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Wednesday, 26-September-2018

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CHINA COMMEMORATES WORLD’S LARGEST TELESCOPE

52 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

52 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

53 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

54 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

54 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

55 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...
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AUGMENTED REALITY PLATFORM FOR ANDROID

55 weeks ago
In a bid to bring the augmented reality (AR) experience closer to Android users, Google has released a new software development kit (SDK) called ARCore. The platform, which is now available for developers to experiment with, will render augmented reality capabilities to existing and future Android phones, Google said in a statement late on Tuesday. The company built on the fundamental technologies used in Tango, another AR platform by Google, but ARCore is scalable across the Android ecosystem as it doesn’t require any additional hardware. The new AR platform has been rolled out to Google Pixel and Sam...
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X-RAY TO FIND SIGNS OF LIFE

56 weeks ago
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, which aims to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet, will use smart X-ray techniques originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth, according to a mission scientist. “Previous missions to Mars have used a relatively broad brush - analysing average chemistry over roughly the size of a postage stamp - to ‘follow the water’ and seek ancient habitable environments,” said the mission’s Deputy Project Scientist Ken Williford.  “Mars 2020 takes the next natural step in its direct search for evidence of ancient microbial life, fo...
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ASTEROID FLORENCE TO GRACE EARTH’S SKIES

56 weeks ago
A large near-Earth asteroid will pass safely by our planet on September 1, at a distance of about seven million kilometres, NASA has said. Asteroid Florence -- named in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing -- is about 4.4 kilometres in size, according to measurements from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the asteroids and comets hunting NEOWISE mission.  “While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller,” said Paul Chodas, Manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth O...
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INDIAN PREDICTED CHINESE TEMBLOR

57 weeks ago
Indian seismologist Arun Bapathas cautioned that in view of the large magnitude earthquake predicted in the Himalayan region, it is time to act now, and one better listens to him! The a day before the recent devastating earthquake struck China on August 8, killing close to 40 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands more, Bapat had written that this is going to happen “I daily visit the website of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for various geological, meteorological, ionospheric and seismic parameters,” Bapat, a former chief of earthquake research at the Central Water and Power Researc...
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INT’L SPACE STATION’S FIRST SUPERCOMPUTER

57 weeks ago
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) said last week that it will launch a supercomputer into space on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft next week, as part of a joint experiment with the US space agency NASA. The system, called the Spaceborne Computer, is designed to last for a year, which the company said is roughly the amount of time it will take to travel to Mars. “A mission to Mars will require sophisticated on-board computing resources that are capable of extended periods of uptime,” Alain Andreoil, senior vice president and general manager at HPE’s data centre infrastructure group, wrote in a blog post. “To meet these requirements, we need to improve t...
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ELECTRICITY GENERATING FLYING CARPETS TO ROAM EARTH’S ORBIT

58 weeks ago
To picture what NASA is working on, one can imagine a rocket exiting Earth’s atmosphere. Its nose cone opens and what comes out is a flying carpet. The carpet, folded and rolled into a cylinder is just 3 feet in diameter and 5 feet long. After leaving the launch vehicle, it unfurls into its full expanse: 2/3rd the size of a football field and only 1 inch thick. Now one can imagine 2,500 of these spaceborne magic carpets flying together thus creating a sheet covering an area of 3.5 square miles (nine square kilometres) in the Earth’s orbit. This area is as wide as 1,670 whilst maintaining a thickness of only 1 inch.