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ISRO conducts hot test of Gaganyaan Service Module Propulsion System

Bengaluru : ISRO said it successfully conducted the first hot test of the System Demonstration Model (SDM) of the Gaganyaan Service Module Propulsion System for a duration of 450 seconds at the test facility of Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday. The system performance met the test objectives and there was a close match with the pre-test predictions, ... Read More »

GSLV-F10/EOS-03 mission could not be accomplished due to performance anomaly in cryogenic stage: ISRO

Sriharikota : Indian Space Research Organisation”s second mission of the year to place an earth observation satellite by a GSLV rocket faced a setback as the mission could not be accomplished fully due to performance anomaly in the cryogenic stage of the rocket, the space agency said on Thursday. The 51.70-metre tall rocket GSLV-F10/EOS-03 successfully lifted off from the second ... Read More »

Machine learning helps pick out stars in a crowd

Indian Astronomers have developed a new method based on Machine Learning that can identify cluster stars– assembly of stars physically related through common origin, with much greater certainty. The method can be used on clusters of all ages, distances, and densities. The method has been used to identify hundreds of additional stars for six different clusters up to 18000 light-years ... Read More »

Another First: Perseverance Captures the Sounds of Driving on Mars

NASA’s newest rover recorded audio of itself crunching over the surface of the Red Planet, adding a whole new dimension to Mars exploration. As the Perseverance rover began to make tracks on the surface of Mars, a sensitive microphone it carries scored a first: the bangs, pings, and rattles of the robot’s six wheels as they rolled over Martian terrain. ... Read More »

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape. The drive served as a mobility test that marks just one of many milestones as team members check out and calibrate every system, subsystem, and instrument on Perseverance. Once the rover begins pursuing its science goals, regular commutes extending ... Read More »

Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands Successfully on Mars: After a seven-month-long journey, NASA’s Perseverance Rover successfully touched down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California celebrate landing NASA’s fifth — and most ambitious — rover on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Download video › The agency’s latest and most complex mission to the ... Read More »

DRDO Young Scientists Laboratory Develops Quantum based technology for Random Number Generation

Random numbers have essential roles in many fields, such as Quantum Communication, cryptography (key generation, key wrapping, authentication etc.), scientific simulations, lotteries and fundamental physics experiments. The generation of genuine randomness is generally considered impossible with classical means. Quantum Mechanics has the inherent potential of providing true random numbers and thus has become the preferred option for the scientific applications ... Read More »

IISF 2020: Young Scientists’ Conference is a Unique Event to Engage Young Minds towards Scientific Research- Event showcases various opportunities for science enthusiasts: Dr. C. M. Joy

  (IISF-2020) is the largest ever science festival going to be held on virtual environment. In this festival, 41 events on different themes will be organised and these themes are directly related with the society and the general public. Young researchers and scientists are the key stakeholders of this science festival. The target audience of many of the events of ... Read More »

Experience science virtually in the Mega Science Festival ‘IISF 2020’

In the pandemic when a lot of excitement seems to have come to a  halt, it is science and technology that is keeping the spirits high. One such live example is India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 where science can be experienced virtually. “We have events where students can go for virtual tours, 3D exhibitions, virtual events, panel discussions, lectures ... Read More »

SwarnaJayanti Fellow to work on Metal CO2 battery which can reduce payload mass & launch costs of planetary missions

India’s planetary missions like Mars Mission may soon be able to reduce  payload mass and launch costs with the help of an indigenously developed Metal- CO2 battery with CO2 as an Energy Carrier. Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Associate Professor from Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad and a recipient of this year’s SwarnaJayanti fellowship instituted by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, will be working to ... Read More »

VigyanYatras to promote Scientific Temper among Masses being organised by various institutions ahead of IISF 2020

VigyanYatra is a promotional activity of the India International Science Festival. In this activity, the mobile science exhibition vansflag off from many cities of the country and the vision behind this science journey is to promote scientific temper and inculcate the culture of science among the masses. Thisprogram also ignites the minds of the youngsters because science exhibition mobile vansare ... Read More »

Aerosols in Indo-Gangetic Plain have led to increased incidents of high rainfall in the Himalayan foothills

Scientists have found that aerosols like black carbon and dust, which makes the Indo-Gangetic Plain one of the most polluted regions of the world, have led to increased incidents of high rainfall events in the foothills of the Himalayan Region. The Indo-Gangetic Plainis located South and upwind of the Himalayan foothills. The region is associated with high aerosol loading, much ... Read More »

Various Institutes of CSIR hold Curtain Raiser Ceremonies for India International Science Festival-2020

India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 is going to be organized during 22-25 December 2020 on virtual platform. This is the largest science festival on virtual platform. The central theme of this year’s IISF is “Science for self-reliance India and Global Welfare”. This year, 41 events will be organized under 9 verticals. IISF 2020 will also endeavour to send the ... Read More »

Treatment of sewage water is essential to meet the challenge of water scarcity in coming years: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan today said that treatment of sewage water is essential to meet the challenge of water scarcity in coming years.  He called upon Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientists to scale up their sewage treatment technology and install it in all their campuses ... Read More »

Astronomers from NCRA-TIFR, Pune, and RRI, Bangalore uncover mystery behind decline of star formation rate after its peak 8-10 billion years ago

For long, scientists have been intrigued by the decrease in the rate at which stars were formed in galaxies after it peaked about 8-10 billion years ago. They have now deciphered the mystery behind this decline in star formation activity by measuring the atomic hydrogen of the galaxies. Galaxies are made up mostly of gas and stars. Gas converts to ... Read More »

Workshop to mark 20 years of Himalayan Chandra Telescope to highlight the science it produced

In the cold, dry desert of Ladakh, 4500 meters above the mean sea level, for two decades, the 2-m diameter optical-infrared Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) has been scanning the night sky in search of stellar explosions, comets, asteroids, and exo-planets. The telescope remotely operated using a dedicated satellite communication link from the Centre for Research & Education in Science ... Read More »

Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to promote private investment and innovation in the space sector: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha that the Government has launched the Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to promote private investment and innovation in the space sector. IN-SPACe will facilitate ... Read More »

Perks of Being an MBA Graduate

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a postgraduate degree for students seeking to follow a career path in an organization’s management. It’s a two -year course and has specialization in marketing, finance, human resource, accounting, etc. The MBA’s importance is not strictly limited to the business world, but it may also be useful to those in the public sector, and ... Read More »

Innovative research uses remote radio telescope to detect cosmic rays

Curtin University researchers have developed a particle detector at the remote site of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope that is capable of conducting a ground-breaking study into mysterious cosmic rays in the area’s harsh conditions. The project is the first coupling of a particle detector with the MWA, located in Western Australia’s Mid-West region about 800km north of ... Read More »

Manthan – Rag pickers – The Best Managers of Plastic Waste Recycling

It is quite surprising as how the plastic bottles and broken plastic that we throw in our dustbins becomes part of recycling process and ultimately comes back to us in the shape and form of a finished product. Something that we throw as part of waste becomes means of livelihood for others, or is it that, someone is collecting these ... Read More »

Vivimed Labs’ API manufacturing facility gets EIR from USFDA

Vivimed Labs’ API manufacturing facility located in Cuernavaca, Mexico has been inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The inspection was successful and company obtained Establishment Inspection Report (EIR). This was a routine inspection by the USFDA. Vivimed Labs is engaged in providing specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals products. The company offers products for oral care, sun care, skin ... Read More »

Wipro’s acquired entity expands Europe Operations with Office in Portugal

Wipro’s acquired entity — Appirio, has launched a new office in Porto, Portugal to expand its European operations and meet growing business requirements in the region. The new Porto office houses a Commerce Cloud Digital Centre of Excellence, a Delivery Center and an Innovation Hub. The new office will hire local talent both laterally and from universities, for delivery roles ... Read More »

USFDA conducts inspection at Biocon’s Bengaluru facility

United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has conducted a pre-approval inspection of Biocon’s new Oral Solid Dosage Forms manufacturing facility at Bengaluru from November 05 to 09. The audit concluded without any observations and no Form 483 was issued. Biocon is India’s largest and Asia’s leading Biotechnology Company with a strategic focus on biopharmaceuticals and research services. It is ... Read More »

Ashok Leyland aims to set up more assembly plants in CIS countries, Africa

Mumbai : Ashok Leyland is aiming to set up more assembly plants overseas, including the CIS region and African countries, as part of plans to scale up its global operations. The company is banking on its new range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCV) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to help it enter new regions beyond its traditional stronghold ... Read More »

NASA detects huge X-ray burst from outer space

The explosion released as much energy in 20 seconds as the Sun does in nearly 10 days. NASA’s Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) telescope on the International Space Station (ISS) detected a sudden spike of X-rays on August 20, reports the US space agency. The X-ray burst, the brightest seen by NICER so far, came from an object named ... Read More »

No evidence of Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram: NASA

NASA has found no evidence of Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander in the latest images captured by its Moon orbiter of the lunar south pole region where India’s ambitious mission attempted a historic soft landing, the US space agency said today. On September 7, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the uncharted lunar south pole, ... Read More »

Activists reclaim Footpath for pedestrians, oppose roadside tree felling

Udaipur : After losing space to encroachments, illegal shop extensions, vendors and hawkers, pedestrians in Udaipur are losing their walkways as footpaths are being turned into parking slots. Recently, several trees on the Ashok Nagar main road were fell down by the authorities in the drive of road widening. The road edges, in one of the busiest city area, the only ... Read More »

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth’s neighboring planet. Even though the Red Planet is now cold and dry, the landing site, Jezero Crater, was filled with a 1, 600-foot (500-metre) deep lake that opened to a network of rivers some ... Read More »

Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. The strange creature called Dickinsonia, which grew up to 1.4 metres in length and was oval shaped with rib-like segments running along its body, ... Read More »

Gut sense: Neural superhighway conveys messages from gut to brain in milliseconds

If you’ve ever felt nauseous before an important presentation, or foggy after a big meal, then you know the power of the gut-brain connection. Scientists now believe that a surprising array of conditions, from appetite disorders and obesity to arthritis and depression, may get their start in the gut. But it hasn’t been clear how messages in this so-called “second ... Read More »

Scientists grow human esophagus in lab

Scientists working to bioengineer the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory now report using pluripotent stem cells to grow human esophageal organoids. Published in the journal Cell Stem Cell the study is the latest advancement from researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM). The center is developing new ways to study birth defects ... Read More »

Synthetic organelle shows how tiny puddle-organs in our cells work

A couple of sugars, a dash of enzymes, a pinch of salt, a splash of polyethylene glycol, carefully arranged in watery baths. And researchers had made a synthetic organelle, which they used in a new study to explore some odd cellular biochemistry. The researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology made the chemical medley in the lab to closely mimic ... Read More »

Neglected baby beetles evolve greater self-reliance

In gardens, parks and woods across the UK, the Sexton burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides quietly buries dead mice and other small vertebrates to create edible nests for their young. Most parents remove the animal’s hair and slash the flesh of the carcass to help their newly-hatched larvae crawl inside. Typically they also stay on to defend and feed them, but ... Read More »

New organic compounds found in ice grains of Saturn moon

Washington, Oct 3 . Examining data from NASA’s Cassini mission, scientists have detected new kinds of organic compounds in ice grains of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The newly discovered molecules were determined to be nitrogen- and oxygen-bearing compounds. On Earth, similar compounds are part of chemical reactions that produce amino acids, the building blocks of life. “If the conditions are right, ... Read More »

Electronics category sees 10% overall growth on Flipkart sale

New Delhi, Oct 3 . Flipkart on Tuesday said it has received great traction for electronics and mobiles across the country, including tier II and III cities, during the “Big Billion Days” sale that began from September 29. The electronics category witnessed an overall growth of more than 10 per cent within the key segments like gaming, thin-sleek and light ... Read More »

Electronics category sees 10% overall growth on Flipkart sale (Lead)

New Delhi, Oct 3 . Flipkart on Thursday said it has received great traction for electronics and mobiles across the country, including tier II and III cities, during the “Big Billion Days” sale that began from September 29. The electronics category witnessed an overall growth of more than 10 per cent within the key segments like gaming, thin-sleek and light ... Read More »

Facebook kills multiple fake accounts from the UAE, Indonesia

San Francisco, Oct 4 . Facebook has removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform as well as Instagram and originated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook said the company removed 211 Facebook accounts, 107 Pages, 43 Groups and 87 ... Read More »

Pichai meets Ivanka Trump, to teach US workers tech skills

San Francisco, Oct 4 . Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Ivanka Trump have announced an initiative to provide 250,000 training opportunities over the next five years for the US citizens to learn new-age technology skills. Pichai made the announcement with Ivanka Trump at a round-table event in Dallas on Thursday, reports CNET. The Google CEO, in the line of US ... Read More »

Social media bloggers creating new ideal housewife image

London, Oct 4 . While the business concept of female social media influencers and bloggers who generate income via “likes” and shares reinforces traditional notions of femininity by enabling women to engage in practices of care, beautification, and mothering, they are also changing the identity of the stereotypical “ideal” housewife, says a new study. Roles that replicate a kind of ... Read More »

NASA seeks industry inputs on lunar spacesuit

Washington, Oct 5 . NASA is currently designing and developing a new spacesuit system, called the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit or xEMU, for the first woman and next man who will put foot on the Moon in 2024. But the US space agency is seeking feedback from industry on lunar spacesuits as it plans to ask US companies to manage ... Read More »

Astronauts complete 1st of 5 power upgrade spacewalks

Washington, Oct 7 . Two NASA astronauts have successfully wrapped up a seven-hour and one minute spacewalk, marking the completion of the first of the five spacewalks to upgrade the station’s power systems this month. Beginning the replacement of nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries on the far end of the station’s port truss, Expedition 61 Flight Engineers ... Read More »

Smartphone makers celebrate Diwali in advance amid bumper sales

New Delhi, Oct 7 . Amid economic slowdown fears, smartphone makers in India are busy celebrating Diwali in advance, raking in millions on both online and offline platforms during the festive sales as Indians make a beeline to make most of the exciting offers and discounts. In the smartphone category, there has been 15 times growth this year, led by ... Read More »