Europe-Japan joint mission set out for Mercury

London, Oct 20 : Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to the Sun’s closest planet Mercury. It is likely to take them seven years to reach their destination. The joint endeavour BepiColombo left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America on Friday, the BBC said. The […]

Girls who play video games more likely to pursue science degrees

London, Oct 19 : Girls who play video games are three times more likely to pursue physical science, technology, engineering or maths (PSTEM) degrees compared to their non-gaming counterparts, says a new study. The findings, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, also showed that 100 per cent of the girls in the study […]

Superflares from red dwarfs may affect habitability of planets

Washington, Oct 19 : Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have found that violent outbursts, or superflares, from red dwarf stars could affect the habitability of any planets orbiting it. Young low-mass stars flare much more frequently and more energetically than old stars and middle-age stars like our Sun, the findings of the study published […]

NASA calls for science payloads for delivery to Moon

Washington, Oct 19 : In line with its plan to conduct more research on the Moon’s surface ahead of a human return, NASA has issued a call for science instruments and technology payloads that will fly on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. This call is specifically geared towards small payloads […]

How far away are we from commercial fusion energy?

[Abingdon: Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, pushes a button to launch a nuclear fusion test during his visit to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) at the Culham Science Centre in Abingdon, southern England, Thursday Oct. 18, 2018. Prince William officially marked the end of the construction of the MAST (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) […]

Nano-carbon: New India-made weapon against mosquitoes?

By K.S. Jayaraman Bengaluru, Oct 18 : Toxic smog has once again threatened to engulf the National Capital Region (NCR) as farmers in parts of Haryana and Punjab have begun to burn their crop residue. And the zika virus, spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has mysteriously raised its head in Rajasthan, having already infected about […]