John Young, who set records in space with NASA, is dead at 87
John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on...
Married heart patients more likely than singles to survive
People with heart disease have better long-term survival odds when they are married, a recent US study suggests. Compared...
Computer chip ‘flaw’ sparks security debate
A newly discovered vulnerability in computer chips raised concerns Wednesday that hackers could access sensitive data on most modern...
Soon, technology to print mobile phones on t-shirts
Researchers have come with a new version of ‘spaser’ technology that can make mobile phones so flexible that they can actually be printed on your t-shirt. Researchers at Monash University have modelled the world’s first spaser (surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to be made completely of... Read more
Now, DIY ‘droplet’ lens
Researchers have developed an inexpensive high quality lenses by hanging and curing droplets of a gel-like material, which will cost less than a penny a piece. The researchers have made lenses about a few millimeters thick with a magnification power of 160 times and a resolution of about 4... Read more
Facebook purchases fitness tracking mobile app ‘Moves’
Facebook Inc has acquired the maker of a mobile app that can track the distance consumers walk or run and measure the calories burned, giving the social networking company an entree into the world of fitness and health monitoring technology. Facebook did not disclose the price it paid for... Read more
163 million years old flying reptile discovered
Researchers have discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid (a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed) and established they flew above the earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known. Working from... Read more
Astronauts repair dead computer outside International Space Station
Two US astronauts successfully replaced a dead computer on Thursday, working outside the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson, did the urgent repair job by swapping out the computers well within an hour. The replacement of the compact 50-pound box needed just three bolts. NASA hopes to... Read more
And now email notifications delivery though scented bubbles
A university team has developed a machine that can fire coloured, scented bubbles at users to deliver notifications, adverts or even teach maths Researchers are claiming to have invented a new form of human/computer interaction after developing a machine that can fill bubbles with different smells and project images... Read more
Monkeys are capable of mental maths
A new study has helped scientists prove an old theory that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetic. A research team led by neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone trained three rhesus macaques to identify symbols representing the numbers zero to 25. They then taught the test subjects how to perform addition. According... Read more
Lyrid Shower falling on Earth Day
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on the morning of Earth Day, April 22, but will be visible for much of the week. Astronomers said, the Lyrids can produce as many as 20 meteors per hour at their peak. But, the moon might spoil some of the... Read more
Humans will compete with robots by 2040
By 2040, cabs will be driven by Google robots, shops will become showrooms for online outlets and call centres will be staffed by intelligent droids. That’s the scenario depicted in recent research which suggests robots could be taking over our lives and jobs in less than 30 years. The... Read more
‘Dragon’ cargo ship docks at International Space Station
After a 36 hour journey, the Dragon cargo ship has made an Easter Sunday delivery of food, science experiments and supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. The freighter was sent by SpaceX, one of two private firms hired by NASA to supply the ISS after the... Read more
KU scientist declared ‘most productive scientist’ of Pakistan
Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Islamabad has declared Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), the most productive scientists of Pakistan. Dr Iqbal Choudhary was selected from around 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan. Under the umbrella of... Read more
‘Baby steps’ for first space station Robot
NASA develops robotic helpers for astronauts Robonaut, the first space humanoid, is finally getting legs! For three years, robonaut had to to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the International Space... Read more
Paleontologists discover land herbivores’ earliest ancestor
Paleontologists unearthed the oldest known ancestor of land-dwelling herbivores with the discovery of a 300-million-year-old skeleton, shedding light onto plant eaters´ emergence on land, a study said Wednesday. A partial fossil of the animal, called Eocasea martini, is “the first link between carnivores and herbivores, the transition,” Robert Reisz,... Read more
Cyborg glasses save users the need to control emotions
As Google continues to stoke excitement for its Glass smart-eyewear, a Japanese researcher has developed a radical alternative. Rather than focus on what the owner sees, Prof Hirotaka Osawa’s kit shows computer-generated eye animations in place of the wearer’s real ones. Special lenses let the user see out or... Read more