Russian cargo craft arrives at space station (Lead) (16:48)
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 cargo ship docked at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said.

Spring coming sooner to Arctic due to climate change (14:12)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Nature's clock is running fast in the Arctic, thanks to climate change. Due to diminishing sea ice cover, spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters, says a study.

Rare luminous nebula poses cosmic puzzle (13:44)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Astronomers have spotted an enormous, glowing blob of gas in the distant universe, with no obvious source of power for the light it is emitting.

Space station crew await Russian cargo delivery (12:48)
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) With the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Thursday, the crew are now focusing on a Russian cargo delivery, which is scheduled to arrive on Friday, NASA said.

Focus on building stamina than just weight-loss: Experts (11:48)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Rather than focussing only on weight-loss and a well-toned body, one should have a holistic approach to fitness and build stamina across all areas -- running marathons, lifting weights, cycling, and performing basic daily chores, experts say.

'2,500 start-ups from Smart India Hackathon' (21:32)
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) India will get as many as 2,500 start-ups from the Smart India Hackathon 2017, a 36-hour non-stop digital programming initiative scheduled on April 1-2, an official said here on Thursday.

10 portions of fruits, veggies daily may cut premature deaths (18:36)
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Intake of 10 portions or 800 grammes of fruit and vegetables a day may potentially prevent approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year, say researchers.

Are we alone in the universe? Search closes in on alien life (Second Lead) (17:56)
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) In a remarkable step towards answering the question "Are we alone in the universe", astronomers have spotted a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets which could harbour liquid water, key to life as we know it, NASA said.

Genital herpes during early pregnancy ups baby's autism risk (17:16)
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Babies whose mothers had signs of active genital herpes infection during early pregnancy may be twice at risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later, say researchers.

Asthma drugs may prevent a deadly form of pneumonia (16:22)
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Two drugs that are used to treat asthma and allergies may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that can kill up to 40 per cent of people who contract it, researchers have found.

Australians create revolutionary 'barcode scanner' microscope (12:54)
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) Australian engineers have created an advanced microscope using a beefed-up "barcode scanner", which they believe will help doctors better analyse complex medical conditions such as cancer.

SpaceX cargo aborts docking at space station (12:42)
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) Scientists are reworking plans for the arrival on Thursday of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft after its docking with the International Space Station was aborted early Wednesday morning, NASA said.

Google doodle celebrates discovery of seven exoplanets (12:10)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Google on Thursday celebrated with a doodle NASA's announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a single nearby star -- believed to be the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable worlds outside our solar system.

7 Earth-size planets orbiting single star discovered (Lead) (10:40)
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) In a major boost to the search for alien life outside our solar system, astronomers have spotted the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, NASA said.

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star (00:32)
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) At least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away and each may contain liquid water and be able to sustain life, astronomers announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters here.

Separation of binary asteroid points to Planet Nine: Study (14:30)
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Encounter with a planet beyond Pluto -- the so-called Planet Nine -- millions of years ago might have separated and pushed a binary asteroid to their current orbits, says a study.

NASA telescope finds clues to dark matter at Andromeda galaxy (11:00)
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has found a signal at the centre of the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy that could be coming from dark matter, an unknown substance that makes up most of the universe, according to a study.

Computer crashed? Blame cosmic rays from outer space (15:50)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) When your computer crashes or your smartphone freezes, most likely you blame the manufacturer. In many instances, however, these failures may be caused by the impact of electrically charged particles generated by cosmic rays that originate outside the solar system, a study says.

Russia to induct largest n-icebreaker in 2019 (12:10)
By Anjali Ojha
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker, in 2019, a top official has said.

NASA to reveal new findings on exoplanets this week (10:52)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.

'PSLV launch was not aimed to set any record' (16:08)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Newspaper headlines last week screamed that India's polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) created history by lobbing 104 satellites in a single mission, shattering the Russian record of 37. What was missed out was the intricacy required to do so.

Technique developed to carry protein instructions into cell (08:00)
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Researchers at Stanford University have been refining compounds that would carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and deliver them into the cells of an anesthetised mouse.

Researchers find how six-legged robots can run faster (18:34)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Effecting a breakthrough in making insect-inspired robots run faster, Swiss researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have found a new way by which six-legged insects increase their walking speed.

Improved mobility to people with damaged spinal cord (17:56)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Researchers have developed an electrode that is more durable and could allow for improved restoration of mobility after spinal cord accidents, as well as improved powered prosthetic limbs.

It's dopamine in brain that helps in bonding (17:08)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) In a first, researchers have found that neurotransmitter dopamine -- a chemical that acts in various brain systems to spark the motivation necessary to work for a reward -- was involved in human bonding.

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