SCIENCE & TECH

Microbes that grow on smartphones discovered

Scientists have identified three new species of microbes that flourished on mobile handsets. How grimy are the ubiquitous mobile phones? Reports from Western nations have suggested that mobile phones are more often dirtier than toilet seats, with some smartphones even known to harbour deadly drug-resistant bacteria. The startling finding is by scientists of the government-owned National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) here who have been able to identify three new species of microbes from screens of mobile phones. Two bacteria and fungus, never before reported in scientific literature, were identified by this laboratory funded

'Plant cellulose may replace plastic in 3D printing'

Boston: Plant cellulose may potentially provide a renewable and biodegradable alternative to polymers currently used in 3D printing materials, a new study has found. “Cellulose is the most important component in giving wood its mechanical properties. And because it is inexpensive, biorenewable, biodegradable and also very chemically versatile, it is used in a lot of products,” said lead researcher, Sebastian Pattinson of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

Nasscom sees FY18 industry growth at 8-10%

Hyderabad: Software services industry lobby Nasscom said it expects the sector to grow at 8-10 per cent next financial year but added that a clearer picture will emerge only over the next two to three months. “We gave the projection to media last November. Now between November and February…now March, not much has changed that I can change my projection. So, I have given the projection on behalf of Nasscom that the

Soon, 'magic' DNA computer that grows itself!

London: In a first, scientists have designed a new, super-fast form of a ‘magic’ computer made of DNA molecules that grows as it computes and can outperform all standard systems in solving important practical problems. Researchers from The University of Manchester in the UK showed the feasibility of engineering a universal Turing machine (UTM) – a computer that can be programmed to compute anything any other device can process. Electronic computers are a form of UTM, but

Yahoo's handling of hack costs chief her bonus

San Francisco: Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer lost an annual bonus and the company counsel his job after an investigation showed the company mishandled an epic hack, the tech firm said. “I am the CEO of the company and since this incident happened during my tenure, I have agreed to forgo my annual bonus and my annual equity grant this year,” Mayer said in a statement yesterday made available along with

Hyperloop Pondy-Chennai travel time is 20 mins

Ever thought of travelling at a speed close to sound? That is – travelling from Chennai to Puducherry in 15-20 mins max? The term ‘hyperloop’ refers to a technology originally outlined by Tesla founder Elon Musk, which envisions transporting people and cargo in pods at ultra-high speeds along specially built tubes. This is a much needed method of travel in India, as there is a constant increase in the growth

Beware of free WiFi and its hackers

Today, smart phones have emerged as a major way of communication. Unlike other IoT devices, it has become one of the commonly used to transfer files, money and also to store other credentials. Before entering into the debate, today everything we use is turning online and we are adopting it. But there is a question, why and what made us go online? The most probable answer from many users would