A look at plans pitched by scientists to clear space debris

India became the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China with anti-satellite missile capabilities. Ever since the news came up, some western scientists voiced concern over the space debris that has emerged following the missile test. Continue Reading

VIT conducts conference on Chemical Sciences and Nanomaterials

“The number of faculty in the Chemistry Department of Vellore Institute of Technology surpasses the strength even in IITs,” said Director of Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research – Kolkatta, professor Sourav Pal at the inauguration of the international conference on Chemical Sciences and Nanomaterials at VIT recently.

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New mobile, instant technology to help diagnose viral infections

Scientists have developed a new miniature, portable gene sequencing technology that can diagnose infection from viruses such as Ebola or Zika almost instantly in the field. Diagnosis is both quick and early, which avoids the need to transfer contaminated samples, researchers said. Continue Reading

NASA spacecraft breaks record for smallest object ever orbited

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft broke a record after successfully entering into orbit around the asteroid Bennu — the smallest cosmic object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. While many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 110 million kilometers away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters, NASA said in a statement.

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