Technology

Soft wearable exosuit to help soldiers, rescuers

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:38

New York, May 12 (IANS) Researchers from Harvard University have developed a flexible exosuit that reduces the energy required for walking when carrying a heavy load - helping people like soldiers, rescuers in emergency situations or hikers who frequently have to do so.

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China opens first deep-sea research institute

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:10

Beijing, May 12 (IANS) China has opened its first deep-sea research institute which experts said will be meaningful for resource exploitation and improvements to naval technology.

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Key science returns to Earth from ISS aboard SpaceX spacecraft

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:56

Washington, May 12 (IANS) Carrying over 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday morning (India time).

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How brain controls vision and what we miss to see

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:28

New York, May 11 (IANS) A team of US researchers has come up with a rough map of part of the brain that controls vision and leaves things out even when they are plainly in sight.

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Facebook launches WhatsApp desktop app for Windows, Mac

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:28

New York, May 11 (IANS) Social media giant Facebook has made available its WhatsApp instant messaging smartphone service on Mac and Windows desktops, media reports said on Wednesday.

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Are we ready for chatbots, the next technology wave?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:02

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) When the tech giant Microsoft unveiled its AI or artificial intelligence-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with the people in March, little did the tech giant realise that the twitterati would begin slamming the innocent bot with racist and offensive comments.

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NASA's Kepler probe discovers over 1,200 new planets

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:40

Washington, May 11 (IANS) NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets - the single largest finding of planets to date - giving fresh hopes to astronomers to discover another Earth reverberating with life.

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Scientists produce jet fuel in 'one pot' recipe

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:34

New York, May 10 (IANS) Researchers including one of Indian origin from the US Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a "one-pot" method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material.

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Intense wind from nearby black hole discovered

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:08

London, May 10 (IANS) An international team of astrophysicists has detected an intense wind from one of the closest known black holes to the Earth.

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Beware! Smartphones can make you hyperactive

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:58

New York, May 10 (IANS) Are you getting bored easily when trying to focus, or having difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities? If yes, the pervasive use of a smartphone could be the reason behind these attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, new research suggests.

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Five-fingered robotic hand learns on its own

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:08

Washington, May 10 (IANS) A team led by an Indian-origin computer engineer from University of Washington has built a five-fingered robotic hand that can not only perform dexterous in-hand manipulation but also learn from its own experience without depending on humans to direct it.

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Australia to further cut Antarctic research funding

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 17:26

Canberra, May 9 (IANS) Australia's national scientific agency will cut further funding and jobs from its Antarctic research field, in a move that scientists warn would ruin Australia's key partnerships in the region.

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Mercury transit begins at 4.43 p.m. in India

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:38

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Marking a rare astronomical event -- the Mercury transit, the planet Mercury crossing in front of the Sun, will be visible in India on Monday from 4.43 p.m. till sunset at 7.01 p.m. in Delhi.

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