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         DNA test may predict academic achievement: study    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have found a new genetic scoring technique that may predict a student's academic achievement from DNA alone and help identify children who are at risk of having learning difficulties. The technique is the strongest prediction of behaviour from DNA to date, researchers said.

 
         Facebook team brings light-based internet closer to reality    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists at the Facebook's Connectivity Lab have developed a new way to detect light signals travelling through the air, an advance that may lead to fast optical wireless networks capable of delivering internet service to remote places. High-speed wired communication networks today use lasers to carry information through optical fibres, but wireless networks are based on radio frequencies or microwaves.

 
         NASA's next Mars rover progresses towards 2020 launch    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA is ready to proceed with the final design and construction of its next Mars rover, targeted to launch in the year 2020, which will probe for evidence of past life on the red planet and help prepare for future manned missions.

 
         Facebook helps find baby lost in Nice attack    
 
 
NICE: An eight-month-old baby boy lost in the chaos after a truck rammed into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice killing at least 84 people was tracked down through Facebook today.

 
         Moon 'photobombs' Earth again in new NASA image!    
 
 
WASHINGTON: For the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a 'lunar photobomb' - a stunning view the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth, crossing over the Indian and Pacific oceans.

 
         Massive planet with three suns discovered    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a new planet - located 340 light years from Earth and four times the mass of Jupiter - that orbits three stars and witnesses triple sunrises and sunsets each day, depending on the seasons, which last longer than human lifetimes.

 
         'Smartwatches, fitness trackers can give away your ATM PIN'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Wearable devices can give away your passwords, say scientists who, for the first time, used data from sensors in smartwatches and fitness trackers to crack private PINs with upto 90 per cent accuracy.

 
         Study warns common malaria species is evolving    
 
 
MANILA: Plasmodium vivax, the more widespread strain of malaria, has greater genetic diversity than the deadly P. falciparum, which means that P. vivax may evolve differently to the anti-malarial drugs used in varying parts of the world, according to a new study in the Nature Genetics (27 June).

 
         Juno enters Jupiter's orbit and Google puts it on homepage    
 
 
WASHINGTON: After Juno, a spinning robotic NASA spacecraft built like a tank entered into the orbit of Juptier, the largest planet in the solar system, search engine giant Google celebrated the momentous occasion with a doodle on its homepage. The doodle is an animated image shows a pixelated version of NASA's ground crew jumping for joy as Juno — forming the second O in "Google" — beams back happy little emoji from around Jupiter.

 
         NASA's Juno probe set for date with Jupiter    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft, launched nearly five years ago, is set for a rendezvous with Jupiter, when it enters the orbit of the most massive planet in our solar system tomorrow.

 
         New camera can take images at speed of light    
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have improved upon a new camera technology that can image at speeds about 100 times faster than today's commercial cameras and could enable imaging of ultrafast processes involving neurons, combustion and stars.

 
         Woman named Isis banned from Facebook, asked to prove identity    
 
 
LONDON: A 27-year-old UK woman named Isis was denied access to her Facebook account and asked to send an identity proof by the social networking site as part of its stringent policy to erase all traces of ISIS terror outfit.

 
         New AI system beats human in aerial combat simulation    
 
 
WASHINGTON: In a breakthrough, an artificial intelligence (AI) system has emerged victorious against a human expert during a high-fidelity air combat simulation. The system developed at the University of Cincinnati in the US was assessed by subject-matter expert and retired US Air Force Colonel Gene Lee - who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise.

 
         NASA wants you to work on Mars!    
 
 
HOUSTON: US space agency NASA has just come out with a series of retro recruitment posters that advertise a series of potential positions it may one day need filled on Mars.

 
         First complex organic molecule discovered in space    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A complex organic molecule essential for biology has been discovered for the first time in interstellar space, a finding that may help understand how life originated in the universe.

 
         World's first vaccine developed against "tampon disease"    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have developed what they say is the world's first safe and effective vaccine against Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) that often occurs in young women who use "super tampons" during their periods. TSS -- known as tampon disease -- is a severe circulatory and organ failure caused by bacterial toxins, usually triggered by bacteria from the Staphylococcus group.

 
         Scientists turn atmospheric CO2 into rock    
 
 
LONDON: In a breakthrough towards mitigating climate change, scientists have discovered a quick and permanent method to remove human-produced carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - by turning it into harmless rock. A new study has shown for the first time that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be permanently and rapidly locked away from the atmosphere, by injecting it into volcanic bedrock.

 
         Celebrating 200 years of inventing Stethoscope    
 
 
Any doctor is always pictured with the Stethoscope around his neck or in the hand. This instrument has become the 'sine qua non' of doctors, thanks to the discovery of it by a French physician, Rene T H Laennec in 1816.

 
         New method to make glass 'smart' developed    
 
 
MELBOURNE: In a major step towards 'smart glass' applications such as 3D display screens or remote radiation sensors, scientists have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without affecting their unique properties.

 
         Fish can recognise human faces: study    
 
LONDON: In a first, scientists have discovered that fish are able to distinguish between human faces with a high degree of accuracy - an impressive feat, given this task requires sophisticated visual recognition capabilities. "Being able to distinguish between a large number of human faces is a surprisingly difficult task, mainly due to the fact that all human faces share the same basic features," said Cait Newport, a research fellow at University of Oxford in the UK.

 
         NASA spots giant coronal hole on Sun    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted a giant dark area on the upper half of the Sun known as a coronal hole. Coronal holes are areas on the Sun where the solar magnetic field extends up and out into interplanetary space, sending solar material speeding out in a high-speed stream of solar wind.

 
         Malaria breathalyser tests in Bangladesh    
 
 
Bangladesh figures in a list of countries due for field trials of a new breathalyser test that can detect malaria at an early stage. Other high-incidence countries where trials are to be conducted are Malawi, Sudan and Malaysia (Sabah province).

 
         Jakarta clips ‘Great Garuda’ wings    
 
 
JAKARTA: A massive reclamation project planned in Indonesia is getting flak from scientists and environmentalists because of potentially serious ecological damage it can cause.

 
         New smartphone app can detect earthquakes    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: Scientists have developed an app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect earthquakes and eventually warns users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

 
         Apple to open iOS app design, development centre in Bengaluru    
 
NEW DELHI: US tech giant Apple Inc today announced setting up a software laboratory in Bengaluru to support startups and developers working on the company's iOS platform as its Chief Executive Tim Cook began his maiden visit to India.

 
         World's first holographic flexible smartphone developed    
 
 
TORONTO: Scientists claim to have developed the world's first holographic flexible smartphone that lets users interact with 3D videos and images without any headgear or glasses.

 
         Rare celestial event today: Mercury to be seen as dot on solar disc    
 
 
NEW DELHI: In a rare astronomical phenomenon that occurs only 13 times in a century, planet Mercury will be seen as dot on the solar disc from several parts of India today.

 
         Human embryos grown in lab for 14 days    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have for the first time grown human embryos in the lab for nearly two weeks, a breakthrough that may answer basic questions about human development and help understand early pregnancy loss.

 
         NASA-inspired 'miracle suits' helping save new moms globally    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Inspired by NASA research on inflated anti-gravity suit, 'miracle suits' are helping save new mothers around the world by preventing blood loss during or after childbirth, according to the US space agency.

 
         Reduce sitting time to live longer: study    
 
HOUSTON: Reducing daily sitting time by one to two hours could have a significant and positive impact on future cardiovascular health, scientists, including one of Indian-origin suggest.

 
 
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