: Your smartphone helps you smoothly navigate highways and streets of an unfamiliar city. But once you enter a mega mall, its global positioning system (GPS) goes blind. But now researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute in collaboration with the Bosch Corporation and others have devised a navigation system for interiors. It...
  • Use of cellphones during take-off won't crash flights March 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Cellphones do not cause any problem with aircrafts' communication or navigation system, a top executive of Cell Antenna - a company that provides cell phone signal enhancement services, has said. Comments of Howard Melamed, the chief executive officer of Cell Antenna, is in contrast to the long held belief...
  • US: World Trade Centre cost rises to $14.8 bn February 8, 2012

    New York: The agency that is building the new World Trade Centre is "dysfunctional" and has let costs get out of control on the $14.8 billion project, auditors said on Tuesday. The projected cost of the complex has raised $3.8 billion since 2008, when it was estimated at $11 billion,...
  • Explained: Satellite navigation systems October 31, 2011

    New Delhi: A satellite navigation (sat nav system) is a system of satellites that can help users determine the position of an enabled device anywhere on the earth’s surface to within a few hundred metres. The same system with global coverage may be termed a global navigation satellite system or...
  • EU launches its first satellite navigation system October 22, 2011

    Brussels: A Russian rocket launched the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system Friday after years of delay in an ambitious bid to rival the ubiquitous American GPS network. The launch of the Soyuz from French Guiana, on the northern coast of South America, marks the maiden voyage...
  • Fake pilot licence racket widens, two arrested April 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Two more persons, including a pilot, were arrested in Ahmedabad by Delhi Police for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure licence from the country's airline regulator DGCA, taking the total number of arrests in such cases to 11. Hiren Nagar (27), a pilot, and a tout Eknath Patil(46) were...
  • Cellphones move into cars, to hit satnav makers October 8, 2010

    Barcelona: Technology that allows cellphones to be used as navigation devices in cars took a step forward on Thursday, putting more pressure on the makers of in-car satnav systems. German car industry group Consumer Electronics for Automotive (CE4A) unveiled a standard for the technology, which is being pushed by Nokia, the...
  • Portable navigation devices may not become obsolete yet July 9, 2010

    Bangalore: Rumors of the death of the portable navigation device may have been exaggerated after all. It is true that with the rise of navigation-based smartphones and the birth of devices like the Apple iPad, the PND has quickly descended from being a must-have in the consumer electronics space to another...
  • New Bangalore airport may miss opening deadline March 12, 2008

    Bangalore: The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) was the very first airport to be built by a private consortium in India, but it will not be the first to take off. Sources in the Civil Aviation Ministry have revealed to CNN-IBN that the airport is yet to get its navigation...
  • Don't want to ask for directions? Use a GPS navigator October 19, 2007

    New Delhi: There are some people are afraid to ask for directions. And if you are one of them, here is a tech alternative — the navigator. The navigator is a pocket size GPS device that determines your location through satellites. Since it already knows where you are, all you...
  • Blind faith: A call centre with vision May 16, 2007

    Mumbai: Twenty-two-year-old Aparna Bharat is a call centre executive for Tata Indicom in Mumbai. She makes calls based on a database and vends Tata's newer products and 80 out of 100 times, her calls are ‘established’ ones. The only difference - she is visually challenged. "For me it's a great feeling...
  • China launches navigation satellite June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: China has launched a new navigation satellite in the Sichuan Province as a part of the "Compass" navigational system. The satellite, which is intended mainly for public security, is also expected to be helpful in tracking petroleum prospects and forest fires, and improving disaster management programs. The satellite...
  • Ants' navigational skills uncovered October 18, 2006

    Washington: Scientists have finally uncovered the secret behind how ants navigate proportionally huge distances over changing natural landmarks despite having very poor eyesight. University of Sussex researchers, who conducted the study, found that ants followed a chemical trail left by earlier ants during their first trip to a food site....