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NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth

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Washington, May 18 (IANS): Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know that we also can shape our near-space environment with radio communications. The impact of such communications extend out beyond our atmosphere, creating a bubble surrounding Earth, NASA’s Van Allen Probes, which study electrons and ions in the near-Earth environment, have […]

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What caused first mass extinction of life on Earth?

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New York, May 18 (IANS): A large volcanic eruption may have triggered the first mass extinction of life, in which nearly 80 per cent of the species were lost, a study has shown. A researchers team led by David S. Jones of Amherst College in Massachusetts and Professor Kunio Kaiho of Tohoku University took sedimentary […]

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Even ‘dumb AI’ can boost human performance

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New York, May 18 (IANS): Rather than rendering people jobless, artificial intelligence — even “dumb AI” which is not very sophisticated — can boost performance of human groups, suggests new research. In a series of experiments using teams of human players and robotic AI players, the inclusion of “bots” boosted the performance of human groups […]

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EU fines Facebook over misleading WhatsApp data

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Brussels, May 18 (IANS): The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced it will fine Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing incorrect or misleading information in connection with the 2014 purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. At the time of the acquisition, Facebook told European Commission (EC) competition monitors that it was not technically […]

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China approves clinical trial of albumin from rice

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Beijing, May 18 (IANS): China’s food and drug authority has approved a clinical trial of human blood protein yielded from transgenic rice seeds, which could lead to large-scale production of much-needed plasma. Human serum albumin is widely used in surgery. A Chinese research team led by Yang Daichang, an expert on China’s national “Thousand Talent” […]

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Heavy rains may have shaped Mars surface: study

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Washington, May 18 (PTI): Heavy rain on Mars may have reshaped the red planet’s impact craters and carved out river-like channels on its surface billions of years ago, a new study has found. Changes in the atmosphere on Mars made it rain harder and harder, which had a similar effect on the planet’s surface as […]

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This 22-year-old put brakes on rasomware attack by accident

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Science  /  Comments Off on This 22-year-old put brakes on rasomware attack by accident

London, May 15 (IANS): A 22-year-old cyber expert who accidentally stopped the breach at the British National Health Service (NHS) has now been hired by the British National Cyber Security Centre to prevent further damage. Marcus Hutchins, also known as “Malware Tech”, accidentally triggered a “kill switch” that helped in stopping the “WannaCry” ransomware attack […]

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3D printed bionic skin could allow robots ‘feel’

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Washington, May 15 (IANS): US researchers have developed a “revolutionary” process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment, according to a study.

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SpaceX targets launch of communication satellite

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Washington, May 15 (IANS): SpaceX is targetting the launch of a “behemoth” commercial communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre on Monday.

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NASA, ISRO team up to inspect ‘oldest civilisation’ site in Haryana

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Chandigarh, May 15 (IANS): Teams of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would inspect the excavation being carried out at an archaeological site in Haryana’s Fatehabad district to verify claims of it being the oldest civilisation in the world.

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