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       SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  
         Element 117 officially named 'Tennessine'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The superheavy element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" - about six years after its discovery was first reported. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) - which validates the existence of newly discovered elements and approves their official names - gave its final approval to the name "tennessine" following a year-long process.

 
         Predatory bacteria may wipe out 'superbugs': study    
 
 
LONDON: Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria or 'superbugs', a new study suggests.

 
         New potent vaccine may spell end for HIV    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The largest and most advanced HIV vaccine trial has been launched in South Africa to test the safety of a new experimental regimen that could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the deadly virus. The study, called HVTN 702, involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to provide some protection against the virus.

 
         Water exists deeper in Earth than thought: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Water exists far deeper in the Earth - about 400 to 600 kilometres into the mantle - than previously believed, researchers including one of Indian origin have found. A mineral far below the surface of the Earth may hold the key to how much water is stored in our planet, researchers said. Mainak Mookherjee, Assistant Professor at Florida State University in the US and Andreas Hermann from the University of Edinburgh in the UK estimate that in the deep Earth - roughly 400 to 600

 
         Docs reconstruct tongue with flesh from thigh    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Using flesh from the thigh, doctors at a private hospital have reconstructed the tongue of a patient suffering from oral cancer. Though the patient's speech quality has improved post surgery, his new tongue is devoid of taste buds. The patient, a native of Faridabad, was suffering with pain in the mouth, inability to eat and difficulty in speech for the last two and half months.

 
         Why wounds take longer to heal with age decoded    
 
 
NEW YORK: Wounds take longer to heal in older people because of disruption in communication between skin cells and the immune system with age, a new study has found. Researchers explored this physiological puzzle by examining molecular changes in ageing mouse skin. "Within days of an injury, skin cells migrate in and close the wound, a process that requires coordination with nearby immune cells," said Elaine Fuchs from the Rockefeller University in the US. "Our experiments have shown that,

 
         WhatsApp launches video calling to take on Google Duo, Skype    
 
 
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp will launch video calling service on its app, a move that will help the popular messaging platform compete with the likes of Skype, Apple's FaceTime and the recently launched Google Duo.

 
         Molecules on phone can unveil your lifestyle: study    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: The molecules that you leave on your smartphone can be used to construct your personalised lifestyle 'read-out' - including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status and locations visited, a new study suggests. By sampling the molecules on cell phones, researchers at University of California San Diego in the US were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone's owner.

 
         Chandrayaan-2 mission: ISRO conducts tests for Moon landing    
 
 
AHMEDABAD: ISRO has started conducting tests for its ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission at its facility in Challakere in Karnataka, where simulated lunar craters have been created for landing mission, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said today.

 
         In rare surgery, 7kg tumour removed from woman's kidney    
 
 
NEW DELHI: In a rare surgery, a team of doctors at a private hospital here successfully removed a kidney tumour weighing a staggering 7kg while saving the organ.

 
         NASA satellites break Guinness World Record    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) has set the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal - at 70,000 kilometres above the surface of the Earth. Operating in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth, the four MMS spacecraft incorporate Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements into their precise tracking systems, which require extremely sensitive position and orbit calculations to guide tight flying formations.

 
         Curiosity rover discovers rare 'Egg Rock' on Mars    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A globular, golf-ball-size object discovered by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has been confirmed as a rare iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the red planet's sky.

 
         Male birth control shots may lower pregnancy odds: study    
 
 
GENEVA: An experimental birth control vaccine for men can effectively prevent pregnancy in their female partners by lowering sperm count, scientists including those from India have found. Researchers are working to perfect the combination of hormonal contraceptives to reduce the risk of mild to moderate side effects, including depression and other mood disorders.

 
         Mysterious 'Higgs Bison' species identified    
 
 
MELBOURNE: A mysterious hybrid species, recorded by Ice Age cave artists in great detail more than 15,000 years ago and dubbed as the Higgs Bison due its elusive nature, was the ancestor of the modern European bison, scientists who analysed ancient DNA have discovered. The mystery species originated over 120,000 years ago through the hybridisation of the extinct Aurochs (the ancestor of modern cattle) and the Ice Age Steppe Bison, which ranged across the cold grasslands from Europe to Mexico.

 
         Note 7 debacle may hit Samsung's India rev by Rs 6,500 cr: CMR    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Samsung's smartphone shipment to India may fall short of target by 4 million units in 2016, hit by global recall and halt in production of its flagship Note 7 smartphone, research firm CMR today said. While Samsung had unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 in July in India with a price tag of Rs 59,900, it delayed selling of the handset in India after cases of battery exploding while charging were reported in various countries.

 
         America will take the giant leap to Mars by 2030s: Obama    
 
WASHINGTON: The US has set an ambitious goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s as part of its efforts to open up new avenues of space exploration, US President Barack Obama said today. "We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an op-ed in CNN.

 
         Global dust storm may hit Mars soon: NASA    
 
WASHINGTON: Mars is likely to experience a global dust storm in the next few months, encircling the red planet in a thick haze and obscuring surface features beneath, NASA has predicted. Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable - which would be a boon for future astronauts there - if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those in the past.

 
         'Atomic sandwich' to power gen-next, energy-efficient devices    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have designed new 'atomic sandwiches' - materials that could lead to the next generation of devices that have more computing power and consume 100 times less energy than current electronics.

 
         Google announces new Pixel phone at San Francisco event    
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday announced a new "Pixel" smartphone at an event on Tuesday, the company's latest effort to sell consumers on a Google-branded device and to challenge Apple Inc's iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global market.

 
         Whatsapp adds new camera features    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Messaging app Whatsapp has added new camera features which will allow users to write and draw on photos and videos as well as add emojis to them.

 
         World's first baby born from 3-parent technique    
 
 
MIAMI: The world's first baby has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by US scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report today.

 
         Don't share with FB info of users who stop using WhatsApp: HC    
 
 
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp, the instant messaging software, was today directed by the Delhi High Court to delete the information and data of those users who would stop using the app before September 25, when its new privacy policy comes into effect. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also asked WhatsApp not to share with Facebook or other group companies the information and details of users who would opt out of the app, as well as the existing users upto September 2

 
         Google launches 'Allo' messaging app    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Google has launched its messaging app 'Allo', which would compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Available for both Android and iOS platforms, Allo will also mark the debut of Google Assistant in a preview edition.

 
         Origin of Pluto's huge 'icy heart' found    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have unveiled the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier on Pluto spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of the icy-dwarf planet last year. Researchers from the Laboratoire de meteorologie dynamique in France show that Pluto's peculiar insolation and atmosphere favour nitrogen condensation near the equator, in the lower altitude regions, leading to an accumulation of ice at the bottom of Sputnik Planum, a vast topographic basin.

 
         Mobile device to detect irregular heartbeat, prevent stroke    
 
LONDON: Scientists have developed a new smartphone app and a thumb-size device which can detect irregular heartbeat and may help to prevent strokes at an early stage. The mobile device, developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has been tested with excellent results for around two years in real-life conditions in cooperation with Turku University Central Hospital.

 
         Wet period on Mars more recent than thought: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The recently discovered lakes and streams appeared roughly a billion years after a well-documented, earlier era of wet conditions on ancient Mars, NASA said.

 
         Apple slashes iPhone 6S, 6S Plus prices by up to Rs 22,000    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Weeks ahead of the impending India launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple has slashed prices of the previous generation handsets -- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus -- by up to Rs 22,000. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, launched earlier this month in the US, are slated to hit the Indian market from October 7, with prices starting at Rs 60,000.

 
         How X-ray damages DNA, causes cancer decoded    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have, for the first time, found how X-rays and radioactive particles cause cancer in humans by damaging DNA, a finding that may lead to more effective treatments for tumours caused by radiation. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation, such as gamma rays, X-rays and radioactive particles.

 
         NASA images unveil origins of solar wind    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA scientists have for the first time imaged the edge of the Sun, enabling them to describe the mysterious origins of solar wind. Ever since the 1950s discovery of the solar wind - the constant flow of charged particles from the Sun - there has been a disconnect between this outpouring and the Sun itself.

 
         Satellite owner says SpaceX owes $50 million or free flight    
 
 
CAPE CANAVERAL: Israel's Space Communication Ltd said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk's SpaceX after a Spacecom communications satellite was destroyed last week by an explosion at SpaceX's Florida launch site. Officials of the Israeli company said in a conference call with reporters Sunday that Spacecom also could collect $205 million from Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the AMOS-6 satellite.

 
 
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