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SpaceX Launches Space Station Docking Port for NASA

SpaceX Launches Space Station Docking Port for NASA

SpaceX launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts , along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As an extra treat, the company brought its leftover first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical landing only the second such land landing for an orbital mission and the ultimate in recycling. Twin sonic booms ... Read More »

Fearsome Argentine Dinosaur Had Puny Arms

Meat eating argentena dinosaur

A newly discovered meat-eating dinosaur that prowled Argentina 90 million years ago would have had a hard time using strong-arm tactics against its prey. That’s because the beast, though a fearsome hunter, possessed a pitifully puny pair of arms. Scientists said they have unearthed fossils in northern Patagonia of a two-legged, up to 26-foot-long predator called Gualicho shinyae with arms ... Read More »

A First Look At A Forming World

a view into water snow line

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub millimeter Array (ALMA) have got a view of the water-snow line around a star, which they call V 883 Ori, located in the Orion Nebula Cluster. This is a discovery that can inform research on the formation of planets around a protostar – a star in the making. The snow line or frost line ... Read More »

Google To Train 2 Million Developers On Android

Google Android Developer Certification

Google launched a program to train two million developers in India on Android, its mobile operating system, in the next three-year period. This is aimed at enabling them to make innovative mobile applications on the platform. India is expected to have the largest developer population of 4 million by 2018, overtaking the U.S., but only a quarter are building for ... Read More »

A planet with three suns

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For the first time ever, a team led by the University of Arizona astronomers has reported sighted a planet orbiting a triple star system in a study published online in Science. “We found the planet using sophisticated imaging equipment on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. This allows us to correct for the image distortion (twinkle), introduced by the Earth’s ... Read More »

Facebook To Test Offline Videos

illustration, Facebook, internet, social network, screen Photo/Martin Sterba (CTK via AP Images)

Stepping up its game against YouTube, Facebook has announced that it will start testing offline videos in India starting from July 11. The feature will be first made available to only a “small group of people”. Facebook revealed its plans in an email sent to select media partners in India. So it is expected the small group of people will ... Read More »

A Plant That Makes Cameo Appearance When Rain Subsides

cameo appearance

Plant taxonomists have found a new species of mycoheterotrophic plant in the Idukki forests of Kerala. The plant species makes a cameo appearance after the heavy spell of monsoon showers. The species has been named as Thismia sahyadrica and is the first report from the mainland of India, according to scientists. A mycoheterotrophic plant is the one that depends on ... Read More »

Gravitational Waves Can Explain How Black Holes Are Born

black holes

Gravitational waves or ripples in space-time captured by space detectors could soon be used to discover when and how some of the universe’s largest black holes were born, scientists have said Led by researchers at the Durham University scientists in the UK ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused ... Read More »

Did WHO’s TB Care Advice Cause More MDR-TB Cases?

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Cost factor was the main consideration for the WHO to not recommend the available standard of care used successfully to treat MDR-TB cases in rich countries. The paper, by Thomas Nicholson from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham and others, accuses the WHO of practising double standards for TB care in low- and middle-income countries by virtue ... Read More »

Not all is bright and shining with LED light: Study

harmfull led light

Excessive blue light emitted by light emitting diodes (LED) can adversely impact human health, according to a report recently released by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health. The report looked at LED street lighting on U.S. roadways. While LED lighting has several advantages, the excessive blue light it emits can be harmful. The human eye ... Read More »