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Why meteoroids often blow up before hitting Earth (16:32)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) When a meteor comes hurtling toward Earth, the high-pressure air in front of it seeps into its pores and cracks, pushing its body apart and causing it to explode, say scientists.

NASA's Juno probe unravels Jupiter's Great Red Spot roots (12:12)
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Jupiter's famous storm, the Great Red Spot, penetrates well below the clouds -- about 300 kilometres into the planet's atmosphere, suggest data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

Trump to send astronauts back to moon (Lead) (09:36)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) US President Donald Trump authorised the acting NASA administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars" during a White House signing ceremony.

Trump signs directive to send astronauts back to moon (03:28)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has signed his administration's first space policy directive, formally directing the US space agency NASA to send astronauts back to the moon and eventually Mars.

Prof. Lalji Singh: A man of dreams, courage and commitment (Obituary) (Lead, correcting para one) (23:44)
By Dr. Moinak Banerjee with Dr. Satish Kumar
Prof. Lalji Singh, who died after suffering a massive heart attack late on Sunday night, worked single-handedly, without mincing any words, to present his vision of Indian biological sciences.

CCMB mourns loss of Lalji Singh (22:28)
Hyderabad, Dec 11 (IANS) The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) expressed grief over the death of its former director Lalji Singh, the father of DNA fingerprinting in India.

Prof. Lalji Singh: A man of dreams, courage and commitment (Obituary) (19:30)
By Dr. Moinak Banerjee with Dr. Satish Kumar
Prof. Lalji Singh, who died after suffering a massive heart attack late on Monday night, worked single-handedly, without mincing any words, to present his vision of Indian biological sciences.

How NASA plans to bring back samples from Mars (18:14)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA has revealed how it plans to bring back Martian samples to Earth for the first time with the help of its next rover mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.

NASA's Kepler probe uses Google AI for latest discovery (15:00)
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA has said its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope made its latest discovery using machine learning from Google.

'Father of DNA finger printing in India' Lalji Singh dead (11:32)
Lucknow, Dec 11 (IANS) Eminent scientist and 'Father of DNA finger printing in India', Lalji Singh has passed away after suffering a massive heart attack at the Varanasi airport, an official said. Singh was 70.

Google Doodle honours German physicist Max Born (10:54)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the 135th birth anniversary of German physicist and mathematician Max Born who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the field of quantum mechanics.

Why do some dolphins, whales get stranded along coasts? (15:34)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 10 (IANS) Scientists are moving towards unravelling why otherwise healthy dolphins, whales and porpoises get stranded along coasts worldwide.

Skywatchers can see this year's best meteor shower next week (15:44)
Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived and it will put on a dazzling show for skywatchers when it peaks overnight on December 13-14, NASA has said.

NASA looks at Artificial Intelligence to communicate with space (15:20)
Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) As collection of space data increases, NASA is exploring the infusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into space communications networks to meet demand and increase efficiency.

A marvellous device of many applications: A short history of the computer (Book Review) (11:34)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Turing and the Universal Machine; Author: Jon Agar; Publisher: Icon Science/Icon Books; Pages: 141; Price: Rs 399

Space gives a sense of humbleness, spirituality: NASA astronaut (20:26)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 (IANS) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Jack David Fischer on Friday said space gives a sense of humbleness and spirituality.

World's oldest eye discovered in 530 mn-year-old fossil (18:16)
London, Dec 8 (IANS) Researchers have unearthed what they believe to be the "oldest eye" in a 530-million-year-old fossil of an extinct sea creature.

Modified CRISPR technique treats diseases without cutting DNA (16:52)
New York, Dec 8 (IANS) In what could remove a major hurdle to using gene editing technologies to treat human diseases, scientists have created a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes and treat diseases without creating breaks in the DNA.

Genetic test to find ancestry of South Asian ethnic groups (15:52)
Bengaluru, Dec 8 (IANS) Aim to trace one's ancestry and to find similarities between ethnic groups from India and other South Asian countries, Chennai-based genomics firm Xcode Life on Friday unveiled its "South Asian and Indian Ancestry Genetic Test" here.

Pitching millets as 'smart food of 21st century' (Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Vivian Fernandes
Karnataka is dressing them up as "siridanya" or rich grains that should be on every thinking eater's plate. For Icrisat, the Hyderabad-based international crops research institute for semi-arid tropics, they are "smart foods of the 21st century" which are "good for you -- the planet -- the farmer".

Black holes may have weaker magnetic field than thought (11:32)
New York, Dec 8 (IANS) Black holes are known as voracious eaters of stars because of their intense gravitational pull, but when astronomers got a rare opportunity to measure one such system's magnetic field, they found it weaker than expected.

Humans may have plateaued out limits for lifespan: Study (19:26)
London, Dec 7 (IANS) Environmental changes, including climate, may have caused human beings to reach their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, researchers have found.

NASA to launch scientific balloon to study rare cosmic particles (16:06)
Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) NASA plans to launch on December 10 a balloon-borne instrument to collect information on cosmic rays, high-energy particles from beyond the solar system that enter Earth's atmosphere every moment of every day.

Clay on Red Planet due to Martian crust, not water: Study (15:30)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) Clay minerals on Mars could have formed during the creation of the Martian crust itself, long before any water flowed on the planet, suggests new research that could rewrite the early history of the Red Planet.

Remains of ancient extinct lion species discovered in Australia (13:48)
Canberra, Dec 7 (IANS) A team of Australian scientists announced on Thursday the discovery of fossilised remains of a new species of lion that has been extinct for over 19 million years.

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