China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020 (19:20)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China plans to conduct several manned space flights between 2019 and 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, an official said on Friday.

NASA may face space suit crunch: Report (18:34)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) NASA appears to be ill prepared to have a new space suit ready for future deep-space missions, media reported citing the space agency's auditor report.

Genes that help Tibetans survive at high altitudes (15:56)
New York, April 28 (IANS) Variants of five different genes -- including one originating in the extinct human subspecies Denisovans -- help Tibetans survive the harsh conditions of the high altitudes, says a study.

Martian soil could be pressed into making strong bricks (15:24)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) Experimenting with Mars-like soil, researchers have found that the Red Planet's soil could be turned into bricks just by applying pressure to compact the soil -- without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients.

NASA's next generation space telescope plan takes a pause (14:10)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) NASA said it is initiating an independent external review to know how long it will take and how much it will cost to build the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Human DNA discovered in caves without skeletal remains (08:28)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) An international team of researchers has successfully retrieved human DNA in cave sediments where no skeletal remains were found, a new study revealed.

Early humans reached North America 130,000 years ago: Study (17:20)
New York, April 27 (IANS) Early humans probably reached North America 130,000 years ago -- 115,000 years earlier than previously thought, claims a study.

Cassini's first dive between Saturn and its rings successful: NASA (With Images) (16:16)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Cassini's first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26 was successful and the spacecraft is now in the process of beaming back science and engineering data collected during its passage, NASA said on Thursday.

'Iceball' planet about the same mass as Earth discovered (15:22)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Scientists have discovered an "extremely cold" new planet about the same mass as Earth, and the same distance from its host star as our planet is from our Sun.

Aussie scientists crack barley's genetic code benefitting healthier beer (14:24)
Canberra, April 27 (IANS) In a development which could lead to the creation of healthier beers and drought-resistant crops, a team of Australian researchers has cracked the genetic code of the grain barley.

Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa (11:54)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood).

Researchers develop system that can 3-D print entire building (11:38)
New York, April 27 (IANS) Expanding the list of material that can be produced by 3-D printing, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a system to print the basic structure of an entire building.

Glitch hits NASA's Dawn spacecraft (10:56)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) NASA's Dawn spacecraft encountered a glitch while preparing for its scheduled observation of Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun.

Artificial photosynthesis turns carbon dioxide into clean air (17:38)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to trigger a process similar to photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy -- all at the same time.

India's proposed coal plants could imperil global climate goals (13:32)
New York, April 26 (IANS) The world is unlikely to meet global climate goals if India carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, new research warns.

Google Doodle marks Cassini's first 'Grand Finale' dive (11:20)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) As the Cassini spacecraft starts its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, Google has marked the occasion with an animated Doodle.

China launches second aircraft carrier (10:00) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, April 26 (IANS) China launched on Wednesday its second aircraft carrier in a Dalian shipyard in Liaoning province, an official said.

Wax worm may answer problem of plastic waste (18:04)
London, April 25 (IANS) A solution to the global problem of plastic waste is in sight as researchers have discovered that the larva of wax worm has the ability to degrade plastic -- which is incredibly resistant to breaking down.

IIITM-K develops app for coffee growers (17:58)
Thiruvananthapuram, April 25 (IANS) State owned Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) on Tuesday launched an application to provide soil nutrient information and fertiliser recommendation for coffee plantation owners.

NASA's Cassini probe completes final Titan flyby (With Images) (11:34)
Washington, April 25 (IANS) NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.

Jackfruit seeds could substitute cocoa beans to make chocolate (11:06)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, April 25 (IANS) New research has found that the seeds of jackfruit -- a large fruit found in many tropical countries -- are a potentially low-cost substitute for cocoa beans, the primary ingredient of chocolate.

NASA's super pressure balloon takes off from Wanaka (10:58)
Wellington, April 25 (IANS) After several unsuccessful attempts, NASA finally launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, on Tuesday.

Chemistry research in India 'still not in big league' (15:46)
Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) Despite an increase in research output and international collaboration, chemistry research, "the central science", in India is "still not in the big league", an analysis has revealed.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks US spaceflight record (14:54)
Washington, April 24 (IANS) Commander of the International Space Station's Expedition 51 crew, Peggy Whitson officially set the US record on Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.

3 African nations to get world's first malaria vaccine (14:48)
London, April 24 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday announced that three African countries -- Ghana, Kenya and Malawi -- will receive the first ever malaria vaccine starting in 2018.

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