Washington D.C, Nov 4 - A team of scientists has found that we empathise with humanoid robots in a similar fashion as with other humans.
Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology in collaboration with researchers at Kyoto University have found the first neurophysiological evidence of humans' ability to empathize with robots in perceived pain and highlighted the difference in human empathy toward other humans and robots.
Washington D.C, Nov 4 - A new research has suggested that diamonds may not be as rare as once believed.
Johns Hopkins University geochemist Dimitri A. Sverjensky said that diamond formation in the very deep Earth may be a more common process than they thought.
The report says the results constitute a new quantitative theory of diamond formation, but that does not mean it will be easier to find gem-quality diamonds and bring them to market.
Washington D.C, Nov 2 - The newly-developed fastest yet most flexible silicon phototransistor can take the digital cameras to next level.
Inspired by mammals' eyes, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made.
The innovative phototransistor could improve the performance of myriad products, ranging from digital cameras, night-vision goggles and smoke detectors to surveillance systems and satellites, which rely on electronic light sensors. Integrated into a digital camera lens, for example, it could reduce bulkiness and boost both the acquisition speed and quality of video or still photos.
Washington D.C, Nov 1 - A team of researchers has come up with an explanation as to why do people cheat, suggesting dopamine and vasopressin may be responsible.
Around 57 and 54 per cent of men and women admitted to cheating at least once, according to data collected by the US Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Independent reported.
Therapists and psychologists have attempted to decipher the myriad reasons for unfaithfulness, but there is some evidence the chemicals in our brains are responsible, AsapScience have claimed.
A 2002 study examined the length of almost 200 volunteers' dopamine D4 receptor gene, the neurotransmitter that controls pleasure in the brain.
Washington D.C, Nov 1 - In a first, A team of scientists has simulated 3-D exotic clouds on an exoplanet.
Scientists have catalogued nearly 2,000 exoplanets around stars near and far. While most of these are giant and inhospitable, improved techniques and spacecraft have uncovered increasingly smaller worlds. The day may soon come when astrophysicists announce our planet's twin around a distant star.
Washington D.C., Oct. 31 - A new NASA study has revealed that the mass gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.
The new study showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
Lead author Jay Zwally of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center believes that it might only take a few decades for Antarctica's growth to reverse.
Washington D.C, Oct 30 - A new NASA study has proposed that huge dust spiral patterns seen around newborn stars may be a telltale sign of gigantic, unseen planets in their orbit.
This idea not only opens the door to a new method of planet detection, but also could offer a look into the early formative years of planet birth.
Though astronomers have cataloged thousands of planets orbiting other stars, the very earliest stages of planet formation are elusive because nascent planets are born and embedded inside vast, pancake-shaped disks of dust and gas encircling newborn stars, known as circumstellar disks.
Washington D.C, Oct 30 - It may be time for the brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche as a recent study has suggested that the gender gaps in the brain are not so much and it's gender stereotyping which makes us different.
A research study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has debunked the widely-held belief that the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females than in males.
Washington : The US has said President Barack Obama's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House last week did not set a timeline for actions against terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
"We're not dictating to Pakistan the timeline under which they would or would not undertake operations against that or any other terrorist group," State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.
"We know that they know that these are serious threats, we know that they know how much it matters not just to the region but to the world. And it's a difficult problem to crack," he said.
Washington D.C, Oct 29 - Dinosaurs possessed the largest and most complex nasal passages and their function has puzzled most of the paleontologists.
The team of researchers has found that dinosaurs used their nasal passages to keep their brains cool.
Lead author Jason Bourke said that his work represents the first test of the hypothesis that the elaborated nasal passages of large dinosaurs functioned as efficient heat exchangers.
Using a branch of engineering known as computational fluid dynamics, Bourke simulated the movement of air and heat through the nasal passages of various dinosaur species.
Washington D.C, Oct 29 - A team of scientists has provided an explanation as to why NASA's Voyager 1, when it became the first probe to enter interstellar space in mid-2012, observed a magnetic field that was inconsistent with that derived from other spacecraft observations.
Voyager 1 sent back several different indications that it had punched through the edge of our sun's massive protective bubble inflated by solar wind, the heliosphere, after a 35-year journey. But the magnetic field data gathered by the spacecraft was not what scientists had expected to see. The University of New Hampshire study resolves the inconsistencies.
Washington D.C, Oct 29 - A recent NASA study has solved an enduring mystery from the Apollo missions to the moon - the origin of organic matter found in lunar samples returned to Earth.
Samples of the lunar soil brought back by the Apollo astronauts contain low levels of organic matter in the form of amino acids. Certain amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, essential molecules used by life to build structures like hair and skin and to regulate chemical reactions.
Washington D.C, Oct 28 - A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around using sound waves has become a reality now.
Tractor beams are mysterious rays that can grab and lift objects. The concept has been used by science-fiction writers and programmes like 'Star Trek,' but has since come to fascinate scientists and engineers.
Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex in collaboration with Ultrahaptics have now built a working tractor beam that uses high-amplitude sound waves to generate an acoustic hologram which can pick up and move small objects.
Washington D.C, Oct 28 -: A new study has revealed that the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake that struck Nepal was less intense than might be expected from a magnitude 7.8 quake in the area.
In a region of major faulting and massive tectonic plate collisions, with an especially dense population centered on the country's capital of Kathmandu, seismologists had expected the worst from a major earthquake. And the quake and its major aftershocks did cause more than 8,000 fatalities, 22,000 injuries and hundreds of thousands of collapsed or damaged buildings. But the damage was not as catastrophic as expected, said U.S. Geological Service geophysicist Susan Hough, guest editor of the Gorkha focus section papers.
Washington : Offering deepest condolences to those hit by a major earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US has said it is ready to provide any kind of assistance to the two countries.
"We offer our deepest condolences to all those who were affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan, including the families of those who died in Afghanistan and in Pakistan," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday.
US officials said it has not received request for any kind of assistance from Pakistan.
The US government, he said, has been in touch with the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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