A study shows a map of water ice that could be just an inch beneath the dusty surface of Mars. Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Odyssey Orbiter have also been able to detect the signature of water ice beneath the surface. Knowing the location of accessible water on Mars could help determine a landing site for a manned mission.
Elon Musk tweeted on why the supposedly unbreakable windows on Tesla's new Cybertruck cracked during a demonstration. Shortly before Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen threw the steel ball at the windows, he hit the truck's door with a big sledgehammer to demonstrate the strength of the truck's body panels. The impact of the blow damaged the glass.
In a first, scientists have successfully performed In-Vitro Fertilisation procedure on 9 buffa-loes in Pune. The scientists hope that IVF will help in the production of a superior breed of buffaloes at a fast pace. They said the procedure will benefit farmers. All the nine buffaloes have been kept in a farm and are expected to be deliver next year.
ISRO has admitted that the Vikram lander on Chandrayaan-2 mission made a hard-landing on the moon within 500m of the designated landing site on 7 September. The descent had proceeded smoothly till Vikram was about 2.1 km from the surface, after which it was unable to slow down. It was hurtling towards the moon at 200 kph when communication was lost.
Social media giant Facebook has rolled out a meme-making app called ‘Whale’ on the Cana-dian App Store. The new app is expected to arrive at other markets, including in India, later. The app has been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team. The team’s aim is to help the company discover new features and services that people like.
The Indian Council of Medical Research is said to have successfully experimented with the world’s first injectable male contraceptive. The contraceptive, developed as a replacement for surgical vasectomy, is reportedly effective for 13 years. With the claim of 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects, the drug is waiting for regulatory approvals.