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Indian man gets two beating hearts after surgery
short by Saloni Tandon / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A 56-year-old Indian man, diagnosed with end-stage heart disease, was left with two beating hearts following a 'Piggyback Heart Transplant' at Hyderabad's Apollo Hospital. Doctors decided on keeping both hearts due to size difference, with the donor heart being normal fist-sized, while the patient's heart was the size of a small football. Only about 150 such procedures have been reported.
short by Saloni Tandon / 07:33 pm on 20 Feb
Scientists grow 1st human-sheep hybrid, spark ethics debates
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
In a first, Stanford University scientists have successfully grown sheep embryos containing human cells, paving the way for organs to be grown in animals which can be transplanted into humans. Met with protests by animal rights activists and bioethicists, the experiment was terminated before 28 days as the US law prohibits developing cross-species embryos, called chimera, for longer durations.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:33 am on 20 Feb
'Mary had a little lamb' were first words ever recorded
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
American inventor Thomas Edison received the patent for the phonograph, the first device capable of recording and reproducing sound, on February 19, 1878. Edison successfully recorded 'Mary had a little lamb' as the first words on the device. He gave public demonstrations of the device, and got the nickname 'Wizard of Menlo Park'.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:34 am on 19 Feb
People will be part-tech, part-human: World's 1st cyborg
short by Aditi Verma / on 16 Feb 2018,Friday
Neil Harbisson, the world's first 'cyborg' has said the governments should accept that some people will be "part-technology, part-human" in future. Harbisson was born colour-blind and has an antenna implanted inside his head that lets him perceive colours via sound waves. A 'cyborg' is someone whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal by mechanical elements built into the body.
short by Aditi Verma / 07:25 pm on 16 Feb
Broken robot astronaut to be brought back from space station
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Feb 2018,Friday
After completing 7 years at the International Space Station, NASA's humanoid robot 'Robonaut' is being sent back to Earth for repairs. Developed in collaboration with General Motors, the robot originally had just a torso with five fingers on both hands to perform tasks like humans. However, after addition of legs in 2014, it started malfunctioning due to compatibility issues.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:22 pm on 16 Feb
US researchers turn toilet paper into wearable sensors
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Feb 2018,Friday
University of Washington engineers have turned toilet tissue-like paper into a wearable sensor that can detect heartbeat and a blink of an eye. Researchers showed that on tearing tissue paper loaded with electricity-conducting carbon nanotubes, the paper acts as a sensor. The flexible and inexpensive sensor has potential applications in healthcare, entertainment and robotics, said researchers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:58 pm on 16 Feb
Tesla car sent to space may hit Earth in million yrs: Study
short by Aditi Verma / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
The Tesla Roadster car which was recently launched into space by SpaceX will likely collide with Earth or Venus in the next million years, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. However, the event's probability "is very small," one of them said. The car was launched into space aboard SpaceX's most powerful rocket, Falcon Heavy, earlier this month.
short by Aditi Verma / 01:40 pm on 17 Feb
Single vaccine helps fight breast, lung, skin cancer in mice
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
Stanford University scientists have found that injecting mice with radiation-inactivated stem cells significantly boosted the animals' defences against recurrence of breast, lungs and skin cancers. Such a vaccine is years from fruition for use in humans and may never pan out in the long run, said a New York-based researcher, adding it could make cancer immunotherapy more effective.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:23 pm on 17 Feb
India's Moon mission to be cheaper than 'Interstellar' movie
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, scheduled to launch in April 2018, is estimated to cost ₹800 crore, which is less than Hollywood sci-fi movie Interstellar's budget of ₹1,062 crore. "We keep strict vigil on every stage of development of a spacecraft to avoid wastage, which helps us minimise the cost," said ISRO chairman K Sivan.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:39 pm on 20 Feb
NASA Mars rover expected to last 90 days completes 5000 days
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity, expected to last for 90 days, has completed 5,000 Martian days since landing on the Red Planet in 2004. Called "sol", a Martian day lasts 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth. Opportunity has driven over 45 km from its landing site, sending back about 225,000 images which provided evidence of groundwater on Mars.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:33 am on 17 Feb
NASA captures disappearing storm on Neptune for the 1st time
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
In a first, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has fully documented a shrinking storm on the farthest known major planet from the Sun, after spotting the storm in 2015. Dark storms on Neptune were first discovered in the late 1980s by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Later, Hubble found two dark storms that appeared in the mid-1990s and then vanished, said NASA.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:24 am on 17 Feb
Dwarf planet Pluto's name was given by 11-year-old girl
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
The name of dwarf planet Pluto, which was discovered on February 18, 1930, was suggested by an 11-year-old British girl named Venetia Burney. She had suggested to her grandfather that the new discovery could be named after the Roman god of the underworld. Following this, he forwarded the name to the Lowell Observatory in the US and it was selected.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:49 am on 18 Feb
6-yr-old asks NASA to make Pluto a planet, says it's unfair
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Cara Lucy O'Connor, a 6-year-old Irish student, wrote to NASA to "make Pluto a planet again", saying it's unfair that Pluto isn't a planet. "It's not...about whether Pluto is a's that Pluto is a fascinating place", NASA replied. She added she hopes to discover her own planet, call it Planet Unicorn and visit all main planets including Pluto.
short by Shifa Naseer / 04:25 pm on 19 Feb
Canada startup developing skin patch to deliver drugs
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Canada-based biotech startup Avro is developing skin patches to deliver drugs to patients who are unable to swallow or chew. It is based on a technology which uses a biopolymer as platform for passive transdermal drug delivery of small molecules and drugs. The patches act much like nicotine patches and can deliver a variety of drugs, including allergy medications.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:26 pm on 20 Feb
Black hole growth found to be faster than star formation
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
The biggest black holes in the Universe are growing faster than the rate of stars being formed in their galaxies, according to two separate studies using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Researchers found almost half of the black holes in 72 galaxies had masses at least 10 billion times more than the mass of the Sun.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:42 pm on 17 Feb
Bioengineers test drug transfer using placenta-on-a-chip
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of their "organ-on-a-chip" platform in studying how medicines are transported across the human placental barrier. The placenta-on-a-chip is a small silicone block with two fluid channels separated by a porous membrane. Embedded with two human cell types, the membrane determines what passes from the maternal to foetal systems.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:58 pm on 17 Feb
World's heaviest element differs from other inert gas: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Feb 2018,Saturday
The world's heaviest known element 'oganesson' has properties that differ from other noble gases in the periodic table, researchers have found. The element likely has a uniform distribution of electrons, protons and neutrons, which contrasts sharply with nonuniform shells seen in lighter elements, they said based on simulations. US and Russian researchers created an atom of oganesson in 2002.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 01:47 pm on 17 Feb
Graphene filter makes seawater drinkable in one pass
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Feb 2018,Friday
Australia-based researchers have developed a graphene-based membrane, which filters water samples from the Sydney Harbour into safe drinking water after just one pass. The membrane, made of graphene, a 2D form of carbon, has nano-channels that let water pass through but stops pollutants. "Almost a third of the world's population... don't have clean and safe drinking water," the researchers noted.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:00 pm on 16 Feb
Homo erectus may have been a sailor and could speak: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Homo erectus, the ancestors of modern humans which emerged in Africa about 1.8 million years ago, may have been mariners complete with sailing lingo, as per US-based linguist Daniel Everett. While other scientists were not convinced, Everett argued the species must have needed some form of language to communicate while sailing, for example, to say 'paddle there' or 'don't paddle'.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:20 pm on 20 Feb
Israeli scientists complete four-day mock Mars mission
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Six Israeli researchers ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in the Negev desert on Sunday. The desert was chosen as it resembles the environment on Mars in aridity, geology, desolation and appearance, said the Ministry. Among several other Mars simulations worldwide, this mission investigated satellite communications, radiation, psychological effects of isolation, and life signs in the soil.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:36 pm on 20 Feb
MIT team makes device to draw power from temperature changes
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
MIT researchers have developed a device to produce energy using temperature fluctuations occurring between day and night. Called thermal resonator, the device, coated with graphene and infused with a phase-changing material, produces both high heat conduction and capacity. One side of the device captures heat and slowly radiates it to the other side, creating a lag, which is then harvested.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:15 am on 19 Feb
How did vampire bats evolve to survive only on blood?
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A genome study on common vampire bats by over 30 international researchers has revealed that the mammals eased into the blood-only diet by feeding on blood-sucking ticks and mosquitos. Scientists noted blood is low in nutrients and may also harbour viruses while finding over 280 kinds of gut bacteria in vampire bats that could make most other mammals unwell.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:31 pm on 20 Feb
8000-year-old grave reveals human skulls mounted on poles
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Researchers have uncovered the remains of several Mesolithic-era people with wounds, including wooden poles through two skulls, from an underwater grave in present-day Sweden. Since 2011, the researchers have found the remains of 11 adults where the males were hit on top or near the front of the head, while the females were typically hit from behind.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:19 pm on 20 Feb
Asteroid 'time capsules' may explain how life started: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
US-based researcher Nicholas Hud has said that space rocks play the role of "time capsules", showing what molecules originally existed in our solar system. Asteroids falling to Earth test the validity of models which describe how their molecules helped give rise to life, said Hud adding the catalogue of molecules could reveal compounds not considered before.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:42 pm on 20 Feb
India to host World Environment Day 2018 on June 5
short by Anupama K / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
India will host the World Environment Day 2018 on June 5, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim have announced. The theme for 2018 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution', which urges governments and communities to explore sustainable alternatives and reduce production and excessive use of single-use plastic, a statement read.
short by Anupama K / 11:16 am on 20 Feb
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