How NASA plans to bring back samples from Mars

WASHINGTON: NASA has revealed how it plans to bring back Martian samples to Earth for the first time with the help of its next rover mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.

India becomes member of key export control regime

NEW DELHI:  India on Thursday became a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies.

This exoplanet could have rocky surface and atmosphere like Earth

TORONTO: Researchers have found that a little known exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star located about 111 light years away in the constellation Leo could have a rocky surface and a small gaseous atmosphere -- like Earth.

13% of sky covered by mysterious fast-moving gas, shows map

SYDNEY: At least 13 per cent of the sky is covered by high-velocity clouds of gas moving at speeds of hundreds of kilometres per second, suggests a detailed map of these clouds in the universe around us.

World leaders gather in Nairobi for pollution-free planet

NAIROBI: The UN Environment Assembly, the world's highest decision making body on the environment with delegates from 193 countries, will gather in this Kenyan capital for three days from Monday to step up action to counter rising pollution levels.

Crowd-sourcing, Google help Railways showcase its heritage

NEW DELHI: In partnership with Google, the Railways has undertaken an elaborate crowd-sourcing exercise to create a digital repository of its rich heritage and provide passengers a free virtual tour.

Climate progress in India brightens hopes for Bonn

Just a few years ago, India relied almost exclusively on coal to fuel its rapid development, opening new coal-burning power plants and increasing coal mining and imports. This year, however, in a remarkable turnaround, India cancelled plans for an additional 14 gigawatts of coal power and announced that it won't build any new coal plants for at least a decade -- thanks to a rapid rise in renewable energy.

Poor nations seek finances for climate plans

BONN: Ahead of the UN climate summit that aims to keep the global average rise in temperatures below two degrees Celsius, a group of 47 poorest nations has sought money to achieve their climate plans and protect people from the devastating impact of climate change.

New method to gauge onset and end of Indian monsoon

BENGALURU:  Predicting the behaviour of the Indian monsoon -- with all its complexities and factors that influence it -- has always been an annual gamble. For generations, scientists have struggled to produce a model for reliably predicting the duration and other parameters of the monsoon on a fine scale. Now, a team led by an Indian-origin scientist at the Florida State University (FSU) in the US has created a new methodology "for objectively defining the onset and demise of the Indian summer monsoon" at any location in the country.

Dell Technologies to invest $1 billion in IoT R&D

NEW DELHI: Unveiling its Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, Dell Technologies on Thursday said it will invest $1 billion in new IoT products, solutions, labs, partner programmes and ecosystem over the next three years.

Encroachments at Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal adding to air pollution

NEW DELHI:  An environmental authority on Tuesday said excessive encroachments, poor garbage management and wrong parking of vehicles near Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal were aggravating the poor air quality in one of the worst polluted regions of the capital.

Space station to get new wardrobe for science payloads

WASHINGTON: The International Space Station (ISS) is set to get a new Boeing-built wardrobe to house increasing in-orbit science payloads.

New paper-based test can diagnose Zika in 20 minutes

NEW YORK: Scientists have developed a new paper-based test that can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes as well as accurately distinguish Zika virus from related viruses like Dengue.

India needs to be more transparent in snow leopard conservation: US biologist

Cartagena (Colombia),  India supports a robust population of the endangered snow leopard but its conservation-research data is not shared and doesn't contribute to the global efforts to conserve the species, whose numbers worldwide are estimated at between 4,080 and 8,700. The country needs to be more transparent, a US biologist has said.

Lunar eclipse on August 7-8 Rainy Monday morning in Delhi In two years solar energy for residential sector would be cheaper than electricity grid: Solar players Sunny Sunday morning in Delhi, rains likely Cloudy Wednesday morning in Delhi 9-member panel to prepare final draft of National Education Policy New technology makes electricity from urine, kills bacteria US students mine for water at NASA's 'Mars Ice Challenge' Researchers discover 2-D magnet for first time Pleasant Sunday morning in Delhi Lost temple discovered after 1,000 years in China India's heaviest rocket with GSAT-19 all set for maiden flight Himalayan hand in December 2004 tsunami that killed 250,000 Anger is good and other lessons from Mahatma Gandhi to his grandson Q1 2017 saw fall in DDoS attacks, says cyber security firm Scientists develop 'super oyster' resistant to deadly virus Rainy morning in Delhi Australian magnate donates $298mn to charities NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday New technique to help deaf-blind 'watch' TV India will lose 2,305 sq km forest cover by 2025: Study Philippines stops accepting EU grants Feature phones are not dead, it's too early to write an obituary (Comment: Special to IANS) Goa India's most preferred travel destination Five destinations to chill in during summer NASA Mars rover to study fluid-carved valley's origin Maximum temperature to touch 42 degrees Celsius in Delhi India no longer needs global support to decarbonise itself: UNEP expert Partly cloudy Friday morning in Delhi Bengal less affected by temporary ban on H1-B visas
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