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NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars

NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars

12 Dec 2018 | 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON: Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm the US space agency has said.

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WASHINGTON

Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm the US space agency has said.

InSight landed safely at Elysium Planitia on Mars on November 26, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.

On December 6, the InSight lander used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images. The image includes the lander's solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition, InSight sent another set of mosaic composed of 52 individual photos.

It showcases the first complete look of "workspace"—the approximately 14-by-7-foot (4-by-2-metre) crescent of terrain directly in front of the spacecraft—where the spacecraft's instruments such as seismometer (called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS) and heat-flow probe (known as the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3) can be placed.

"The near-absence of rocks, hills and holes means it'll be extremely safe for our instruments," said InSight's principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

"This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that," Banerdt added.

InSight's landing team deliberately chose a landing region in Elysium Planitia that is relatively free of rocks.

The spacecraft sits in what appears to be a nearly rock-free "hollow"—a depression created by a meteor impact that later filled with sand. — IANS

'Supernovae behind extinction of prehistoric giant shark'

'Supernovae behind extinction of prehistoric giant shark'

12 Dec 2018 | 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON: A tsunami of cosmic energy from a star explosion 150 light years away may have triggered climate change and extinctions of large ocean animals such as the ancient giant shark Megalodon about 2.6 million years ago, scientist say.

Smartphone users in India install around 50 apps on average

Smartphone users in India install around 50 apps on average

12 Dec 2018 | 11:29 AM

NEW DELHI: While the number of apps installed by smartphone users in India range from five to 207, the average number of installed apps on a phone is 51, said a new report on Wednesday.

Arctic’s record warming driving ‘broad change’ in environment

Arctic’s record warming driving ‘broad change’ in environment

11 Dec 2018 | 9:21 PM

WASHINGTON: Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, driving broad environmental changes across the planet, including extreme storms in the mid-latitudes, a major US scientific report said Tuesday.

Humans reversing climate clock by 50 million years

Humans reversing climate clock by 50 million years

11 Dec 2018 | 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON: Humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million years, and it has taken us just two centuries to do so, according to a study.

More glaciers in Antarctica losing ice: NASA

More glaciers in Antarctica losing ice: NASA

11 Dec 2018 | 2:58 PM

WASHINGTON: A group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean, a NASA study has found.

Humans learned to walk upright while on trees

Humans learned to walk upright while on trees

11 Dec 2018 | 1:18 PM

LONDON: Human ancestors became efficient upright walkers while they were still substantially tree dwelling, analysis of the world's most complete skeleton of our early ancestor shows.

Voyager 2 probe reaches interstellar space: NASA

Voyager 2 probe reaches interstellar space: NASA

11 Dec 2018 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON: NASA's Voyager 2 has become the second human-made object in history to reach the edge of our solar system, after the spacecraft exited the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun, the US space agency said.

Arctic sea ice decline slows down temporarily: NASA

Arctic sea ice decline slows down temporarily: NASA

09 Dec 2018 | 4:32 PM

WASHINGTON: The decline of the Arctic sea ice cover may have temporarily slowed down, despite climate change and global warming, a NASA study has found.

Human brain responds to aggressive voices more quickly

Human brain responds to aggressive voices more quickly

09 Dec 2018 | 12:58 PM

LONDON: Human brains notice a voice much faster when it is considered threatening or aggressive than when it is perceived as normal or happy in an auditory environment, according to a new study.

Buy Apple's first Beddit sleep tracker for $150

Buy Apple's first Beddit sleep tracker for $150

09 Dec 2018 | 12:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has released its new Beddit 3.5 sleep monitor for $150, the first since the tech giant bought the company in 2017.

Google announces 'Journalism AI' project

Google announces 'Journalism AI' project

08 Dec 2018 | 2:45 PM

LONDON: To help news industry use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in more innovative ways, Google has announced a partnership with Polis, the international journalism think-tank at London School of Economics and Political Science, to create "Journalism AI".

Parrot genome reveals insights into longevity, cognition

Parrot genome reveals insights into longevity, cognition

08 Dec 2018 | 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have sequenced the genome of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot, unveiling new insights into longevity and highly-developed cognitive abilities that give the talkative birds so much in common with humans.

Long-lasting ‘rewritable’ paper developed

Long-lasting ‘rewritable’ paper developed

08 Dec 2018 | 1:04 PM

BEIJING: Scientists have developed an easy-to-make “rewritable” paper that can be drawn or printed on over and over again.

Rice plants may help clean wastewater from farms

Rice plants may help clean wastewater from farms

08 Dec 2018 | 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON: Rice plants can be used to clean water draining from farms—which contain pesticides—before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams, scientists suggest.

NASA’s InSight lander ‘hears’ wind on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander ‘hears’ wind on Mars

08 Dec 2018 | 11:49 AM

TEMPA: Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA’s InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said on Friday.

'Sun in a box' system to store renewable energy

'Sun in a box' system to store renewable energy

07 Dec 2018 | 5:26 PM

BOSTON: MIT scientists have designed a system that could store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver it back into an electric grid on demand.

NASA's Mars InSight lander flexes its robotic arm

NASA's Mars InSight lander flexes its robotic arm

07 Dec 2018 | 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON: Latest images from NASA's Mars InSight lander—which successfully touched down on the Red Planet last week—show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting, the US space agency said.

Google starts rolling out gender specific translation to reduce bias

Google starts rolling out gender specific translation to reduce bias

07 Dec 2018 | 2:26 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to reduce gender biases in its translation service, Google has started rolling out a feature that provides feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website.

AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant

AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant

07 Dec 2018 | 11:09 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has partnered with some of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen to curated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabled smart home speakers.

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won't be wiped out

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won't be wiped out

06 Dec 2018 | 9:37 PM

STOCKHOLM: The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades although they say it's unlikely the disease could be eradicated.

Google releases Chrome 71, takes aim at deceptive websites

Google releases Chrome 71, takes aim at deceptive websites

06 Dec 2018 | 4:51 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has announced its newly-released Chrome 71, the latest version of its web browser, is now rolling out for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems (OS), which aims to keep deceptive websites off.

Smallest wearable, battery-free device developed

06 Dec 2018 | 3:35 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed the world's smallest wearable, battery-free device that can measure exposure to light across multiple wavelengths, from the ultra violet (UV), to visible and even infrared parts of the solar spectrum.

Novel smartphone app can detect anaemia without blood test

Novel smartphone app can detect anaemia without blood test

06 Dec 2018 | 3:07 PM

NEW YORK: Biomedical engineers have developed a novel smartphone application that could non-invasively detect anaemia without the need for a blood test.

The $3 bn map: Scientists pool oceans of data to plot Earth’s final frontier

The $3 bn map: Scientists pool oceans of data to plot Earth’s final frontier

06 Dec 2018 | 12:46 PM

LONDON: For experts in the field of ocean mapping it is no small irony that we know more about the surfaces of the Moon and Mars than we do about our planet’s sea floor.

Extinction warning for Australia's truffle-eating 'rat-kangaroo'

Extinction warning for Australia's truffle-eating 'rat-kangaroo'

06 Dec 2018 | 12:52 PM

SYDNEY: A truffle-eating Australian marsupial known as the rat kangaroo has suffered a dramatic population decline and could become extinct without urgent action to save the species, a report warned on Thursday.

New graphene-based sensor could boost food safety

New graphene-based sensor could boost food safety

05 Dec 2018 | 12:24 PM

BEIJING: Scientists have designed a graphene-based sensor that could make it easier to detect pathogens in products before they hit the supermarket, thus preventing dangerous illnesses from contaminated food.

Why people feel urge to squeeze cute puppies, babies

Why people feel urge to squeeze cute puppies, babies

05 Dec 2018 | 12:13 PM

LOS ANGELES: Scientists have analysed brain activity to better understand why people experience 'cute aggression' —the urge to squeeze a puppy or pinch a baby's cheeks.

Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines: Study

Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines: Study

04 Dec 2018 | 10:11 PM

MELBOURNE: Yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates, according to a study.

Humour replaces bickering as married couples age

Humour replaces bickering as married couples age

04 Dec 2018 | 2:57 PM

LOS ANGELES: Prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of a marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humour and acceptance, according to a study.

Apple launches online store with discounts for veterans

Apple launches online store with discounts for veterans

04 Dec 2018 | 12:45 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has launched a dedicated online store for military veterans, personnel and their immediate families, with deep discounts.

Google brings eSIM to Pixel 3 in India with Jio, Airtel

Google brings eSIM to Pixel 3 in India with Jio, Airtel

04 Dec 2018 | 9:27 AM

NEW DELHI: Google on Tuesday announced eSIM wireless service on its Pixel 3 smartphone with Reliance Jio and Airtel telecom carriers in India.

Google starts rolling out 'Call Screen' feature for Pixel smartphones

Google starts rolling out 'Call Screen' feature for Pixel smartphones

02 Dec 2018 | 3:12 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has started rolling out a feature for its Pixel smartphones that lets users make use of the Google Assistant to see who is calling and why before they answer a call.

NASA rocket to image Earth's leaky atmosphere

NASA rocket to image Earth's leaky atmosphere

02 Dec 2018 | 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON: NASA is set to launch a sounding rocket to get a closer look at the how the Earth's atmosphere is slowly leaking into space.

Amazon Echo to start streaming Apple Music soon

Amazon Echo to start streaming Apple Music soon

01 Dec 2018 | 5:19 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon's Echo smart speakers would work with Apple Music beginning December 17, the company has announced.

Google to retire Hangouts by 2020

Google to retire Hangouts by 2020

01 Dec 2018 | 3:18 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google will shut its popular Hangouts service for consumers by 2020, 9to5Google has reported, citing sources aware of the product's roadmap.

AI system can identify wild animals from photographs

AI system can identify wild animals from photographs

01 Dec 2018 | 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify images of wild animals from camera-trap photographs, and could help make study and conservation of wildlife easier.

Now, share Instagram Stories with close friends

Now, share Instagram Stories with close friends

30 Nov 2018 | 4:59 PM

NEW DELHI: Popular photo-sharing platform Instagram on Friday announced its users can now make a "close friends" list on its "Stories" to share it with the people they've selectively added.

Phasing out coal power would benefit Indian consumers, taxpayers

Phasing out coal power would benefit Indian consumers, taxpayers

30 Nov 2018 | 12:33 PM

NEW DELHI: Renewable source of energy can provide more power in much less cost than new coal-powered power plants in India, and it costs more to run 62 per cent of the country's coal capacity than to build new renewable power generation facilities, according to a new study.

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