Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist disgraced

Washington, January 13 (IANS) Nobel laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA helix and father of the Human Genome Project, has been stripped of honours by his laboratory following “reprehensible” remarks on race and ethnicity. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), the New York facility where Watson worked for nearly four decades and which has […]

Oceans warming faster than expected, set heat record in 2018 – scientists

Oceans warming faster than expected, set heat record in 2018 – scientists

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo OSLO, January 11 (Reuters) – The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday. OSLO, January 11 […]

WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report

WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report

San Francisco, January 9 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the feature is current under development in Beta for Android 2.19.3 version. “After working to implement Face ID […]

Indian scientists protest congress speakers discrediting works of Newton, Einstein

Indian scientists protest congress speakers discrediting works of Newton, Einstein

People hold placards to protest against claims made by speakers, discrediting theories of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, at the 106th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, India, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer MUMBAI, January 8 (Reuters) – Indian scientists have protested about claims made at a local science conference that rubbish the work of some of […]

Chinese scientist criticised for risking “gene-edited” babies’ lives

Chinese scientist criticised for risking “gene-edited” babies’ lives

Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer LONDON, January 7 (Reuters) – A leading geneticist who ran the conference where a Chinese scientist said he had made the world’s first “gene-edited” babies condemned him on Monday for […]

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani

Jalandhar, January 5 (IANS): Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said women in science are the “largest minority” in the country, with only 14 per cent of them contributing to the profession. She spoke about an inherent gender bias against women in the society, hampering their entry in the highly competitive world of science. Irani […]

You won’t be able to use WhatsApp on these devices in 2019

You won’t be able to use WhatsApp on these devices in 2019

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files) San Francisco, December 31 (IANS): Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been dropping support for dated devices and operating systems (OS) from time to time and now it is ending support for iOS 7 and older versions, Android 2.3.7 […]

Google’s next programme for AI/ML Indian start-ups begins in March

Google’s next programme for AI/ML Indian start-ups begins in March

New Delhi, December 26 (IANS) Google on Wednesday opened applications for the next class of its “Launchpad Accelerator” mentorship programme for start-ups using Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Machine Learning (ML) in India which is scheduled to commence in March 2019. The last date for application to the programme is January 31, 2019, Google said in a statement. […]

‘Indian science journals need a quality upgrade’

By K.S. Jayaraman Bengaluru, December 26 (IANS) Although the number of Indian research journals has spiraled to over 21,000 in 10 years, they are sadly not making a mark globally, says Subash Lakhotia, a leading academician at the Banaras Hindu University. In a hard-hitting editorial in the “Current Science” journal that is likely to kindle a […]

90% malware spread through spam in 2018: F-Secure

90% malware spread through spam in 2018: F-Secure

New Delhi, December 11 (IANS) Global cybersecurity firm F-Secure on Tuesday said spam emerged as the most common method for cybercriminals to spread malware in 2018, accounting for nine out of every 10 infection attempts throughout the year.   Spam campaigns disguised as delivery notifications or online shopping invoices have been popular with cybercriminals all […]