• Discovery of simple method to extract DNA claimed

    By K.S. JayaramanBengaluru: Iraqi scientists at Al-Qasim Green University claim to have found a "universal, rapid and inexpensive" method for the isolation of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) from the blood of a wide range of species for genomic studies.Currently there is no common procedure for extracti...

  • Excess workout, steroids leading to infertility among men

    New Delhi: A combination of intense workout, which has become a daily trend for many men, along with consumption of steroids is becoming a rising cause of infertility, according to IVF experts. Long-term exhaustive exercises decreases sperm count and one's potential for reproduction, said IVF expert...

  • How satellites can prevent fatalities from landslides

    Bengaluru: Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have sent spacecraft towards the Moon and Mars -- and now have their sights on Venus. But ISRO is yet to develop a satellite-based early warning system (EWS) for landslides like the one that buried 50 people at Kotrupi village in...

  • Smartphone app may help manage mental illness

    New York: Researchers have developed a smartphone app to help middle-aged and older adults self-manage their mental illness and other chronic conditions, suggests new research.First, the researchers determined the technical abilities and needs of middle-aged and older adults with serious mental illn...

  • Curiosity sends 'most clearly visible' images of Martian clouds

    Washington: NASA's Curiosity rover has sent "the most clearly visible" images of Martian clouds that resemble Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and other missions on the surface of Mars, including NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander...

  • India to launch spare navigation satellite August-end

    Bengaluru: India will launch its eighth navigation satellite this month-end as a spare or back-up for its constellation in the geo-orbit, a top space agency official said on Thursday. "We are preparing to launch the eighth Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1H) at the end of this mon...

  • Milky Way dotted with 100 million black holes

    New York: After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorise stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers have determined that the Milky Way is home to about 100 million of the enigmatic, dark objects -- far more than expected. "We think we've shown that there are as many as 100 mi...

  • Pampered puppies unlikely to become great guide dogs

    New York: Doting mothers seem to handicap their puppies, reducing their likelihood of becoming smart guide dogs, suggests new research. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted at The Seeing Eye, an organisation in Morristown, New Jersey, tha...

  • Could perennial crops be an answer to climate change?

    Bengaluru: While India reaped the benefits of the Green Revolution in the 1960s, her neighbour China is now taking the lead in another area of sustainable agriculture -- developing crops that meet the challenges posed by global warming. Chinese agricultural scientists are working to convert seasonal...

  • This 9-year-old wants to join NASA to prevent alien invasion

    Washington: NASA has sent an inspiring letter to a nine-year-old who expressed interest in being a Planetary Protection Officer after the US space agency recently announced opening for the position. Nine-year-old Jack Davis from New Jersey is a self-proclaimed "Guardian of the Galaxy" and he reached...

  • Gene therapy via skin may treat diabetes, obesity

    New York: A new form of gene therapy administered through skin transplants can help improve treatments for Type-2 diabetes and obesity, researchers have claimed. Using CRISPR, researchers from the University of Chicago edited the skin stem cells from newborn mice which prompted the cells to secrete ...

  • Can moderate drinking keep dementia at bay?

    New York: While drinking alcohol in excess is associated with many health hazards, new research has found that older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers. "This study is uni...