Category archives: Science & Technology

Indian naval officers face dismissal over Facebook posts

New Delhi: Three Indian navy officers are to be dismissed from service over their Facebook updates which reportedly included details about where their vessels were docked, an official said on Thursday. The Navy has recommended the discharge of the officers for “violating information security” after a high-level internal probe was conducted, a navy spokesman said. “The board of inquiry has recommended disciplinary action against three officers. Action for their termination […]

U.S. Department of Labor Hacking Incident Suspends Website

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman confirms one of its websites is offline after being targeted by hackers. “A DOL program appeared to be compromised,” says a statement released by the agency. “The website was immediately taken offline and the Department began working with appropriate internal and external authorities to investigate.” At this time there is no evidence of compromise to or loss of DOL information nor […]

Neglected cold dissolves ear bone, affects brain

MUMBAI: The common cold can, at times, have an uncommon effect: complete loss of hearing. Bhusawal resident Chandrakant Tupe found this out after ignoring his chronic cold for two years. On Saturday, doctors at Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo operated on 32-year-old Tupe and removed the diseased remains of his left ear. “We can say that common cold or an upper respiratory tract infection cost him his hearing,” said ENT surgeon […]

Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat

It was breakfast time and the people participating in a study of red meat and its consequences had hot, sizzling sirloin steaks plopped down in front of them. The researcher himself bought a George Foreman grill for the occasion, and the nurse assisting him did the cooking.   For the sake of science, these six men and women ate every last juicy bite of the 8-ounce steaks. Then they waited […]

There are underwater rivers flowing along the bottom of the ocean

The subterranean Amazon: Mighty river found flowing 13,000ft below ground The Amazon river is known to be the second longest in the world, shorter only than the Nile but, remarkably, scientists have discovered another river flowing thousands of feet beneath it. Researchers from Brazil’s National Observatory believe the subterranean river is 3,700 miles long, about the same length as the Amazon on the surface. Dr Valiya Hamza, from the BNO, […]

'Most Earth-like' worlds detected

The search for a far-off twin of Earth has turned up two of the most intriguing candidates yet. Scientists say these new worlds are the right size and distance from their parent star, so that you might expect to find liquid water on their surface. It is impossible to know for sure. Being 1,200 light-years away, they are beyond detailed inspection by current telescope technology. But researchers tell Science magazine, […]

cities consume enormous amounts of energy and generate over 80% of global carbon emissions.

Our swelling cities consume enormous amounts of energy and generate over 80% of global carbon emissions. We need to make them more self-sufficient, but how? As I’ve said before, Earth is experiencing a uniquely urban event. The migration of people to cities is by far the biggest humans have witnessed, and it is having far-reaching impacts on the planet’s geology, biology and chemistry. In a time of dwindling resources and […]

Study backs 'hobbit' island dwarfism theory

How an ancient human species may have shrunk as a result of island dwarfism A diminutive species of human whose remains were found on the Indonesian island of Flores could have shrunk as a result of island dwarfism as it adapted to its environment. A study of the remains of the creature, nicknamed the “hobbit”, shows that it is possible for it to have been a dwarf version of an […]

Unstoppable Crawl of Giant Land Snail

One of the world’s largest species of snail has descended on Florida.   The giant African land snail is considered one of the most destructive invasive species, feeding on more than 500 types of plant.   They can also eat through plaster walls, providing the calcium content needed for their shells.   Jon Ablett, curator of Mollusca at the Natural History Museum, says there is “no clear answer” on how […]