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Italy’s first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th November 2014

Italy’s first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft MOSCOW- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2101 GMT, the Russian space...


New grass developed to curb greenhouse gas emissions

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th November 2014

New grass developed to curb greenhouse gas emissions ISLAMABAD: A new kind of grass has been developed with the joint efforts of scientists from Japan and Colombia to curb greenhouse gas emissions caused by chemical fertilizers. This grass releases substances from its roots that curb activities of micro organisms and sharply cuts the amount of nitrous oxide emitted, Radio Pakistan reported. It also...


Three International Space Station crew head back to Earth

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th November 2014

Three International Space Station crew head back to Earth WASHINGTON- A three-person crew at the International Space Station boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket Sunday to begin their trip back to Earth, NASA said. ISS commander, Russia’s Maxim Surayev, his American colleague Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency have been onboard the space laboratory for 165 days. The crew undocked...


The New Magnetic Mirror paves the ways for other inventions

By: Humair Rana, Uploaded: 29th October 2014

The New  Magnetic Mirror paves the ways for other inventions Mirrors are said to be a surface that reflects undiffused light to form an object placed in front of it. Mirror is used for several purposes in various things. We can take the example of looking glass that we used to see ourself. Similarly, we also used it in car-rearview and side mirror, telescopes and...


Orbital rocket explodes after launch

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th October 2014

Orbital rocket explodes after launch WASHINGTON- An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. “The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off,” NASA mission control in Houston said, describing the blast...


Carbon emissions threaten sea water: Study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th October 2014

Carbon emissions threaten sea water: Study ISLAMABAD: UK researchers have warned that accelerating carbon emissions in the environment seriously threaten sea water. The study reveals that the current rate of acidification may threaten fisheries in the future, Press Tv reported. While carbonic acid is formed by composition of CO2 and the sea water, the acidity of the oceans has increased by...


Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th October 2014

Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny PARIS: After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth on Friday unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy. A hi-tech scan of Descartes’ skull revealed he had a massive bony growth in his right sinus, lodged near the bridge...


Joy for India as Mars mission enters orbit

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th September 2014

Joy for India as Mars mission enters orbit BANGALORE, India- India became the first nation to reach Mars on its maiden attempt Wednesday when its low-cost Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month journey. “India has successfully reached Mars… History has been created today,” a jubilant Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from mission control after entry into orbit...


Global carbon emissions reach new record high

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd September 2014

Global carbon emissions reach new record high ISLAMABAD: Concentrations of carbon dioxide will surge to a new high in the atmosphere this year, scientists have announced in  the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City. Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to soar to 44 billion tons (40 billion metric tons) this year, a 2.5 percent increase from 2013 levels, according to...


Discovered fossils in Argentina yield giant dinosaur

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th September 2014

Discovered fossils in Argentina yield giant dinosaur ISLAMABAD: The new fossil remains excavated in southern Argantina have represented the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered. The skeletal analysis of the found bones demonstrated size of the beast measured 26m from head to tail and weighed in at almost 60 tones, as heavy as  14 African elephants, Press Tv Reported. The palaeontologists...


‘Telepathy’ experiment sends 1st mental message

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th September 2014

‘Telepathy’ experiment sends 1st mental message WASHINGTON: For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France. Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to transmit information from one person’s brain to another’s...


US approves new immunotherapy drug against melanoma

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th September 2014

US approves new immunotherapy drug against melanoma WASHINGTON:  A new drug by Merck pharmaceuticals called Keytruda that uses the body’s immune system to fight metastatic melanoma was approved Thursday by US regulators. Also known as pembrolizumab, the drug is the sixth new therapy to be approved against the deadly skin cancer since 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration said. “Keytruda is...


Coffee genome could lead to better brew, tougher plants

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th September 2014

Coffee genome could lead to better brew, tougher plants WASHINGTON: An international team of researchers on Thursday released the sequenced genome of coffee, saying it could help improve the flavor of one of the world’s most popular beverages. The genome could lead to more rigorous crops by allowing scientists to develop stronger breeds of plants, with better quality and resistance to drought and disease....


Laughter can improve short-term memory

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2014

Laughter can improve short-term memory ISLAMABAD: Laughing can improve short-term memory in older adults as humour reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and boosts mood, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, suggest. In a study conducted at Loma Linda University in US, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with...


Three-million-year-old child skull had no soft spot, study finds

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2014

Three-million-year-old child skull had no soft spot, study finds ISLAMABAD: Scientists may be forced to rethink their theories on the development of the brain in early humans after a study found a three-million-year-old child’s skull had no soft spot unlike babies born today. Newborn babies have several plates in their skull that are loosely joined and have`soft spots’ that eventually come together, a trait...


Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth’s missing heat: Study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth’s missing heat: Study ISLAMABAD: The study found enough heat stored in the north and south Atlantic that, if had remained on the surface, would have resulted in rapid warming. Presenting a new theory about where the Earth’s missing heat finally disappeared, a new research says a natural climate cycle in the north Atlantic Ocean may have gobbled the Earth’s...


Skills in maths and reading shared by same genes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th July 2014

Skills in maths and reading shared by same genes PARIS: A common set of genes play a role in learning to read and do maths, with tiny variants influencing a child’s skills in these tasks, according to a study published Tuesday. But this ability is not just gene-driven, as schooling and help from parents are also vital contributors, its authors cautioned. Early numeracy and...


NASA to launch satellite to track carbon pollution

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2014

NASA to launch satellite to track carbon pollution WASHINGTON- The US space agency is to launch on Tuesday a satellite that tracks atmospheric carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is expected at 2:56 am Pacific time (0956 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. “Now that humans are acknowledging the...


Iranian scientist creates nanotechnology carpet stain remover

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th June 2014

Iranian scientist creates nanotechnology carpet stain remover ISLAMABAD: An Iranian scientist has successfully developed a product which incorporates nanotechnology to remove stains from carpets. Keivan Ozaei, the scientist creating the formula, that technology of stain removal from carpets was based on nanoparticles, Mehar news agency reported. The new stain remover can remove strong and different kinds of stains immediately. Silver nanoparticles are...


Scientists use GM method to wipe out malaria

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th June 2014

Scientists use GM method to wipe out malaria ISLAMABAD: Malaria is spread by female mosquitoes, which bite humans. An international research team modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that only create males, pioneering a new approach to eradicating malaria. The study, published in the British scientific journal Nature Communications, was a collaboration of British, Italian and American scientists. They tested a genetic method that...


There is possibility of life on Mars: NASA

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th May 2014

There is possibility of life on Mars: NASA SARGODHA: Deputy Head of Engineering of National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) America Cox Nagin has said the day is not far away when the man will land in Mars. Addressing a ceremony held by the UoS, she said there was a big possibility of life on Mars, adding that more research will explore possibilities...


An ‘upside-down planet’ discovered

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd April 2014

An ‘upside-down planet’ discovered ISLAMABAD: An astronomer has discovered an ‘upside-down planet’ that reveals new method for studying binary star systems. A binary star system is where two stars are so close that their gravitational interaction causes them to orbit about a common centre of mass, said a paper published in the journal Science. Working with astronomer Eric Agol,...


New Earth-Size Planet Found

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2014

New Earth-Size Planet Found ISLAMABAD:  A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. Orbiting a star about 500 light-years away, the planet called Kepler-186f is about the same size as Earth. As this artist’s interpretation shows, it orbits its star at the right distance for liquid water...


Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd April 2014

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits WASHINGTON: Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday, April 2. Therefore, any long-term or deep space missions – which are still decades off – need a special level of ethical scrutiny, said the...


PCST, Technology Times to launch Pakistan’s first Science channel

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th March 2014

PCST, Technology Times to launch Pakistan’s first Science channel ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) in collaboration with Technology Times will soon launch Pakistan’s first science channel, to popularize the science and technology subjects through disseminating the relevant information and latest progress to students and common people. The project named TechTV.pk, has recently started its beta version.”Once launched, the channel will cover...


Electrical engineering is child’s play with littleBits

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd March 2014

Electrical engineering is child’s play with littleBits VANCOUVER- Ayah Bdeir is out to make creating Internet Age gadgets as fun and easy as playing with LEGO blocks. The engineer behind littleBits kits that make a game of piecing together modular circuitry used a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference to debut a piece to the puzzle that lets creations talk to the Internet....


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