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An ‘upside-down planet’ discovered

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd April 2014

An ‘upside-down planet’ discovered ISLAMABAD: An astronomer has discovered an ‘upside-down planet’ that reveals new method for studying binary star systems. A binary star system is where two stars are so close that their gravitational interaction causes them to orbit about a common centre of mass, said a paper published in the journal Science. Working with astronomer Eric Agol,...


New Earth-Size Planet Found

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2014

New Earth-Size Planet Found ISLAMABAD:  A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. Orbiting a star about 500 light-years away, the planet called Kepler-186f is about the same size as Earth. As this artist’s interpretation shows, it orbits its star at the right distance for liquid water...


Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd April 2014

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits WASHINGTON: Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday, April 2. Therefore, any long-term or deep space missions – which are still decades off – need a special level of ethical scrutiny, said the...


PCST, Technology Times to launch Pakistan’s first Science channel

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th March 2014

PCST, Technology Times to launch Pakistan’s first Science channel ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) in collaboration with Technology Times will soon launch Pakistan’s first science channel, to popularize the science and technology subjects through disseminating the relevant information and latest progress to students and common people. The project named TechTV.pk, has recently started its beta version.”Once launched, the channel will cover...


Electrical engineering is child’s play with littleBits

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd March 2014

Electrical engineering is child’s play with littleBits VANCOUVER- Ayah Bdeir is out to make creating Internet Age gadgets as fun and easy as playing with LEGO blocks. The engineer behind littleBits kits that make a game of piecing together modular circuitry used a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference to debut a piece to the puzzle that lets creations talk to the Internet....


Space debris can make future space missions impossible

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 18th March 2014

Space debris can make future space missions impossible ISLAMABAD: There may soon be so much debris in orbit around the Earth that future space missions could become impossible, scientists have warned. Researchers at the European Space Agency (ESA) have said that the amount of debris from man-made objects is about to reach “criticality”, The Sunday Times reported. This means there is so much...


Iran to Send Astronaut into Space in 2024

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th March 2014

Iran to Send Astronaut into Space in 2024 ISLAMABAD:  Head of Iran’s Space System Research Center Mohammad Ebrahimi underscored the countries’ rapid growth in aerospace industries, and said that Iran plans to launch an explorer which can carry astronomers to suborbital altitude in four years. “If we can send 2-ton satellites to geo-orbit by next 12 years, we can be able to send...


Astronomers reveal ‘largest yellow star ever’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2014

Astronomers reveal ‘largest yellow star ever’ WASHINGTON- Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun. The yellow hyper giant star HR 5171 A is also in the top-10 of the largest stars known and about one million times brighter than the sun, Olivier Chesneau, whose team made the discovery, said...


American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th March 2014

American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space MOSCOW- Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station, mission control said. Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins touched down in their Soyuz capsule at 0324 GMT outside Dzhezkazgan...


Rock from heavens is a scientists’ delight

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th February 2014

Rock from heavens is a scientists’ delight PARIS- A year ago on Saturday, inhabitants of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk looked skyward, some frozen in fear that a nuclear war had begun. Overhead, an asteroid exploded in a ball of fire, sending debris plummeting to Earth in brilliant streaks. The shock-wave blew out windows, hurting about 1,600 people, and the burst of...


Govt. to promote chip design and manufacturing industry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th February 2014

Govt. to promote chip design and manufacturing industry ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Science and Technology is all set to promote chip design and manufacturing industry in the country to achieve self-reliance and promote indigenous design and manufacturing and to achieve turnover of U$ 100 M annually by 2018. ” We are taking steps to promote Electronic System Design and Manufacturing in the country for economic...


US, France sign deal for 2016 Mars lander

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th February 2014

US, France sign deal for 2016 Mars lander WASHINGTON- The United States and France Monday unveiled plans to collaborate on a new Mars mission, two years after NASA withdrew from a European partnership to send a probe and lander to the Red Planet. The project aims to send an unmanned lander to study the deep interior of the dry, dusty planet that is...


Hubble finds a ‘sneezing’ star

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 31st December 2013

Hubble finds a ‘sneezing’ star ISLAMABAD: Hubble space telescope has discovered a star in the midst of a sneezing fit. The star called V633 Cassiopeiae is firing off rapid bursts of super-hot, super-fast gas, like multiple sneezes, before it finally exhausts itself, Nasa said in a statement. V633 Cas is a relatively young variable star. It means that light from...


UAE to launch indigenous satellite in 2017

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 30th December 2013

UAE to launch indigenous satellite in 2017 ISLAMABAD: United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice president and prime minister launched the executive phases for building the first satellite whose parts are solely produced in the Gulf Arab state and which is planned to be placed on orbit by 2017. The first UAE-made satellite will be called Khali Sat, named after the UAE President Sheikh...


Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 20th December 2013

Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot’s developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata to test its autonomous...


Japan robot astronaut talks Santa in first chat with spaceman

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 20th December 2013

Japan robot astronaut talks Santa in first chat with spaceman TOKYO: The world’s first robot astronaut has begun chatting to the Japanese commander of the International Space Station, in what was being billed as the first conversation of its kind. Kirobo, a pint-sized android equipped with artificial intelligence and capable of learning how to respond appropriately to humans, even put a marker down for Christmas,...


Severed hand kept alive on man’s ankle

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 17th December 2013

Severed hand kept alive on man’s ankle Chinese doctors have saved a man’s severed hand by grafting it to his ankle. Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident at work but could not have it reattached to his arm right away. Instead, the hand was kept alive by stitching it to Wei’s left ankle and “borrowing” a blood supply from...


Billion-dollar ‘discovery machine’ set for launch

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 17th December 2013

Billion-dollar ‘discovery machine’ set for launch PARIS- Europe on Thursday will place a billion-dollar bet on a space telescope designed to provide the biggest and most detailed 3-D map of the Milky Way. If all goes well, a Soyuz-STB-Fregat rocket will lift off from Kourou, French Guiana, hoisting the observatory Gaia on a five-year exploration that may sweep away notions of...


Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought: study

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 17th December 2013

Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought: study HELENA: The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 1/2 times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study. By measuring seismic waves from earthquakes, scientists were able to map the...


Australian scientists grow kidney from stem cells

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 16th December 2013

Australian scientists grow kidney from stem cells ISLAMABAD: Australian scientists claimed to have made a first complex human organ from stem cells, after growing a tiny kidney in a laboratory dish, a breakthrough that could lead to better ways of treating renal disease. The development is said to be an exciting step forward on bioengineering field that could save thousands who die...


China’s first lunar rover lands on moon: State TV

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 14th December 2013

China’s first lunar rover lands on moon: State TV BEIJING: A space module carrying China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, state television showed, the first soft landing on the moon in nearly four decades and a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme. Scientists burst into applause as a computer generated image representing the spacecraft was seen landing on...


Landsat 8 Helps Unveil the Coldest Place On Earth

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 13th December 2013

Landsat 8 Helps Unveil the Coldest Place On Earth Scientists recently recorded the lowest temperatures on Earth at a desolate and remote ice plateau in East Antarctica, trumping a record set in 1983 and uncovering a new puzzle about the ice-covered continent. Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and his team found temperatures from −92 to −94...


Ancient Martian lake may have supported life: NASA

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 10th December 2013

Ancient Martian lake may have supported life: NASA NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had imagined, new research suggests. The watering hole near the Martian equator existed about 3.5 billion years ago. Scientists say it was neither salty nor...


China moon rover enters lunar orbit: Xinhua

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 6th December 2013

China moon rover enters lunar orbit: Xinhua BEIJING: China’s first lunar rover entered the moon’s orbit on Friday, state media reported, a key step towards the vessel’s planned landing later this month. The rover — known as Yutu, or Jade Rabbit — reached lunar orbit late Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said, about 112 hours after it was launched from the...


China to send ‘jade rabbit’ to Moon: state media

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 26th November 2013

China to send ‘jade rabbit’ to Moon: state media BEIJING: China will launch its first ever probe to land on the moon early next month, state media said Tuesday, with the lunar rover named “Jade Rabbit” in a nod to Chinese folklore. The name derives from an ancient Chinese myth about a white rabbit which lives on the moon as the pet of Chang’e,...


Astronomers find first asteroid with six comet-like tails: Astronomers

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 8th November 2013

Astronomers find first asteroid with six comet-like tails: Astronomers ISLAMABAD: The US and German astronomers said they have found for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust in solar system’s asteroid belt, Xinhua reported Friday. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light in space telescope, this asteroid, designated P/ 2013 P5, resembles a rotating...


 
 
 



 
 
 
 



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