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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Science

Guess game on water possibility on Mars hots up

The debate over the presence of water on red planet has got a new dimension, with scientists now digging deep on the mysterious, possibly water-related streaks that appear and disappear on the planet's surface.

Future refrigerators may run on magnetic technology

Researchers are reportedly working on magnetic refrigeration technology that could make the need for compressors obsolete.

Abell 2744_Y1: The star-rich galaxy found from universe's baby years

If confirmed, the newly found galaxy would push back the universe's galaxy-formation clock by 100 million years to 650 million years after the Big Bang explosion some 13.8 billion years ago.

Japan sensor will let diaper say baby needs changing

A disposable organic sensor that can be embedded in a diaper and wirelessly let a carer know it needs changing was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Monday.

Is your back bad enough to need a doctor?

Is you back bad enough to need a doctor?

Bionic hand restores sense of touch, allows patient to feel objects in real-time

To feel what you touch - that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.

Indian scientists develop software to catch computer botnets

Indian scientists have developeda monitoring software that can detect the telltale signs of botnet activity on a computer and disable the malware. Botnet, a network of computers infected with malware -so-called zombies - that allow a third party to take control of those machines can be detected using a statistical tool first published in 1966.

Mission to Mars: Mangalyaan on course for rendezvous with Red Planet

After a flight of almost three months, India’s maiden spacecraft to Mars – Mangalyaan – is on track. “Another 233 days for MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) to reach Mars," the Isro Facebook site on the Mars mission site reads.

Astronomers onboard ISS successfully grow wheat, peas and greens

Orbital farming! Astronomers onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully grown a variety of crops such as wheat, peas and greens, according to a Russian scientist.

Harappan-era seal found in Rajasthan

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) last week unearthed a Harappan seal from Karanpura in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. Photo Inside

Modern humans more Neanderthal than once thought

It’s getting harder and harder to take umbrage if someone calls you a Neanderthal. According to two studies published on Wednesday, DNA from these pre-modern humans may play a role in the appearance of hair and skin as well as the risk of certain diseases.

China's Jade Rabbit in trouble due to complicated lunar surface

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover has experienced a "mechanical control abnormality", state media said today, in what appears to be a setback for a landmark mission in the country's ambitious space programme.

After 'Curiosity' now 'Opportunity' finds fresh water signs on Mars

NASA's decade-old Mars rover, Opportunity, has found evidence that life-friendly fresh water once pooled on the red planet's surface, reinforcing similar discoveries made by newcomer Curiosity on the other side of the planet, scientists said on Thursday.

'Mini-satellites' to work as traffic police in space

In a bid to avoid collisions between satellites and space debris, scientists are now using mini-satellites that work as 'space cops' to help control traffic up in the sky.

Texting while walking can play havoc with posture and balance

A new study suggests that texting on your phone while walking alters posture and balance. Sending text messages has become an increasingly popular form of communication, but little is known about how sending text messages impacts our lives.
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