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    NASA confirms presence of water on sunlit surface of Moon

    Oct 27, 2020, 07:35 AM IST

    NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. In a statement, the American space agency has said this discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.

  • Stars and planets grow up together as siblings: Study

    Stars and planets grow up together as siblings: Study

    Oct 24, 2020, 08:27 PM IST

    In a unique study, astronomers have found compelling evidence that the planets begin forming while stars are still infants and they grow up together like siblings.

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    Microsoft partners Netflix to help you learn data science, AI

    Technology | Oct 24, 2020, 07:46 PM IST

    Inspired by the new Netflix original titled 'Over the Moon, Microsoft has launched three new modules that guide learners through beginning concepts in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

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    Volcanic activity effect spotted on Jupiter's moon Io

    Oct 23, 2020, 10:01 PM IST

    Astronomers have for the first time observed direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Io. 

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    Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

    Oct 22, 2020, 11:19 AM IST

    A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  

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    Scientists discover set of salivary glands that could be relevant for cancer treatment

    Oct 22, 2020, 11:00 AM IST

    Scientists have come up with a new discovery - a new organ in the human body. According to the researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, a set of salivary glands that set deep in the upper part of the throat have been discovered.

  • The science behind washing hands – Methods, Duration and Frequency

    The science behind washing hands – Methods, Duration and Frequency

    Oct 18, 2020, 11:59 AM IST

    Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission during health care. Hand hygiene is therefore the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent healthcare-associated infections.

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    Scientists identify new potential groundwater 'arsenic hotspots' in India

    Oct 15, 2020, 02:58 PM IST

    Scientists, including those from the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), have found an increased probability of high arsenic levels in well waters in parts of India where previously arsenic hazard was generally not considered to be a major concern.

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    NASA releases cosmic sights that can even be heard. Here's what it sounds like

    Oct 14, 2020, 01:16 PM IST

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has released sound recordings from space. According to the American space agency, Hubble has released cosmic sights that can be experienced with other senses as well.

  • 24 'super-habitable' planets with better conditions of life than Earth discovered. Read on

    24 'super-habitable' planets with better conditions of life than Earth discovered. Read on

    Oct 08, 2020, 08:31 AM IST

    Scientists have discovered that there are at least 24 super-habitable planets that may support life better than the Earth. A team of researchers led by scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University conducted the research and published in the journal Astrobiology. 

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    Massive airplane-size asteroid to cross Earth's orbit post 10:30 pm today

    Oct 07, 2020, 02:12 PM IST

    An asteroid the size of a Boeing 747 airplane is set to cross the Earth's orbit at around 10.42 p.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) on Wednesday, according to NASA which expects that the space rock will not cause any harm to our home planet. 

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    Some planets may have more suitable conditions for life than Earth: Study

    Oct 05, 2020, 02:41 PM IST

    Scientists have identified 24 planets outside our solar system that they say may have conditions more suitable for life than the Earth. The study, published in the journal Astrobiology, details characteristics of potential "superhabitable" planets, that include those that are older, a little larger, slightly warmer and possibly wetter than Earth.

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    US researchers develop low-cost sensor that rapidly detects COVID

    World | Oct 03, 2020, 02:58 PM IST

    In a ray of hope to identify asymptomatic people, researchers in the US have developed a new test with a low-cost sensor that may enable the at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection through rapid analysis of small volumes of saliva or blood, without the involvement of a medical professional, in less than 10 minutes. 

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    Lakes on Saturn's moon Titan can stratify like those on Earth

    Sep 30, 2020, 08:23 AM IST

    Lakes on Saturn's moon - Titan - composed of methane, ethane, and nitrogen rather than water, experience density-driven stratification, forming layers similar to lakes on Earth. However, whereas lakes on Earth stratify in response to temperature, Titan's lakes stratify solely due to the strange chemical interactions between its surface liquids and atmosphere, says a paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Jordan Steckloff. 

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    Scientists offer new insights into origin of diamonds in group of meteorites

    Sep 29, 2020, 08:35 AM IST

    Scientists have offered new insights into the origin of diamonds in a group of stony meteorites called ureilites. These diamonds most likely formed by rapid shock transformation from graphite during one or more major impacts into the ureilite parent asteroid in the early solar system. 

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    NASA picks SpaceX for $109.4mn launch services of IMAP mission

    Sep 28, 2020, 12:16 PM IST

    NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the agency's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission which will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, a magnetic barrier surrounding our solar system.

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    How intense and dangerous is cosmic radiation on the Moon?

    Sep 26, 2020, 09:28 AM 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

    Sep 23, 2020, 11:25 AM 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

    Sep 22, 2020, 12:16 PM 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

    Sep 10, 2020, 08:09 AM 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.