China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting lab

Beijing, April 22 (IANS) China's first spacecraft, the Tianzhou-1, docked successfully with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Centre.Tianzhou-1, which was launched on Thursday evening from Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province, began to approach Tiangong-...

Researchers map America's changing racial diversity

Researchers in the US have created a digital map to track the changing racial diversity of every neighbourhood in the country. The map shows which neighbourhoods have become less homogenous over the last two decades and which have not. Tomasz Stepinski from University of Cincinnati applied NASA mapmaking techniques to 20 years of...

Our ancestors had powerful night-time vision

​New York, April 21 (IANS) New genetic evidence confirms a long-held hypothesis that our earliest mammalian ancestors indeed had powerful night-time vision.The findings published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that adapting to life in the dark helped the early mammals find food and avoid reptilian pred...

Hearing tests may not detect common form of hearing loss

​New York, April 21 (IANS) Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to detect patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more challenging behavioural tests, new research has found.Such tests may not be able to diagnose those facing problems in certain situations, like ...

WHO claims unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases

​Geneva, April 20 (IANS) Remarkable achievements have been made in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007 with one billion people receiving treatment in 2015 alone, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a report."WHO has observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scou...

Scientists discover super-Earth that could harbour life

​London, April 20 (IANS) An international team of astronomers has discovered a so-called "super-Earth" that could contain liquid water, a situation that would make it a very good candidate for harbouring life.Super-Earth is a rocky, temperate planet orbiting a red dwarf star, Efe news agency reported.I...

Skin mucus of Indian frog can help fight flu

​Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) A component of the skin mucus secreted by a frog species found in India can be harnessed to kill influenza viruses, new research has found.In their experiment, the researchers found that when delivered intranasally, one of the antiviral peptides found in skin secretions from th...

Space missions likely to encounter growing threat of debris

​New York, April 19 (IANS) Space missions are likely to encounter a growing threat of more debris, scientists warned on Tuesday at the 7th European Conference on Space Debris.The four-day meeting was held in the southern German city of Darmstadt, where t...

NASA orbiter spots strange secondary crater on Mars

​Washington, April 19 (IANS) 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 smalle...

Nuclear Fuel Complex breaks own world record of production

​Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), part of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), on Thursday said it has set a new world record with production of 1512 Ametric tonnes (MT) of nuclear fuel in 2016-17, surpassing its own recordNFC in Hyderabad, which produces fuel assemblies required for al...

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