New generation BMW M5 to be launched in February 2018

The sixth generation of the BMW luxury sedan has been unveiled and is slated to be launched in the early part of 2018. This upgrade features most of the groundbreaking technologies and mechanism in its segment and will be a very hard nut to crack for its competitors. The new generation of the BMW M5 will come …

Audi Q7 40 TFSI to be launched on 1st September 2017

Audi India is all set to launch the petrol version of the Audi Q7, named as Q7 40 TFSI on September 1, 2017. Presently the premium SUV, Audi Q7 offers only the diesel unit in India. The new variant is expected to come with the same outfit as its diesel counterpart. It will offer a newly …

Hyundai Verna may get smaller 1.4-litre engines soon

Hyundai is planning to introduce a smaller engine with a 1.4-litre capacity for the recently launched Hyundai Verna. The fifth-generation Verna was launched on August 22 this year with a 1.6-litre engine on both diesel as well as petrol trim on offer. It seems as if the South-Korean auto-giant has a backup plan to cut …

Missions to probe exoplanets, galaxies, and cosmic inflation vie for $250 million NASA slot

From exoplanet atmospheres to the dynamics of galaxies to the stretch marks left by the big bang, the three finalists in a $250 million astrophysics mission competition would tackle questions spanning all of space and time. Announced last week by NASA, the three missions—whittled down from nine proposals—will receive $2 million each to develop a …

Scientists struggle to fit this strange vegetarian dinosaur into the family tree

When scientists said in 2015 they had found a plant-eating theropod dinosaur, it was as if a vegetarian had crashed a meat lovers’ barbecue. Almost all theropods—the group of fierce predators that included Tyrannosaurus rex—were hypercarnivorous, eating a diet of more than 70% meat. Now, researchers are reporting that the dinosaur in question—the parrot-beaked Chilesaurus diegosuarezi—wasn’t a theropod after …

Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages

Scientists announced today that a core drilled in Antarctica has yielded 2.7-million-year-old ice, an astonishing find 1.7 million years older than the previous record-holder. Bubbles in the ice contain greenhouse gases from Earth’s atmosphere at a time when the planet’s cycles of glacial advance and retreat were just beginning, potentially offering clues to what triggered …

People who regularly groom their pubic hair at risk of injuries

“A quarter of Americans are injured and hospitalized by tidying up ‘down there’,” the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by a survey which asked 7,570 adults about pubic hair removal and “grooming” (such as waxing). The researchers found that removing all pubic hair, and frequent hair removal, were most likely to cause injuries. …

‘Alternative cancer therapies’ may increase your risk of death

“Cancer patients who use alternative medicine more than twice as likely to die,” is the stark message from The Independent. Researchers found that people who chose alternative medicine instead of conventional cancer treatments were much less likely to survive for at least five years. Conventional treatments included surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or hormone treatments. The research only applies to …

‘Fat but fit’ people may still be at risk of heart disease

“Concept of being ‘fit but fat’ is a myth, researchers say,” ITV News reports after a Europe-wide study looked at associations between body weight, metabolic health and heart disease. The term “fat but fit” is used to describe people who are overweight or obese but don’t have any of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. This is …