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NASA's Juno data points to new volcano on Jupiter moon Io

14 Jul 2018 | 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON: Using data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have got clues to a previously undiscovered volcano on the Jupiter moon Io. With its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument, the Juno spacecraft found a new heat source close to the south pole of Io, NASA said on Saturday.

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Using data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have got clues to a previously undiscovered volcano on the Jupiter moon Io.

With its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument, the Juno spacecraft found a new heat source close to the south pole of Io, NASA said on Saturday.

"The new Io hotspot JIRAM picked up is about 300 kilometres from the nearest previously mapped hotspot," Alessandro Mura, a Juno co-investigator from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome, Italy, said in a statement.

"We are not ruling out movement or modification of a previously discovered hot spot, but it is difficult to imagine one could travel such a distance and still be considered the same feature," Mura added.

The infrared data were collected on December 16, 2017, when Juno was about 470,000 kilometers away from the moon.

The Juno team will continue to evaluate data collected on the December 16 flyby, as well as JIRAM data that will be collected during future (and even closer) flybys of Io, NASA said.

Past NASA missions of exploration that have visited the Jovian system (Voyagers 1 and 2, Galileo, Cassini and New Horizons), along with ground-based observations, have located over 150 active volcanoes on Io so far.

Scientists estimate that about another 250 or so are waiting to be discovered.

Juno has logged nearly 235 million kilometres since entering Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016.

Juno's 13th science pass will be on July 16, the US space agency said. IANS

NASA's Juno data points to new volcano on Jupiter moon IoThis annotated image highlights the location of the new heat source close to the south pole of Io. The image was generated from data collected on Dec. 16, 2017, by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA''s Juno mission when the spacecraft was about 290,000 miles (470,000 kilometers) from the Jovian moon. The scale to the right of image depicts of the range of temperatures displayed in the infrared image. Higher recorded temperatures are characterized in brighter colou
New Microsoft Skype version for desktop from September 1

New Microsoft Skype version for desktop from September 1

17 Jul 2018 | 12:42 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is rolling out the new version 8.0 of Skype for desktop, replacing its previously active "Skype Classic 7.0", from September 1.

Facebook shielding far-right activists, under-age accounts: Report

Facebook shielding far-right activists, under-age accounts: Report

17 Jul 2018 | 12:00 PM

LONDON: Moderators at Facebook are protecting far-right activists, preventing their Pages from being deleted even after they violate the rules set up by the social media giant, the media reported.

Facebook fails to stop users from sharing pirated movies

Facebook fails to stop users from sharing pirated movies

16 Jul 2018 | 12:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Several Facebook groups are sharing pirated Hollywood movies to hundred of thousands of users and the social media giant’s automated software are unable to stop copyright infringements, the media reported.

Novel technique allows robots to play team mates to soldiers

Novel technique allows robots to play team mates to soldiers

16 Jul 2018 | 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a new technique that allows robots to autonomously navigate in different environments and carry out actions a soldier would expect from a team mate on the battlefield.

Plasma jets inside Sun may help predict erratic space storms

Plasma jets inside Sun may help predict erratic space storms

15 Jul 2018 | 4:46 PM

KOLKATA: Plasma jets within the Sun can help foretell the erratic patterns of sunspots on its two hemispheres, allowing scientists to predict the occurrence of solar flares and space storms that sometimes render satellites useless, a study has found.

New system to predict which online conversations may turn toxic

New system to predict which online conversations may turn toxic

15 Jul 2018 | 1:23 PM

NEW YORK: Scientists have developed a computer programme that can predict when civil, constructive conversations on the internet may take a toxic turn and degenerate into personal attacks - a tool which could help regulate online trolls.

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition technology

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition technology

14 Jul 2018 | 2:15 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft’s chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights.

Fake news: algorithms in the dock

Fake news: algorithms in the dock

14 Jul 2018 | 1:46 PM

PARIS: At the heart of the spread of fake news are the algorithms used by search engines, websites and social media which are often accused of pushing false or manipulated information regardless of the consequences.

Google's Phone app now filters out spam calls automatically keywords

Google's Phone app now filters out spam calls automatically keywords

14 Jul 2018 | 12:55 PM

CALIFORNIA: Making life easier for you, Google's Phone app will start blocking out unwanted calls on its own.

Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report

Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report

12 Jul 2018 | 12:16 PM

LONDON: Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported.

Gravitational waves could reveal how fast universe is expanding

Gravitational waves could reveal how fast universe is expanding

12 Jul 2018 | 11:17 AM

BOSTON: Gravitational waves emitted by a rare system — a hugely energetic pairing of a spiralling black hole and a neutron star — can be used to determine the Hubble constant, which describes the rate at which the universe is expanding, scientists say.

You will lose some of your Twitter followers

You will lose some of your Twitter followers

12 Jul 2018 | 10:09 AM

NEW DELHI: Twitter has announced it will remove locked accounts — which are disabled owing to suspicious activity — from follower counts across profiles globally in the coming days resulting in some users seeing a in their base of followers.

Oxygen levels on early Earth fluctuated several times

Oxygen levels on early Earth fluctuated several times

11 Jul 2018 | 9:36 PM

WASHINGTON: A new study suggests that earth's oxygen levels rose and fell more than once hundreds of millions of years before the planet-wide success of the Great Oxidation Event.

Instagram may soon open up verification badge for users

Instagram may soon open up verification badge for users

11 Jul 2018 | 12:20 PM

NEW YORK: Akin to Twitter, Instagram is considering allowing the blue tick enthusiasts to get their profiles verified.

WhatsApp shares 'easy tips' to spot fake news, hoax

WhatsApp shares 'easy tips' to spot fake news, hoax

10 Jul 2018 | 10:37 PM

NEW DELHI:Under fire over fake and provocative messages being circulated on its platform, WhatApp today began an awareness campaign to help users identify and prevent the spread of false information, hoax messages and fake news.

Snapchat may let you shop at Amazon

Snapchat may let you shop at Amazon

10 Jul 2018 | 12:28 PM

CALIFORNIA: If you are an avid Snapchat user, you might soon be able to use it to shop at Amazon.

Suspending fake accounts won't hurt user metrics: Twitter

Suspending fake accounts won't hurt user metrics: Twitter

10 Jul 2018 | 11:56 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: While confirming a The Washington Post report that Twitter has been suspending as much as one million questionable accounts per day in recent months, the micro-blogging site refuted the claim that the move will lead to decline in the numbers of monthly active users.

World's oldest colours discovered

World's oldest colours discovered

10 Jul 2018 | 11:40 AM

MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered the oldest colours in the geological record - 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa.

Earth may get twice as hot as predicted

Earth may get twice as hot as predicted

09 Jul 2018 | 4:13 PM

GENEVA: The Earth may end up being twice as warm as projected by climate models, even if the world meets the target of limiting global warming to under two degrees Celsius, a study has found.

Novel smart bandages can monitor, treat chronic wounds

09 Jul 2018 | 12:49 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a smart bandage that can actively monitor chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing.

'Facebook must protect kids from addictive habits'

'Facebook must protect kids from addictive habits'

09 Jul 2018 | 12:49 PM

LONDON: Speaking of an "insidious grip" that social media activities may have on young people, a top health official in England has asked social media companies like Facebook to do more to protect children from addictive habits and dangerous content, The Telegraph reported.

Dogs arrived from Siberia, left cancerous tumour behind: Study

Dogs arrived from Siberia, left cancerous tumour behind: Study

07 Jul 2018 | 6:19 PM

NEW YORK: While dogs have been man's best friend for more than 10,000 years, a study of their remains found that early dogs likely arrived from Siberia and left a cancerous tumour that is still found in their canine descendants.

How your phone may be spying on you

How your phone may be spying on you

07 Jul 2018 | 2:52 PM

NEW YORK: Some popular apps on your Android phone may be actively listening to you, monitoring your habits and even secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties, a new study has found.

Twitter suspends over 70 mn fake accounts

Twitter suspends over 70 mn fake accounts

07 Jul 2018 | 11:10 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc. has suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June in a massive drive to clear out bots and trolls on the platform, the media reported.

Brain circuit behind feeling hungry discovered

Brain circuit behind feeling hungry discovered

06 Jul 2018 | 8:27 PM

SINGAPORE: A particular subset of neurons located in an enigmatic region of the hypothalamus in the brain plays a central role in regulating feeding and body weight in mice, a study has found.

Brain circuit behind feeling hungry discovered

Brain circuit behind feeling hungry discovered

06 Jul 2018 | 7:19 PM

SINGAPORE: A particular subset of neurons located in an enigmatic region of the hypothalamus in the brain plays a central role in regulating feeding and body weight in mice, a study has found.

NASA solar probe gets 'revolutionary' heat shield

NASA solar probe gets 'revolutionary' heat shield

06 Jul 2018 | 12:59 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Ahead of its August launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe — the mission aiming to get closest to the Sun than ever by any human-made object — has got its "revolutionary" heat shield permanently attached to the spacecraft, the US space agency said.

'Inbox' by Gmail app now updated for iPhone X

'Inbox' by Gmail app now updated for iPhone X

06 Jul 2018 | 12:11 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: The "Inbox" by Gmail app for iOS devices has been updated with support for the iPhone X, over eight months after the super premium iPhone was unveiled.

Facebook patents tech for skin smoothening, karaoke during live videos

Facebook patents tech for skin smoothening, karaoke during live videos

06 Jul 2018 | 11:47 AM

CALIFORNIA: Facebook has filed a patent for technology which will make your live videos even better to look at.

Microsoft 'Music & TV' app may arrive on Android, iOS

Microsoft 'Music & TV' app may arrive on Android, iOS

06 Jul 2018 | 11:43 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is reportedly working on launching its "Movies & TV" app — only available on Windows-based platforms like Windows 10 PC, Xbox and Windows 10 Mobile — on Android and iOS-based platforms.

App Store turns 10 with 500 mn weekly visitors in 155 countries

App Store turns 10 with 500 mn weekly visitors in 155 countries

06 Jul 2018 | 11:10 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Customers in 155 countries are visiting App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before, the Cupertino-based iPhone giant has said.

Google's AI voice assistant 'Duplex' to run a call centre?

Google's AI voice assistant 'Duplex' to run a call centre?

06 Jul 2018 | 11:07 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google's voice-calling "Duplex" — which lets Artificial Intelligence (AI) mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables through phone calls — may soon enter call centres assisting humans with customer queries.

Swapping crops could help India save water, improve nutrition

Swapping crops could help India save water, improve nutrition

05 Jul 2018 | 12:31 PM

NEW YORK: Replacing rice and wheat with 'less thirsty' crops could dramatically reduce water demand in India, while also improving nutrition, a study has found.

Ultrathin electronic tattoos may lead to next-gen wearable devices

Ultrathin electronic tattoos may lead to next-gen wearable devices

05 Jul 2018 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed highly flexible, ultra thin tattoo-like circuits using an off-the-shelf printer that can adhere to human skin and could power the next generation of wearable devices.

Half the people in India want more 'mobile-free' time

Half the people in India want more 'mobile-free' time

04 Jul 2018 | 2:46 PM

NEW DELHI: Despite the fact that technology can today help people to work from anywhere, nearly half the people in India want more "mobile-free" time to devote to their friends and family, showed results of a survey.

Vetting third-party apps, not reading your Gmail: Google

Vetting third-party apps, not reading your Gmail: Google

04 Jul 2018 | 12:21 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: After facing a backlash over reports that third-party app developers can read your Gmail, Google on Wednesday said the company is continuously vetting developers and their apps that integrate with Gmail before it opens them for general access.

Facebook acquires Bloomsbury AI to excel in natural language processing

Facebook acquires Bloomsbury AI to excel in natural language processing

04 Jul 2018 | 12:10 PM

CALIFORNIA: Facebook has made a new purchase from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) domain.

Air conditioning could add to global warming woes

Air conditioning could add to global warming woes

04 Jul 2018 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON: The increased use of air conditioning in buildings could add to the problems of a warming world by further degrading air quality and compounding the toll of air pollution on human health, a study warns.

NASA set to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights

NASA set to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights

04 Jul 2018 | 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON: NASA is set to publicly demonstrate and test a flight manoeuvre that allows jets to travel faster than sound without generating the characteristic sonic boom.

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