Uber Hires 2 Security Researchers to Improve Car Technology

Uber Technologies Inc has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc , and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber ... Read More »

India to Install 73 ‘Green’ Supercomputers in Next 3 Years

India plans to install 73 ‘green supercomputers’ in the next three years to enable high-performance computing with reduced power consumption, a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) said on Friday. “Around five to 10 supercomputers will be installed this year and the rest in the next three years in phases. Through optimisation, power consumption of the ... Read More »

Isro Launches GSAT-6 Communications Satellite

An Indian rocket with over two tonne communication satellite GSAT-6, which has several strategic applications, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Precisely at 4.52pm IST, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D6) rose from the second launch pad Sriharikota at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The 49.1-metre tall rocket weighing 416 tonnes would sling the ... Read More »

Nasa Says Grow Plants If You Want to Curb Urban Heat

The presence of vegetation in urban areas – along the roads, in the parks and in your neighbourhood – can limit city heat effect to a great extent, says a Nasa study. Using multiple satellites’ observations, researchers found that areas in the US covered in part by concrete surfaces had a summer temperature 1.9 degrees Celsius higher than surrounding rural ... Read More »

Countdown Begins for Isro’s GSAT-6 Launch on Thursday

Indian space agency is flying the GSLV rocket with its own cryogenic engine for the second time on Thursday after the successful launch of similar rocket in January 2014 that put into orbit GSAT-14. A cryogenic engine is more efficient as it provides more thrust for every kilogram of propellant burnt. The satellite GSAT-6 is India’s 25th geostationary communication satellite ... Read More »

Nasa’s Dawn Probe Sends Back Stunning Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft has delivered the closest-yet views of the dwarf planet called Ceres that show the small world’s features in unprecedented detail. The new images show Ceres’ tall, conical mountain, crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures. “Dawn’s view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, revealing exciting new details of this intriguing dwarf ... Read More »

Nasa Begins Satellite Project to Improve Hurricane Forecasting

  Nasa engineers have started working on the first of eight micro-satellites under the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) project. The system, being built at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, will improve hurricane forecasting by making measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye wall of tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life ... Read More »

Nasa Wants to Turn Human Waste Into Food

  The US space agency has funded researchers to find out how to recycle human excreta into food that can help astronauts sustain on deeper space missions, including Mars. The researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina will receive $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.4 crores) a year for up to three years to achieve this task, the US space agency said ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh Plans to Use Drone Cameras to Check Red Sander Smuggling

    The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to use drone cameras in Rayalaseema region to increase surveillance on red sander smuggling, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday. The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to use drone cameras in Rayalaseema region to increase surveillance on red sander smuggling, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday. The Andhra ... Read More »

Saturn and Jupiter May Have Started as Centimetre-Sized Pebbles: Study

  Gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter may have been built by centimetre-sized pebbles that formed 4.5 billion years ago from dust and ice swirling around the newborn Sun, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that the primordial pebbles rapidly melded into the cores of gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn. Earlier theories had suggested that building ... Read More »