Science & Tech

A Camera That Sees Methane


December 5: Swedish scientists have built a camera that makes methane gas visible. The tool could help researchers study greenhouses gases and answer tricky questions about climate change. It’s also good for visualizing cow farts. Magnus Gålfalk of Linköping University explains that the camera works using infrared spectroscopy. Called “hyperspectral imaging,” the method simultaneously captures […]

Smartphone market seen as cooling

December 4: Global smartphone sales growth will cool to single digits for the first time ever amid a slowdown in China, a new market forecast said Thursday. The research firm IDC said it expects worldwide smartphone shipments to grow 9.8 percent in 2015 to a total of 1.43 billion units. The forecast was updated to […]

Astronomers Measure Magnetic Fields at Sagittarius A*


December 4: Most people think of black holes as giant vacuum cleaners sucking in everything that gets too close. But the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies are more like cosmic engines, converting energy from infalling matter into intense radiation that can outshine the combined light from all surrounding stars. If the black […]

Pay Heed to Digital Democracy: Commentary

Digital Democracy

Narayan Prasad Ghimire / Kathmandu: The government recently renamed the Ministry of Information and Communications as the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. It is indeed a welcome act that technology has been linked to information and communication. However, the government has not made it clear why the ministry was renamed and how it would […]

Smart chip tells you how healthy your battery is

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November 27: Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed a smart chip which can tell you how healthy is your battery and if it is safe for use. If the battery in your smartphone or electric vehicle is faulty and is at risk of catching fire, this smart chip will warn you. Current […]

US Officials Move Toward Embracing Self-Driving Cars

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November 28: Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public’s hands. Just two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation struck a cautious tone. Its official policy statement, published in May 2013, says cars should be limited to testing and not “authorized […]

Detailed Images of the Hypergiant Star VY Canis Majoris


November 27: VY Canis Majoris is a stellar goliath, a red hypergiant, one of the largest known stars in the Milky Way. It is 30–40 times the mass of the Sun and 300,000 times more luminous. In its current state, the star would encompass the orbit of Jupiter, having expanded tremendously as it enters the […]

Internet access in Kalikot village

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Kalikot / November 28: Internet service has been started for the first time in rural Raskot area of remote Kalikot district with the initiatives of a youth. The internet service was installed in Panchadeval Higher Secondary School based in Mehalmudi VDC with the lone efforts of Santosh Kumar Shahi of Sipkhana VDC-2 of the district. […]

Advancing open government to build trust and culture for openness (COMMENTARY)

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By Krishna Sapkota Kathmandu: Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new high-profile global initiative that aims at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote openness, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. These commitments respond to four values: transparency, accountability, civic engagement and innovation. It envisages government and civil society working […]

Facebook can now hide your exes


November 20: You just broke up with your girlfriend of a year. You’ve spent the last three days sulking on your sofa, too devastated to shower or eat anything but string cheese. You idly open Facebook between Netflix binges and see your ex has posted a smiling photo of a night out on the town. […]

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