Scientist

  • NASA satellite to help farmers combat drought August 24, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new satellite than can predict the severity of droughts worldwide and help farmers maximise crop yield. Currently, there is no ground- or satellite-based global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors...
  • ISIS offered to swap Pakistani woman scientist for slain US journalist August 22, 2014

    Washington: In an email to the family members of slain American journalist James Foley, his captors from the Islamic State militant group demanded release of several prisoners, including a Pakistani woman scientist who has been convicted of terrorism charges in the US. In their email dated August 12, to family members...
  • PM Modi emphasises on the role of DRDO, says technology plays a key role today August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Addressing scientists at a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) function in new Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the role of the DRDO and said that it has a crucial stature today as the "nature of war has changed and technology plays a key role today." "Are our...
  • Snapshot: If famous scientists had logos July 31, 2014

    These are so cool! Ever wondered what the logos of famous scientists be if they were to brand themselves? ...
  • India-born scientist named winner of 2014 World Food Prize June 19, 2014

    Washington: India-born plant scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been named the winner of the USD 250,000 World Food Prize for his contribution in increasing global wheat production by more than 200 million tonnes in the years following the Green Revolution. Rajaram's breakthrough achievement in successfully cross-breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which...
  • Indian scientist elected to UN entity on ocean affairs June 13, 2014

    United Nations: Indian scientist Rasik Ravindra has been unanimously elected as member of the UN's body focussed on oceans and law of the sea. Ravindra, India's candidate for member of the Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS), was elected during the 24th Meeting of States Parties of the United...
  • NASA scientists recreate space dust in the lab May 11, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists have recreated, right on Earth, dust grains similar to those that form in the outer layers of dying stars. A team of researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, has successfully reproduced the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star...
  • Scientists attempt to build a human heart with a 3D printer April 12, 2014

    Louisville: It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get...
  • Hasee Toh Phasee: How Parineeti turned around Bollywood's stereotype of a mad scientist February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: I always get confused between a scientist and a spy in Hindi films. They both have the same language, same mannerism and same parameters of stupidity. One look at them and you understand which word are they going to utter. If they are not doing 'tango-charlie' then they...
  • US: Indian-American named member of Chinese Academy of Sciences January 15, 2014

    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...
  • World's first text message using vodka send December 19, 2013

    Scientists have successfully sent the world's first text message using evaporated vodka. Researchers from the York University, Toronto and their UK-based counterparts, who texted the message 'O Canada' using evaporated vodka, say their simple system can be used where conventional wireless technology fails. "Chemical signals can offer a more efficient way...
  • Zebra stripes evolved to confuse predators: Scientists December 18, 2013

    Zebras evolved black-and-white stripes to confuse predators by creating an optical illusion when the animals move, scientists say. The functional significance of the zebra coat stripe pattern is one of the oldest questions in evolutionary biology, having troubled scientists ever since Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace first disagreed on...
  • Bharat Ratna to CNR Rao challenged in a PIL December 3, 2013

    New Delhi: It is not just Sachin Tendulkar, who is facing the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) challenging the Bharat Ratna conferred on him by the government of India, eminent scientist Professor CNR Rao who has also got the highest civilian honour along with Tendulkar is facing similar opposition. A law...
  • Scientists build world's smallest FM radio transmitter November 20, 2013

    New York: US researchers have used graphene to create the world's smallest FM radio transmitter - a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals. A team of researchers from Columbia University, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor James Hone and Electrical Engineering Professor Kenneth Shepard, took advantage of graphene's special properties...
  • Research is harder than cricket, says CNR Rao November 16, 2013

    Bangalore: Professor CNR Rao, who was awarded the country's highest civilian honour, on Sunday expressed his happiness on being conferred the award. The 80-year-old scientist said that he was happy as the country has finally recognised his work after a decade. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Rao said: "I have worked very hard...
  • Incoming comet ISON heading for close encounter with sun November 13, 2013

    A comet is heading for a close encounter with the sun later this month, and if it is not vaporized or torn apart, it should be visible to the naked eye in December. Comet ISON is expected to pass just about 621,000 miles (1 million km) from the sun's surface on...
  • PSLV-C25 will leave earth's orbit within 20-30 days: Madhavan November 5, 2013

    After the launch of India's Mars Mission from Sriharikota, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said the scientists will carry a check out of the spacecraft and then the rocket engine will be fired. He added PSLV-C25 would leave the earth's orbit within 20-30 days. ...
  • Countdown begins for India's Mars Orbiter Mission November 3, 2013

    Chennai: The countdown 56 and-a-half hour for the launch of ISRO's ambitious Mars Mission started on schedule at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 6:08 AM on Sunday. "The 56 hours and 30 minutes countdown started as per schedule at 06.08 AM. It is proceeding smoothly," a spokesman of...
  • Mission Mars: Why 8,000 Indians want to live on the red planet November 2, 2013

    Bangalore: Even before ISRO sends up its Mars craft - a mission that won't even carry any astronauts - more than 8,000 Indians have lined up for a one-way ticket to Mars ten years from now. Labelled MarsOne, it's a mission planned to by a non-profit organisation, spearheaded by a...
  • Bigfoot may be cross between polar bear and brown bear, claims Oxford scientist October 18, 2013

    The mythical Bigfoot may really exist, but it is just a cross between an ancient polar bear and a brown bear, according to new DNA research by an Oxford scientist. Analysis of supposed yeti hair samples, one found in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from Bhutan, found...
  • Mythical yeti could be descendants from ancient polar bear: Scientists October 17, 2013

    London: A British geneticist said he may have solved the mystery of the yeti, after matching DNA from two animals said to be the mythical beast to an ancient polar bear. "We have found an exact genetic match between two samples from the Himalayas and the ancient polar bear," said Bryan...
  • 'Frequent destructive storms as global warming intensifies' October 12, 2013

    Intense and destructive storms are likely to occur more frequently as global warming intensifies, Greenpeace said on Saturday. "Such intense and destructive storms are likely to become more frequent in the future as global warming intensifies. Even a small increase in the ocean's warmth can turn tropical disturbances into hurricanes or...
  • Prithvi-II successfully test-fired for second time in two days October 8, 2013

    Balasore: India on Tuesday successfully test-fired for the second time in two days its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore. The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of...
  • Scientists discover ancient supervolcanoes on Mars October 3, 2013

    Scientists have discovered ancient supervolcanoes on Mars similar to the caldera that sits under Yellowstone National Park. Volcanoes previously have been spotted on Mars, which is known to have been volcanically active billions of years ago. What's different about this supervolcano network is that it was found in the Martian northern...
  • DRDO scientist booked after he lies about first marriage to second wife, rapes her September 23, 2013

    A Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) scientist was on Sunday booked for allegedly raping his wife. "A case has been lodged case against Tapas Kumar Majumdar, who is working with food research laboratory wing of DRDO, on the complaint lodged by his 30-year-old wife on Sunday evening," Raipur Superintendent of...
  • Alien life found living in Earth's atmosphere September 20, 2013

    British scientists claim to have found 'alien' organisms in Earth's atmosphere, suggesting that life is continually arriving to our planet from space and did not originate here. The team, led by the University of Sheffield, found small organisms that could have come from space after sending a specially designed balloon to...
  • Scientists grow 'mini human brains' from stem cells August 30, 2013

    Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism. Researchers based in Austria started with human stem cells and created a culture in...
  • India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft helps NASA find water on moon August 29, 2013

    Using data from instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have found evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using US space agency NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) spacecraft, scientists...
  • Scientists to cook world's first in-vitro beef burger August 3, 2013

    London: A corner of west London will see culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists cook and serve up the world's first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food...
  • Four Indian Americans win top science and maths awards July 27, 2013

    Washington: Four Indian-American professors are among 13 mathematicians, theoretical physicists and theoretical computer scientists selected for the Simons Investigators awards for their cutting edge research. The four professors - Kannan Soundararajan, Rajeev Alur, Salil P Vadhan and Senthil Todadri - will receive USD 100,000 a year for five years for long-term...