RESEARCH

  • NASA offers Rs 11 lakh for 70 days of bed rest 5 days ago

    London: The US space agency is offering around Rs 11 lakh if you are selected to participate in a three-month study that requires you to stay in bed rest for three months. The study is aimed at finding out ways to keep astronauts healthier and safer when they spend a...
  • Google working on improving battery technology 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Google is trying its hands at developing better battery technologies that could help power the Web mogul's next set of consumer electronics and other hardware. A team, led by former Apple battery expert Dr Ramesh Bhardwaj, began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. In 2013,...
  • Japanese Ebola test gives results in 11 minutes: Researcher April 9, 2015

    Tokyo: A Japanese research team on Thursday said it had developed a field test for Ebola that gives results in just over 11 minutes -- down from the 90-minute test used now. The breakthrough by Nagasaki University's Institute of Tropical Medicine will allow medics to move much more quickly in treating...
  • India's missile interceptor fails in 10th test April 7, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: India's ballistic missile interceptor failed on its tenth test on Monday, being unable to reach its target, a senior defence official said. The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the coast in Odisha's Bhadrak district, about 170 km from here, but plummeted into...
  • Swine flu deaths occurred in 'high risk factor group' patients: Research April 5, 2015

    Jaipur: About 65 per cent of persons who died due to Swine Flu at the SMS Hospital and College in January and February, also had a "high risk factor" involved, they all suffered from other chronic diseases including diabetes, TB, chronic lung disorder, a research has revealed. A team of...
  • Smartphone-dependent users less likely to have a bank account or have health insurance April 2, 2015

    Washington: Americans love their smartphones and rely on them as a key way to go online, but many find the cost too steep, a survey showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center found some 64 per cent of American adults owned a smartphone as of the survey last year, almost double the...
  • Fresh evidence for groundwater on Mars: Report March 29, 2015

    London: Researchers have found fresh evidence of the presence of groundwater on Mars. Investigators note that such conditions in a similar Earth environment would have been conducive for microbial colonisation. Researchers investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area on Mars to understand their formation and potential...
  • Smartphone use changing the way our thumbs and brain interact March 25, 2015

    Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That's according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg. Dr Arko Ghosh, of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, led the...
  • Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari - all major Web browsers hacked by security researchers March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: At the Hewlett-Packard Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) sponsored Pwn2Own hacking challenge, security researchers were able to exploit all major web browsers and take home a total of $240,000 in prize money. The second day of the event saw Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari being...
  • Dental health indicator of overall health: AIIMS experts March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, experts at AIIMS on Friday said that dental health is an indicator of one's overall health, including risk of heart diseases and stroke. They also drew attention of all the stake holders like health care providers, policy makers, NGOs, private sectors,...
  • Nine Indian Americans among Sloan research fellowship winners March 19, 2015

    Washington: Nine Indian-Americans are among 126 young US and Canadian scholars awarded $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowships honouring outstanding early-career scientists in eight fields to further their research. Instituted in 1955 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, these honour scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation...
  • Indian researcher wins woman of the year 2015 in New South Wales March 17, 2015

    Melbourne: A 56-year-old Indian pancreatic cancer researcher in Australia has been named New South Wales Woman of the year 2015 for her contributions to medical research, tertiary education and the Indian community. Minoti Apate, researcher at University of New South Wales (UNSW) received the award from NSW Premier Mike Baird and...
  • Gujarat Health department to look into MIT report suggesting mutation in H1N1 virus March 16, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Days after a study by MIT claimed that the H1N1 virus in India has mutated, the Gujarat Health department has said it will study the claim. It is setting up a panel of top health experts to analyse the study's findings. Gujarat is one of the states with the...
  • Research firm IDC forecasts a bigger decline in PC sales in 2015 March 13, 2015

    New York: A research firm is forecasting a bigger decline in personal computer sales in 2015. International Data Corp. projected Thursday that PC sales would drop 4.9 per cent to 293.1 million worldwide. IDC had previously forecast a 3.3-per cent drop. PC sales fell 2.2 per cent in 2014.IDC said...
  • SBI aims to cut bad debt with huge online property auction March 12, 2015

    Mumbai: India's largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), will hold a record online auction this weekend to sell repossessed flats, warehouses and offices worth a total of nearly $200 million as the state lender seeks to chip away at its $10 billion mountain of bad debt. The SBI auction...
  • 39% girls agree women have no choice but to accept some violence: Survey March 4, 2015

    Bengaluru: A Bangalore based research organisation Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) has done a survey on the attitudes of the youth in the country. The survey was done in association with Indian Market Research Bureau. A total of 11,299 students from 330 high schools, 220 colleges in 11 state...
  • RK Pachauri gets interim anticipatory bail till March 27, barred from entering or contacting TERI February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Energy Research Institute chief RK Pachauri was granted an interim anticipatory bail till 27th March on Thursday in the sexual harassment charge leveled against him by a TERI employee. The court has granted bail on conditions that he has to join the investigation as and when asked for....
  • LPG from water, oil and sunlight? A Bengaluru scientist claims breakthrough February 24, 2015

    Bengaluru: In what is possibly a major breakthrough, a scientist in Bengaluru claims to have invented a device that could make LPG using just water, vegetable oil and sunlight. Bengaluru's Scalene Energy Research Institute Chairman Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar says the device, known as Hydrodetector, is a specially designed reactor...
  • Stock market to remain volatile ahead of F&O expiry, Budget February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Stock market is expected to remain volatile during the week due to key events such as presentation of economic survey and General Budget, and expiry of derivative contracts, say experts. The pre-budget expectations will start building up and corresponding sectors may see increased...
  • How Google Street View helps make data collection for research easy February 23, 2015

    Washington: A team of US scientists has created a web application that speeds up researchers' data collection. The app called Computer Assisted Neighbourhood Visual Assessment System (CANVAS) literally eliminates the costly and time-consuming aspects of conducting research. Researchers used the app to rate 150 different features of neighbourhoods in major metropolitan cities...
  • Images and sounds in videos may soon help users locate where they were filmed February 18, 2015

    London: Researchers have developed new algorithms which can locate where a video was filmed from its images and sounds. In the future the algorithm could help to find people who have gone missing after posting images on social networks, or even to recognise locations of hostage executions and operations of terrorist...
  • Liking alcohol-related posts on Facebook may promote drinking February 10, 2015

    Washington: The more a Facebook user gets involved in alcohol-related pages or posts - whether it's a like, share or comment - the more likely that person is to consider drinking alcohol, a new study has found. Researchers from Michigan State University asked 400 participants about their feelings after they...
  • A mobile app that can detect epileptic attacks February 6, 2015

    Tokyo:Japanese researchers have developed a system for smartphones that alerts epileptics at least 30 seconds before a seizure helping patients take precautions in the nick of time and avoid injuries. A team from Kyoto University which developed the system is collaborating with Kumamoto University and Tokyo Medical and Dental University to...
  • Huawei launches research and development centre in Bengaluru February 5, 2015

    Bengaluru: Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei launched a research and development (R&D) campus here with an investment of $170 million. The campus, being the first by any Chinese company, has a capacity to accommodate 5,000 engineers but at present 2,700 people are working here, with 98 per cent being local workers. "The...
  • Educated Indian women may find it hard to get a match by 2050 February 4, 2015

    London: By 2050, it will be more difficult for Indian women to find an eligible partner, particularly if they have been educated at university or college-level, according to new research. The research published in the journal 'Demography' theorises that if current social norms persist by 2050 whereby university-educated or college-educated...
  • The India-US dialogues: It's time for India to move from out sourcing to right sourcing, says Anand Mahindra January 25, 2015

    Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation and Network18 initiative 'The India-US Dialogue', Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said, "Trade and investment could be looked at as an ambassador to global peace in the era of terror." In the lead up to US President's historic second visit to India; The Observer...
  • The India-US dialogues: Clean air, water, energy India's priorities for sustainable development, says Javadekar January 25, 2015

    Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation and Network18 initiative 'The India-US Dialogue', Union Environment and Forest minister Prakash Javadekar said, "The Modi government is committed to passionate strong and transparent action on emission reduction & renewable energy. We'll walk our own path on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions but if technology...
  • The India-US dialogues: Jayant Sinha shares 3-key mantras for Indo-US cooperation January 25, 2015

    Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation and Network18 initiative 'The India-US Dialogue', Minister of States at Railways Jayant Sinha said, "Innovate in India, manufacture in India and invest in India are the three-key mantras for Indo-US cooperation". In the lead up to US President's historic second visit to India; The...
  • The India-US dialogues: India could be 3rd largest economy soon, says Suresh Prabhu January 25, 2015

    Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation and Network18 initiative 'The India-US Dialogue', Union Railways minister Suresh Prabhu said, "India and the US share many things, we have the same values. The US is world's largest economy; India could be 3rd largest economy soon". In the lead up to US President's...
  • Toddlers can learn communication skills by watching videos January 25, 2015

    Washington: Children as young as two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video, such as how to use signs in sign language, scientists have found. Children taught by videos perform similarly in tests when compared to babies taught by their parents, researchers said. The results contradict previous...