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Fourth navigation satellite launch in March

fourth navigation satellite of the country is getting ready for launch in March, and it will be another step forward for India in evolving its own navigation satellite system and not depend on the Geographical Positioning System (GPS) service of the U.S. Cryogenic propulsion systems on board PSLV-C27 rocket that will launch the satellite are…

‘Use our technologies for free to vroom in hydrogen-powered car’

Toyota Motor Corp’s Executive Vice-President Mitsuhisa Kato poses in front of the company’s new fuel cell vehicle Mirai. Go ahead, peek at our patents.                   Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed the Mirai, due to be…

Key science developments to look forward to in 2015

In the early part of 2015, a few Ebola vaccine trials are set to begin and the results are expected by June. The year 2015 is likely to see some key science developments. The one that most people are eagerly looking forward to is the development of an effective and efficacious Ebola vaccine and/or drug….

Scientists ‘map’ water vapour in Martian atmosphere

There is water vapour in the Martian atmosphere, although at very low levels compared to the quantities experienced here on Earth. File photo. Scientists, including NASA researchers, have created a ‘map’ of the distribution of water vapour in Mars’ atmosphere. Researchers observed seasonal variations in atmospheric concentrations in Mars using data collected over ten years…

Haryana makes solar power must for all buildings

The Haryana government has decided to usher in the New Year with one of the biggest pushes for solar power in the country. The state has made it mandatory for all buildings on plot size of 500 square yards or more to install rooftop solar power systems by September 2015. The order will be applicable…

Vedic math, an easy way to calculate large sums, may be India’s next gift to the world

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After yoga and curry, India’s next gift to the world could be the secret to lightning quick mental arithmetic, according to its Hindu nationalist government. Vedic mathematics, a set of supposedly ancient techniques said to help even the most numerically challenged to conquer difficult sums, is surging in popularity as ministers claim they could hold…

Cyber crimes in India may double in 2015 says study

The number of cyber crimes in the country may touch 300,000 in 2015, almost double the level of last year, causing havoc in the financial space, security establishment and social fabric, a study said. “What is causing even more concern is that the origin of these crimes is widely based abroad in countries including China,…

Mommy makeover now begins just after delivery

In an increasingly lookist world, mommy weight hangs around a woman like an albatross. Till recently, you were allowed at least a year to grapple with motherhood before you started worrying about the bloated belly, misshapen breasts and rolls of flesh elsewhere. Women adapted in the interim, reigning in the unruly sag with binders and…

First hybrid-electric airplane tested in UK

Although hybrid and electric cars have been around for a while now, the aviation industry has been lagging behind in developing greener, cleaner planes. Apart from an electric light aircraft that completed its first test flight in April this year, we’ve not seen many other developments in low-carbon flight aside from ideas and promises, mainly…

Indian scientists unearth Muga silk’s wound – healing powers

Moving past its image as a popular textile, Indian scientists have tapped into Assam’s durable Muga silk to craft sutures, used for closing wounds, that have the potential for fast and efficient healing. Muga, popularly known as golden silk due to its glossy texture, is found in select parts of Assam and is a product…

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