3-D print electronics and cells printed directly on skin


In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized, low-cost 3-D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or solar cells to charge essential electronics.


ISRO and French space agency to work together on autonomous navigation of rovers on the Moon and Mars


Space agencies of India and France have been holding discussions to work on inter-planetary missions to Mars and Venus .
A French source said, This comes almost a month after the two sides agreed on a joint statement for an enhanced space cooperation.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Space Agency (CNES) had agreed to work together on autonomous navigation of rovers on Moon, Mars, and other planets, and aero-braking technologies for planetary exploration.

“Venus is under-explored compared to Mars. This is why we want to concentrate on Venus. ISRO has confirmed this priority for them. Discussions are going on for the future Indian Mars mission,” said a CNES official.

India has already undertaken two successful inter-planetary missions, Chandrayaan-I to Moon and Mangalyaan to Mars. It is likely to send Chandrayaan-II this month, another mission for exploring the Moon, through which a rover would be landed on Earth’s only natural satellite. ISRO also has plans to send another mission to Mars and Venus.

In particular, CNES could provide support to ISRO for the navigation of future moon rovers while the two will jointly work on the models to study Mars and Venus atmospheres, the CNES official said.

CNES could be involved in the definition of the scientific goals and preparatory studies for the future planetary missions of ISRO and both agencies will study the possibility of embarking French science instruments on board the future interplanetary (Moon, Mars, and asteroids) Indian missions, the official said.

Venus is Earth’s closest neighbour just like Mars. US space probe Mariner 2s flew by Venus on 14 December 1962. Since then more than two dozen missions have been undertaken to explore the planet.

Yet, Venus remains an enigmatic puzzle for scientists. Its surface is shrouded in a perpetual cloud cover and what makes Venus so different from Earth has not been easy to understand.

Indo-French cooperation is very robust in nature and is more than six decades old. India had been using the French facilities for sending its heavy satellites into the orbit. When India was grappling with technological assistance following nuclear tests in 1974, it was France that helped India.

Android 9 is coming out this year


The current app works really well, but it definitely has its quirks (“that’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” — you know), and it’s sometimes a challenge to add new features. As a company, we always want to be using the latest stable technology and, to be frank, the existing app had its first commit to version control in January of 2011! I’m not actually sure when the first line of code was written, but the app was compatible with Android 2 (or was it 1? No one remembers). Android 9 is coming out this year. I think it’s safe to say that a project designed originally for Android 2 can’t be considered the “latest stable technology.”

WhatsApp May Come to Jio Phone Sooner Than You Expected

Jio Phone may finally be getting WhatsApp support, sooner than most people expected. While the Jio Phone runs on KaiOS, which does not offer support for WhatsApp, the social media giant has reportedly been spotted working on a KaiOS version of the app, which will bring the support for Jio Phone users. The Jio Phone, Reliance Jio’s 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone, had been launched with some smart features in 2017, but users have been complaining about the lack of WhatsApp support on the handset. Now though, KaiOS may get support for the world’s most popular messaging app, and thus bringing it to the Jio Phone.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket soars in debut test launch


The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private rocket company.”
The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster automobile into space as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3:45pm (2045 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

New algorithms to train robots for army


Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new algorithms for robots to learn to perform tasks effectively by interacting with a human instructor.
The findings of the study were presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.The researchers considered a specific case where a human provides real-time feedback in the form of critique.

India’s first micro satellite by students launched from Hyderabad


Hyderabad added yet another feather in its scientific cap with the successful launch of India’s first student-led micro satellite from the balloon facility of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in the city in the early hours of Saturday. The balloon facility is located on the ECIL campus and the micro satellite will help in understanding cancer-causing cosmic radiation that constantly bombards the earth.
The micro satellite was developed by undergraduate students of BITS Pilani, Goa campus, under project Apeiro. The micro satellite is aimed at detecting and measuring cosmic radiation in stratosphere, one of the layers of atmosphere surrounding the earth.

NASA shows interest in made in India tech for spacecrafts


A new thermal spray coating technology used for gas turbine engine in spacecrafts developed by a Rajasthan-based researcher has caught the attention of a NASA scientist, an official said.
Expressing his interest in the research, James L Smialek, a scientist from NASA wrote to Dr Satish Tailor after it was published in the journal Ceramics International and Thermal Spray Bulletin, said SC Modi, the chairman of a Jodhpur-based Metallizing Equipment Company (MEC).

under water metro train in india


for the first time in the history india is about to experience a wonder in the form of under-water metro train .it will be built in kolkata and it’s one of the path-breaking project in india as never before a tunnel has been dug beneath a flowing river .now india will be soon among the few countries with such an advance development .

HMD Global Smartphone Nokia 2 features


Nokia 2 features
HMD Global, the Developer of Nokia phones, has launched the Nokia 2 smartphone, which provides the luxury features of Nokia phones in addition to long battery life.
The company has been keen to launch a smartphone using a battery that can last up to two successive days. Nokia 2 is going to be a phone that works for long periods without charge in contrast to other smartphones.
Nokia 2 Design:
The Nokia 2 smartphone includes a robust design. The smartphone consists of a precision frame made from aluminium block that is standard.
While the Corning Gorilla Glass extends to the back of the telephone, giving the device a feeling of relaxation during use.
Nokia 2 Available Colours:
The smartphone will be available in black, white, grey, white, copper, and black in 6300inr Approx.

Astronauts go spacewalking to give new hand to robot arm


Spacewalking astronauts gave a hand to the International Space Station’s big robot arm today.
As the federal government geared back up 250 miles below, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle floated outdoors to install the new mechanical gripper.
Because of the lingering effects of the government shutdown, the spacewalk got started in the morning without live coverage on NASA TV.

New catalyst can help turn carbon dioxide into plastic


Scientists have created a catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide to ethylene, which is used to produce the most common type of plastic.
At the heart of this work is the carbon dioxide reduction reaction, wherein CO2 is converted into other chemicals through the use of an electrical current and a chemical reaction, aided by a catalyst.
Many metals can serve as catalysts in this type of reaction gold, silver and zinc can make carbon monoxide, while tin and paladium can make formate. Only copper can produce ethylene, the core component of polyethylene plastic.

New space telescope to explore nearby stars


Scientists are planning to launch a small telescope into the Earth’s orbit that will monitor the flares and sunspots of small stars to assess how habitable the environment is for planets orbiting them.
The spacecraft, known as the Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat, or SPARCS, is a new NASA-funded space telescope and will be launched in 2021.