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Europe-Japan joint mission set out for Mercury (11:22)
London, Oct 20 (IANS) Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to the Sun's closest planet Mercury. It is likely to take them seven years to reach their destination.

Girls who play video games more likely to pursue science degrees (17:48)
London, Oct 19 (IANS) Girls who play video games are three times more likely to pursue physical science, technology, engineering or maths (PSTEM) degrees compared to their non-gaming counterparts, says a new study.

Superflares from red dwarfs may affect habitability of planets (16:34)
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have found that violent outbursts, or superflares, from red dwarf stars could affect the habitability of any planets orbiting it.

NASA calls for science payloads for delivery to Moon (15:08) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) In line with its plan to conduct more research on the Moon's surface ahead of a human return, NASA has issued a call for science instruments and technology payloads that will fly on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020.

There's no God: Stephen Hawking in his last book (18:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) In "Brief Answers To The Big Questions", the last book published in renowned physicist Stephen Hawkings name, he has reached the conclusion that there is no God.

Nano-carbon: New India-made weapon against mosquitoes? (12:38)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Oct 18 (IANS) Toxic smog has once again threatened to engulf the National Capital Region (NCR) as farmers in parts of Haryana and Punjab have begun to burn their crop residue. And the zika virus, spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has mysteriously raised its head in Rajasthan, having already infected about 90 people and worrying health officials.

How far away are we from commercial fusion energy? (Science Feature) (11:58)
By Vishal Gulati
Cadarache (France), Oct 18 (IANS) Electricity-generating fusion power plants -- one of the biggest inventions in history -- might be safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible. But, how far are we from turning science fiction into reality -- meaning a world where nuclear fusion energy will be powering our day-to-day lives? Some 60 years.

Largest-ever galaxy proto-supercluster 'Hyperion' spotted (02:08)
Berlin, Oct 18 (IANS) A team of scientists at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have sited the most massive structure in the early universe known to date.

9 scientists win 2019 Breakthrough Prize (01:06)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced nine recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in recognition of their important achievements in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics.

NASA's Chandra Observatory back in action (10:18) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, is back in action after suffering a glitch due to the failure of the gyroscope and going into safe mode last week.

Astronauts aboard ISS afraid of aborting space launch (16:44)
Moscow, Oct 15 (IANS) In the wake of a booster failure that forced a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to make an emergency landing last week, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were worried whether their space launch would be cancelled.

China's first satellite for space-based gravitational wave detection (17:50)
Beijing, Oct 14 (IANS) China plans to launch its first satellite to test the technologies of the space-based gravitational wave detection programme "Tianqin" by the end of 2019.

NASA's Chandra telescope in safe mode due to glitch (13:48) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) Barely a week after NASA's Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode, its Chandra mission has also suffered a glitch possibly due to the failure of the gyroscope, the US space agency said.

India tests cryogenic engine for launching second moon mission (23:50)
Bengaluru, Oct 12 (IANS) India successfully tested the cryogenic engine for the heavy rocket that would launch the country's second moon mission on January 3, 2019, the space agency said on Friday.

Roscosmos finds primary cause behind Soyuz booster failure (20:02)
Moscow, Oct 12 (IANS) The collision of elements during the separation of the Soyuz rocket's first and second stages is the primary cause behind the booster failure that forced the two astronauts on board to abort the launch and make an emergency landing, the media reported.

Astronauts from aborted Soyuz rocket to fly to ISS next spring (18:54) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, Oct 12 (IANS) The two astronauts aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) that failed mid-air, are likely to go into space in the spring of 2019, the media reported on Friday.

Ice blades cover Jupiter's moon Europa: Study (13:24)
London, Oct 12 (IANS) Jupiter's ocean moon Europa is probably covered with blades of ice up to 15 meters tall in its equatorial regions, making alien life search difficult, researchers have found.

Himalayan quakes: Water-loading plays a role, say geophysicist (12:52)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Oct 12 (IANS) Seasonal variations in the "hydrological load" in the Indo-Gangetic plains play a key role in the genesis of Himalayan earthquakes, a team of geophysicists from India and the US have reported.

'India crucial partner in making commercially-viable fusion energy a reality' (12:20)
By Vishal Gulati
Cadarache (France), Oct 12 (IANS) India is one of the crucial seven nations pursuing the construction of the world's largest tokamak fusion device, a donut-shaped configuration designed to produce 500 MW of thermal fusion energy, an Indian official associated with the project said.

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