• NASA's next generation space telescope plan takes a pause

    Washington: NASA said it is initiating an independent external review to know how long it will take and how much it will cost to build the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).WFIRST is NASA's next large space telescope under development, after the James Webb Space Telescope that is launchi...

  • Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa

    Bengaluru: In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood).The Dried Leaves Artemisia annua (DLA) trial, which attra...

  • Placebo effect works for a broken heart too

    New York: If you have been dumped recently, doing anything that you believe will help you feel better will probably offer a healing touch to the broken heart, say researchers.For decades, research has shown that placebos -- sham treatments with no active ingredients -- can measurably ease pain, Park...

  • Jackfruit seeds could substitute cocoa beans to make chocolate

    Bengaluru: New research has found that the seeds of jackfruit -- a large fruit found in many tropical countries -- are a potentially low-cost substitute for cocoa beans, the primary ingredient of chocolate.Considering that the worldwide demand for chocolate is outstripping the production of cocoa be...

  • Chemistry research in India 'still not in big league'

    Kolkata: Despite an increase in research output and international collaboration, chemistry research, "the central science", in India is "still not in the big league", an analysis has revealed.Researchers Subbiah Arunachalam, Muthu Madhan and Subbiah Gunasekaran carried out a scientometric analysis o...

  • Nano-technology will soon make GM obsolete: MS Swaminathan

    New Delhi: Noted agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan, hailed as the mentor of the Green Revolution that saw India achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain, feels GM technology, which has generated much heat in the country, will soon become "obsolete" with the advent of nano-technology and other sol...

  • Indonesian hobbits not related to modern human ancestor: Study

    Sydney: Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus - an ancestor to modern humans - as has been widely believed, a study says.The researchers believe that their findin...

  • Model to up efficiency of high-power batteries developed

    New York: A team of scientists has developed a method to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices and, at the same time, decrease their size.The researchers from Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences describe a mathematical model for designing new mater...

  • Navy successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos missile

    New Delhi: An Indian Naval ship for the first time on Friday fired a land-attack BrahMos supersonic cruise missile."Land attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired for the first time from an Indian Navy's stealth frigate, off the eastern coast, at a land target," said a sourc...

  • Panamagate: SC orders probe into Pak Premier's links

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a Joint Investigation Team to probe the involvement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case. The Supreme Court said there was not enough evidence to disqualify the Pak Premier and ordered a fresh probe into corruption char...

  • NASA orbiter spots strange secondary crater on Mars

    Washington: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a region of Mars sprayed with mysterious secondary craters."Secondary craters form from rocks ejected at high speed from the primary crater, which then impact the ground at sufficiently high speed to make huge numbers of much smaller ...

  • Potable water from air? New device may make it possible

    Bengaluru: New research promises a potential new technology for sustainable harvesting of drinking water -- from air.The atmosphere contains an estimated 13,000 trillion litres of water -- equivalent to nearly 10 per cent of all fresh water present in lakes worldwide -- that has remained untap...