SCIENCE

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Confirms Neon on Moon Surface For Sure

A speculation for decades that the moon’s thin atmosphere contains neon, which is known for use in electric signs on Earth with its typical characteristsics of intense glow has come true finally with NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft confirming the existence of the gas for the first time. The speculation has been there since the Apollo ...

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Owl’s ‘Stealth Technology’ May Help Make Aircraft Engines ‘Silent’ by 2030

It has long been a mystery to solve for scientists as to how owls succeed in being such great hunters without letting their preys become even a tad aware of their descent. Earlier this year, in June; researchers from the University of Cambridge and three other US institutes started an experiment to learn the mechanism behind owls’ “silent flight mechanism”. ...

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Scientists Reveal What Makes Owl a ‘Silent Hunter’ in Night

Owls are known to have excellent night vision and they completely make use of it to seize their prey. Nevertheless, what was unknown was the mechanism behind them being such great hunters. Now a new study has brought forth the refined ‘stealth techniques,’ which owls are fortified with. They silently pounce on preys without the latter’s knowledge. It has long ...

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RS-25: NASA Tests Next Generation Rocket Engine for Mars

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NASA has successfully conducted a 9-minute-long test of the RS-25 engine as part of the 7-test series of the engine for its next-generation megarocket that will take astronauts to asteroids, Mars and other deep-space missions. The RS-25 engine at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, with four RS-25s will power the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket that ...

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Japan Delays Launch of Cargo Ship to Space Station Due to Bad Weather

Japan has delayed the launch of its H-II Transport vehicle (HTV)-5 to the International Space Station due to unfavorable weather on Monday. NASA Television will carry live coverage of the event. Loaded with more than 4.5 tons of supplies, including water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the six-person space station crew, the unpiloted cargo craft, named Kounotori, Japanese for ...

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Mangalyaan Sends Mars Great Canyon 3D Image as Independence Day Gift

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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan, which is still active and sending images, has sent one for the Independence Day and it is a 3-D image of the Valles Marineris, a 5,000-km-long canyon system on Mars. Seen in the picture, the canyon on the Red Planet shows several valleys and is slated to be the solar system’s largest canyon ever captured. ...

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Astronomers Discover ‘Young Jupiter’ Exoplanet Using New Gemini Imager, not Kepler

In their quest to understand how our solar system evolved, scientists have been exploring the younger star systems in the early stages of development and they have struck a goldmine when they discovered a Jupiter-like planet that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. Called 51 Eridani b, the first exoplanet was discovered ...

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Scientists Use ISS Pictures to Map Light Pollution

Researchers belonging to the Cities at Night project have obtained nighttime images of cities from the International Space Station (ISS) in order to gauge the light pollution globally. The new study that was released on Tuesday at IAU XXIX General Assembly in Hawaii, established that the diffuse glow that is witnessed from space is nothing, but dispersed light from streetlights ...

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India Keen on Balanced Climate Change Pact: Prakash Javadekar

Prior to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change meeting, India has started to collaborate with several countries as it profoundly looks forward to guarantee a fair and equalized contract at the summit, scheduled to be held in December. Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar declared this at the Lok Sabha yesterday. He informed that the government was already in the course ...

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347 Species of Flora, 242 Fauna Discovered in India in 2013-14: Javadekar

India is upbeat on its discovery of 347 species of new flora and 424 species of fauna besides two new exclusive reptile species in 2013-14 based on studies conducted by scientists and taxonomists in several institutions and universities. Informing the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said the studies of scientists of Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and ...

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CSE vs CSIR on CNG vs Diesel Buses: Will CSIR Wake up to CSE’s Counter Facts?

In a shocking report, the government research agency CSIR said in a study that the CNG-powered buses emit fine nanocarbon particles which may cause cancer, thus defeating the very purpose of promoting them as environment-friendly transportation system, especially in Delhi. Before the final report was published, the revelation of primary facts has raised the eye-brows and Delhi-based Centre for Science ...

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India Sets up Green Climate Fund with Rs.350 Crore Budget

The Government has established the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change (NAFCC) with a budget provision of Rs. 350 Crores for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17, with an estimated requirement of Rs. 181.5 Crores for financial year 2017-18, said the minister. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has been appointed as National Implementing Entity (NIE) under the ...

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NASA to Prepare Drones to Study Moon and Mars

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have taken an important step in their endeavor to delve into studying Moon and Mars with their development of drones. Engineers from the American government’s agency are cultivating drones, which can soar to those regions like the shielded part of a crater, on Moon, Mars and asteroids that are unreachable for rovers in ...

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NASA Invites Education Reporters to Get #spacED at Johnson Space Center

NASA is inviting education-focused media to attend a two day #spacED event on September 15 and 16.  NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will highlight the International Space Station and the one-year mission with astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly and Kornienko coming up on the halfway point of their yearlong stay in space, and as students and ...

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Hubble Locates a New Gem in Space

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which is running its 25th year in the space currently, spotted a little gem – a planetary nebula, there. The planetary nebula known as “NGC 6818” or “Little Gem Nebula” is an intergalactic cloud of dust, helium, hydrogen and many other ionized gases. It is situated in the constellation of Sagittarius also called “The Archer”, ...

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2015 Today Best in Years, Says NASA

Come August, it’s time for Perseid meteor shower and this year viewers in America’s West Coat can expect the best of colourful shower in years, says NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. After midnight tonight (morning of August 11, 2015) and the following two mornings (August 12 and 13) are likely to be even better as the slender waning ...

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UN GlobalSat: Naming After Abdul Kalam, a Befitting Tribute to Astrophysicist

In a befitting tribute to the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a UN-sponsored global satellite will be named after him. The satellite, GlobalSat, is an effort of 150 partner nations for observation of Earth and Disaster Risk Reduction and the decision to name it after Dr Kalam came when Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (Canada-Europe-US-Asia) headquartered in ...

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