Science & Technology

  • Cyberattacks: Retail, healthcare sectors among most targeted
    SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 13 (IANS): Organisations in the business and professional services, retail and hospitality, financial, healthcare and high technology were the top targets of cybercriminals in 2020, said a new report on Tuesday. According to the "FireEye Mandiant M-Trends 2021" report, organisations in the retail and hospitality industry were targeted more heavily in 2020 -- coming in as the second most targeted industry compared to 11th in last year's report. H
  • MIT scientists create music from spider webs
    New York, April 12 (IANS) A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have translated the structure of a spider web into music, which could have applications ranging from better 3D printers to cross-species communication and otherworldly musical compositions. "The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings. They don't see very well, so they sense their world through vibrations, which have different frequencies," said Marku
  • Over 33% ICS computers faced cyberattacks in H2 2020: Report
    New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Globally, the percentage of attacked ICS (industrial control system) computers in the second half of 2020 was 33.4 per cent, said a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. The percentage of ICS computers attacked in the engineering and ICS integration sector grew by nearly 8 percentage points, said the report. The building automation and oil & gas sectors also saw considerable spike. Overall, the percentage of ICS computers attacked increas
  • Apple likely to use 120Hz ProMotion display in 'iPhone 13' lineup
    San Francisco, April 10 (IANS) The next-gen iPhone 13 Pro lineup will reportedly come with 120Hz ProMotion display for the first time. According to AppleInsider, low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) displays have been rumoured for the iPhone for about two years. However, the report claims that the displays will finally arrive on the iPhone, granting the device a 120Hz refresh display for the first time. Citing "industry sources," supply chain monitor DigiTime
  • Mars did not dry up all at once, says study
    New York, April 9 (IANS) Mars had drier and wetter eras before drying up completely about three billion years ago, says a new study which suggests that the Red Planet did not dry up all at once. The findings are based on data from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover which continues to explore the base of Mount Sharp on the Red Planet. "A primary goal of the Curiosity mission was to study the transition between the habitable environment of the past, to the dry and cold climate th
  • Earth receives over 5K tonnes of extraterrestrial dust each year
    London, April 9 (IANS): Every year, over 5,000 tonnes of extraterrestrial dust fall to Earth each year, scientists have determined. Our home planet encounters dust from comets and asteroids. These interplanetary dust particles pass through our atmosphere and give rise to shooting stars. Some of them reach the ground in the form of micrometeorites. Micrometeorites have always fallen on our planet. These interplanetary dust particles from comets or asteroids are particles of a few
  • Mars did not dry up all at once, says study
    NEW YORK, APRIL 9 (IANS): Mars had drier and wetter eras before drying up completely about three billion years ago, says a new study which suggests that the Red Planet did not dry up all at once. The findings are based on data from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover which continues to explore the base of Mount Sharp on the Red Planet. "A primary goal of the Curiosity mission was to study the transition between the habitable environment of the past, to the dry and cold climate t
  • Earth receives over 5K tonnes of extraterrestrial dust each year
    LONDON, APRIL 9 (IANS): Every year, over 5,000 tonnes of extraterrestrial dust fall to Earth each year, scientists have determined. Our home planet encounters dust from comets and asteroids. These interplanetary dust particles pass through our atmosphere and give rise to shooting stars. Some of them reach the ground in the form of micrometeorites. Micrometeorites have always fallen on our planet. These interplanetary dust particles from comets or asteroids are particles o
  • NASA's Odyssey spacecraft marks 20 years of mapping Mars
    Washington, April 8 (IANS) Do you know that a NASA spacecraft launched 20 years ago is still working at the Red Planet? For two decades, the longest-lived spacecraft at the Red Planet, 2001 Mars Odyssey, has helped locate water ice, assess landing sites, and study the planet's mysterious moons, NASA said. Launched 20 years ago on April 7, the orbiter, which takes its name from Arthur C. Clarke's classic sci-fi novel "2001: A Space Odyssey", was sent to map the c
  • Indian astronomers trace rare supernova explosion to WR stars
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 (IANS): Tracking a rare supernova explosion, Indian astronomers have traced it to one of the hottest kind of stars, called Wolf-Rayet stars or WR stars. The rare Wolf-Rayet stars are highly luminous objects a thousand times that of the Sun and have intrigued astronomers for long, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement on Tuesday. They are massive stars and strip their outer hydrogen envelope which is associated with the fusion of heliu
  • Facebook data of 61 lakh Indians among over 53cr users leaked
    New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Personal data of nearly 533 million (53.3 crore) Facebook users, including 61 lakh Indians, remerged online after a hacker posted the details on a digital forum. The leaked data includes Facebook ID numbers, profile names, email addresses, location information, gender details, job data, and other details. The easy availability of such data may make users more vulnerable to cybercrime, although Facebook has said that this is "old data". "
  • Couple exchanges digital 'NFT' rings with wedding vows
    San Francisco, April 3 (IANS): Marriages are made in heaven, but the ring exchange can now even happen in digital tokens or Blockchain on Earth. In a first such incident, two employees at cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase have exchanged NFTs (non-fungible tokens) as virtual rings using smartphones during their wedding ceremony. NFTs allow people to buy and sell ownership of unique digital items and keep track of who owns them using the Blockchain. NFT stands for "non-fu
  • Google Wifi app getting rolled into Google Home app: Report
    San Francisco, April 3 (IANS) Google is reportedly shutting down its dedicated Google Wifi app for managing its routers and rolling that functionality over to the Google Home app to help users control and manage all their connected products in one place. The switchover to the Google Home app will come in two phases -- first, Google will disable most of the functionality of the Google Wifi app on May 25, The Verge reported on Friday. Starting then, users will only be able to view
  • Where did Earth get its carbon from?
    New York, April 3 (IANS) Carbon survived an interstellar journey to reach the Earth, entirely avoiding vaporisation, as believed earlier, according to a new study. Carbon is the backbone of life on Earth. It is responsible for regulating climate and making Earth a habitable planet. The study, detailed in the journal 'Science Advances', showed that most of Earth's carbon was inherited directly from the interstellar medium -- the material that exists in space between st
  • Signal is fastest growing app as WhatsApp privacy policy inches closer
    New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Amid the brouhaha over new and controversial WhatsApp privacy policy that is set to come into force from May 15, privacy-focused messaging app Signal became the fastest-growing app globally, including in India, both in downloads and monthly active users (MAUs) in the first quarter last year, according to a new report. Another encrypted messaging app Telegram was at the third spot in downloads and number two in MAUs, according to data provided by app analyti
  • Astronomers detect X-rays from Uranus for 1st time
    Washington, April 1 (IANS) In a finding that may help scientists learn more about Uranus, astronomers have detected X-rays from this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system, for the first time. Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and has two sets of rings around its equator. The planet, which has four times the diameter of Earth, rotates on its side, making it different from all other planets in the solar system. Since Voyager 2 was the only spacecraft to ever fly
  • Cybercriminals using online gaming to target kids
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The increased use of online gaming has brought with it a slew of challenges and risks that include exposure of children to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, addiction, gambling and toxic peers, warned a new report on Thursday. The global gaming industry is expected to grow in the next few years, and the risks associated with it, such as cybercrimes and cyberbullying, must be acknowledged by parents, gamers and the government, said t
  • 1st all-electric Kia car can do 500 kms on single charge
    Seoul, March 30 (IANS) Taking Elon Musk-run Tesla head on, South Korea's No 2 automaker Kia on Tuesday unveiled the EV6, its first all-electric model built on a dedicated platform that can travel over 500 kms on a single charge. The EV6 is priced at from over 45 million won to around 55 million won ($40,000 and $48,500) -- similar to Tesla's entry-level all-electric sedans. In an online world premier event, South Korea's No. 2 automaker showcased its crossover EV6 bas
  • iPhone 13 Pro to feature matte black option, improved Portrait mode
    San Francisco, March 29 (IANS): Apple is reportedly planning to launch iPhone 13 lineup and now a new report has claimed that the iPhone 13 Pro will be offered in a new matte black option with improved Portrait mode. According to a report by Max Weinbach via Everything ApplePro's YouTube channel, the iPhone 13 will come with a matte black option for the Pro and Pro Max models, a new stainless steel coating that reduces smudges and fingerprints and a new rear-camera design. In
  • IIT Hyderabad to hunt for Einstein's waves as InPTA joins global efforts
    Hyderabad, March 28 (IANS) The formal entry of Indian Pulsar Timing Array (InPTA), as a full member of IPTA, has opened the doors for greater participation by IIT Hyderabad researchers, in the search for Einstein's waves from monster black holes. The largest radio telescopes in the world are routinely being used by an international experiment, called International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA), to precisely measure the clock periods of a collection of these radio pulsars. InPTA