Science & Technology

  • App to manage anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic
    New York, April 4 (IANS) To help panic attack sufferers during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers have developed an application 'PanicMechanic' that adapts biofeedback-like monitoring so it can be used on a mobile phone to manage their anxiety. Biofeedback is the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions of one's own body, commercially by using electronic or other instruments, and with a goal of being able to manipulate the body's
  • Bharat Biotech to develop intranasal coronavirus vaccine
    Hyderabad, April 3 (IANS) Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech is developing a unique intranasal vaccine for Coronavirus. An international collaboration of virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the vaccine companies FluGen along with Bharat Biotech has begun the development and testing of a unique vaccine against Covid-19 called CoroFlu, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech announced on Friday. CoroFlu will build on the backbone of FluGen's flu vaccine candidate known as
  • Zoom bug can let hackers steal your Windows password
    San Francisco, April 2 (IANS) Slammed for the lack of users privacy and security by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and cybersecurity experts, video meeting app Zoom is also prone to hacking, a new report has claimed, saying an unpatched bug can let hackers steal users Windows password. The �Zoom client for Windows' is vulnerable to the 'UNC path injection' vulnerability that could let remote attackers steal login credentials for victims' Windows systems, repo
  • European experts ready smartphone technology to help halt coronavirus spread
    A woman wearing a protective mask uses her mobile phone, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Turin, Italy on February 27, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   BERLIN, April 1 (Reuters): A group of European experts said on Wednesday they would soon launch technology for smartphones to help trace people who had come into contact with those infected with coronavirus, helping the health authorities act swiftly to halt its spread.   The
  • BHU women scientists develope corona testing kit
    Varanasi, April 1 (IANS) Women researchers at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have developed a new testing method for COVID-19. The team has already patented the method. According to reports, a group of women scientists at the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, have developed a novel test method-based on RT PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) for COVID-19 with 100 per cent accuracy. Geeta Rai, the
  • Ford to make 50,000 ventilators in next 100 days
    San Francisco, April 1 (IANS) US automaker Ford has said it will make 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days, starting April 2, at its Rawsonville plant in Michigan in the US to meet the critical demand. Ford has partnered with GE Healthcare to produce a simplified type of ventilator titled "GE/Airon Model A-E". "The Ford and GE Healthcare teams, working creatively and tirelessly, have found a way to produce this vitally needed ventilator quickly and in meaningful numbers
  • 84% Indians feel COVID-19 recovery will take up to 1 year
    Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Nearly 84 per cent Indians feel that recovery from new coronavirus epidemic will take 6 months to one year time, a new survey said on Tuesday. Out of 94 per cent respondents who are aware about the COVID-19 disease, 75 per cent are extremely concerned about the disease while only 52 per cent are aware of the virus type spreading the disease, said the survey from market research and analysis firm Velocity MR. The survey involving 2,100 people was co
  • Cyient to support production of Covid-19 medical equipment
    Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) Cyient, a global engineering and technology solutions company, here on Tuesday, announced that it had received clearance for its Mysore facility to run MedTech manufacturing lines to support production of medical equipment that were critical in the fight against Covid-19. According to the Hyderabad-based firm, it's producing assemblies used in X-ray generators from GE Healthcare and diagnosis units from Molbio Diagnostics to enable rapid disease testi
  • AI tool predicts which COVID-19 patients develop respiratory disease
    New York, March 31 (IANS) An Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool has accurately predicted which patients, newly infected with the COVID-19 virus, would go on to develop severe respiratory disease. Published in the journal Computers, Materials & Continua, the study also revealed the best indicators of future severity, and found that they were not as expected. "Our goal was to design and deploy a decision-support tool using AI capabilities - mostly predictive analytics - to
  • Cyber security risk increases amid 'work from home' trend
    New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) With companies across the globe turning to work from home, via the online medium amid the COVID-19 outbreak, threats to cyber security have increased. Deepak Bhawnani, CEO at Alea Consulting said: "Companies, large and small, will be impacted due to ramifications of work from home, as this will lead to cyber security risk concerns. Proprietary corporate data is being accessed from laptops and home PCs that may not have the same level of firewall and s
  • NASA readies Orion spacecraft for Moon mission preparations
    Washington, March 27 (IANS) NASA's Orion spacecraft has come a step closer to integrating with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will take it to the Moon under the Artemis programme designed to land the first woman and the next man on lunar surface by 2024. After engineers put the spacecraft through the rigors of environmental testing at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio, it returned to the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 25, the US space agency said o
  • Digital India faces its biggest challenge amid lockdown
    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) When Digital India took birth, little did we know that in an unprecedented situation like a total lockdown, the apps and services that helped us sail through the day with ease will immediately hang up on millions. From Uber to Ola, Swiggy to Zomato and Bigbasket to Grofers – and thousands of app-based services in between – the digital dream has taken a 21-day long pause, and workers in the digital industry are in for job losses along with deep salary c
  • Equalisation levy on e-commerce transactions may raise legal challenges
    New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) With the Finance Bill 2020 expanding the scope of the equalisation levy on sales by foreign e-commerce companies, one can expect legal challenges on extra-territoriality, global consultancy major EY said on Tuesday. This is because the provision seeks to cover non-resident to non-resident transactions that use Indian data while the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is still developing consensus on the taxable nexus and allocatio
  • Scientists in 2007 warned China was a 'time bomb' for COVID-19
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) As the world battles growing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has killed over 14,500 people, a study that appeared 12 years back then claimed that the situation in China was a "time bomb" for a dangerous virus outbreak. Published by the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews in 2007, the researchers noted that the "presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern
  • 70% increase in Facebook Messenger group video calls
    San Francisco, March 23 (IANS) Seventy per cent more people are using group video calls and are spending more time than usual watching Facebook and Instagram Live amid the new coronavirus pandemic. At the end of last week, 70 per cent more people participated in group video calls using Facebook Messenger week-over-week, and the amount time spent on those group video calls has doubled globally. Similarly, voice and video calls on WhatsApp have more than doubled year-over-year in t
  • Google launches educational coronavirus website
    San Francisco, March 21 (IANS) US based search engine giant Google on Saturday launched an educational coronavirus website that contains safety tips and authoritative information about the pandemic. The move comes a week after President Donald Trump held a press conference wherein he claimed Google would be building a screening website for the coronavirus that would direct people to testing sites. The website,, is "focused on education, prevention and local res
  • Coronavirus special hacking services detected on dark net
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Even as the spread of coronavirus hit businesses across the world, hackers are taking advantage of the situation by offering their "goods" at discounted rates on the dark net including Facebook hacking services and fake MacBook Air offer, researchers from cybersecurity firm Check Point Research have discovered. Special offers by different hackers promoting their "goods" - usually malicious malware or exploit tools - are being sold over the dark net under s
  • WhatsApp commits $1 mn to fight rumours around COVID-19
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Amid the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 on social media platforms, WhatsApp on Wednesday launched a Coronavirus Information Hub and announced a $1 million donation to the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). Launched in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and UNDP, the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub is designed to provide simple, actionable guidance for health workers, educators, community
  • Gates steps down from Microsoft board to serve humanity
    San Francisco, March 14 (IANS) Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has stepped down from Microsoft's board of directors -- another step back from the tech giant he founded 45 years ago to dedicate more time to his philanthropic priorities. Gates who co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen will continue to serve as Technology Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other leaders in the company. "It's been a tremendous honour and privilege to have worked with and lea
  • Now edit tweets, auto-delete those via Brizzly+ on Twitter
    New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Although Twitter to yet to listen to users for edit and auto-deletion buttons to serve them better, a Twitter client called Brizzly has launched a new subscription service that offers these functionalities built on the Twitter API (application programming interface). The subscription costs just $6 per month and gives people access to non-native Twitter features like an undo button and auto-deletion, The Verge reported on Thursday. The undo button allows