Science & Technology

  • Moon once shared magnetic field with Earth, protecting atmosphere
    New York, October 15 (IANS): The Moon played a huge role in the evolution of life on Earth as a new study suggests that our natural satellite once had a magnetic field that helped shield our home planet from harmful solar radiation during a critical early time. The shared magnetic field situation, with Earth and Moon's magnetospheres joined, could have persisted from 4.1 to 3.5 billion years ago, according to the NASA-led study published in the journal Science Advances. "
  • The robot dolphin that could replace captive animals at theme parks one day
    HAYWARD, Calif., October 14 (Reuters) - Darting around the pool as a group of swimmers stands in the shallow end, the dolphin looks much like those that jump through hoops and perform acrobatics at theme parks. But this marine creature is a robot. "When I first saw the dolphin, I thought it could be real," said a woman who swam with the remote-controlled creature. Edge Innovations, a U.S. engineering company with an animatronic and special effects division in Califor
  • 8 nations sign NASA's Artemis Accords for Moon exploration
    Washington, October 14 (IANS): Eight nations, including the US, have signed the Artemis Accords, an international agreement that establishes a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in NASA's lunar exploration plans. Besides the US, other founding member nations that have signed the Artemis Accords are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, NASA said on Tuesday. "Ar
  • Microsoft, AICTE to skill students in next gen technologies
    New Delhi, October 12 (IANS): The All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) on Monday announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to empower students and educators with future-ready skills. As part of this partnership, over 1500 course modules from Microsoft will be made available to students and educators free of cost through AICTE's e-learning portal, ELIS. Microsoft's learning resource centre, Microsoft Learn, has been integrated with the ELIS platform to pr
  • Global PC market growth breaks 10-year record with 13% rise
    New Delhi, October 11 (IANS): The global PC market climbed 12.7 per cent from a year ago to reach 79.2 million units in the third quarter of this year, registering the highest growth the market has seen in the past 10 years, according to the latest report from Canalys. After a weak Q1, the recovery in Q2 continued into Q3 this year in which Lenovo regained the top spot, showed data released by the analyst company. Global notebook shipments touched 64 million units -- almost as mu
  • NASA to reveal new space tech partners for 2024 Moon mission
    Washington, October 10 (IANS): As NASA plans to return humans to the Moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis programme, the US space agency will announce new space tech public-private partnerships next week. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will discuss NASA's Artemis programme and announce the agency's latest ‘Tipping Point' selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration on October 14. NASA released the opportunity in January this year, se
  • Microsoft, chip maker Arm to boost AI innovation for IoT devices
    New Delhi, October 9 (IANS): SoftBank-owned UK chip maker Arm has partnered with Microsoft to create Azure-based tools to enable developers transfer data from Arm-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices to Azure Cloud. The partnership will enable developers to easily target a broad range of Arm-based devices like intelligent computer-vision-enabled cameras, connected vehicles, AI gateways and intelligent appliances. With over 30 billion active IoT devices in the world with 400 per
  • Zoom adds extra layer of security for classrooms
    San Francisco, October 8 (IANS) Video meet platform Zoom has released an external authentication feature in a bid to keep classrooms secure amid the pandemic. The Single Sign-On (SSO) feature allows users to log in one time, under one set of credentials, to get access to all the applications, data, and services they need, Zoom said on Wednesday. Zoom already has an SSO option to make it easy for faculty and staff to securely access their Zoom account. That experience is now ex
  • 'Mercenary' hacker group runs rampant in Middle East, cybersecurity research shows
    WASHINGTON, October 7 (Reuters): Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on Wednesday by mobile firm BlackBerry Corp. The report on the group, known publicly as Bahamut, the name assigned to the mythical sea monster of Arab lore, highlights how cybersecurity researchers are increasingly finding evidence of mercenaries online. BlackBerry's vice president of
  • World's first DDR5 DRAM chip launched in S. Korea
    Seoul, October 6 (IANS): South Korean chipmaker SK hynix on Tuesday launched the world's first Double Data Rate 5 (DDR5) DRAM, as it strives to expand its presence with the next-generation memory product. SK hynix's 16GB DDR5 DRAM, which was developed using 1Ynm process technology, is now available in the market after completing various verification and compatibility tests, reports Yonhap news agency. DDR5 is a next-generation DRAM standard that boasts fast speed and high
  • Social media postings lead to hate crimes: Study
    New York, October 6 (IANS): In a major study, researchers have found that posts about refugees on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter may have contributed to hate crimes against them. The study, published in the European Economic Association, investigated how negative rhetoric about refugees on social media may have contributed to hate crimes against refugees in Germany between 2015 and 2017. "We think our paper can only be a starting point for understanding
  • McAfee software creator jailed in Spain, sources say
    BARCELONA, October 6 (Reuters): John McAfee, an anti-virus software creator indicted for fraud in the United States, was in jail on Tuesday pending extradition procedures after being arrested in Barcelona airport at the weekend, sources said. The McAfee software founder was detained on Saturday when about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport, a Spanish police source said. A judicial source said McAfee was then presented to a high court judge through a video
  • Researchers zero in on 24 superhabitable planets for alien life
    New York, October 5 (IANS): Researchers have identified two dozen planets outside our solar system that may have conditions more suitable for life than our own and some of these orbit stars that may be better than even our Sun. A study, led by Washington State University scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch and published in the journal Astrobiology, detailed characteristics of potential "superhabitable" planets, that include those that are older, a little larger, slightly warmer
  • Government IoT endpoint electronics market to reach $15bn in 2020
    New Delhi, October 5 (IANS): The global government Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint electronics and communications market will reach $14.7 billion in 2020, an increase of 6 per cent from 2019, a Gartner report said on Monday. The largest revenue opportunities in the government IoT market in 2020 are in outdoor surveillance, street and outdoor lighting and road toll and traffic management. "The Covid-19 pandemic is slowing down spending. However, governments across the globe
  • Writing by hand will make kids 'truly smart' in digital era
    London, October 3 (IANS): As kids get glued to various types of screens during digital learning, researchers now emphasise that children must receive at least a minimum of handwriting training for best learning and memory. Results from several studies have shown that both children and adults learn more and remember better when writing by hand. Now another study from Norwegian University of Science and Technology confirms the same -- choosing handwriting over keyboard use yields t
  • Nights warming faster than days, shows research
    New Delhi, October 3 (IANSlife): Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently - and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide, shows new research. According to University of Exeter scientists, who studied warming from 1983 to 2017, there was a difference in mean annual temperature of more than 0.25�C between daytime and night-time warming in over half of the global land surface. Days warmed mo
  • NASA plans 3D printing construction systems for Moon, Mars
    Washington, October 2 (IANS): NASA is working with Texas-based construction technologies company ICON on early research and development of a 3D printing construction system that could support future exploration of the Moon and Mars. The company announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a US government Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract including funding from NASA to begin research and development of a space-based construction system. ICON said it will also de
  • New malware infects Android TVs, IoT devices in 84 nations
    New Delhi, October 1 (IANS): A new malware has infected roughly 13,500 Internet of Things (IoT) devices like Android TVs in 84 countries, chiefly in Asia, and that number continues to grow, US-based cyber security firm Barracuda Network said on Thursday. Busy building a botnet for a big scale attack, a new variant of the InterPlanetary Storm malware is targeting IoT devices such as TVs that run on Android operating systems and Linux-based machines, such as routers with ill-configure
  • Pichai commits $1 billion to help publishers create quality news
    San Francisco, October 1 (IANS): Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday announced the company's biggest $1 billion investment for the future of news, in partnerships with news publishers that would pay them to create and curate high-quality content for better online news experience. Pichai launched Google News Showcase that features the editorial curation of award-winning newsrooms to give readers more insight on the stories that matter, and in the process, helps publ
  • E-olympiad set to quiz Indian students on GK
    New Delhi, October 1 (IANSlife): For school-goers, quizzes like olympiads can be both experiential and experimental learning outside the classroom. With learning having gone digital, an online nationwide GK olympiad for school students is all set to test young minds on their general knowledge, and make e-education a bit more exciting, even during school closures. Mind Wars, a multiplatform knowledge programme promoted by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has announced India's la