NASA’s asteroid hunting spacecraft in key testing phase

Washington, March 9 : The first US mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth in September this year is undergoing a major milestone in its environmental testing. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is in thermal vacuum testing – designed to simulate the harsh environment […]

Google AI beats legendary player in toughest-ever ancient Chinese game

New York, March 9 : In a new feat, Google-run artificial intelligence (AI) programme “AlphaGo” has defeated legendary player Lee Se-dol in Go — a complex Chinese board game that is considered the “quintessential unsolved problem” for machine intelligence. The win came in the first tie of the five-match series currently being held in Seoul, […]

Video games may have positive effects on young kids, says study

New York, March 9 : While the negative effects of excessive video gaming have been widely reported, a new research has found that playing video games is associated with high overall school competence and less relationship problems with peers. For the study involving over 3,000 children between ages six and eleven, the researchers assessed the […]

All eyes will be on India when virtual reality phenomenon gets real

By Nishant Arora New Delhi, March 9 : Once the virtual reality (VR) phenomenon explodes, India, with its huge smartphone base, will be a key market — but VR players will have to come up with low-cost options to entice the country’s “digital” consumers. According to experts, head-mounted devices (HMDs) that create an immersive virtual […]

Japan to sell early quake alert systems to other countries

Tokyo, March 9 : Japanese information technology company NEC has planned to sell its advanced early alert systems for earthquakes in different countries, including Latin America. The company announced in a statement on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan for ground testing the technology in September, EFE […]