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Ministry asks IISc to design data site for smart cities (17:50)
Bengaluru, Dec 12 (IANS) The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs asked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to design a data site for information exchange among smart cities, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

India to launch GSAT 7 satellite for Indian Air Force (17:16)
Chennai, Dec 12 (IANS) India will be launching GSAT 7A, a military communication satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF), on December 19 with its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) rocket, said Indian space agency.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars (13:30)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm, the US space agency has said.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (Lead) (16:06)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's first spacecraft sent to collect sample from an asteroid has found water locked inside asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice: NASA (13:24)
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) A group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean, NASA scientists have found.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (12:48)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has found water locked inside the asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

Voyager 2 is now also in interstellar space behind its Voyager 1 twin (10:10)
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Chicago, Dec 11 (IANS) Forty-one years after it left Earth, NASAs Voyager 2 probe has now become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space after its twin Voyager 1 did in 2012.

Spacewalk: Russian cosmonauts to check hole in Soyuz docked to ISS (11:54)
Washington, Dec 10 (IANS) Two Russian cosmonauts will go for a six-hour-long spacewalk on Tuesday to check a hole in the external hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronomers find a treasure trove of planets hiding in dust (17:08)
Bejing, Dec 9 (IANS) "Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, a new research by an international team of astronomers suggests.

Wintertime ice growth in Arctic sea slows long-term decline: NASA (14:44)IANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 9 (IANS) While sea ice in the Arctic continues to be on the decline, a new research from the US Space agency suggests that it is regrowing at faster rates during the winter than it was a few decades ago.

Mantle neon illuminates Earth's formation: Study (11:00)
New York, Dec 9 (IANS) The Earth formed relatively quickly from a cloud of dust and gas around the sun, trapping water and gases in the planet's mantle, according to a study.

Cosmonaut aboard ISS begins experiment to print living tissue on 3D-bioprinter (13:15)
Moscow, Dec 8 (IANS) Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko who arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 has started an experiment to print living tissues on the 3D-bioprinter delivered to the orbital outpost by the new crew, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

China launches lunar probe to study moon's far side (08:40)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Dec 8 (IANS) China launched a lunar probe on Saturday which is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind (06:18)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Dec 8 (IANS) NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars on November 26, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian wind on the Red Planet, the NASA said.

Students, scientists showcase tech to tackle climate change (22:02)
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Indian school students and Israeli scientists came together at a science and technology exhibition organised here on Friday, to introduce better technology for tackling climate change.

IISc gives Rs 10 lakh to widow of blast victim (21:14)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Dec 7 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) paid Rs 10 lakh compensation to Anusha, widow of researcher P. Manoj Kumar who died on Wednesday when a hydrogen cylinder exploded during an experiment in the aerospace department laboratory, the state-run Institute said on Friday.

NASA's Mars InSight flexes robotic arm, captures new views (12:54)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) After the successful touchdown of NASA's InSight on Mars last week, new images from the lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting.

Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 (15:26)
Rome, Dec 6 (IANS/AKI) Rattan Lal, a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management.

SpaceX with 6,000 pound of re-supply mission launched to ISS (13:42)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying nearly 6,000 pound of research equipment, cargo and supplies has successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said on Thursday.

Increased soil contamination threatens food security, warns FAO (13:34)
Rome, Dec 6 (IANS/AKI) Urgent action is needed to address soil pollution and contain the multiple threats it poses to global food safety and food security, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

China aims at detailed 3D map of human brain (09:16)
Beijing, Dec 6 (IANS) Chinese scientists are planning to draw the clearest yet three-dimensional map of the intricate neurons and blood vessels in the human brain.

Doctor claims world's first in-human telerobotic coronary surgery in Ahmedabad (Lead with corrections) (22:26)
Gandhinagar, Dec 5 (IANS) Dr Tejas Patel, an internationally renowned cardiologist, performed the world's first cardiovascular stent surgery in a female patient, operating from a remote area, claiming to make history in cardiovascular surgery in the world.

Doctor claims world's first in-human telerobotic coronary surgery in Ahmedabad (22:22)
Gandhinagar, Dec 5 (IANS) Dr Tejas Patel, an internationally renowned cardiologist, performed the world's first cardiovascular stent surgery in a female patient, operating from a remote area, claiming to make history in cardiovascular surgery in the world.

Start-up researcher dies in IISc lab blast (Lead) (21:52)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS) A start-up research scholar died and three others were injured in a hydrogen cylinder blast at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Wednesday, police said.

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