Author - Praveen Kumar

Synopsis: Satellite Mishap Provides Chance for Relativity Test

In 2014, two satellites of the Galileo European Global Navigation Satellite System were unintentionally launched on elliptical, rather than circular, orbits. This ellipticity created problems for their use in the global navigation network, but scientists turned this misfortune into an opportunity. Two independent teams, [...]

A step closer to fusion energy

Harnessing nuclear fusion, which powers the sun and stars, to help meet earth’s energy needs, is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types of imaging can help them assess the safety and reliability of parts used in a fusion energy device. Scientists [...]

Navigation system in rodents akin to ancient, open ocean direction-finding

The navigation system used by rodents is similar to that used by Pacific Islanders in finding their way through the open ocean without a compass, a team of neuroscientists has found. Its findings, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Neuron, correct a [...]

Science Summit Denounces Gene-Edited Babies Claim, But Rejects Moratorium

A Chinese scientist’s claims that he created the world’s first gene-edited babies is a “deeply disturbing” and “irresponsible” violation of international scientific norms, according to a formal conclusion issued Thursday by organizers of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. But [...]

New research provides understanding of infant feeding

New research provides understanding of infant feeding in New Zealand New research funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research Fund has revealed for the first time whether families in New Zealand are meeting national food and nutrition guidelines when feeding infants [...]

$38.6 million in new ARC grants supercharge UQ research

Developing thermal protection systems to enable Mars return missions, creating more efficient solar energy conversion, and improving invasive pest management are some of the 95 University of Queensland projects that have netted $38.6 million in Australian Government funding. The Australian Research Council has announced more [...]

Scientists solve longtime mystery in innate immunity

UT Southwestern biochemist and Breakthrough Prize winner Dr. Zhijian “James” Chen’s newest study answers a long-standing question in the field of innate immunity. Scientists have long wondered how one protein, NLRP3, can promote inflammation in response to a wide range of seemingly unrelated stimuli. Dr. Chen, [...]