Science & Technology

  • 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
  • 10 minutes of video gaming everyday may enhance esport skills
    London, March 27 (IANS) Video gamers can significantly improve their esport skills by training for just 10 minutes a day, a new study revealed. The study also found that novice gamers benefited most when they wore a custom headset delivering transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for 20 minutes before training sessions. "Our study found that novice gamers who received tDCS over their motor cortex before training improved their performance on the specific task over fi
  • This is how iPhone 12 Pro will capture vibrant Holi colours
    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS): With the festival of colours around the corner, top Indian photographers on Friday said that the computational photography tools on iPhone 12 Pro helped them capture more natural looking and vibrant images, capturing the true essence of the Holi colours. According to Anurag Banerjee, he is still most impressed by just the main camera lens. "Be it day shots or night mode, I tend to stick to that as much as possible. The telephoto lens (2X for iP
  • Astronomers obtain 1st image of black hole's magnetic fields
    New York, March 25 (IANS) A new view of a supermassive black hole marks the first time astronomers have captured and mapped polarisation, a sign of magnetic fields, so close to the edge of a black hole. Images released by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration revealed how the black hole, some 55 million light-years away at the centre of galaxy M87 appears in polarised light. The EHT collaboration involves more than 300 researchers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and So
  • Microsoft servers being hacked 'faster than anyone can count'
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The key vulnerabilities in the Microsoft business email servers have left cyber security experts flummoxed as this free-for-all attack opportunity is now being exploited by vast numbers of criminal gangs, state-backed threat actors and opportunistic "script kiddies," researchers at F-Secure have warned. To make matters worse, proof-of-concept automated attack scripts are being made publicly available, making it possible for even unskilled attacke
  • Once scorned, AI now buzzword for humanity
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) With deep and exclusive reporting, across hundreds of interviews, New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz relates the modern history of artificial intelligence (AI) in "The Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought A.I. to Google, Facebook, and the World" (Penguin). The book brings forth a compelling narrative that does not only put into perspective what AI means to us humans, but also tells a definitive story of how a project confined
  • China 'bans' Tesla entry into military, govt premises
    San Francisco/Beijing, March 20 (IANS): China is reportedly barring military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential data security risk posed by the Elon Musk-run electric carmaker. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal citing sources, people who work for the "military, state-owned enterprises in sensitive industries, and other government agencies" will be asked not to drive a Tesla vehicle. "The Chinese government has info
  • Telegram launches Voice Chats 2.0
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) In a recent update, Telegram messenger on Saturday introduced Voice Chats 2.0 with rich features for conducting live voice chat sessions in Channels for unlimited participants. This feature had earlier existed only for Telegram Groups that was launched in December 2020. "This update also brings recordable voice chats, rich lists of participants, raise hand mechanics, invite links for speakers and listeners, voice chat titles. In addition to this pu
  • India saw largest spike in malware attacks in 2020: Report
    MUMBAI, MARCH 18 (IANS): India experienced the largest spike in malware attacks, with the monthly volume more than tripling between September and October, said a new report from cybersecurity firm SonicWall. The country saw more than 25 million malware attacks in December 2020, said the "2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report." The pandemic's work-from-home reality resulted in an unprecedented change for organisations as they fought to defend exponentially greater attack s
  • 45% mobile users introduced to gaming by pandemic
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The onset of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown resulted in a significant shift in mobile usage and consequently has been a catalyst in boosting mobile gaming in India. InMobi's 2021 Gaming Report, India found that during this period, 45 per cent of Indians started playing games on their smartphones. This also resulted in a spike in the amount of time spend on mobile gaming as well as the number of apps they experimented with. Among the commit