Giant asteroid 2018 GE3 makes a surprise flyby past Earth on weekend
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 12:54 PM IST
2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth around 0641 GMT on April 15 whizzing by at about half the average distance between Earth and the moon, according to NASA.
ISRO completes final orbit raising operations of navigation satellite IRNSS-1I
The first and second orbit raising operations were carried out on April 13, and the third on April 14.
Published on Apr 16, 2018 11:12 AM IST
Indo Asian News Service, Chennai | HT Correspondent
Scientists take to streets to protest unscientific claims, demand more funds
The organisers demanded that funds for research and development in India, which remains a paltry 0.8% of the GDP, be ramped up to at least 3% of the GDP and for education to 6%.
Published on Apr 14, 2018 07:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Malavika Vyawahare
Australia’s ‘punk turtle’ on endangered list, risks being last of the Mohicans
Australia’s Mary River Turtle, which has green Mohican-style hair, was recently ranked 29th on the Zoological Society of London’s Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered list, triggering calls for better protection of the reptile found in a remote part of Australia’s east coast.
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 06:49 PM IST
Devastating ocean heatwaves on the rise, says study
The heatwaves are linked to an overall rise in average sea surface temperatures consistent with climate change effects.
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 11:00 PM IST
Agence France-Presse, Paris |Agence France-Presse
NASA’s new Mars lander set to launch next month
The historic first interplanetary launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will take place on May 5.
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 12:01 PM IST
Press Trust of India, Washington |Press Trust of India
Humanity’s first flight to Sun set to launch in July: NASA
Parker Solar Probe is humanity’s first mission to the Sun. After launch, it will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere - the corona - closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone.
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 03:35 PM IST
Press Trust of India, Washington |Press Trust of India
They study galaxies, help predict landslides: Meet India’s citizen scientists
Average people — school students, engineers, retired bankers — are helping gather data across the country, in fields as varied as astronomy and archaeology.
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 11:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times |Krutika Behrawala
Scientists harvest first vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse
The vegetables were grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.
Updated on Apr 05, 2018 06:38 PM IST
Associated Press, Berlin | HT Correspondent
Dinosaurs were dying off long before asteroid hit: Study
Researchers said emergence of toxic plants combined with dinosaurs’ inability to associate the taste of certain dangerous foods had them already decreasing drastically in population.
Published on Apr 05, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Press Trust of India, New York | HT Correspondent
Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow global warming
The world is set for a warming of three degrees Celsius or more above pre-industrial times, he said, far above a goal of keeping a rise in temperatures “well below” 2°C under the 2015 Paris Agreement among almost 200 nations.
Updated on Apr 04, 2018 03:23 PM IST
Reuters, Oslo | , OsloReuters
Dinosaur footprints believed to be 170 million-year-old found in Scotland
The footprints, left in a muddy, shallow lagoon, about 170 million years ago in Isle of Skye are helping the researchers build a more accurate picture of an important period in dinosaur evolution. This is the second discovery of such footprints on the Scottish island.
Published on Apr 03, 2018 05:02 PM IST
Press Trust of India, London | HT Correspondent
Most distant star ever detected sits halfway across the universe
The star, located in a distant spiral galaxy, is at least 100 times further away than any other star previously observed.
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 09:53 AM IST
Reuters, Washington |Reuters
Mars ahoy: Elon Musk’s improved rocket design could propel humanity to the red planet
The updated design for SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket is capable of holding the cryogenic liquid oxygen needed to fuel the rocket.
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 11:27 PM IST
Press Trust of India, Washington | , WashingtonPress Trust of India
ISRO loses contact with communication satellite GSAT-6A, efforts on to establish link
The ISRO had successfully put into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A after a perfect launch of its powerful geosynchronous rocket (GSLV-F08), from its spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 11:33 PM IST
Bengaluru |Press Trust of India
Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches 10 satellites, but $6 mn nose cone crashes
A SpaceX rocket launched 10 more voice and data satellites for Iridium Communications, which is replacing its entire fleet with a new generation of orbiters. The satellites are expected to be deployed into low Earth orbit about an hour after liftoff.
Updated on Mar 31, 2018 01:13 PM IST
Agence France Presse, Washington | HT Correspondent
NASA to send its first-ever mission to study deep interiors of Mars
NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) -- a stationary lander -- will be dedicated to explore Mars’ deep interior.
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 11:15 AM IST
IANS, Washington | HT Correspondent
‘Earth’s too small for us’: Japan space colony looking for solutions so humans can live on moon, Mars
Tucked away in high-tech laboratories at the Tokyo University of Science, a team of 30 researchers directed by Chiaki Mukai are studying new ways to keep humans alive on a potential moon or Mars colony.
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 11:54 AM IST
AFP, Tokyo | HT Correspondent
Jesus Christ’s ‘crown of thorns’ tree may help fight climate change: Scientists
Researchers believe the Thorn Jujube is a “pioneer species” in the fight against desertification because its hardiness makes it resilient to rising temperatures and aridity. It also retains the ability to photosynthesise even when exposed to high temperatures and solar radiation
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 03:33 PM IST
Reuters, Neot Kedumim (Israel) |Rinat Harash
NASA to ‘read light’ in search for planets orbiting stars beyond solar system
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will use a detection method called transit photometry, which looks for periodic, repetitive dips in the visible light from stars star caused by planets passing, or transiting, in front of them.
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 11:39 AM IST
Reuters | HT Correspondent
Astronomers are puzzled by a ‘see-through’ galaxy that doesn’t have dark matter
The galaxy, called NGC1052-DF2 and located about 65 million light years away from Earth, also appears to be devoid of gas and is relatively sparsely populated by stars.
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 10:01 AM IST
Reuters, Washington |Reuters
ISRO’s GSAT-6A launch today: All you need to know about the satellite
With seven hours to go, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is doing its rounds of system checks before the satellite blasts off at 4:56pm from Sriharikota.
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 01:11 PM IST
Chinese spacelab Tiangong-1 likely to burn up as it falls to Earth this week
Some debris from the Tiangong-1 spacelab will likely fall into the ocean or somewhere on land, but the chances of human injury are vanishingly small.
Updated on Mar 28, 2018 08:59 AM IST
AFP, Paris | , ParisAgence France-Presse
Uttarakhand glaciers more sensitive to climate change, says study
According to scientists , Uttarakhand has 809 supra-glacial lakes compared to 228 in Himachal Pradesh, a state that has twice as many glaciers than its neighbour
Updated on Mar 25, 2018 06:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | Mukesh Rawat
Earth is not doing well: UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals
Scientists pointed to this week’s death of the last male northern white rhino in Africa, severe declines in the numbers of elephants, tigers and pangolins, but said those are only the most visible and charismatic of species that are in trouble.
Updated on Mar 23, 2018 09:57 PM IST
Associated Press, Washington |Associated Press
ISRO experimenting with potential structures for living on Moon
ISRO, India’s space agency, is working on various options for habitats with an eye on futuristic developments, Union minister of state Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Updated on Mar 21, 2018 05:01 PM IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi | HT Correspondent
115,000-year-old bone tools in China show how sophisticated prehistoric techniques were
Marks found on the excavated bone fragments show that humans living in China in the early Late Pleistocene were already familiar with the mechanical properties of bone.
Updated on Mar 20, 2018 07:31 PM IST
PTI, Beijing | HT Correspondent
New technique based on AI finds 6,000 new craters on Moon
Researchers have tried in the past to develop algorithms that could identify and count lunar craters but when they were used on new, previously unseen patches of craters they tended to perform poorly.
Published on Mar 17, 2018 03:35 PM IST
Press Trust of India, Toronto | HT Correspondent
Why Stephen Hawking never won the Nobel Prize
Stephen Hawking was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
Updated on Mar 14, 2018 06:57 PM IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi |Press Trust of India
Stephen Hawking: The life and times of one of the best-known theoretical physicist
The celebrated scientist dies at Cambridge at the age of 76. Here’s a look at his life.
Updated on Mar 14, 2018 12:53 PM IST
Associated Press |Associated Press