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IIT KGP researchers develop kit to help stop smoking (21:50)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Researchers at IIT Kharagpur (IIT KGP) have developed a prototype of a sensor-based tracking kit to monitor daily activities while a smartphone-based application is under development which will analyse the tracking kit data to recognise addictive and depressive behaviour, an official said on Tuesday.

Demand for strategic satellites rises, countdown for IAF satellite launch begins (18:06)IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Indian space agency is facing an increased demand for strategic satellites, a top official has said, even as the countdown began on Tuesday afternoon for the launch a day later of the country's latest military communications satellite, the GSAT-7 for the IAF.

Green leafy vegetables may prevent fatty liver disease (17:38)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Eating green leafy vegetables in larger portion daily may reduce the risk of developing fatty liver disease, suggests researchers in a mice study.

Saturn rings may vanish in 100 mn years: NASA (13:26)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago, confirms new NASA research that estimates that the rings have less than 100 million years to live.

3-hour manned flights to ISS to begin in 18 months: Roscosmos (12:46)
Moscow, Dec 17 (IANS) Manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS) under an ultra-fast three-hour scheme involving circling the Earth twice, will begin in a year and a half, said Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian state space corporation Roscosmos.

Astronomers spot unusual star forming like a planet (17:12)
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Instead of finding a planet, astronomers have detected a star forming in the outer regions of the disc of dust and gas surrounding a massive star.

India's IDRSS to be satellite communication hub in sky (13:30)
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) As part of its proposed manned space mission, India will launch the Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS) to improve data relay and communication links with its remote sensing/earth observation satellites, said a top official of the ISRO.

'Brightest Comet' set to pass by Earth on Sunday (16:18)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Stargazers are in for a treat as the "brightest comet" is set to make one of the 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years, and one may even be able to see it without a telescope on Sunday, NASA said.

Rocket Lab to launch 10 NASA CubeSats on Sunday (13:14)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) In its first mission for NASA, the American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is set to launch 10 small research satellites, or CubeSats, from New Zealand, the US space agency said.

Neanderthal genes behind shape of human skulls: Study (17:54)
London, Dec 14 (IANS) A team of scientists have identified two genes that affect the shape of the modern human's skull and they originate from Neanderthals.

NASA photographs Mars InSight lander from space (13:10)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA has pinpointed the exact landing location of its newly launched InSight lander, using a powerful camera onboard another of the agency's spacecraft, hovering around the Red Planet.

NASA seeks US partners to develop reusable systems for Moon mission (12:44)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA is set to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems, in a major step to land astronauts on the surface of the Moon.

Australia to provide support for European Space Agency's tracking station (08:32)
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) In a first an Australian body has been chosen to take over day-to-day operations at the European Space Agency's (ESA) deep space tracking centre, it was announced on Friday.

Hi-tech world to be on display at Gujarat science expo (23:12)
Gandhinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) Giving a glimpse of advanced technologies, which were once considered science fiction stuff, an exhibition on futuristic technologies will be displayed at the Science City, prior to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS) 2019. The city will also have a four-month-long exhibition on space produced by American Museum of Natural History.

Heart attack risks higher on Christmas eve: Study (20:22)
London, Dec 13 (IANS) All set to ring in Christmas eve? According to a research, the risk of heart attack peaks at around Christmas eve, particularly for older and sicker people, and it is most likely due to heightened emotional stress.

ALMA finds protoplanetary disks depicting planet formation (20:04)
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) Astronomers have obtained stunning, high-resolution images of 20 nearby protoplanetary disks, depicting the birth of planets, using Chile's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

NASA's Juno mission to cross halfway to Jupiter next week (12:44)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) NASA's Juno mission will next week mark the halfway point in data collection by completing the 16th science pass of Jupiter.

Google Doodle tells why you shouldn't miss Thursday's meteor showers (11:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) After 9 p.m. on Thursday , you should be able to watch the best Geminid meteor showers to Earth ever and Google has made a Doodle just to make you aware of what a celestial show you could miss if you do not look up at the sky at the right time.

Ministry asks IISc to design data site for smart cities (17:50)
Bengaluru, Dec 12 (IANS) The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs asked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to design a data site for information exchange among smart cities, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

India to launch GSAT 7 satellite for Indian Air Force (17:16)
Chennai, Dec 12 (IANS) India will be launching GSAT 7A, a military communication satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF), on December 19 with its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) rocket, said Indian space agency.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars (13:30)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm, the US space agency has said.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (Lead) (16:06)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's first spacecraft sent to collect sample from an asteroid has found water locked inside asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice: NASA (13:24)
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) A group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean, NASA scientists have found.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (12:48)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has found water locked inside the asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

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