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NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st January 2015

NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture LOS ANGELES: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory short for Soil Moisture Active Passive blasted  off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force  Base in...


New NASA daytime star tracker soon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th January 2015

New NASA daytime star tracker soon ISLAMABAD: NASA engineers are developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate stars during daylight hours. The team at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is working on a low cost, off the shelf solution to overcome the challenges of collecting data in daylight, the...


Scientists discover way to unboil egg

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

Scientists discover way to unboil egg ISLAMABAD: Researchers have managed to unboiled an ordinary boiled egg, and the results may have implications for cancer treatments, biotechnology and a broad range of food production processes, a British daily reported. “Yes, we have invented a way to unboiled a hen egg,” The Independent quoted Gregory Weiss, the lead author of the study supported...


Near-Earth asteroid has moon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Near-Earth asteroid has moon ISLAMABAD: A massive asteroid that flew past Earth yesterday has its own tiny moon. NASA made the discovery using its Deep Space Network antenna system, with the radar images showing the small satellite, measuring 70 metres across. The 325-metre asteroid passed by Earth at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometres – or just over three...


Ocean science needs more funding: US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Ocean science needs more funding: US MIAMI: Facing critical dangers like rising seas and the impact of climate change on marine life, US scientists need more funding in the next decade, officials said Friday. A new report from the National Research Council is calling for cuts in money spent on infrastructure and more cash devoted to basic scientific research from 2015-2025....


‘All-out Mobile payments war with Apple’, Google is girding its loins

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

‘All-out Mobile payments war with Apple’, Google is girding its loins Softcard, a mobile payments company developed by the largest wireless carriers in the country is on the selling block now. Reports claimed that to purchase Softcard, Google has made an offer of an amount less than $100 million, meanwhile, PayPal, the e-commerce giant owned by eBay, has also submitted an offer to acquire Softcard. The...


Top Japan lab dismisses ground-breaking stem cell study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th December 2014

Top Japan lab dismisses ground-breaking stem cell study TOKYO- Japan’s top research institute on Friday hammered the final nail in the coffin of what was once billed as a ground-breaking stem cell study, dismissing it as flawed and saying the work could have been fabricated. The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the centre of the scandal, which has rocked...


Taser or electric eel? Both use same mechanism

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

Taser or electric eel? Both use same mechanism WASHINGTON:- The electric eel, the scaleless Amazonian fish capable of producing 600 volts of electricity which can knock over a horse, uses a electroshock mechanism similar to a Taser, scientists said Thursday. The eel’s electrical impulses briefly paralyze prey by causing muscle contractions, not unlike the electric stun guns used by police. “I was struck...


Hawking warns AI ‘could spell end of human race’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Hawking warns AI ‘could spell end of human race’ LONDON: – British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, the scientist said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have,...


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...


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