Science & Technology

  • E-Waste is a treasure trove that needs to be tapped
    New Delhi, June 14: Recently, Delhi's civic body tied up with a private firm to collect and dispose of E-Wastes while Bihar Government authorised 142 E -Waste collection points in various districts. So, what is this E Waste, and why is it important to collect and dispose it of? What is E-Waste? Electronic waste can be broadly described as discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. It includes all such waste from electronic and electrical appliance
  • Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): While announcing new games for Xbox fans during the E3 2021 virtual gaming conference, Microsoft has also unveiled the first look of a cool Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge. The Xbox Mini Fridge is "the world's most powerful mini fridge," according to the company, that will help gamers stay cool as they go through immersive play experience. When the Xbox Series X was first announced in 2019, people made memes on its shape and compared it t
  • Chrome OS moves to 4-week release schedule this year: Google
    New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) Google has finally announced that like Chrome browser, the Chrome OS will also also move to a four-week release schedule starting in the fourth quarter this year. The company earlier announced that Chrome will soon release a new milestone every 4 weeks, starting with Chrome 94 in Q3 of 2021. "To deliver new features more rapidly to consumers while also continuing to prioritise the key pillars of Chrome OS – security, stability, speed and simpl
  • China's Mars rover sends 1st selfie, 'touring' group photos
    Beijing, June 12 (IANS) China has revealed new images from its Zhurong rover on Mars, including a beautiful selfie of the rover next to its landing platform. The first batch of scientific images of the rover, the panoramic view of the landing site, the topography of Mars were released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday, calling it "tour group photos". Zhurong joined NASA's Perseverance on Mars, making China the second country to land and ope
  • Covid-19 creates hearing, balance disorders, worsens tinnitus: Study
    New York, June 11 (IANS): After loss of taste, respiratory distress, researchers have found evidence that Covid-19 also leads to hearing and balance disorders, as well as aggravating tinnitus symptoms. The factors that may play a role in the relationship between Covid-19 and hearing are multifold. Covid-19 is known to have inflammatory effects, including in neurological tissue, which can exacerbate other problems, said Colleen Le Prell, from the University of Texas at Dallas. &qu
  • Astronomers spot a 'blinking giant' near Milky Way
    London, June 11 (IANS): An international team of astronomers has spotted a giant 'blinking' star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away. The star, VVV-WIT-08, decreased in brightness by a factor of 30, so that it nearly disappeared from the sky. While many stars change in brightness because they pulsate or are eclipsed by another star in a binary system, it is exceptionally rare for a star to become fainter over a period of several months
  • Astronomers spot a 'blinking giant' near Milky Way
    London, June 11 (IANS) An international team of astronomers has spotted a giant 'blinking' star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away. The star, VVV-WIT-08, decreased in brightness by a factor of 30, so that it nearly disappeared from the sky. While many stars change in brightness because they pulsate or are eclipsed by another star in a binary system, it is exceptionally rare for a star to become fainter over a period of several months and t
  • Gaming firm Roblox sued for $200M over music copyright issues
    San Francisco, June 11 (IANS): Popular virtual gaming platform Roblox has been sued by the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) in the US, seeking $200 million in damages for allegedly allowing users to upload music from famous artists without paying a licensing fee. The Verge reported on Thursday that the NMPA filed suit on behalf of several major music publishers, accusing the popular kid-focused platform of hosting a shared library of copyrighted but unlicensed songs
  • Facebook likely to unveil smartwatch with two cameras
    San Francisco, June 10 (IANS) To take on Apple, Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its first smartwatch likely to be priced around $400 that may feature a display with two cameras. According to The Verge, the display can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook's suite of apps, including Instagram. Expected to be priced around $400, the company aims to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and i
  • Instagram CEO explains how the platform decides what you see
    San Francisco, June 9 (IANS): In a bid to address misconceptions that Instagram intentionally hides certain posts, its CEO Adam Mosseri has explained in detail how the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform decides what the users see. Sharing the first in a series of posts on Tuesday that will shed more light on how it impacts the experiences that people have across the app, Mosseri said that Instagram doesn't have one algorithm that oversees what people do and don't see on t
  • NASA's Juno sends 1st images of Jupiter's largest moon
    Washington, June 9 (IANS): After flying closer to Jupiter's largest moon than any other in more than two decades, NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back two images offering dramatic glimpses of the icy orb. During the flyby on June 7, Juno came within 645 miles (1,038 kilometres) of the surface of Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede and took two images from the Jupiter orbiter's JunoCam imager and from its Stellar Reference Unit star camera. The photos show the sur
  • Apple unveils watchOS 8, new health tools
    San Francisco, June 8 (IANS) To make it more user-friendly, Apple has unveiled watchOS 8, macOS Monterey and a new slate of health features for its users at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2021. The company said that it will let people share the data from their Health app with family members or others. In the Health app, a new Sharing tab lets users privately share their data with a trusted partner or caregiver. Meanwhile, the watchOS 8 will bring several new mindfu
  • India among top 3 Asian nations affected by DNS cyber attacks
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): India is among top three countries in Asia which experienced highest cost of DNS (domain name system) attacks in 2021 to date, as nearly 90 per cent of organisations globally experienced DNS attacks, with the average cost of each attack around $950,000, a new report showed on Monday. Asia recorded an increase of 15 per cent in average cost of a DNS attack, incurring a cost of $908,140, up from $792,840 the previous year. Countries which saw significant i
  • Facebook makes its best tool available for better translation
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) In a bid to help build better translation systems, Facebook has open-sourced FLORES-101, a first-of-its-kind, many-to-many evaluation data set covering 101 languages from all over the world. For the first time, researchers will be able to reliably measure the quality of translations through 10,100 different translation directions — for example, directly from Hindi to Thai or Swahili. For context, evaluating in and out of English would provide merely
  • NASA-SpaceX Dragon launches 7,300lb of cargo to space station
    Washington, June 4 (IANS): NASA has launched SpaceX's Dragon resupply spacecraft with more than 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar arrays, and other cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket at 1.29 p.m. EDT on Thursday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US space agency has said. It is scheduled to autonomously dock at the ISS around 5 a.m. Saturday, June 5, and remain at the statio
  • YouTube on mobile gets Loop option for playing videos
    San Francisco, June 4 (IANS): Google-owned YouTube on mobile has reportedly gained a Loop video option allowing users to repeat their currently playing content for as long as they want. The Loop button has been on the desktop version of the video-sharing site for a long time already but has been a notable absentee for YouTube on mobile devices. According to Droidmaze, the option has been rolling out now for a few days, with the icon finding a new home in the overflow three-dot me
  • NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover snaps shining clouds on Red Planet
    Washington, May 30 (IANS) NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has captured shining clouds on the Red Planet, which arrived earlier and formed higher than expected. The atmosphere on Mars is usually thin, dry and cloudy days are rare. And clouds are typically found at the planet's equator in the coldest time of year, when Mars is the farthest from the Sun in its oval-shaped orbit. But the scientists noticed clouds forming over NASA's Curiosity rover earlier than expected, one ful
  • Google Chrome is up to 23% faster, saves 17 yrs of CPU time daily
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Google has announced that its Chrome browser is now up to 23 per cent faster and saves 17 years of CPU time daily for the users. A key component of delivering a fast browser is fast JavaScript execution. "In Chrome, that job is done by the V8 JavaScript engine which executes over 78 years worth of JavaScript code on a daily basis. "In M91, Chrome is now up to 23 per cent faster with the launch of a new Sparkplug compiler and short builtin cal
  • 68% people use 1 smartphone for both work, personal use: Google
    New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Nearly 68 per cent of employees use one smartphone for both work and personal purposes while 32 per cent use two smartphones, though not always simply one for work and one for personal use, a Google-led study has revealed, as a large percentage of mobile workforce continues to work from home. Across the various user groups surveyed, 70 per cent said they would prefer a user interface (UI) on their phones that clearly separates work and personal apps and data
  • Twitter, Facebook may not be able to operate in India from May 26
    NEW DELHI, MAY 25 (IANS): The deadline to comply with the new legal rules meant for big social media platforms, which were issued by the government three months ago, is ending on Tuesday, threatening the operations of the likes of Twitter in India. According to top official sources, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and others, which were required to abide by the rules notified in the gazette of India on February 25 under Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethi