Dump VIP culture, embrace 'EPI', says Modi (Roundup) (14:48)
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Calling for cleansing the Indian psyche of the "deeply entrenched" VIP culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said 'VIP' must be replaced by 'EPI' -- Every Person is Important.

Study suggests new approach to assess vulnerability of bridges (14:20)
San Francisco, April 30 (IANS) Analysis considering a range of flood scenarios, as opposed to a single 100-year threshold, could be more robust and accurate about vulnerability of bridges, according to a study.

Bullies, victims want plastic surgery: Research (13:52)
London, April 30 (IANS) School bullies and victims are more likely to want plastic surgery than other teenagers, a new research by the University of Warwick in the UK has found.

South Asia satellite a boon for the entire region: Modi (13:26)
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the 'South Asia Satellite' to be launched by India on May 5, will go a long way in addressing the region's economic and developmental priorities.

Is there a positive side to worrying? (12:42)
New York, April 30 (IANS) A new study by a psychology professor at the University of California - Riverside shows that there is a positive side to worrying.

Material that changes properties according to environment developed (12:30)
New York, April 30 (IANS) Inspired by the jelly-like jaw of a sea worm, researchers have developed a new material that becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it and can be used in soft robotics.

New eye test may detect early signs of glaucoma (10:24)
London, April 30 (IANS) Researchers have developed a simple eye test that could help solve the biggest global cause of irreversible blindness, glaucoma, by detecting the onset of the disease at a very early stage.

SpaceX set to launch US spy satellite on Sunday (14:04)
New York, April 29 (IANS) SpaceX is set to launch on Sunday a classified mission for the US National Reconnaissance Office NRO), the agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites.

Myanmar plans to set up satellite system (13:58)
Nay Pyi Taw, April 29 (IANS) Myanmar is planning to set up a satellite system of its own and to form a steering committee for the purpose, officials said on Saturday.

China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020 (19:20)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China plans to conduct several manned space flights between 2019 and 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, an official said on Friday.

NASA may face space suit crunch: Report (18:34)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) NASA appears to be ill prepared to have a new space suit ready for future deep-space missions, media reported citing the space agency's auditor report.

Genes that helps Tibetans survive at high altitudes (15:56)
New York, April 28 (IANS) Variants of five different genes -- including one originating in the extinct human subspecies Denisovans -- help Tibetans survive the harsh conditions of the high altitudes, says a study.

Martian soil could be pressed into making strong bricks (15:24)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) Experimenting with Mars-like soil, researchers have found that the Red Planet's soil could be turned into bricks just by applying pressure to compact the soil -- without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients.

NASA's next generation space telescope plan takes a pause (14:10)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) NASA said it is initiating an independent external review to know how long it will take and how much it will cost to build the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Human DNA discovered in caves without skeletal remains (08:28)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) An international team of researchers has successfully retrieved human DNA in cave sediments where no skeletal remains were found, a new study revealed.

Early humans reached North America 130,000 years ago: Study (17:20)
New York, April 27 (IANS) Early humans probably reached North America 130,000 years ago -- 115,000 years earlier than previously thought, claims a study.

Cassini's first dive between Saturn and its rings successful: NASA  (16:16)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Cassini's first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26 was successful and the spacecraft is now in the process of beaming back science and engineering data collected during its passage, NASA said on Thursday.

'Iceball' planet about the same mass as Earth discovered (15:22)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Scientists have discovered an "extremely cold" new planet about the same mass as Earth, and the same distance from its host star as our planet is from our Sun.

Aussie scientists crack barley's genetic code benefitting healthier beer (14:24)
Canberra, April 27 (IANS) In a development which could lead to the creation of healthier beers and drought-resistant crops, a team of Australian researchers has cracked the genetic code of the grain barley.

Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa (11:54)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood).

Researchers develop system that can 3-D print entire building (11:38)
New York, April 27 (IANS) Expanding the list of material that can be produced by 3-D printing, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a system to print the basic structure of an entire building.

Glitch hits NASA's Dawn spacecraft (10:56)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) NASA's Dawn spacecraft encountered a glitch while preparing for its scheduled observation of Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun.

Artificial photosynthesis turns carbon dioxide into clean air (17:38)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to trigger a process similar to photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy -- all at the same time.

India's proposed coal plants could imperil global climate goals (13:32)
New York, April 26 (IANS) The world is unlikely to meet global climate goals if India carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, new research warns.

Google Doodle marks Cassini's first 'Grand Finale' dive (11:20)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) As the Cassini spacecraft starts its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, Google has marked the occasion with an animated Doodle.

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