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Whales, dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures: Study (16:04) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 17 (IANS) Whales and dolphins live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects, much like human societies, according to a study.

Diwali gift from scientists: Cosmic clues to gold's origin (13:10)
By Sahana Ghosh & Gokul Bhagabati IANS Photo Service
Kolkata/New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Celebrating Dhanteras? Have you ever wondered where did the gold in your jewellery come from? A cosmic cooking pot may hold the answer.

Now explore planets, moons in Google Maps (12:14) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 17 (IANS) Stargazers are in for a treat as Google has announced that one can now virtually visit all planets and moons in our solar system using Google Maps.

Indian scientists, IITs play big role in gravitational wave observation (Lead) (11:36)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) At least 40 scientists from 13 Indian institutions, including IIT-Bombay played an important role in the exciting August 17 observation of gravitational waves from a pair of colliding neutron starts, detected for the first by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Europe's Virgo, officials said here.

Gravitational waves from neutron stars' merger just the beginning (08:12)
Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) In yet another interstellar feat, scientists at the LIGO detectors and the world over detected the first "ripples in space" or gravitational waves produced by the merger of two ancient remnants of stars known as neutron stars.

India should recapture its scientific glory: Naidu (21:20) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Oct 16 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said it was time to achieve new advancements in science and technology and India should recapture its past glory in these fields.

Aquifer water levels in Himalayas can forewarn of earthquakes (11:40)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Oct 16 (IANS) Continuous monitoring of water levels in the foothills of the Himalayas can warn about an impending earthquake in the region, which is due for a major temblor.

Planet Nine does exist in our solar system: NASA (09:54)
Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) NASA believes a ninth planet does exist that might be 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune, debunking myths that the planet, dubbed 'Nibiru' by doomsayers, will end of the world.

MRI brain scans may help identify MS risk early in children (15:06)
New York, Oct 15 (IANS) MRI brain scans may help identify children at high-risk of developing Mmultiple Sclerosis (MS) before symptoms appear, which may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, reveals a study.

Novel augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy? (10:56)
London, Oct 15 (IANS) A team of researchers have developed a system that uses an ultrasound to display movements of tongues in real time, a finding which may help patients with tongue surgery to improve their speech.

Scientists design 'camouflaging skin' inspired by octopus (10:02)
New York, Oct 15 (IANS) Scientists have found a way to develop a synthetic "camouflaging skin" inspired by studying and modelling the real thing in octopus and cuttlefish.

Twitter posts tone can help predict likely match winner (17:32)
London, Oct 14 (IANS) Twitter activity during football matches can help predict the result of the tie when combined with betting market prices, researchers have found.

Russian cargo craft with supplies lifts off for space station (16:06)
Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) Carrying almost three tonnes of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station crew, an unpiloted Russian Progress 68 cargo spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday at 2.46 pm local time.

How NASA plans to protect Mars crew from space radiation (15:46)
Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, NASA said it is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet.

Methane rainstorms on Titan more frequent than thought (13:22)
New York, Oct 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that intense methane rainstorms batter Saturn's largest moon Titan much more frequently than expected, creating massive floods in terrain that are otherwise deserts.

Why is the Sun's atmosphere much hotter than its surface (11:14) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that small solar flare could help explain why the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, is so much hotter than the surface.

Genes behind evolution of human skin colour identified (19:10)
New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Scientists have identified new genetic variants that sheds light on genetics of skin colour, human evolution as well as explains the risk factors for skin cancer.

Broccoli may ward off leaky gut problems (18:52)
New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Suffering from digestive problems like leaky gut and colitis? Consuming three and a half cups of a fibrous vegetable with many nutrients, like broccoli, each day may help maintain a healthy gut, a new study has suggested.

Facebook data can deliver real-time census (18:46) IANS Photo Service
New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Contrary to the time-consuming conventional way of preparing a census, researchers have said Facebook can be a reliable resource for the exercise and can provide real-time numbers in comparatively less time.

Last ancestor of humans small like gibbons: Study (18:22)
London, Oct 13 (IANS) Researchers have found that the last common ancestor of apes and humans was likely small, probably weighing about 12 pounds -- about the size of a gibbon.

Militant who attacked J&K minister's convoy arrested (16:28)
Srinagar, Oct 13 (IANS) A Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant, who hurled a grenade at a Jammu and Kashmir minister's cavalcade last month, was arrested from the state's Pulwama district on Friday, police said.

Astronomers find Sun-like star that devoured its own planets (15:12)
New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered that a Sun-like star lurking around 350 light-years away consumed the rocky equivalent of 15 Earths.

Remedy in sight to end straw burning in northern India? (12:38)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Oct 13 (IANS) A joint effort is under way by Indian and US scientists to end the harmful practice of rice and wheat straw burning in Punjab and convert the crop residue into a product of value to benefit the farmers.

El Nino caused record CO2 spike in 2015-16: NASA (11:04)
Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) Scientists have found that the impact of the 2015-16 El Nino-related heat and drought occurring in tropical regions of South America, Africa and Indonesia was responsible for the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.

India calls for prevention of weaponisation of outer space  (08:58)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Oct 13 (IANS) India has called upon the international community to work together to prevent the weaponisation of outer space and endeavour to formulate a global pact to avoid an arms race in space.

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