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Tesla driverless system to use updated radar technology

WASHINGTON: Electric carmaker Tesla announced Sunday it was upgrading its Autopilot software to use more advanced radar technology. In a teleconference, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said the update, which should be downloadable in two weeks for models delivered after October 2014, “very likely” would have saved the life of a Florida driver who died in May after colliding ... Read More »

Apple to develop its own self-driving technology

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple may not become an automaker, but it still wants to develop its own self-driving technology. The iPhone-maker’s automotive project, long an open secret in Silicon Valley, is shifting focus towards creating the technology for an autonomous vehicle that doesn’t require a human driver. The new direction apparently doesn’t foreclose the possibility that Apple might someday build its ... Read More »

NASA spots slowest known magnetar

WASHINGTON: Astronomers have found evidence of a magnetar – magnetised neutron star – that spins much slower than the slowest of its kind known until now, which spin around once every 10 seconds. The magnetar 1E 1613 – at the centre of RCW 103, the remains of a supernova explosion located about 9,000 light years from Earth – rotates once ... Read More »

‘YouTubers’ outshining old-school television

SAN FRANCISCO: A media revolution is taking place, and most people over 35 years of age aren’t tuned in. Millennial and their successors are shunning old-school television in favor of watching what they want whenever they wish on Google-owned YouTube or other video platforms like Dailymotion or Facebook. “Young people don’t really watch TV anymore, they watch online videos that ... Read More »

Astronomers discover distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

LONDON: A dwarf planet half the size of Britain has been found tumbling through space in the most distant reaches of the solar system. The giant ball of rock and ice lies nine billion kilometres away on an orbit that swings far beyond the realm of Neptune, the most remote of the fully-fledged planets in our cosmic vicinity. Astronomers first ... Read More »

Google pays tribute to Edhi

ISLAMABAD: The technology giant, Google, has paid tribute to renowned social activist, philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi by placing a link on its home Pakistan page. Edhi breathed his last on Friday after prolonged illness and was laid to rest in Karachi on Saturday. The website placed a clickable link ‘Abdul Sattar Edhi, 1928 – 2016’ on its main ... Read More »

Nasa’s Juno successfully begins orbit of Jupiter

MIAMI: Nasa’s unmanned Juno spacecraft has begun orbiting Jupiter, a key triumph for a $1.1 billion mission that aims to uncover the origins of the biggest planet in the solar system. “Welcome to Jupiter,” said a commentator at mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The room erupted in cheers as the solar observatory successfully entered its ... Read More »

Coal dust kills 23,000 per year in European countries

PARIS: Lung-penetrating dust from coal-fired power plants in the European Union claims some 23,000 lives a year and racks up tens of billions of euros in health costs, an NGO report said Tuesday. Even as the bloc shifts towards renewable sources like wind and Sun energy, coal still accounted for 18 percent of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 ... Read More »

Novel technology delivers drugs to brain injuries

NEW YORK: IANS Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a technology that may aid in driving drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain, leading to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. “Current interventions for acute brain injury are aimed at stabilising the patient by reducing intracranial pressure and maintaining blood flow, but there are no approved drugs ... Read More »

Drones and DNA testing in new Environmental Science A-level

LONDON: Teenagers will learn about the use of drones in tackling global environmental issues as part of a newly created A-level. The Environmental Science course – the first of its kind – will also cover new “CSI-style” technology such as DNA testing as well as GPS tracking systems, according to the AQA. The exam board said that the draft qualification, ... Read More »

Helium shortage could be solved by new life-saving discovery

LONDON: Scientists might finally have overcome a global shortage of helium – potentially saving millions of lives in the process. Helium might be best known as the gas that keeps party balloons in the air and makes people’s voices squeaky. But the gas’s extremely low boiling point allows it to serve a range of other important purposes – being key ... Read More »

Google co-founder favors nano technology

SAN FRANCISCO:  Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that if he were to start a company from scratch today, it would be in nano technology. “I think the notion that the materials that we use could just be dramatically better…I think that’s very powerful,” Brin said in an interview at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on Friday. His remarks ... Read More »

Scientists ‘discover life after death’ through groundbreaking ZOMBIE gene

LONDON: New research shows that certain genes spring back to life following death. Experts have been analysing them and hope to use them to more accurately state the time of death, as well as the cause. Throughout our lifetimes, our DNA is monitored by a compound called mRNA which essentially translates genetic information to how proteins are coded. It had ... Read More »

NASA discovers unexpected mineral on Mars

NEW YORK: Scientists at the US space agency NASA have discovered tridymite — an unexpected silica mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars that may alter our understanding of how the Red Planet evolved. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has been exploring sedimentary rocks within Gale Crater since landing on Mars surface in August 2012. On ... Read More »

Scientists create new bio-ink for 3D printing

LONDON:  Scientists from University of Bristol have found a new bio-ink for 3D printing with stem cells that allows printing of living tissue known as bio-printing. The new bio-ink contains two different polymer components: a natural polymer extracted from seaweed and a sacrificial synthetic polymer used in the medical industry. “Designing the new bio-ink was extremely challenging. You need a ... Read More »

You can eat vegetables from Mars, say scientists after crop experiment

GELDERLAND: Crops of four vegetables and cereals grown in soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat by Dutch scientists. Radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes grown on dirt mixed on Earth to copy that of the red planet were found to contain “no dangerous levels” of heavy metals, said the team from Wageningen University in the ... Read More »

North Koreans study rocket science in India

Pyongyang: North Korean scientists have evaded UN sanctions imposed to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and are studying courses on space science and satellite technology at a research institute in northern India. More than 30 North Korean students have passed through the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific since it opened in 1995, it ... Read More »

Australia’s Telstra buys into mining technology sector

SYDNEY: Australia’s largest telecoms group Telstra Corp Ltd has taken a bet on the resource industry’s appetite for cash-saving technology from drones to wireless production-tracking, snapping up a specialist firm to set up a dedicated mining services unit. In what could be one of the boldest bets yet for a major player outside the mining sector, Telstra said it would ... Read More »

NASA debuts new internet technology aboard the ISS

WASHINGTON: The International Space Station (ISS) has a new technology on board that can transmit data from space much faster than what NASA uses today. See, the internet as we know it here on Earth doesn’t work as well for spacecraft millions of miles away. It requires all nodes or connection points on a network — in space, these are ... Read More »

‘Hot Jupiter’ planet orbiting newborn star surprises scientists

WASHINGTON: For the first time, scientists have found a giant planet snuggled up against a baby star, a rare discovery offering a new glimpse at how such planets develop. The “hot Jupiter” planet was found orbiting the star V830 Tau, located about 430 light years from Earth in a star-forming region of the constellation Taurus, says an international team of ... Read More »