A turtle fossil dating back 150 million years to the Jurassic Period has been found in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality.
Farmer Liu Changyu found a turtle-shell-shaped “rock” while in Qijiang district.
Liu’s daughter uploaded photos to WeChat, which were spread and spotted by the district’s land resources and housing management bureau, said Xie Xianming, director of the geopark management department of the bureau.
Invited by the department, paleontologists from the municipal exploration bureau confirmed it was a fossil of a snake-necked turtle from the Jurassic Period.
A wireless device was comparable to cardiac MRI in accuracy when detecting heart dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors who were treated with anthracycline chemotherapy, according to a study.
Childhood cancer survivors are urged to undergo screening for the detection of heart dysfunction as a result of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. However, screening with echocardiography can be highly variable and limited. In this study, researchers evaluated the feasibility of using a wireless prototype device to detect heart abnormalities in this population.
The protype handheld device, called Vivio, collects pu...
Researchers have unearthed the nearly 600 million years old fossil footprints of animals, considered to be the earliest record, in China.
The study showed that the oldest footprints were left between 551 million and 541 million years ago during the Ediacaran period, about 245 million years before dinosaurs started roaming the Earth.
The team from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Virginia Tech in the US discovered two rows of imprints that are arranged in a series or repeated groups in irregular trackways and burrows.
These trackways were found in...
Researchers have developed a new blood test for pregnant women that may detect whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth.
The technique can also be used to estimate a foetus’s gestational age -- or the mother’s due date -- as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound, the researchers said.
“This work is the result of a fantastic collaboration between researchers around the world,” said co-author Stephen Quake, Professor at the Stanford University in US.
The findings, published in the journal Science, suggested that the tests could help reduce problems related to pre...
Scientists have created a toaster oven-sized lab for a Mars rover that will drill beneath the surface of the red planet and look for signs of past or present life.
The tiny chemistry lab called the Mars Organic Molecule Analyser (MOMA) is a key instrument on the ExoMars Rover, a joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, with a significant contribution to MOMA from NASA.
It will be launched toward the Mars in July 2020.
“The ExoMars Rover’s two-meter deep drill will provide MOMA with unique samples that may contain complex organic compounds preserved f...
Normally, its eyes are silver. But when the tiny Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) gets all worked up, the eyes turn pitch black as a warning for other guppies to rack off, scientists have discovered. And they had a fun time finding this out.
Freshwater guppies - small, defenseless and popular as aquarium pets - are towards the bottom of the food chain, and when they experience a high level of predation, they don’t display a lot of aggression. However, in safer environments, such as above waterfalls, they tend to get aggressive with each other, fighting over resources such as food - and, as previous research h...
After a two-year-long effort, a team of researchers from IISER-Bhopal has been able to sequence the genome of India’s national bird, the peacock (Pavo cristatus).
Knowledge of the genome can provide insight into the genetic reasons that enable peacocks to have ornate feathers and fly despite their weight -- two characteristics that have been puzzling scientists.
The researchers have made their findings publicly available on the research pre-print server bioRXiv (pronounced bio archive). They also hope to soon publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal.
The study revealed that the entire peacock ...
Its religious mindset was never in doubt, but the first BJP government in Haryana is using technology, including space technology, to execute its project reviving and rejuvenating the mythological Saraswati river that is once said to have flowed through areas that now make up the state.
The state government, which is on a “mission mode” to execute the project and has sanctioned over Rs 50 crore (over $7 million) for this, has roped in national agencies like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and the Geological Surv...
Google India on Monday announced a fun, yet educational summer campaign that will help children across the country spend more time learning and making new discoveries, as well as teaching them how to become responsible explorers of the web.
As part of the campaign, named #SummerWithGoogle, Google assigned an activity to the kids. They will release one assignment every week for four weeks, the tech giant said in a blogpost.
The assignment ranges from exploring the country that is home to all the Pandas in the world on Google Earth, to saying ‘Gracias’ and ‘Por Favor’ as they learn phrases in ...
An app-driven automated food maker, an automatic dust lifting machine, a dustbin with sound alert, hand-driven waste picking and dumping cart,currency note sterilizing machine for ATMs, wrapper picker, cycle-powered road cleaner, a tiffin box that reminds children to wash hands before eating.
These are some of the ideas and models on display at the Child Innovators Exhibition which opened on May 14, as the part of the sanitation fortnight organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
Abhishek Bhagat from Bhagalpur in Bihar has developed an automated electric-operated food making machine. One can chos...
With an aim to offer students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the language of technology, Apple is bringing an accessible coding programme to schools serving the blind and deaf communities, first to the US and then to more schools around the world.
Beginning this autumn, US schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the “Everyone Can Code” curricula for Swift -- Apple’s intuitive programming language, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said in a statement on Thursday.
“Apple’s mission is to make products as ac...
Indian researchers have developed a technique which can potentially help in rapid detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is a highly sensitive electro-chemical technique, which can be used to detect different stages of the disease.
The technique has been put together by researchers of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s New Delhi based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and Amity University, Rajasthan.
It has been developed by modifying a multi-walled carbon nanotube electrode with capture protein papain via covalent immobilization. The binding of the prob...