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Melting East Antarctic ice sheet may cause global sea level rise (3 minutes ago)
New York, Dec 18 (IANS) The East Antarctic ice sheet -- one of the two large ice sheets in Antarctica and the largest on the entire planet -- may contribute substantially to global sea level rise, finds a study.

Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study (14:44)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) The walk of hominins in the Pleistocene era -- which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago -- was no less efficient energetically than that of present-day humans, a study has showed.

Researchers unveil design of silicon quantum computer chip (18:20)
Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) In a first, a team of Australian and Dutch engineers has created a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard silicon technology.

Cave paintings treasure trove found on Indonesian island (17:10)
Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is very rich in ancient cave paintings dating from at least 2,500 years ago.

Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station (16:00)
Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a team of three astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

What made the oldest plesiosaur a strong swimmer (13:00)
London, Dec 17 (IANS) An analysis of the fossil remains of the oldest-known plesiosaur, an unusual underwater reptile that lived 201 million years ago, has revealed that the species was a very effective swimmer.

60 million-year-old meteorite impact discovered in Scotland (17:48)
London, Dec 15 (IANS) While exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland's Isle of Skye, geologists have found something out-of-this-world instead - materials from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.

Google AI helps NASA discover two exoplanets (Second Lead) (16:58)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms from Google that decoded massive sets of data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, scientists have discovered two exoplanets, including one that has the first known eight-planet system like ours.

Beijing plans remote sensing satellites over South China Sea (14:52)
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) China's island province of Hainan has unveiled a satellite launch plan to assist remote sensing coverage over the South China Sea, authorities said on Friday.

NASA scientists to survey unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice (13:46)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA scientists are set to embark on a 756-kilometre expedition in one of the most barren landscapes on Earth to survey an unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice.

SpaceX cargo mission to space station set for Friday launch (11:24)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) SpaceX appears set to launch its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday after scuttling several earlier attempts this month.

This is how Google AI helped NASA discover two exoplanets (09:40)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approach from Google researchers helped NASA discover two exoplanets, including an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90.

Scientists find miniature version of our solar system with eight planets (Lead, Correcting headline) (07:28)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Scientists applying artificial intelligence to data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope have discovered an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90 -- breaking the record for the star with the most exoplanets and, for the first time, tying with our own.

NASA spots eighth planet in solar system (06:56)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA has announced the discovery of an eighth planet orbiting Kepler-90, a star comparable to the Sun located 2,545 light-years from the Earth.

Three astronauts return to Earth from space station (16:30)
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after spending nearly five months at the International Space Station.

Wine glasses seven times larger now: Study (16:10)
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that the capacity of wine glasses has ballooned nearly seven-fold over the past 300 years, rising most sharply in the last two decades in line with a surge in wine consumption, a study has revealed.

MIT engineers induce plants to give off light (14:38)
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light, a major step towards realising their vision of using plants to illuminate the workspace.

NASA to screen 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for crew (13:32)
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is set to release this week around the world but astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will also be able to watch it in the coming days, NASA said.

India developing small rocket to cash in on small-satellite boom (11:32)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) With the size of earth observation satellites reducing and the future trend moving towards a constellation of small satellites rather than a large one, India's space agency is developing a smaller rocket that can carry satellites weighing up to 500 kg, a senior official said.

Odisha CM felicitates budding astronomers of state (21:56)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday felicitated the top 20 winners of the 11th Edition of the Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) Programme - 2017-18 at Pathani Samanta Planetarium here.

Space-like environment can produce life's building blocks: Study (18:00)
Toronto, Dec 13 (IANS) Giving some credence to the view that life could well have originated in space, a new study has shown that a number of small organic molecules can form in a cold, space-like environment full of radiation.

Fossils of pre-historic human-sized penguins found (16:28)
Sydney, Dec 13 (IANS) A giant species of penguins, which had the size of an adult human, inhabited New Zealand between 55 and 60 million years ago, scientific researchers revealed on Wednesday.

New Horizons' next flyby target may have a moon (11:56)
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) The next flyby target of NASA's New Horizons mission which is an icy world billion kilometres past Pluto might have a small moon as orbital company, new data suggests.

Mysterious bright spots indicate Ceres is no dead world: NASA (11:06)
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) Far from being a dead world, the dwarf planet Ceres is an active and evolving world, indicate hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned, say scientists.

Why meteoroids often blow up before hitting Earth (16:32)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) When a meteor comes hurtling toward Earth, the high-pressure air in front of it seeps into its pores and cracks, pushing its body apart and causing it to explode, say scientists.

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