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Astronomers Find a Tailless Comet, First of Its Kind

Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system’s formation and evolution, according to researchpublished on Friday in the journal Science Advances. The so-called “Manx” comet, named after a breed of cats without tails, was made of rocky materials that …

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Scientists Record Heat Moving Through Materials at Speed of Sound

Providing unprecedented insight into roles played by individual atomic and nano-scale features, researchers have recorded the first-ever videos showing how heat moves through materials at the nano-scale travelling at the speed of sound. The groundbreaking videos were made using a state-of-the-art ultrafast electron microscope called FEI Tecnai Femto, which is …

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Scientists Discover Hot Super-Earths Being Stripped by Host Stars

Using data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope, astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have discovered extra-solar planets whose atmospheres have been stripped away by their host stars. According to them, planets with gaseous atmospheres that lie very close to their host stars are bombarded by a torrent of high-energy radiation. …

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Nasa, Japan Make 2.95 Million Satellite Earth Images Free

All Earth imagery – consisting of more than 2.95 million individual scenes from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard Nasa’s Terra spacecraft since late 1999 has now been made available to users everywhere at no cost , Nasa announced on Friday. “The public will have unlimited access to …

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Isro Says Chandrayaan II Will Be Indigenous, Take Minor Help From US

Opting to go solo in its ambitious Chandrayaan II project, India has decided not to take Russia on board and keep the mission completely indigenous with “minor” help from the US. Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said Chandrayaan II, having an indigenously built Lander and Rover, will be launched …

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Isro Developing ‘Front-End Chip’ for Satellite Navigation System

The Indian space agency is in the process of getting ready the radio frequency chips for its satellite navigation system, a top official said on Thursday. “We are in the process of developing the front-end chip. The initial version is expected to be ready this year,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Indian …

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Scientists Develop Mind-Controlled Wheelchair

US scientists have developed a machine that enables people to navigate a robotic wheelchair through their thoughts. “In some severely disabled people, even blinking is not possible,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University. “For them, using a wheelchair or device controlled by non-invasive measures like an EEG (a …

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India, US Discuss Collaboration on Space Exploration

India and the US Thursday discussed the possibilities of collaboration in future Mars exploration projects and other space missions. The Mars Working Group of the two countries, which met Thursday, sought to identify and implement goals that Nasa and Isro share on Mars exploration, particularly coordinated observations and science analysis …

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