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    How intense and dangerous is cosmic radiation on the Moon?

    September 26, 2020 9:28 IST

    The Chang'e-4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January 2019, with a German instrument for measuring space radiation on board. Since then, the Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry (LND) instrument has been measuring temporally resolved cosmic radiation for the first time.

  • Spinosaurus had aquatic tendencies, confirms new study

    Spinosaurus had aquatic tendencies, confirms new study

    September 23, 2020 11:25 IST

    Scientists have revealed that Spinosaurus had paddle-like tail bones which indicate its aquatic tendencies. The researchers always suspected this due to its crocodilian snout and spiky sail.

  • Saturn's moon Enceladus has ice churning, landscape surfacing

    Saturn's moon Enceladus has ice churning, landscape surfacing. Read on

    September 22, 2020 12:16 IST

    Researchers have discovered that most of the ice over the Enceladus is fresh, according to the latest infrared images released by NASA. This discovery suggests that there might be global internal activity resurfacing the moon.

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    Mysteries of Dark matter may be unveiled soon, reveals study

    September 10, 2020 8:09 IST

    A team of scientists from the Harvard and Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Institute for Computational Cosmology of Durham University, the UK, Max-Planck Institute in Germany and Key Laboratory for Computational Astrophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences ran a detailed simulation of dark matter.

  • Mutant mice retain muscle mass in space (Representational image)

    Mutant mice retain muscle mass in space. Read on

    September 09, 2020 13:03 IST

    Several genetically engineered mice spent 33 days abroad the International Space Station (ISS) and surprisingly retained more muscle and bone density than control mice that had not been tempered. 

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    Northrop Grumman names spacecraft in honour of Kalpana Chawla

    September 09, 2020 8:10 IST

    In 1988, Kalpana Chawla started work at NASA Ames Research Center in the area of powered-lift computational fluid dynamics. Her research concentrated on simulation of complex air flows encountered around aircraft such as the Harrier in "ground-effect."

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    Indian researchers demystify process of transformation of glass into crystal

    September 08, 2020 14:42 IST

    A team of Indian researchers has demystified devitrification, which is the transformation of glass into a crystal, and visualised the process for the first time in experiments, the Indian Institute of Science said. Glass is amorphous in nature its atomic structure does not involve the repetitive arrangement seen in crystalline materials.

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    Glaciers in Jammu and Kashmir melting at 'significant' rate, suggests study

    September 08, 2020 13:22 IST

    Glaciers in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are melting at a "significant" rate, according to a first-of-its-kind study that used satellite data to find that over 1,200 glaciers in the Himalayan region saw an annual reduction in mass of 35 centimetres (cm) on average between 2000 and 2012. 

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    GREGOR telescope captures disturbingly-close pictures of sunspot. Take a look

    September 07, 2020 19:38 IST

    GREGOR Telescope has captured highest-resolution pictures of the sun and they are undoubtedly eerie and amazing at the same time. The European telescope at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain, and operated by German scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics.

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    Video: India successfully test fires hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle 'HSTDV'

    India | September 07, 2020 13:52 IST

    India on Monday successfully flight tested the indigenously-developed hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) that is expected to power futuristic long-range missile systems and aerial platforms, officials said.

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    Climate change likely led to fall of Indus Valley Civilisation: Study

    September 04, 2020 12:13 IST

    Shifting monsoon patterns linked to climate change likely caused the rise and fall of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, according to a study by an Indian-origin scientist which analysed data from North India covering the past 5,700 years. 

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    Bizarre! Moon is rusting without water, oxygen. Read on

    September 03, 2020 18:19 IST

    The scientists recently discovered rust on the airless Moon. The detection of haematite on the lunar surface has surprised scientists. Haematite is an oxidised form of iron that, here on Earth, requires the presence of both air and water to form.

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    Mammoth collision of 'impossible' black holes detected for first time

    September 03, 2020 10:58 IST

    The most massive black hole collision ever detected has been directly observed by the LIGO and VIRGO Scientific Collaboration, which includes scientists from The Australian National University (ANU).

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    Scientists study if meteorite impacts help create life on Earth and beyond

    September 03, 2020 9:32 IST

    A new study, posits that impact craters should absolutely be considered by space agencies like NASA and ESA as top exploration targets, not just for their invaluable post-impact geological records, but also -- and perhaps more importantly -- as prime locations for seeking potential habitats for extraterrestrial life. 

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    Earth may have been wet ever since it formed: Study

    August 31, 2020 16:49 IST

    The scientists noted that enstatite chondrites are entirely composed of material from the inner solar system -- essentially the same stuff that made up the Earth originally.

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    NASA shares 'magical' picture of Cygnus supernova blast wave

    August 31, 2020 9:04 IST

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a mesmerizing and unbelievable picture of Cygnus supernova blast wave. The picture showing an undulating orange ribbon is so beautiful it will look like its photoshopped.

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    Huge asteroid will come close to Earth on September 1: Is it dangerous?

    August 30, 2020 10:16 IST

    ​An asteroid, as huge as a high-rise building, will pass near the Earth on Tuesday, September 1. Asteroid 2011 ES4 will make a close approach towards Earth and will be closer to our planet than the Moon.

  • In a first, patient beats HIV infection; cell analysis show no traces of virus

    In a first, patient beats HIV infection; cell analysis shows no traces of virus

    August 29, 2020 8:56 IST

    In a rare incident, a patient has cleared functional HIV infection without outside help. This may the first known instance of a spontaneous cure. According to reports, over 1-5 billion cells of this patient was analysed and it showed no functional HIV copies in any of them. However, the person still has some non-functional copies of the virus.

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    Hubble Space Telescope maps giant halo around Andromeda galaxy

    August 28, 2020 13:07 IST

    Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have mapped the immense envelope of gas, called a halo, surrounding the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large galactic neighbour. This tenuous, nearly invisible halo of diffuse plasma extends 1.3 million light-years from the galaxy -- about halfway to our Milky Way -- and as far as two million light-years in some directions, said the study published in The Astrophysical Journal.

  • Troop of a million microscopic walking robots created to enable scientific explorations

    Troop of a million microscopic walking robots created to enable scientific explorations. Read on

    August 27, 2020 19:44 IST

    Scientists have developed a million walking robots for research at a microscopic level. These robots that are developed by a team of scientists from Cornell University are powered by pulses of laser light.