Science & Technology

  • Committed to building EV ecosystem in India: Dassault Systemes
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) With the government setting a target of 2023 to step up the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in India, global 3D design company Dassault Systemes is mulling to invest more for the development of the EV ecosystem in the country, a top company executive said on Sunday. When it comes to Electric Vehicles, India is the most interesting market because it is able to think about innovation, and is involved in a lot of testing and trying to find new disrupt
  • 2 big asteroids flying by Earth pose no risk: NASA
    Washington, September 14 (IANS) NASA has ruled that the pair of asteroids flying by Earth this weekend could pose a threat to our planet. "These asteroids have been well observed - once since 2000 and the other since 2010 - and their orbits are very well known," said NASA's Planetary Defence Officer Lindley Johnson. "Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the
  • Facebook may limit posts lacking authenticity
    San Francisco, September 13 (IANS) In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity. "We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that's why we don't want people using Facebook to misrepresent who they are or what they're doing," Monika Bickert, Facebook's Vice President, Glo
  • '15 mins of terror' is disservice to science: Scientist
    Chennai, Sep 12 (IANS) Even as serious attempts are being made by Indian space agency to establish communication link with its moon lander Vikram that crashed on to the lunar surface, a Senior Advisor in ISRO has explained in simple terms the landers planned operations. According to Tapan Misra, Senior Advisor to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, the oft-repeated term related to moon landing of Vikram "15
  • China's giant telescope picks up signals from deep space
    Beijing, September 9 (IANS) Chinese astronomers have detected repeated fast radio bursts (FRB), mysterious signals believed to be from a source about 3 billion light years from the Earth, with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built. Scientists detected the signals with the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) and they are carefully cross-checking and processing them, according to researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese
  • Robots turn teachers in Bengaluru school
    Bengaluru, September 1 (IANS) Disruptive technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making their way into classrooms as humanoid robots to teach students and interact with them as teachers do, at a school in Bengaluru. "Our robots impart lessons daily in five subjects to about 300 students in Classes 7-9 in four sections by turns. They also interact with them and respond to questions in the subjects," Indus International School's Chief Design Officer, Vignesh Rao, told I
  • Employee errors lead to half of cybersecurity incidents: Report
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) Despite automation, human factor can put industrial processes at risk. A new report has revealed that employee errors or unintentional actions lead to over half of cybersecurity incidents in industrial networks. Organisations are experiencing a shortage of professionals to handle new threats, said the report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. Organisations are also worried that their operational technology and industrial control system (OT/ICS) network
  • Microsoft to train 5K govt techies in India
    New Delhi, August 27 (IANS) Microsoft India on Tuesday announced the "Digital Governance Tech Tour" programme to skill government IT officials in new-age technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent cloud computing, Microsoft will organise a series of physical and virtual workshops to train 5,000 government IT personnel over a period of 12 months. "The first-of-its-kind 'Digital Governance Tech Tour' for government officials reiterates our commitment to be a tru
  • Microsoft to pay hackers for Bug Bounty Programme
    San Francisco, August 26 (IANS) Microsoft has launched a Bug Bounty Programme for Chromium Edge where the company is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000. The company is offering rewards in various tiers. Spoofing and tampering reports would earn anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000. Information disclosure and remote code execution will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000
  • Google Photos to let users search for text in images
    San Francisco, August 24 (IANS) Google is rolling out new AI features to its Lens platform that would let users search their Google Photos library for text that appears within photos. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature would start rolling out from this month itself, Google said in a tweet. With this, users would be able to copy text from the images and paste them in a word document or notes. This works on both the Android and iOS apps, as well as the web client, 9to5Google
  • Researchers develop colour-changing 'chameleon skin'
    London, August 23 (IANS) Researchers have developed artificial 'chameleon skin' that changes colour when exposed to light and could be used in applications such as active camouflage and large-scale dynamic displays. The material, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is made of tiny particles of gold coated in a polymer shell, and then squeezed into microdroplets of water in oil. When exposed to heat or light, the particles stick together, changing the colour
  • 5G network infrastructure revenue to hit $4.2 bn in 2020
    London, August 22 (IANS) By 2020, global 5G wireless network infrastructure revenue would reach $4.2 billion, an 89 per cent increase from 2019 revenue of $2.2 billion, a new report by Gartner Inc. said on Thursday. Gartner forecasts that investments in 5G NR network infrastructure would account for 6 per cent of the total wireless infrastructure revenue of communications service providers (CSPs) in 2019, and that this figure will reach 12 per cent in 2020. "5G wireless network i
  • Google removes 85 adware apps from Play Store
    San Francisco, August 17 (IANS) Google has removed 85 apps from its Play Store after security researchers at Trend Micro found a particularly annoying adware hiding inside. "We found another example of adware's potential real-life impact on Google Play. Trend Micro detects this as AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH. Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behaviour and time-based triggers," Ecular Xu, mobile
  • Czech scientists find way to extract water from air
    Prague, August 16 (IANS) A team of scientists from the Technical University in Prague have said they found a method of extracting water from air using an autonomous solar-powered system. The first prototype of Solar Air Water Earth Resource (SAWER) has the capacity to produce 100 litres of drinking water per day anywhere on the planet, even in the desert. The experts installed SAWER in the United Arab Emirates' town of Sweihan, located about 70 km east of Abu Dhabi. "It is not
  • NASA mission picks 4 sites for asteroid Bennu sample return
    Washington, Augùst 13 (IANS) After grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu's surface, NASA, the US space agency, has finally selected four potential sites for its spacecraft to "tag" its cosmic dance partner. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the entire asteroid in order to identify the safest and most accessible spots for the spacecraft to collect a sample. These four sites now will be studied in further detail in order to sele
  • India Game Developers Conference to attract global players
    Hyderabad, August 13 (IANS) The 11th edition of the India Game Developers Conference (IGDC), scheduled to be held here in November, will showcase the latest developments in the game industry of the Indian subcontinent and debate new trends. The two-day event, beginning on November 22, will also discuss the inventiveness in the functions and contents in the digital entertainment industry in India. The organisers said the IGDC continued to attract big attention from global gaming s
  • Will mobile-only plan help Netflix thrive in India?
    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) Riding on the back of cheap data plans, over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment are gaining traction in India and as many as four out of five users now have at least one OTT entertainment platform installed on their devices. Indians today spend 30 per cent of their phone time and over 70 per cent of their mobile data on entertainment, said a FICCI-EY 2019 report. After losing its customer base in the US for the first time in eight years in the second
  • NASA develops novel test to detect sleep loss
    New York, August 9 (IANS) Just as it is possible to detect alcohol consumption, NASA has now developed a test to detect sleep loss in people by looking at a variety of components of human eye movements. As sleep loss is linked to poor judgement and therefore dangerous consequences, this test can have important implications for individuals who work in jobs requiring vigilant monitoring and precise motor action, such as military personnel, surgeons and truck drivers. For example, i
  • IIT Guwahati builds hand-held device to detect bacteria
    Guwahati, August 6 (IANS) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati researchers have developed a low-cost, hand-held device for rapid detection of bacteria, bringing portable bacterial detection kits closer to reality. This novel, low-cost diagnostic device is a biocompatible sensor that can detect bacteria without cell culture and microbiological assays, the institute said in a statement on Tuesday. The ready-to-use diagnostic tool could facilitate rapid detection and diagno
  • Facebook sets eye on India to monetise messaging
    By Gokul Bhagabati     New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) Mark Zuckerberg is determined to converge all his platforms -- Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram -- for a unified experience for billions of users and India which is the largest market for some of its services, including WhatsApp, is going to play a critical role in the success of social networking giant's new montetisation mission. According to the company, more than 2.1 billion people now use Facebook