Science & Technology

  • Martian subsurface has ingredients for present-day microbial life
    WASHINGTON, APRIL 23 (IANS): The Martian subsurface might be a good place to look for possible present-day life on the Red Planet, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Astrobiology, looked at the chemical composition of Martian meteorites -- rocks blasted off of the surface of Mars that eventually landed on Earth. The analysis determined that those rocks, if in consistent contact with water, would produce the chemical energy needed to support microbial commun
  • Engineers trick Tesla car to drive on Autopilot sans driver
    San Francisco, April 23 (IANS): As Tesla faces several fatal crashes in the recent past that has put its Autopilot mode in scrutiny, engineers at Consumer Reports engineers have easily tricked a Tesla Model Y to drive on the electric carmakers driver assistance feature, without actually anyone in the drivers seat. During the drive, Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines, but the system did not send out a warning that the driver's seat was empty. The engi
  • Cloud, AI and data to transform India in next decade: Nilekani
    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Although there is an acceleration in tech adoption and innovation across sectors in India, the key challenge now is to scale new-age technologies like Cloud, AL/ML and data in a way that these can empower more than a billion people in the next decade, global IT major Infosys co-founder and Chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Tuesday. In a conversation with Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft during the first virtual edition of ExpertSpeak, Nilekani said th
  • Now transfer your FB posts, notes to Google Documents, WordPress
    New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Facebook on Monday introducing two new data portability types that will help users directly transfer their posts and notes to Google Documents, Blogger and WordPress.com. The social network last year enabled people to transfer their photos and videos to Backblaze, Dropbox, Google Photos and Koofr. "To better reflect the range of data types people can now transfer to our partners' services, we're renaming the tool ‘Transfer Your Inform
  • Chrome 90 will let you share links to highlighted text
    San Francisco, April 18 (IANS) Google has started rolling out a feature for Chrome 90, which will allow users to create a link that takes people to the part of a page you highlighted. The tech giant originally launched the capability as an extension last year -- now that it's officially part of Chrome itself, you don't have to install anything extra to use it anymore, Engadget reported on Saturday. The feature could be very useful to students and colleagues working togeth
  • After India, Brazil targets upcoming WhatsApp privacy update
    Brasilia/New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) After facing an intense scrutiny in India over its upcoming privacy update, consumer protection agencies in Brazil have now asked the government to act on the May 15 privacy update that will allow Facebook to aggregate users' data across all of its platforms. Consumer rights non-profit organisation Idec has notified Brazil's National Data Protection Authority, the National Consumer Secretariat and the Federal Prosecution Service, among oth
  • NASA SpaceX Crew-2 set for launch on April 22
    Washington, April 16 (IANS) US space agency NASA is set to launch SpaceX Crew Dragon second flight to the International Space Station on April 22, it said. The Crew-2 with four astronauts on board, will lift-off at 6:11 a.m. EDT on April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew-2 flight will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur -- whoa-will serve as the mission's spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively
  • India at 49th spot on internet inclusion globally: Facebook
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS): Despite cheapest data plans and nearly 700 million internet users, India is at a dismal 49th spot globally when it comes to internet inclusion and gender equality in accessing the world wide web, a Facebook-Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study has revealed. India is tied with Thailand in 49th place this year on the scores of internet availability (77th position globally), affordability (20th spot), relevance (49th position) and readiness (29th) categor
  • Facebook ties up with CleanMax to go 100% renewable in India
    Gurugram, April 15 (IANS) Facebook and CleanMax on Thursday announced a partnership to support renewable power from wind and solar facilities in India. "We're excited to announce this important step that is helping us support our operations in the region, including our offices in India, with 100 per cent renewable energy," Urvi Parekh, Head of renewable energy at Facebook said in a statement. Under the agreement, Facebook and CleanMax will assemble a portfolio of wi
  • Zoom fatigue greater for women, finds Stanford study
    New York, April 15 (IANS) Even as video calls have taken over people's work and personal lives amid the pandemic, a new Stanford University research has found that the feeling of exhaustion that comes from a day of back-to-back online meetings, also known as "Zoom fatigue", is greater for women than men. The researchers found that overall, one in seven women -- 13.8 per cent -- compared with one in 20 men -- 5.5 per cent -- reported feeling "very" to "ex
  • StayQrious offers free online coding course for kids on YouTube
    New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Domestic edtech platform StayQrious on Tuesday announced that it is offering a blended-learning coding course for free on YouTube for kids aged between 8-14 years-old. The coding course will consist 13 classes on YouTube, where kids can learn algorithms, debugging, variables, loops, nested loops, conditionals and functions among others. This will be followed by two more seasons on YouTube that will cover all the foundational concepts that can be carried
  • 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