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No pending announcement about discovery of alien life: NASA

27 Jun 2017 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA has no announcements to make about the discovery of alien life, a spokesperson said, dismissing media reports which claimed that the US space agency was about to discover extraterrestrial life.

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Washington, June 27

NASA has no announcements to make about the discovery of alien life, a spokesperson said, dismissing media reports which claimed that the US space agency was about to discover extraterrestrial life.

Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on YouTube suggesting that NASA is about to announce the discovery of life beyond Earth.

“Contrary to some reports, there’s no pending announcement from NASA regarding extraterrestrial life,” NASA science chief Thomas Zurbuchen said in a Twitter post.

“Are we alone in the universe? While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question,” Zurbuchen added in tweet.

Anonymous’ video focused on a testimony Zurbuchen gave in April during a hearing of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

During the hearing, called “Advances in the Search for Life,” Zurbuchen laid out the progress NASA has been making in the hunt for life in the cosmos.

He cited thousands of exoplanets spotted by the Kepler space telescope, the recent discovery of hydrogen in the geysers blasting from the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and the possible detection of water-vapour plumes emanating from the Jovian satellite Europa, ‘Space.com’ reported.

“Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history,” Zurbuchen said during the hearing.

In the recent video, Anonymous highlighted just the second half of this sentence.

“NASA: ‘Mankind is about to discover extraterrestrial life,’” an Anonymous spokesman wearing the group’s famous Guy Fawkes mask said in the video. — PTI

New AI system can read your mind!

New AI system can read your mind!

27 Jun 2017 | 2:51 PM

NEW YORK: Scientists have developed a new ‘mind reading’ artificial intelligence system that can decode complex human thoughts just by measuring brain activity.

New foldable, walking robot could aid future space missions

New foldable, walking robot could aid future space missions

26 Jun 2017 | 9:07 PM

SEOUL: Scientists have built the first foldable walking robot that pops up when deployed, and could be used for future space missions as well as seabed exploration on Earth.

Global sea level rise accelerates since 1990, study shows

Global sea level rise accelerates since 1990, study shows

26 Jun 2017 | 8:38 PM

OSLO: The rise in global sea levels has accelerated since the 1990s amid rising temperatures, with a thaw of Greenland's ice sheet pouring ever more water into the oceans, scientists said on Monday.

Mysterious 'Planet 10' may be lurking at edge of solar system

Mysterious 'Planet 10' may be lurking at edge of solar system

25 Jun 2017 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON: A mysterious, unseen 'Planet 10' may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, say scientists including one of Indian origin, who have found evidence of a Mars-like object that could be orbiting our Sun.

Soon, prosthetic limbs that take feedback from human body

Soon, prosthetic limbs that take feedback from human body

24 Jun 2017 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a novel design approach for exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs that incorporates direct feedback from the human body.

Facebook to release app for video creators

Facebook to release app for video creators

24 Jun 2017 | 12:50 PM

NEW YORK: With an aim to empower its creator community, Facebook has announced that it is planning to launch a new app just for them later this year.

New smartphone coating allows you to read in bright sunlight

New smartphone coating allows you to read in bright sunlight

23 Jun 2017 | 8:07 PM

WASHINGTON:Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, scientists have developed a new anti- reflection film that could allow people to read from their smartphones and tablets even in bright sunlight.

Marriage may weigh men down!

Marriage may weigh men down!

22 Jun 2017 | 6:48 PM

LONDON: Being married makes men gain weight, and the early days of fatherhood may lead to further pile up of extra kilos, a study has found.

Mystery behind 'bright nights' solved

Mystery behind 'bright nights' solved

22 Jun 2017 | 3:26 PM

TORONTO: Scientists have solved a centuries-old mystery of "bright nights" - an unusual glow that appears in the sky after dark and lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

22 Jun 2017 | 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON: For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

Love for selfies decoded

Love for selfies decoded

22 Jun 2017 | 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON DC: It's now hard to imagine a life without selfies! Thanks to front-facing cameras and the rise of social media, selfies populate our camera rolls, Instagram feeds, dating profiles, and vocabularies.

Facebook's new tools for India to protect profile pictures

Facebook's new tools for India to protect profile pictures

22 Jun 2017 | 12:35 PM

LOS ANGELES: Facebook has introduced new tools in India that will allow users to protect their profile pictures from being downloaded and shared, a move that may help reduce misuse of images on the popular social networking site.

Genetics behind Harry Potter's magical powers decoded

Genetics behind Harry Potter's magical powers decoded

21 Jun 2017 | 9:18 PM

WASHINGTON: Scientists have explained the genetics behind the magical powers of characters in J K Rowling's popular Harry Potter franchise, in an unusual crash-course on wizarding DNA.

Asteroid collision with Earth inevitable: experts

Asteroid collision with Earth inevitable: experts

21 Jun 2017 | 3:21 PM

LONDON: An asteroid strike on the Earth is just a matter of time and such events could destroy major cities, experts warn.

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of dinosaurs

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of dinosaurs

20 Jun 2017 | 9:07 PM

LONDON: Volcanic activity may have played a key role in triggering the mass extinction event about 200 million years ago, which set the scene for the rise and age of the dinosaurs, an Oxford study has found.

NASA's Kepler telescope spots over 200 new planet candidates

NASA's Kepler telescope spots over 200 new planet candidates

20 Jun 2017 | 8:57 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted 219 new potential planets, of which at least 10 are near-Earth size with conditions suitable to host life.

Faces of friends look happier than those of strangers: study

Faces of friends look happier than those of strangers: study

20 Jun 2017 | 4:34 PM

NEW YORK: People are more likely to perceive familiar faces to be happier than those of strangers, even when both express the same emotions, a study suggests.

US group wants to ban sale of smartphones for kids under 13

US group wants to ban sale of smartphones for kids under 13

20 Jun 2017 | 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON: In a first, a group in the US state of Colorado has sought a ban on the sale of smartphones for children younger than 13 years to prevent them from getting addicted to the device.

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens

19 Jun 2017 | 9:41 PM

WASHINGTON: Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.

Our Sun was likely born with a twin star

Our Sun was likely born with a twin star

19 Jun 2017 | 9:16 PM

LOS ANGELES: Our Sun likely had a twin when it came into existence 4.5 billion years ago, say scientists who found that every star in the universe is born with a companion.

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