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Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus

The complete sequence of the huge wheat genome is published this week, and the enormous dataset will accelerate innovation in breeding resilient and disease resistant crops to feed a growing global population. Wheat is the most widely-cultivated crop on Earth. It provides more protein than meat in the human diet, ... Read More »

Printable tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices

Engineers have developed printable metal tags that could be attached to everyday objects and turn them into “smart” Internet of Things devices. The metal tags are made from patterns of copper foil printed onto thin, flexible, paper-like substrates and are made to reflect WiFi signals. The tags work essentially like ... Read More »

Tennis clocks get good reviews but cut into tune time 

The serve clock gives players 25 seconds to begin their service motion from the time the chair umpire announces the score. The warm-up clock allows one minute from on-court arrival to get to the net, five minutes for warming up and another minute to get ready to play. “It’s a ... Read More »

13 killed, 18 hurt as bus falls into gorge on Chamba-Rishikesh NH

The accident occurred near Kirgani on Rishikesh-Chamba-Gangotri highway around 8 am when the Uttarakhand Roadways bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said. Six of the injured were flown in a chopper for treatment at AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were being treated at Tehri district ... Read More »

Plastic trash into car parts? These Venezuelan engineers are doing it

They are melting the plastic waste down and feeding it through 3D printers to make intricate pieces such as car parts. These have become increasingly hard to obtain in Venezuela as dysfunctional currency controls restrict the import of basic materials. Albermar Dominguez and John Naizzir produce only a kilogram of plastic printing ... Read More »

PV Sindhu storms into the final of Thailand Open

The second seeded Indian continued her unbeaten run in the Thai capital with a 23-21 16-21 21-9 win over Tunjung in a match that lasted an hour. In what is expected to be a high-voltage summit showdown on Sunday, Sindhu will lock horns with Nozomi Okuhara in a rematch of ... Read More »

Serena powers into Wimbledon quarters, last top 10 seed falls

Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in a Centre Court masterclass. Williams, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club. Having missed Wimbledon ... Read More »

Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup’s last eight

Chadli’s superbly worked goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time yesterday was the final act of an epic last-16 battle that saw Belgium become the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game. The Red Devils will face five-time champions ... Read More »

At least 46 killed after bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand

The incident occurred near Gwen village, close to Dhumakot in the district, when the private bus, carrying 58 passengers, on its way to Ramnagar, fell into a 200-metre deep gorge. Rescue operations were carried out by police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel. All the bodies have been ... Read More »

Thiago, Paulinho steer Brazil into World Cup’s last 16

Paulinho put Brazil ahead with a superb dinked finish on 36 minutes before Neymar swung in a cross for Thiago Silva to header the Selecao’s second goal with 22 minutes left in Moscow. Having opened his Russia 2018 account with the second of Brazil’s two late goals in Friday’s 2-0 ... Read More »

England thrash Panama to move into last 16 with Belgium

A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory. The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for ... Read More »

Plastic ban in Maharashtra comes into effect

In Maharashtra, the statewide ban on single-use plastic items comes into effect on Saturday. Heavy fine will be imposed on those caught using these items. The initial penalty for use is 5,000 rupees, but repeat offenders can also be jailed for 3 months. While environmentalists and most citizens are appreciative ... Read More »

Mbappe makes history as France battle into World Cup last 16

France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, join Uruguay and hosts Russia in the knockout rounds with one group game to go. Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe — aged 19 years and 183 days — underlined his rich talent and claimed his place in the French record books when he poked home ... Read More »