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India's first mission to the Sun to be launched in 2019
short by Anupama K / on 22 Nov 2017,Wednesday
ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar on Tuesday said that Aditya-L1, India's maiden mission to the Sun, will be launched in 2019 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Conceived in 2008, the mission is aimed at studying the "dynamical processes of the sun". The satellite, which will carry six payloads, will be launched on the PSLV-XL launch vehicle.
short by Anupama K / 08:32 am on 22 Nov
Startup plans world's first man-made meteor shower in 2019
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
In a first, Japanese startup ALE will create artificial "shooting stars" in an event scheduled to be held over Hiroshima in 2019. The meteoric payload will be carried into low Earth orbit aboard a 50x50x50 cubic centimetre satellite dispenser. Around 300-500 blue, orange, and green pellets would be released, which would be visible in sky for at least 100 kilometres.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:32 pm on 21 Nov
Scientists estimate shape of 1st-ever interstellar asteroid
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Astronomers using Chile-based Very Large Telescope have estimated that the first-ever object to visit the Solar System from outside is a dark-reddish rock 40 metres wide and 400 metres long. Earlier considered a comet, it was reclassified as an asteroid and named 'Oumuamua. After slingshotting past the Sun at 3,14,280 kmph, 'Oumuamua is heading back into interstellar space, said astronomers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:30 pm on 21 Nov
Edwin Hubble was 1st to show evidence of expanding universe
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Nov 2017,Monday
American astronomer Edwin Hubble, born on November 20, 1889, was the first to provide evidence of universe's expansion. Hubble studied and compared the spectra of 46 different galaxies and found that the farther apart galaxies are from each other, the faster they move away from each other. The rate of expansion of the universe is called the Hubble constant.
short by Dishant Sharma / 03:29 pm on 20 Nov
'Mary had a little lamb' were the first words ever recorded
short by Dishant Sharma / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
American inventor Thomas Edison, who announced the invention of the phonograph on November 21, 1877, recorded the nursery rhyme 'Mary had a little lamb' as the first words on the device. The phonograph was the first device capable of recording and reproducing sound. "It's my baby. It's gonna take care of me in my old days," Edison had said.
short by Dishant Sharma / 12:10 pm on 21 Nov
Physicists quantum entangle nanochips to share information
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Austria-based physicists have claimed to successfully couple nano-resonators on silicon chips, which release photons at precisely the same frequency to create a quantum entangled state. The prototype device connected the chips using 70 meters of optical fibre over a distance of 20 cm. The advancement could help develop spy-proof quantum internet using future quantum computers, physicists said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:07 pm on 21 Nov
$5-billion startup makes its 1st cancer vaccine for 1 person
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
US-based Moderna Therapeutics, which is currently valued at $5 billion, has developed its first vaccine from the cancer tissue of a 67-year-old that would train the patient's body to attack tumours. It took about 100 people to develop the single-use drug for one person. The vaccine is said to "hijack" cells' protein-making mechanisms to create a drug within the body.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 07:03 pm on 18 Nov
World's largest space telescope completes cryogenic testing
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Nov 2017,Wednesday
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which would be the largest-ever space telescope when launched in 2019, has completed its final phase of the 100-day vacuum testing at -266ºC. The tests included an alignment check of Webb's 18 primary mirrors, to make sure the gold-plated, hexagonal segments act like a single mirror. The $8.8 billion telescope took 20 years to build.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:53 am on 22 Nov
US team 3D prints material theorised over 130 years ago
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
In a first, US-based engineers have 3D printed structures called schwarzites, which were theorised by German scientist Hermann Schwarz in the 1880s. The porous structures are strong, light, and durable materials with repeating patterns. One can make an entire building out of the material, and if something falls on it, it would collapse slowly, protecting whats inside, said a researcher.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:15 am on 21 Nov
People pay up to ₹16,000 for 1st-ever Flat Earth conference
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
Several people gathered for the first-ever Flat Earth International Conference hosted by conspiracy theorists, who believe the planet is shaped like a flat disc instead of a sphere. Hosted last week in North Carolina, US, the conference charged from $17 to $249 (over ₹16,000) per seat featuring sessions like "NASA and other space lies" and "Exposing Scientism".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:52 pm on 18 Nov
Earthquakes in 2018 will put 1bn people at risk: Scientists
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Nov 2017,Monday
US scientists have warned that earthquakes could kill up to 1 billion people living along the equator next year. Fluctuations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger a number of devastating earthquakes across the globe, they added. The scientists further said that massive shifts in energy beneath Earth's surface could cause around 20 earthquakes a year starting from 2018.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:50 pm on 20 Nov
1st-ever space station module was launched by Russian rocket
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Nov 2017,Monday
The International Space Station's first component was launched into space on a Russian Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on November 20, 1998. The first long-duration stay at the $100 billion space station was from November 2000 to March 2001, following which there has always been an uninterrupted human presence on the ISS.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:22 pm on 20 Nov
61-year-old planning to launch himself on self-made rocket
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old who claims to be a self-taught rocket scientist, is planning to launch himself in a self-made steam-powered rocket made using garbage scrap on Saturday. The US-based limousine driver, who believes the Earth is flat and doesn't believe in science, aims to reach an altitude of 550 metres and travel up to 1.6 km at 800 kmph.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:35 pm on 21 Nov
Team develops augmented reality glasses to help in surgery
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Germany-based researchers have developed an augmented reality (AR) system that superimposes a virtual image on the skin of the patient to pinpoint the exact position of cancerous tumours to the surgeon. The AR system, based on the use of data glasses, helps surgeons locate tumours with the aid of virtual markers created by injecting a fluorescent dye into the patient.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:03 pm on 21 Nov
Pacific coasts may lose up to 80% fish due to climate change
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
A Canada-based study predicts that Pacific Island countries could lose 50-80% of fish in local waters due to climate change. Pacific Islands region, which is the warmest among global oceans, could further become warmer, less oxygenated, more acidic, and have lower production of plankton that form the base of oceanic food webs, triggering extinctions, said the lead researcher.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:09 pm on 18 Nov
Study links dog ownership to lower mortality
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
Swedish scientists have used data of over 34 lakh Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. The study found single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death during a 12-year follow-up. Researchers suggested higher level of physical activity and effects of dogs on microbiome of owner as probable causes.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:27 pm on 18 Nov
NASA probe captures image of a storm on Jupiter
short by Dishant Sharma / on 19 Nov 2017,Sunday
NASA's Juno space probe, which is currently orbiting Jupiter, has captured an image of a storm taking place on the giant planet. The picture, taken from roughly 10,108 km above Jupiter's clouds, is of a swirling storm that is rotating counter-clockwise over the planet's northern hemisphere. Some clouds and their shadows range from about 7-12 km in width and length.
short by Dishant Sharma / 05:39 pm on 19 Nov
Apollo 12 only mission to have astronauts visit another ship
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Nov 2017,Monday
The second manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 12, which landed on November 19, 1969, was the only mission in which astronauts were able to visit another spacecraft. Astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad made a precise landing and visited Surveyor 3, a spacecraft which landed on the Moon in 1967, and took parts of it to return to Earth.
short by Dishant Sharma / 01:46 pm on 20 Nov
New 3D printed fabric cools 55% more than cotton
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 19 Nov 2017,Sunday
US-based researchers have designed a thermal regulation textile that has a 55% greater cooling effect than cotton. The 3D printed fabric is developed from nanofibres consisting of boron nitride and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) that are highly aligned, uniform, and densely packed. It would provide a low-cost way to cool the body and reduce the need for air conditioning, said researchers.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:22 am on 19 Nov
Study finds why oldest ocean water is trapped for 1,000 yrs
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
An international team has revealed how the oldest water in Pacific and Indian oceans has remained trapped in a "shadow zone" for over 1,000 years. The study found that the stagnant water is isolated by rising currents over a constrained seafloor geometry, which does not allow the water to rise above a depth of 2.5 kilometres.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:00 pm on 21 Nov
Space dust may have seeded life on Earth: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Life on Earth might have originated from biological particles brought to the planet in streams of space dust, UK-based Professor Arjun Berera has suggested. He found dust streams travelling at 70 km/second could transport Earth-based organisms existing above 150 km altitudes to other planets. Space dust found throughout planetary systems could be a common factor in proliferating life, said Berera.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:12 pm on 21 Nov
Dinosaur-like animal's fossil found in Uttarakhand
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
A Dinosaur-like creature's fossil was found during an excavation on Sunday in Uttarakhand's Jaspur, a small city 110 km from Nainital. The fossil's hind legs measure around 29 cm while the tail is around 5 cm long. Found at an abandoned electricity department land, the authorities would be sending the remains to Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India for further investigation.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:20 pm on 21 Nov
DNA replication rhythm could be used to kill cancer cells
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
A Denmark-based study has shown how human cells regulate the process of replicating DNA by maintaining a periodic flow of building blocks called nucleotides. In case of problems with nucleotide production, a chemical signal is released alerting the cells. Researchers further showed they can deactivate the chemical signal to disrupt replication of DNA in cancer cells, thereby killing them.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:15 pm on 18 Nov
Most blue whales are 'right-handed', study finds
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
A US-based study on 63 blue whales has observed the aquatic mammals mostly show a right-side bias. This happens as the right eye is linked to brain's left hemisphere which controls coordination and motor control. However, researchers noted the whale turn left-oriented while performing 360-degree barrel rolls to track the prey on the ocean surface with their right eye.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:24 pm on 21 Nov
Extinct sea cow found buried beneath Russian beach
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
The skeleton of a Steller's sea cow, which went extinct in the late 1700s, has been discovered on a Siberian beach. Although its skull and several vertebrae were missing, scientists estimated it would have measured 17 feet while mature adults might have reached 25 feet and weighed 8-10 tonnes. The species is named after Georg Steller, an 18th-century German naturalist.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:58 pm on 21 Nov
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