RESEARCH

  • Smoking during pregnancy alters newborn's DNA 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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...
  • Twitter's 140character limit is improving users' language skills September 13, 2014

    New York: Expressing your thoughts and views in 140 characters on Twitter may actually be improving your language skills, shows a new study. To prove this, researchers looked at the top 100 most commonly used words on Twitter. Out of the 100 most used words, only two were shortened "RT" (shortened for...
  • Food packets being flown from Mysore to Kashmir September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: As relief work progresses in floodravaged Jammu and Kashmir, food packets made in Mysore are being flown all the way to Srinagar for the flood victims. Food packets, prepared using the same technique which goes in making food packets for soldiers at Siachen glacier, is being prepared by premier...
  • PM Narendra Modi calls for collaboration with Japan for research, skill development September 1, 2014

    Tokyo: In his address to businessmen at the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is trying to achieve Japanese level of efficiency in the PMO as well as seek Japan's help in skill development in India. Modi said that India and Japan need...
  • Social media not a vehicle of debate, instead encourages selfcensorship: Study August 27, 2014

    Washington: People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hotbutton issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social...
  • India's Mars orbiter to reach red planet in 33 days: ISRO August 23, 2014

    Chennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission is just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said on Saturday. "Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just nine million km away from Mars and 189 million kilometres away from the Earth. 33 more days to...
  • India conducts successful trial of surfacetoair 'Akash' missile August 13, 2014

    Balasore: For the second day in a row, India on Wednesday successfully conducted trial of its indigenously developed surfacetoair 'Akash' missile, which has a strike range of 25 km, from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Air Force. "The sophisticated Akash missile was...
  • Jaswant Singh continues to be on life support, in coma August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh continues to be on life support systems after he was operated upon for a head injury at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi on Friday. Singh had injuries following a fall at his residence. He is under constant monitoring by a...
  • Govt to launch website to encourage research work August 7, 2014

    To provide impetus to academic researches,Uttar Pradeshgovernment would develop a website on which research papers belonging to all the universities across the world would be uploaded. "To maintain quality of research works and to check repetition, a research portal will be developed through UP State High Education Council," Principal Secretary, higher...
  • Ebola emergency turns spotlight on experimental drugs August 7, 2014

    Chicago: With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressed by government officials to speed up their work. Three treatments have shown especially promising results in monkeys, the researchers...
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