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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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LIGO’s Twin Black Holes May Have Been Born Inside Single Star

Adding a new dimension to the historic gravitational waves discovery, new research suggests that the two black holes in focus may have resided inside a single, massive star whose death generated the gamma-ray burst. On September 14 last year, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US detected gravitational …

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More Satellites Needed to Meet Rising Space-Tech Demand: Isro

Noting that there is an increasing demand and enhanced use of space technology-based tools in governance, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar Friday said efforts are on to build capacity within the country for doing more frequent satellite launches. The vehicle assembly building was presently one of the “bottlenecks” before …

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Stand on Mars Without Leaving the Office: How Nasa Is Using Microsoft’s HoloLens

At its global unveil, Microsoft demonstrated how the HoloLens – its augmented reality headset – could significantly improve our gaming and design experience. But, of course, the application of its well-praised HoloLens isn’t limited to just these spheres. Later in the same year, Nasa partnered with Microsoft to form a …

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Atmospheric tides alter rainfall rate

When you see a bad moon rising, expect an ever-so-slightly wetter day. The lunar gravitational pull imperceptibly boosts rainfall when the moon is on the horizon and somewhat reduces rainfall when the moon is overhead or on the opposite side of the Earth, a new analysis of global rainfall concludes. …

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Earth’s inner secrets divulged in ‘Into the Heart of Our World’

More than 150 years ago, Jules Verne imagined a fantastic voyage into Earth’s depths. In reality, the planet’s innards are no less remarkable than the Jurassic–period monsters and subterranean labyrinths that Verne envisioned: Iron crystals stretch 20 kilometers long, colossal plumes of liquefied rock surge toward the surface and fragments …

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Living happily in a material world: Material purchases can bring happiness

With holiday shopping season in full swing, everyone’s looking for the perfect gift. For those who like to shop, there’s good news: Material things can bring happiness. In a recent study from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers have shown that material purchases, from sweaters to skateboards, provide …

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Nasa’s Next Mars Rover to Be Smarter, Faster Than Curiosity

Nasa’s next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, has started taking shape. The new vehicle wil be “smarter” than the previous one on many counts, according to the engineers on the project. For one, the overall system is becoming heavier. The rover’s wheels are getting heavier, with its …

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Isro Launches Astrosat Alongside 6 Foreign Satellites

India successfully launched Monday its first high-tech telescopes into space to study the stars, as New Delhi seeks to take another major step in its ambitious and low-cost space programme. A rocket carrying the 150-tonne mini space observatory called Astrosat, along with six foreign satellites, blasted off on schedule from …

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