Russia to induct largest n-icebreaker in 2019 (12:10)
By Anjali Ojha
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker, in 2019, a top official has said.

NASA to reveal new findings on exoplanets this week (10:52)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.

'PSLV launch was not aimed to set any record' (16:08)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Newspaper headlines last week screamed that India's polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) created history by lobbing 104 satellites in a single mission, shattering the Russian record of 37. What was missed out was the intricacy required to do so.

Technique developed to carry protein instructions into cell (08:00)
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Researchers at Stanford University have been refining compounds that would carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and deliver them into the cells of an anesthetised mouse.

Researchers find how six-legged robots can run faster (18:34)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Effecting a breakthrough in making insect-inspired robots run faster, Swiss researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have found a new way by which six-legged insects increase their walking speed.

Improved mobility to people with damaged spinal cord (17:56)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Researchers have developed an electrode that is more durable and could allow for improved restoration of mobility after spinal cord accidents, as well as improved powered prosthetic limbs.

It's dopamine in brain that helps in bonding (17:08)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) In a first, researchers have found that neurotransmitter dopamine -- a chemical that acts in various brain systems to spark the motivation necessary to work for a reward -- was involved in human bonding.

What makes you a lefty or a righty? (16:58)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) It is not the brain that determines whether a person is a lefty or a righty, but the spinal cord, a study has claimed.

Stem cells from fat show promise for anti-ageing treatment (16:30)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells -- such as fibroblasts from the skin -- and have the potential for use in anti-ageing treatment, says a study.

Researchers develop surrogate hens to save rare breeds (16:00)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Researchers have developed hens that do not produce their own chicks and can be used as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds.

Scientists develop humanlike biological robots (14:14)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) A team of scientists has developed small, soft biological robots -- bio-bots -- that can walk and swim on their own or when triggered by electrical or light signals.

'Superbug on ISS will help NASA understand its mutation' (14:04)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Sending an antibiotic-resistant superbug to a zero-gravity environment like the International Space Station (ISS) will help NASA better understand how superbugs mutate to become resistant to available antibiotics, an India-origin researcher has said.

Working to realise tomorrow's world: Russia's futuristic university  (12:16)
By Vikas Datta
Moscow, Feb 19 (IANS) Nanoparticles to detect and combat cancer, superconducting metamaterials to make quantum computers a reality, solar cell technology providing over 40 per cent efficiency and more -- these are not goals but achievements already realised at a Moscow university which is at the vanguard of Russia's aim to further its high-tech knowledge economy and cooperate with international partners to develop futuristic technologies.

A genetic 'switch' that may prevent Parkinson's identified (12:10)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Researchers have identified a genetic 'switch' that may help prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

With MRI, researchers find autism biomarkers in infancy (06:28)
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Researchers studying the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism were able to identify 80 per cent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at two years of age.

SpaceX aborts launch to space station (00:32)
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) US space company SpaceX aborted at the last minute the lift-off of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday due to technical trouble.

India may meet its energy needs from moon by 2030 (23:04)
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) India may be able to meet all its energy requirements from resources on the moon by 2030, a scientist associated with the ISRO said on Saturday.

'Nothing can be done' in genetic Fragile X Syndrome a myth (15:44)
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) The absence of clinical medicine to treat Fragile X Syndrome, the most common known genetic cause of autism, does not mean it is not amenable to other forms of care, say experts debunking myths about the inherited condition.

SpaceX set to fly first cargo from historic Apollo launch pad (13:46)
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) SpaceX is set to fly its first resupply mission to the space station from the historic launch pad which was built for the Apollo/Saturn V missions that carried astronauts to the moon.

Print solar cells at the cost of a newspaper! (13:30)
Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Researchers have found a novel way to print perovskite solar cells easily and at a cost similar to bringing out a newspaper!

New method will change the way you charge your devices (11:56)
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) If you thought wireless charging in smartphones was a new thing, you are mistaken as researchers have found a new method to power devices without connecting them to cords.

First crop of Chinese cabbage harvested on space station  (11:28)
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) The International Space Station crew will soon get to eat some Chinese cabbage, thanks to the efforts of astronaut Peggy Whitson who has harvested the space station's first crop of Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage after tending to it for nearly a month.

Dedicated to climate-change, the Science Express flagged off (Lead) (20:22)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The world's largest "science exhibition on wheels", the Science Express themed on climate change this year, was on Friday flagged off by India's Science, Environment and Railway ministers here.

India's only active volcano erupted in January: Scientists (18:58)
Panaji, Feb 17 (IANS) India's only active volcano, the Barren Islands volcano, located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, erupted for about four hours in January this year, say scientists attached to the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).

LIGO-India marks first anniversary (15:22)
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) The mammoth LIGO-India project, for detecting gravitational waves, on Friday completed a year since its approval by the Centre, officials said.

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