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NASA sees first sign of one young star devouring planets (16:38) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 19 (IANS) Observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that scientists may have for the first time seen a young star devouring a young planet or planets.

World's beaches eroding in protected marine areas: Study (12:24) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 19 (IANS) The world's sandy shorelines are declining in protected marine areas which could threaten plant and animal species and cultural heritage sites, a global survey of beaches with satellites data from NASA and the US Geological Survey shows.

New book draws parallels between human body and change (14:54)
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Charting the dynamism of human body and mind, writer-doctor Gavin Francis traces the linkage between mankind and its inevitable transformation in his book "The Shapeshifters: On Medicine and Human Change".

Scientists discover new 'Meghalayan age' in Earth's history (Lead) (14:06)
London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the "Meghalayan Age" -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilizations worldwide.

Scientists discover new 'Maghalayan age' in Earth's history (10:20)
London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the "Meghalayan Age" -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations worldwide.

Origins of pottery traced to Japan: Study (20:04) IANS Photo Service
London, July 17 (IANS) The origins of ceramic production can be traced to Japan and closely linked with intensified fishing at the end of the last Ice Age, finds a study, shedding light on how prehistoric hunter-gatherers processed and consumed foods over this period.

Google Doodle honours Georges Lemaitre's Big Bang theory (11:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Google on Tuesday dedicated an animated Doodle to Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaitre who in 1927 propounded the Big Bang theory when he theorised that the universe began as a single point and expanded to become as big as it is now.

Ancestors made bread before advent of agriculture (08:32)
Washington, July 17 (IANS) Scientists have found that the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date is at least 4,000 years before the advent of agriculture, according to a new study.

Britain announces its first ever spaceship launch site (08:32)
London, July 17 (IANS) Britain's space sector took one giant leap when the site of its first vertical launch spaceport was announced.

2018 end to be busy for ISRO with several rocket launches (17:38) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, July 16 (IANS) The Indian space agency will have a busy year-end with several rocket launches planned from its rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said a top official.

Cygnus spacecraft leaves ISS after giving orbital boost (14:38) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 16 (IANS) A Cygnus cargo spacecraft left the International Space Station (ISS), after raising the station's altitude by about 282 feet (86 meters), the media reported.

India successfully test fires BrahMos missile (14:10) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, July 16 (IANS) India on Monday successfully test fired supersonic cruise missile BrahMos off the Odisha coast, proving it one of the best all-weather weapon systems.

How distancing from decision can help arrive at a better one? (23:42)
New York, July 15 (IANS) Distancing yourself from a decision may help you make the choice that produces the most benefit for you and others affected, suggests new research.

Making contaminated water potable -- at just 50 paise a litre (13:14)
By Arun Kumar Das
Darbhanga, July 15 (IANS) An innovative approach is underway in this Bihar district to make contaminated water potable -- with the active participation of private players in coordination with state agencies.

Rs 1 cr ISRO's lithium ion cell technology gets overwhelming initial response (13:02)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan IANS Photo Service
Chennai, July 15 (IANS) Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency's lithium ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday, said a senior official.

NASA's stunning footage of Cassini lands Emmy nomination (12:56) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 15 (IANS) The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) has nominated NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission's Grand Finale at Saturn.

Testosterone treatment can bring new hope for cancer patients (11:28)
New York, July 15 (IANS) Treatment with hormone testosterone could be effective at combating a condition of loss of body mass in cancer patients and improving the quality of life, say researchers.

Herpes virus linked to Alzheimer's, antivirals may help (10:04)
London, July 15 (IANS) Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer's disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease.

NASA's Juno data points to new volcano on Jupiter moon Io (17:38) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 14 (IANS) Using data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have got clues to a previously undiscovered volcano on the Jupiter moon Io.

Scientists use electric shocks to genetically reprogramme T cells (18:26)
New York, July 13 (IANS) In a breakthrough, US scientists have genetically reprogrammed the human immune cells known as T cells with the help of electric shocks, instead of the traditional method of using viruses to insert DNA.

Origin of 'ghost particle' traced to distant black hole (17:00)
Washington, July 13 (IANS) For the first time, scientists have found the source of a high-energy ghostly particle, known as neutrino, that travelled 3.7 billion years at almost the speed of light to reach Earth.

Early humans colonized East Asia over 2 mn years ago: Study (16:52)
London, July 13 (IANS) Our earliest human ancestors left Africa and colonized East Asia over two million years ago, earlier than previously thought, says a study of ancient tools and bones.

Otzi the Iceman's last meal reveals remarkably high fat diet: Study (14:28) IANS Photo Service
London, July 13 (IANS) The 5,300-year-old Otzi the Iceman's last meal was remarkably heavy on fat, revealed the first in-depth analysis of the Iceman's stomach contents, which also offer a rare glimpse of ancient dietary habits.

Astronomers discover rare double asteroid (13:36)
Washington, July 13 (IANS) An asteroid that made a close approach to Earth last month is actually two objects orbiting each other, reveal new observations by three of the world's largest radio telescopes.

NASA needs contingency plan for US presence on ISS (13:28) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 12 (IANS) NASA needs a contingency plan for ensuring US presence on the International Space Station (ISS), given additional delays for new commercial crew capsules from Boeing and SpaceX, a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has warned.

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