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The team of engineers said that some of the micro fliers, which were created using computational modelling to allow a rapid design optimisation (Photo: Northwestern University)

US engineers create ‘smallest-ever human-made flying structure’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 12:03 PM IST
  • The engineers behind this microflier optimised their design by studying maple trees and other types of wind-dispersed seeds
Fossilized human fossilized footprints at the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (AP)
Fossilized human fossilized footprints at the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (AP)

Around 23,000 years old human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 05:52 AM IST
The footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park, first spotted in 2009 by a park manager.
A data visualization showing the mountainous area west of Nobile Crater and the smaller craters that litter its rim at the lunar South Pole.(Nasa)
A data visualization showing the mountainous area west of Nobile Crater and the smaller craters that litter its rim at the lunar South Pole.(Nasa)

Why has Nasa chosen the Nobile Crater of Moon's south pole for Viper's landing?

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 03:58 PM IST
  • Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (Viper) will be launched aboard SpaceX Falcon-Heavy rocket in 2023 as part of Nasa’s Artemis programme.
The cave artifacts date to a time period when evidence of personal adornment and other signs of human symbolic expression appear at various archaeological sites.(Shutterstock (Representative Image))
The cave artifacts date to a time period when evidence of personal adornment and other signs of human symbolic expression appear at various archaeological sites.(Shutterstock (Representative Image))

Moroccan cave provides oldest clues about origin of human clothing

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2021 06:31 AM IST
Scientists on Thursday said artifacts unearthed in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120,000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for fur and leather.
Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, and his students have created the whitest paint in the world. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)
Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, and his students have created the whitest paint in the world. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)

Researchers make whitest paint in world. It can omit the need for an AC

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2021 12:13 AM IST
The researchers explained that this paint can be used to cover an entire roof area of nearly 1,000 square feet that would equal to the cooling power of 10 kilowatts, which is more powerful than the air conditioners used in houses.
From where and how Sars-CoV-2 came is still not clear, although the closest resembling virus was found in bats in China(Reuters)
From where and how Sars-CoV-2 came is still not clear, although the closest resembling virus was found in bats in China(Reuters)

Did Covid-19 jump from animals to humans on multiple occasions?

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 06:49 AM IST
  • The anomalies require further investigation, scientists told Nature, suspecting that these mostly are the result of errors, but they raise a strong possibility that virtually diminishes the theory that the virus began spreading from a lab.
A Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon capsule at its top, will blast off from the legendary launch complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Apollo 11 mission once took off for the Moon.(SpaceX)
A Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon capsule at its top, will blast off from the legendary launch complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Apollo 11 mission once took off for the Moon.(SpaceX)

In first, SpaceX to send all-civilian crew into Earth orbit

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 05:10 AM IST
  • A five-hour launch window for "Inspiration4" opens from 8:02 pm (0002 GMT Thursday), and weather conditions remain good with an 80 percent chance of launch, according to official forecasters.
Researchers are keen to identify biomarkers linked to ALS, which could ultimately lead to much earlier diagnosis(Shutterstock)
Researchers are keen to identify biomarkers linked to ALS, which could ultimately lead to much earlier diagnosis(Shutterstock)

Future risk of ALS linked to blood lipoprotein levels

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 08:14 AM IST
  • ALS is the commonest form of motor neuron disease - a progressive nervous system disease that destroys nerve cells responsible for voluntary movement such as walking and talking.
Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric bone cancer survivor, has been chosen for historic Inspiration4 all-civilan mission to Space.(via REUTERS)
Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric bone cancer survivor, has been chosen for historic Inspiration4 all-civilan mission to Space.(via REUTERS)

SpaceX Inspiration4 to have 1st all civilian space mission with minimal training

Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 09:44 AM IST
  • Organised and funded by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the biggest difference between Inspiration4 and the flights performed earlier this year is the destination.
Handout picture released by the Universidad de Chile showing a fossil of a pterosaur found by a group of scientists in the Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, (AFP)
Handout picture released by the Universidad de Chile showing a fossil of a pterosaur found by a group of scientists in the Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, (AFP)

Prehistoric winged lizard unearthed in Chile

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 08:28 AM IST
  • The discovery was also "the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile," the scientists reported in the scientific journal Acta Paleontologica Polonic.
A chameleon robot covered with artificial skin changes its skin colour based on itssurroundings. (Reuters Photo)
A chameleon robot covered with artificial skin changes its skin colour based on itssurroundings. (Reuters Photo)

Researchers create chameleon-like artificial ‘skin’, can instantly change colour

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2021 01:38 PM IST
Researchers said the total thickness of the flexible, multi-layered artificial skin is less than a hundred micrometres - thinner than human hair.
American space agency Nasa's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured by Mars Perseverance rover.(AFP Photo)
American space agency Nasa's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured by Mars Perseverance rover.(AFP Photo)

How long a Mars mission should last? Scientists say 4 years, explain why

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2021 07:57 AM IST
The scientists, however, said their study shows that while space radiation imposes strict limitations and presents technological difficulties for the human mission to Mars, such a mission is still viable.
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 7-foot-long (2-meter-long) robotic arm to extract samples.(AFP)
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 7-foot-long (2-meter-long) robotic arm to extract samples.(AFP)

NASA confirms Perseverance Mars rover got its first piece of rock

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2021 06:05 AM IST
  • NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube.
The Herbig-Haro object captured by Hubble telescope.(Twitter/@NASA)
The Herbig-Haro object captured by Hubble telescope.(Twitter/@NASA)

Nasa shares photo of sceptre-like object in space captured by Hubble telescope

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 05:01 PM IST
The photo captured by Hubble telescope is that of Herbig-Haro object - considered to be star groups at the very beginning of life. The first documented case of Herbig-Haro object was recorded in late 19th century by American astronomer Sherburne Wesley Burnham.
Hundreds of people contributed to the project, though only about a dozen currently retain day-to-day roles.
Hundreds of people contributed to the project, though only about a dozen currently retain day-to-day roles.

After six months on Mars, NASA’s tiny copter is still flying high

AFP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 08:16 AM IST
  • Given its stunning and unexpected success, the US space agency has extended Ingenuity’s mission indefinitely.
Nasa Hubble Space Telescope snapshot reveals an unusual "see-through" galaxy.(Nasa)
Nasa Hubble Space Telescope snapshot reveals an unusual "see-through" galaxy.(Nasa)

Modular device developed to conduct extra-terrestrial experiments in space

PTI | , Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 10:13 AM IST
In a study published in 'Acta Astronautica', the team showed how the device can be used to activate and track the growth of a bacterium called 'Sporosarcina pasteurii ' over several days, with minimal human involvement, Bengaluru-based IISc said in a statement.
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA thinks Mars rover succeeded in taking rock sample

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2021 06:02 AM IST
  • Perseverance, NASA's latest Mars rover, landed on the planet's Jezero crater -- the site on an ancient lake -- in February on a mission to search for signs of ancient microbial life.
Over 4,500 sequences (3,794 B.1.621 sequences and 856 B.1.621.1 sequences), genome sequences and analysed samples of the virus which were taken from patients were designated as Mu in the past four weeks. Scientists work at a laboratory at Covid-19 Genomics UK, on the Wellcome Sanger Institute's 55-acre campus south of Cambridge, Britain. (Reuters/Representative Photo)
Over 4,500 sequences (3,794 B.1.621 sequences and 856 B.1.621.1 sequences), genome sequences and analysed samples of the virus which were taken from patients were designated as Mu in the past four weeks. Scientists work at a laboratory at Covid-19 Genomics UK, on the Wellcome Sanger Institute's 55-acre campus south of Cambridge, Britain. (Reuters/Representative Photo)

Is Mu variant of coronavirus vaccine resistant? WHO says it could be possible

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2021 04:05 PM IST
  • The UN agency, however, clarified that regarding its ‘immune escape’ ability and vaccine resistance, more research needs to be conducted.
Saturday’s launch was supposed to be SpaceX’s 23rd cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).(Twitter/@NASAKennedy)
Saturday’s launch was supposed to be SpaceX’s 23rd cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).(Twitter/@NASAKennedy)

SpaceX’s cargo mission deferred by a day over bad weather

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2021 02:08 PM IST
“Launch Update: Due to weather, today’s @SpaceX cargo mission is postponed. Details for the next attempt: Calendar Date – Sun. Aug., 29. Television NASA TV coverage – 2:45am ET (06:45 UT). Rocket Target liftoff – 3:14am ET (07:14 UT),” Nasa shared on Twitter on Saturday.
A black hole is a celestial object that compresses a huge mass into an extremely small space.(AFP)
A black hole is a celestial object that compresses a huge mass into an extremely small space.(AFP)

Rare, supermassive black holes spotted by Indian reseachers

UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2021 04:34 AM IST
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru, have observed three supermassive black holes from three galaxies merging to form a triple active galactic nuclei, using data from India’s only astronomy space mission, Astrosat
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Nasa's Perseverance rover locks new target on Mars after failed sample attempt

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2021 06:07 PM IST
  • The Nasa scientists will look inside 'Rochette' to determine whether they would move ahead to capture the sample with the Perseverance rover’s coring bit.
Blue Origin blasted off its New Shepard (NS-17) cargo mission into space for a 10-minute 15-second ride. (Screengrab from Blue Origin website)
Blue Origin blasted off its New Shepard (NS-17) cargo mission into space for a 10-minute 15-second ride. (Screengrab from Blue Origin website)

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin blasts off fourth flight for New Shepard programme

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 10:33 PM IST
  • The NS-17 that completed the space mission on Thursday didn’t carry any people, but the capsule contained as many as 18 commercial payloads – 11 of which are NASA-sponsored.
According to the study, the hunter-gather teen is the first known skeleton from an early foraging culture called the Toaleans.(University of Hasanuddin)
According to the study, the hunter-gather teen is the first known skeleton from an early foraging culture called the Toaleans.(University of Hasanuddin)

DNA from teenage girl who died 7,200 years ago reveals previously unknown humans

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 03:31 PM IST
  • The remains of the woman, nicknamed Bessé, were excavated in 2015 from a limestone cave called Leang Panninge on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Josh Giegel, co-founder and CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, walks next to a hyperloop tube at the company's hyperloop facility near Las Vegas, Nevada.(Reuters / File)
Josh Giegel, co-founder and CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, walks next to a hyperloop tube at the company's hyperloop facility near Las Vegas, Nevada.(Reuters / File)

Virgin Hyperloop releases new video of pods that can travel at 1000 kmph

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 02:28 PM IST
  • The design of the Virgin Hyperloop tube, with a near-vacuum environment inside, virtually eliminates aerodynamic drag, allowing battery-powered pods to glide at speeds up to 670 mph (1078 kmph).
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall and fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo that cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft (AFP)
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall and fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo that cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft (AFP)

Blue Origin to launch New Shepard spacecraft today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2021 06:42 AM IST
  • The New Shepard spacecraft had flown Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, Wally Funk, and a fourth passenger to space in July. Till date, the spacecraft has flown more than 100 payloads to space across 11 flights.
This Sunday might be your one chance to catch a ‘once in a blue moon’ event as the next one will happen in August 2023.(Reuters file photo)
This Sunday might be your one chance to catch a ‘once in a blue moon’ event as the next one will happen in August 2023.(Reuters file photo)

Moon gracing the skies today will be ‘blue’. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2021 07:30 AM IST
  • Editors and contributors to Sky & Telescope continue to use the term blue moon to define the third full moon in a season of four full moons
The asteroid will be travelling at a massive speed of 94,208 kilometres per hour. (Nasa Photo)
The asteroid will be travelling at a massive speed of 94,208 kilometres per hour. (Nasa Photo)

Asteroid bigger than Empire State Building to pass Earth today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Nasa has also said that the 1.4-kilometre-wide 'potentially hazardous', asteroid will come close to Earth next time on February 22, 2063.
ShotSpotter evidence has increasingly been admitted in court cases around the country, now totaling some 200. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)(AP)
ShotSpotter evidence has increasingly been admitted in court cases around the country, now totaling some 200. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)(AP)

How AI-powered technology landed Chicago man in jail with scant evidence

AP | , Chicago
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2021 04:12 PM IST
  • Michael Williams’ experience highlights the real-world impacts of society’s growing reliance on algorithms to help make consequential decisions about many aspects of public life
Every year the ZSI and BSI, both headquartered in Kolkata, come up with annual publications listing the few hundred animal and plants that are discovered. (Image used for representation). (HT ARCHIVES.)
Every year the ZSI and BSI, both headquartered in Kolkata, come up with annual publications listing the few hundred animal and plants that are discovered. (Image used for representation). (HT ARCHIVES.)

New enzyme that infects plants identified, says new study

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2021 10:23 AM IST
  • By discovering previously unexplored ways in which crop pathogens breakthrough plant cell walls, scientists have opened up opportunities for developing effective disease control technologies.
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