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Mumbai to get 2nd port

MUMBAI: City-based Yogayatan Group will lay the foundation stone of a port at Mankhurd on Friday. This mid-size terminal will be the second port in Mumbai. The all-weather port will have access to multiple cargos and aims to support industrial development in the region, a statement by the company said. The port will be located at a distance of 100 ... Read More »

Brains of men, women are wired completely different, study

HONG KONG: Most brains have a mixture of ‘male’ and ‘female’ traits, research by scientists at Tel Aviv university finds It has long been an accepted mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But if you look at the overall structure of the brain, they are generally the same, a new study suggests. While specific parts ... Read More »

Scientists discovered rare fossil of horned dinosaur

LONDON: Scientists have uncovered the rare fossil of a dog-sized horned dinosaur in eastern North America that roamed the Earth up to 100 million years ago. The fossil, identified by Dr Nick Longrich from the University of Bath in UK, provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolution. During the Late Cretaceous period, 66-100 million years ago, ... Read More »

Astronomers discover most distant object in solar system

WASHINGTON: Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a miniature planet that is the most distant body ever found in the solar system, scientists said on Wednesday. “We can’t really classify the object yet, as we don’t know its orbit,” said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. “We only just found this object ... Read More »

Dinosaur footprints reveal giant creatures once roamed Scotland

LONDON: The Isle of Skye sauropods were relatively primitive, perhaps “an early cousin or ancestor of the famous ones like Diplodocus and Brontosaurus”, Brusatte said. “And then we saw another one and another one and another one in this zigzag kind of sequence, and it dawned on us… These are footprints and hand prints left by these biggest dinosaurs of ... Read More »

Almost half of world’s primates on brink of extinction

SINGAPORE: More than half the world´s primates, including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction, international experts warned Tuesday, as they called for urgent action to protect mankind´s closest living relatives. The population crunch is the result of large-scale habitat destruction — particularly the burning and clearing of tropical forests — as well as the hunting of primates for food ... Read More »

Most species at risk due to climate change

LAHORE: WWF-Pakistan is going to urge the world leaders gathering in Paris for attending COP21 summit to ensure a deal that meets the demands of science and reduces greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming below 1.5°C. As per a press release issued on Sunday, WWF-Pakistan said the importance of reaching a world-wide agreement on climate change is underscored ... Read More »

Oldest living banded bird returns to wildlife refuge

CANADA: Officials at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reported that the world’s oldest living wild bird named Wisdom is back on American soil where she is expected to lay an egg at the ripe age of 64 years old. The Laysan albatross was spotted with her mate at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National ... Read More »

What cells really look like in ‘the cell?

LONDON: A new book about cells featuring micrographed images of the biological blueprints for each and every living thing in the universe could be considered more than an informational and visual tome — it could easily be a photographic work of art. The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life by Jack Challoner contains a plethora of ... Read More »

Japanese scientists create touchable holograms

TOKYO: Leave it to the Japanese to take technology up a notch: their scientists have recently created touchable holograms, or three dimensional virtual objects that can be sensed by the human hand. Japanese researchers developed a “Fairy Lights” system that can fire high-frequency laser pulses traveling at a millionth of a billionth of a second, made possible through femtosecond laser ... Read More »

Birds, humans evolved same talking system, study

CANADA: A new study has found that the way birds sing and talk to each other is no different from how humans do so. Published in the journal Nature Communications, research from a team out of University of Southern Denmark and other academic institutions showed that while birds and humans sound differently when singing, the exact same mechanisms are at ... Read More »

Earth’s early Ecosystem more complex, scientists believed

CANADA: Analysis of a 555-million-year-old fossil of an extinct organism has revealed that the first large, complex creatures that roamed the Earth likely created more complicated ecosystems than what was initially believed by scientists. Dr. Imran Rahman, a researcher from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, teamed up with other scientists from the United States and Canada to ... Read More »

Scientists discover fossil of dog-sized dinosaur from North America

WASHINGTON: A British-based researcher has identified the skeletal remains of a horned dinosaur that was recovered from eastern North America and kept at Yale University. Dr. Nick Longrich, a dinosaur expert from the University of Bath’s Milner Centre for Evolution examined a jawbone fragment of a dog-sized dinosaur that was being stored at Yale’s Peabody Museum. He identified the remains ... Read More »

Astronomers discovered hypergiant star is dropping 30 Earthloads of dust a year

MEXICO: Astronomers have discovered that the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris is shedding 30 Earthloads of dust a year in a massive weight loss programme before it goes supernova. The supersized red star needs to lose huge amounts of its mass as it begins to die, eventually ending in an explosive supernova. To do this, it’s shedding dust and gas ... Read More »

Scientists unearthed fossilized skull

CANADA: A group of scientists in eastern China’s Anhui province recently unearthed a fossilized skull belonging to Homo erectus. The well preserved skull was found at the fossil-rich Hualongdong archaeological site. Researchers have not yet had the chance to precisely date the skull, but believe it is between 150,000 and 412,000 years old. Since 2006, when researchers first began digging ... Read More »

Indian ports sector to make Rs 6,000 crore profit by 2016

MUMBAI: Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the profitability of the Indian port sector by the end of current year will reach around Rs.6,000 crore. The profit would be invested for creating assets to spur up growth, he said. Addressing a session at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, the minister ... Read More »

CTN to expose decades of trade malpractices at ports

LONDON: The  planned introduction of Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) which will expose  decades of trade malpractices at the ports and bring  other economic benefits  appears to have created apprehension  among some shipping lines and big time shippers  who are  now at daggers-drawn against the scheme,  writes Francis Ugwoke The advanced cargo information system, otherwise known as the Cargo Tracking Note ... Read More »

Mysterious object like mouse spotted on Red planet

CANADA: A mysterious object on Mars has some thinking the red planet has a mouse problem. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover recently took this picture from the planet. Amateur Astronomer Joe White enhanced the image on his YouTube page, noting that the object looks like a “possible very large mouse or other rodent”. But White also admits the object is, “Probably ... Read More »

Dark matter comes in hair form, scientists

HONG KONG: Our home planet, as well as other planets in the Solar System, might have “hairs” or long filaments of dark matter, according to a recent study published this week in the Astrophysical Journal by Gary Prézeau of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dark matter is a hypothetical type of matter that cannot be seen with telescopes, as it emits ... Read More »

Researchers discovered spiders also stealing DNA from their preys

CANADA: In order to unobtrusively study the behavior and diet of spiders, researchers can now extract both predator and prey DNA from webs. It’s an all-too-common, horrifying sight. A crime scene and weapon all in one; the victim bound up in silk, its innards liquefied and emptied. The murderer? Long-gone, of course, with no recourse whatsoever for the victim’s ten ... Read More »