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Wednesday, 23-May-2018

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ANTARCTIC SEALS FLOCKING TO AUSTRALIA

26 weeks ago
Juvenile leopard seals are increasingly flocking to Australian shores, an expert has found. Sam Thalmann, a marine biologist with 20 years of experience based in Tasmania, said that in a typical year there were three to five leopard seals spotted in the island state, Xinhua news agency reported. “This year we’ve seen more than 10 individuals just over the last three and a half to four months,” Thalmann said on Tuesday. The seals that have been spotted in Tasmania were usually not yet of breeding size, Thalmann found. He said that the spike tended to happen once every seven years or so.
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NASA SEEKS NICKNAME FOR NEW HORIZON

26 weeks ago
Think you are good at making nicknames? Read on, because NASA has an excellent opportunity for you. Scientists at NASA have started a campaign inviting the public to choose an informal name for the New Horizons mission’s next flyby destination, which is going to be the farthest planetary encounter in the history of spaceflight, the US space agency said last week. On January 1, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past a small, frozen world in the Kuiper Belt – 1.6 billion km past Pluto and at the outer edge of our solar system. The Kuiper Belt object (KBO) -- currently named as “(4869...
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CHINESE SCIENTISTS DEVELOP ‘INTELLECTUAL SUIT’

29 weeks ago
A group of Chinese scientists have developed an intellectual suit which is fitted with large-area textile sensors that can detect temperature, ph levels, pressure and other indicators showing the health status of a person. At the third International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing, Wang Zhonglin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced the invention, reports Xinhua news agency. The suit, via wireless transmission, can send signals to a cellphone, a computer, or even to a doctor’s computer a thousand miles away, so a person’s health can be monitored anytime and a...
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GOOGLE ADDS GAMES, ACTIVITIES TO ASSISTANT

29 weeks ago
In a bid to keep children entertained, a bunch of new games and activities have been added to Google Assistant that would work on Android phones and Google Home smart speaker. The update, previewed earlier this month, includes “more than 50 new games, activities, and stories,” ranging from things like musical chairs and freeze tag to science trivia, Disney-themed games, and original kids’ tales, The Verge reported. The kids can use these games on their own (and to sign up some new Gmail users seriously early). Google is also adding in voice identification for children. According to Google, the Ass...
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TELESCOPES ON EARTH GET BETTER

30 weeks ago
Astronomers have designed a low-cost technology that allows telescopes on Earth to observe planets beyond our solar system with greater precision. With the new attachment, ground-based telescopes can produce measurements of light intensity that rival the highest quality photometric observations from space, according to the study published online in the Astrophysical Journal. The custom “beam-shaping” diffusers   carefully structured micro-optic devices that spread incoming light across an image   are capable of minimising distortions from the Earth’s atmosphere that can reduce the precis...
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NASA PROBE: SANDY MARS?

30 weeks ago
NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted one possible place where sand grains are being produced on Mars today. The fact that we see active sand dunes on Mars today requires that sand particles must be resupplied to replace the grains that are lost over time.  The Martian region spotted by MRO exhibits dark material that is being eroded from dark layers in the bedrock of a semicircular depression near the boundary of the Southern Highlands and the Northern lowlands.  Downslope lineations support the notion that these dark sediments are derived locally, and did not accumulate here by coincidence ...
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US REPEALS OBAMA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN

31 weeks 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

31 weeks 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

32 weeks 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

32 weeks 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

32 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

32 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...