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  • The hunt begins: NASA's TESS starts looking for exoplanets

    Washington: After a successful launch in April this year, NASA's newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has now started its search for planets around nearby stars.Officially beginning science operations on July 25, TESS is expected to transmit its first series of...

  • Great Red Spot: NASA to gaze into the eye of Jupiter's storm

    Washington: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious and complex space observatory ever built, will use its infrared capabilities to study Jupiter's Great Red Spot, shedding new light on the enigmatic storm, which is so big that it could swallow three Earths. Led by Leigh...

  • ISRO scientists discover planet around a Sun-like star

    Bengaluru: A team of ISRO scientists and engineers have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet (mass of about 27 Earth Mass and size of 6 Earth Radii) around a Sun-like star. The team was led by Prof. Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad. The planet...

  • 'Unprecedented' Martian dust storm threatens NASA's Opportunity rover

    Washington: NASA engineers have not heard back from Opportunity rover that is caught in an unprecedented sandstorm on Mars, leading to speculation that it might be dead, the US space agency has said. The swirling Martian dust storm that raised the atmospheric opacity, or "tau" - the veil of dust...

  • US begins testing Ebola treatment in early-stage trial

    Washington: US researchers have started the first-in-human trial evaluating an experimental treatment for Ebola virus disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centre said in a statement. The Phase 1 clinical trial, named as VRC 608, is examining the safety and tolerability of a...

  • Apple offers 1 month free trial for premium iCloud upgrades

    San Francisco: Apple has rolled out a new scheme as part of which it is offering a free month of upgraded iCloud storage to non-paying users who have reached their 5GB limit. The new offer applies to each of Apple's 50GB to 2TB iCloud memory upgrade levels at costs ranging from $0.99 to...

  • Decoded: How melatonin promotes sleep

    New York: Researchers, led by one of Indian-origin, have found that the melatonin hormone promotes sleep by suppressing the neurons responsible for keeping us awake, a discovery that may lead to new therapy for insomnia. "We as a society are losing sleep because we are working too hard,...

  • Are there many universes? Hawking's last paper reignites debate

    London: The vexed cosmological debate over the "multiverse" question has been revived after late Stephen Hawking's last science paper was published recently in a journal. Hawking submitted the paper, which he co-authored with Thomas Hertog from the KU Leuven university in Belgium, before his...

  • NASA's Hubble captured first image of surviving companion to supernova

    Washington: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first image of a surviving companion to a supernova, a compelling evidence that some supernovas originate in double-star systems, the US space agency said. Seventeen years ago, astronomers had witnessed a supernova go off 40 million...

  • Human brain grown in rodents to aid research in neurological disorders

    New York: In a first, US scientists have grown miniature human brains or human brain organoids, in the skulls of mice, a breakthrough that could boost stem cell research as well as provide insight into neurological disorders such as autism, dementia, and schizophrenia. Scientists from...

  • Scientists have an answer why 'gentlemen prefer blondes'

    London: In a discovery that could advance our understanding of skin cancer, scientists have identified 124 genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation. The discovery sheds new light on our understanding of the genetic complexity underpinning variations in...

  • Scientists accidentally develop plastic-eating enzyme

    Washington: Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems, a media report said. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory...