17October2017

The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

Invited guest post by Summer Ash On Tuesday June 5th, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun for the second time in eight years and the last time for another 105 years. The transit of Venus, as it is called, is a very rare event in our [...]

8,000 Year Old Civilization on Konkan Coast, India?

Are these man-made structures — walls? Did the coastline of the Konkan, from Shrivardhan in Raigad to Vengurla in Sindhudurg, have human habitation around 8,000 years ago? Did that population have well-developed engineering skills? Was [...]

Top Ten Myths About the Brain

When it comes to this complex, mysterious, fascinating organ, what do—and don’t—we know? 1. We use only 10 percent of our brains.This one sounds so compelling—a precise number, repeated in pop culture for a century, implying that we [...]

3,500-year mummy is oldest heart disease case

An Egyptian princess who lived 3,500 years ago is thought to be the first known person to have had heart disease, say experts. An international team, which analysed the remains of 52 mummies, including that of the princess, claims that she would [...]

Fossil from 275 million years ago shows oldest abscess

The first-known occurrence of an oral infection has been found in a 275-million-year-old fossil. The Labidosaurus hamatus fossil, whose detailed analysis using X-rays is described in Naturwissenschaften journal, shows signs of an abscess. The [...]

Sharp-toothed fossil links old and new dinosaurs

New dinosaur species is a missing link. The surprising discovery of a fossil of a sharp–toothed beast that lurked in what is now the western U.S. more than 200 million years ago is filling a gap in dinosaur evolution. Sharp-toothed fossil. [...]

Of love and longing for India: a French woman’s journey

Christelle Gourdine, a French national of Guadeloupean and Indian origin, has been fascinated by her Indian roots for many years. But she is surprised and saddened that not many know about the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe’s Indian connection. Christelle [...]

1962 glass could be Corning’s next bonanza seller

Sturdy Corning glass from 1962 could be a multibillion winner in frameless TV market. An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The [...]

India readies for big bang role at Cern

India could soon play a more active role in the landmark big bang experiment going on at Cern in Switzerland. The department of atomic energy has applied for an associate membership that will allow Indian scientists to be employed at the project [...]

Kilogram is losing weight, say experts

Experts want to redefine the kilogram, which came into existence two centuries ago. They fear it is not as constant as it should be. Experts are willing to make the changes so that it is no longer based on the mass of a solid cylinder of platinum-iridium [...]