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Saturday, 21-October-2017

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US REPEALS OBAMA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN

4 days ago
Scott Pruitt, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said he will on Tuesday formally announce a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a signature effort by former US President Barack Obama to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “The war on coal is over,” Pruitt said in a televised speech at an event in the US coal state of Kentucky on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.  “Tomorrow in Washington D.C., I’ll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule.” Pruitt claimed that the O...
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M&M BAGS EESL CONTRACT

4 days ago
The  state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) said automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has bagged a contract to supply it 150 electric vehicles. As per the order, EESL will source 150 electric vehicles from M&M in phase I of its mega tender process to procure 10,000 electric vehicles. According to the state-run firm, post the tender opening, Tata Motors had emerged as the lowest bidder and M&M as the second lowest bidder.  “Mahindra has agreed to match the lowest bidding pricing for phase I and has therefore, qualified to supply 150 electric vehicles, as per the ten...
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CASSINI’S LAST DAYS

a week ago
On its course for the September 15 plunge into Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made the “goodbye kiss” flyby of the planet’s giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan on Monday at 3.04 pm EDT (12.34 a.m. IST Wednesday), at an altitude of 119,049 kilometeres above the moon’s surface, NASA said. This distant encounter is referred to informally as “the goodbye kiss” by mission engineers because it provides a gravitational nudge that sends the spacecraft toward its dramatic ending in Saturn’s upper atmosphere. The geometry of the flyby causes Cass...
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61% AMERICANS WANT GOVT TO CURB CLIMATE CHANGE

a week ago
Despite the US pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, a new survey has revealed that 61 per cent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address. Seventy-two per cent of Americans believe climate change is happening, including 85 per cent of Democrats and 61 per cent of Republicans, revealed the survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Seven in 10 Republicans and nearly all Democrats who believe climate change is happening to think the government needs to take action, the findings s...
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NASA AND RUSSIA SEND HUMANS IN DEEP SPACE

2 weeks ago
With the aim to build a space station orbiting the Moon before sending humans further in to deep space, NASA has entered into an agreement with Russian space agency Roscosmos, reflecting the common vision for human space exploration that the agencies share. The two space agencies signed a joint statement at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, to give shape to the “deep-space gateway” concept, a mission architecture designed to send astronauts into cislunar space -- or lunar orbit. NASA plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. “While the deep space gateway is sti...
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CHINA LAKE TURNS PINK AND GREEN

2 weeks ago
A salt lake in China’s Shanxi province has turned pink and green attracting people from all across the country. The Yuncheng lake appears green on one side and pink on the other, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. According to authorities, the pink side contains a chemical called Dunaliella salina, which changes it from the original green colour. The dual-colours have lasted for many years, and the view only disappears in winter when the lake dries up. The lake is one of the three inland salt lakes with sodium sulphate in the world. The amount of salt it contains is similar to that of the Dead Sea and all...
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CHINA COMMEMORATES WORLD’S LARGEST TELESCOPE

3 weeks ago
China on Monday issued a commemorative stamp in honour of the world’s largest radio telescope located in Guizhou province.  The State Post Bureau (SPB) has issued a set of five stamps, including one commemorating the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope priced at 1.2 yuan, reports Xinhua news agency. The other four stamps honour China’s quantum science experimental satellite “Mozi”, the research vessel Tansuo-1, a national grain production project around the Bohai Sea and the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer. With an investment of 1.2 billion yuan, the telescope is single-...
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GOOGLE HONOURS SAMUEL JOHNSON

3 weeks ago
Grabbing a dictionary to know the meaning a word may now have become a thing of the past in the online world, but Google Doodle on Monday decided to honour Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled a mammoth dictionary of the English language 150 years before the Oxford English Dictionary appeared. Son of a bookseller, Johnson published “A Dictionary of the English Language” in 1755 after nine years of work. On what would have been his 308th birthday, Google Doodle paid homage to Johnson for being a “pioneer lexicographer who dedicated years to his craft.” Johnson dictionary was described ...
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CLIMATE CHANGE TO HIT COFFEE

4 weeks ago
Thanks to global warming, your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more costly in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America, the world’s largest coffee-producing region   by as much as 88 per cent by 2050. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change’s projected impacts on coffee and the bees that help coffee to grow.  “Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well,” ...
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GOOGLE ASSISTANT ON THIRD-PARTY DEVICES

5 weeks ago
With an aim to go toe-to-toe with Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant Alexa, Google has announced that it would put its “Assistant” on partner speakers, appliances and connected cameras. Citing the announcement made at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) industry show that kicked-off in Berlin on Wednesday, Tech Crunch reported that the move is likely to be good for both the voice-powered assistant market as well as for Google’s ability to use its service to collect useful data which it can then use to work on its advertising and marketing products. “The more places ‘As...
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HOW NASA IS HELPING HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

5 weeks ago
NASA has said it is providing technical assistance and scientific expertise to help respond to hurricane Harvey which has been a disaster of unprecedented proportions for those who live and work in southeast Texas. With no atmospheric steering mechanism to move the storm once it made landfall, Harvey has been producing rainfall totals measured in feet, rather than inches, presenting exceptional challenges to local, state, and federal emergency managers and first responders. “This is an immense weather event that is creating a unique challenge,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA&rsq...
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SWEAT TO POWER FUTURE WEARABLES

6 weeks ago
Researchers have developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. In a paper, published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the researchers described how they connected the biofuel cells to a custom-made circuit board and demonstrated that the device was able to power an LED while a person wearing it exercised on a stationary bike. The biofuel cell that the Engineers from the University of California San Diego in the US developed can stretch and flex, conforming to the human body.  The research led by Prof...