Science

"Broken Windows" Theory validated by experiment

A PLACE that is covered in graffiti and festooned with rubbish makes people feel uneasy. And with good reason, according to a group of researchers in the Netherlands. Kees Keizer and his colleagues at the University of Groningen deliberately creat...

IBM to build brain-like computers

Jason Palmer BBC News 22.11.2008
IBM to build brain-like computers

IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains. Part of a field called "cognitive computing", the research will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists an...


Going, going, gone: The meteorite was seen blazing across the sky in the city of Edmonton - Click to enlarge

A spectacular and almost blindingly bright meteor sparked a flurry of emergency calls to the police after it lit up the skies over western Canada. Onlookers across the province of Alberta watched in awe, describing a kaleidoscope of colours as the...

How a camera can 'steal' your keys

Eric Bland MSN 21.11.2008
How a camera can 'steal' your keys

Hide those keys. A quick camera phone picture could unlock your doors. Scientists in California have developed a software algorithm that automatically creates a physical key based solely on a picture of one, regardless of angle or distance. The pr...


Hydrogen fuel bus from ISRO to hit roads

BANGALORE: After the success of Chandaryaan- 1 mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists have now successfully developed another project which will further enhance their reputation.

Indian tricolour lands on the moon

The Indian space programme achieved a historic milestone on 14 November 2008 with the placing of the Indian tricolour on the moon's surface on the occasion of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday. ISRO said the Moon Impact Probe (MIP), one of the 11...


Alberta researchers reveal details of 'one of a kind' dinosaur nest

Alberta researchers have almost cracked the mystery of what kind of dinosaur built the 77-million-year-old fossilized nest found in Montana near the Alberta border in the 1990s.

Moon probe ejection on November 14 or 15

CHENNAI: ISRO will study Chandrayaan-1’s orbit for a day or two before commanding to eject on November 14 or 15 the 29-kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP), a box-like instrument on top of the spacecraft. The probe will crash-land on the Moon’s surface. Sin...


Nasa Mars mission declared dead

Nasa says its Phoenix lander on the surface of Mars has gone silent and is almost certainly dead.

Dangling Fossils

Punnee Amornviputpanith Daily Xpress 11.11.2008
Dangling Fossils

A group of South Koreans have offered to sell six dinosaur-fossil skeletons back to Thailand for US$60 million or about Bt2.1 billion. The offer was made even though smuggling of the ancient skeletons out of the country is illegal. The fossils in ...


Chandrayaan-1 set to enter lunar orbit

New Delhi: Around 1530 hrs on Saturday a critical manoeuvre will be performed that will aim to inject India's lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, into a circumpolar orbit around the moon. If successful, the manoeuvre, referred to as the Lunar Orbit of In...

Chemicals from test tubes may be fouling experiments, scientists say

Researchers in Alberta have discovered that two chemicals used in the making of plastic test tubes and other lab storage units can leach into experiments, interfering with some results.


Chandrayaan-I enters lunar orbit

Expressindia.com 04.11.2008
Chandrayaan-I enters lunar orbit

Chandrayaan-1, India's spacecraft mission to moon has entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory after the fifth and final orbit raising manoeuvre was carried out on Tuesday morning.

Why T. Rex was so feared – it had a great nose for prey

Tyrannosaurus rex was not only the most fearsome of all carnivorous dinosaurs, but also boasted the keenest sense of smell. The discovery that it had such a good nose suggests strongly that T. rex stalked and hunted its prey and was not solely a s...


Experts identify gene linked to transsexuality

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia said they have identified a gene which may explain why some people are transsexuals.

India plans to send two men to space by 2015

SRIHARIKOTA/ANDHRA PRADESH: The Indian space agency that started the country's maiden unmanned moon mission Wednesday is planning to send two Indians into space by 2015, said a top official.


Inkjet Printers Eyed to Make Human Heart

Miwa Suzuki Discovery Channel 22.10.2008
Inkjet Printers Eyed to Make Human Heart

The technology is the same as that of the simple inkjet printer found in homes and offices, but Japanese scientist Makoto Nakamura is on a mission to see if it can also produce human organs.

India's first moon mission is world's 68th

Bangalore (IANS): Chandrayaan-1, that lifts off Wednesday morning from Sriharikota, is India's first and the world's 68th mission to the moon, the earth's closest celestial body which has fascinated children, scientists and poets alike.


India counts down to first lunar mission

CHENNAI, India (AFP) — India began counting down Monday to the launch of its first unmanned mission to the moon that will mark a giant catch-up step with Japan and China in the fast-developing Asian space race.

Space engineer has licence to kill

The Times of India 15.10.2008
Space engineer has licence to kill

CHENNAI: The name's Krishnamurthy. S. Krishnamurthy. He is 59 and has a dull designation: general manager safety. But he is the only man licensed to kill in midair the rockets of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) without seeking anybod...



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