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US astronauts step out on spacewalk

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th February 2015

US astronauts step out on spacewalk MIAMI:  Two American astronauts Wednesday stepped out on the second of three spacewalks to prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of commercial capsules ferrying astronauts in the coming years. Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts emerged from the station airlock after placing their suits on internal battery power at 6:51...


Exclusive: Orbital explosion pr0obe said to find debris in engine: sources

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Exclusive: Orbital explosion pr0obe said to find debris in engine: sources Last October’s explosion of Orbital ATK Inc’s Antares rocket may have been triggered when debris inadvertently left in a fuel tank traveled into the booster’s main engine, two people familiar with investigations into the accident told Reuters. The sources said the preliminary findings suggest that a simple assembly mistake by Orbital ATK could have caused...


Black hole’s blast stunts birth of stars: Astronomers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st February 2015

Black hole’s blast stunts birth of stars: Astronomers ISLAMABAD: Winds blasted out by the giant black holes found at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to stunt the birth of new stars, astronomers have found. By training two space telescopes on a supermassive black hole with the mass of a billion Suns, they measured the strength of its ferocious winds, BBC reported....


CARMUDI SECURES $25M IN NEW FUNDING FOR ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th February 2015

CARMUDI SECURES $25M IN NEW FUNDING FOR ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA Rocket Internet backed online car classified player to become No.1 in emerging markets Berlin, 17th February 2015 – Carmudi, a leading car classified site backed by Rocket Internet, has raised $25 million to strengthen its operations in Asia and Latin America. Investors include Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), a joint venture of Rocket Internet and...


NASA launches deep space solar monitoring satellite

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th February 2015

NASA launches deep space solar monitoring satellite ISLAMABAD: The US space agency has launched a new mission called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) to monitor solar activity in deep space. Launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, DSCOVR will provide space weather forecasters from the National Oceanic and...


Iranians produce animal feed from egg waste

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th February 2015

Iranians produce animal feed from egg waste ISLAMABAD: Researchers at Razi Institute for Serum and Vaccine in Shiraz in southern Iran have produced nutritious powder from egg waste, which can be used in producing animal feed. Dr. Mohammad Javad Mehrabanpour, head of the institute, said the powder has high amounts of protein and calcium, Mehr News reported. Chicken eggshells are made up...


Water on Earth older than solar system

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th February 2015

Water on Earth older than solar system ISLAMABAD: Some 30 to 50 per cent of the water on Earth was created more than 4.5 billion years ago and is older than the solar system and sun, researchers say. The study says there is a distinct chemical in the water found on Earth and throughout the solar system – a situation that could...


Scientists find solution to measure species existing in liquids

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th February 2015

Scientists find solution to measure species existing in liquids ISLAMABAD: Iranian researchers from Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC) proposed a solution to measure the desired species in liquids by using XRF device. Medical, foodstuff and environmental industries can use the results of the research to measure and detect the samples and control the quality of products, Fars news agency reported. XRF device is...


Emotions, not science, rule U.S. climate change debate: study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th February 2015

Emotions, not science, rule U.S. climate change debate: study Despite a scientific consensus that human activity is causing the planet to warm up, ingrained attitudes among Americans mean policy changes on global warming are unlikely, academics said in a new study. Improving dialogue between believers and skeptics on the importance of human activity for climate change is the best way to foster consensus among...


NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st January 2015

NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture LOS ANGELES: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory short for Soil Moisture Active Passive blasted  off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force  Base in...


New NASA daytime star tracker soon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th January 2015

New NASA daytime star tracker soon ISLAMABAD: NASA engineers are developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate stars during daylight hours. The team at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is working on a low cost, off the shelf solution to overcome the challenges of collecting data in daylight, the...


Scientists discover way to unboil egg

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

Scientists discover way to unboil egg ISLAMABAD: Researchers have managed to unboiled an ordinary boiled egg, and the results may have implications for cancer treatments, biotechnology and a broad range of food production processes, a British daily reported. “Yes, we have invented a way to unboiled a hen egg,” The Independent quoted Gregory Weiss, the lead author of the study supported...


Near-Earth asteroid has moon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Near-Earth asteroid has moon ISLAMABAD: A massive asteroid that flew past Earth yesterday has its own tiny moon. NASA made the discovery using its Deep Space Network antenna system, with the radar images showing the small satellite, measuring 70 metres across. The 325-metre asteroid passed by Earth at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometres – or just over three...


Ocean science needs more funding: US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Ocean science needs more funding: US MIAMI: Facing critical dangers like rising seas and the impact of climate change on marine life, US scientists need more funding in the next decade, officials said Friday. A new report from the National Research Council is calling for cuts in money spent on infrastructure and more cash devoted to basic scientific research from 2015-2025....


‘All-out Mobile payments war with Apple’, Google is girding its loins

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

‘All-out Mobile payments war with Apple’, Google is girding its loins Softcard, a mobile payments company developed by the largest wireless carriers in the country is on the selling block now. Reports claimed that to purchase Softcard, Google has made an offer of an amount less than $100 million, meanwhile, PayPal, the e-commerce giant owned by eBay, has also submitted an offer to acquire Softcard. The...


Top Japan lab dismisses ground-breaking stem cell study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th December 2014

Top Japan lab dismisses ground-breaking stem cell study TOKYO- Japan’s top research institute on Friday hammered the final nail in the coffin of what was once billed as a ground-breaking stem cell study, dismissing it as flawed and saying the work could have been fabricated. The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the centre of the scandal, which has rocked...


Taser or electric eel? Both use same mechanism

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

Taser or electric eel? Both use same mechanism WASHINGTON:- The electric eel, the scaleless Amazonian fish capable of producing 600 volts of electricity which can knock over a horse, uses a electroshock mechanism similar to a Taser, scientists said Thursday. The eel’s electrical impulses briefly paralyze prey by causing muscle contractions, not unlike the electric stun guns used by police. “I was struck...


Hawking warns AI ‘could spell end of human race’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Hawking warns AI ‘could spell end of human race’ LONDON: – British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, the scientist said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have,...


Italy’s first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th November 2014

Italy’s first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft MOSCOW- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2101 GMT, the Russian space...


New grass developed to curb greenhouse gas emissions

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th November 2014

New grass developed to curb greenhouse gas emissions ISLAMABAD: A new kind of grass has been developed with the joint efforts of scientists from Japan and Colombia to curb greenhouse gas emissions caused by chemical fertilizers. This grass releases substances from its roots that curb activities of micro organisms and sharply cuts the amount of nitrous oxide emitted, Radio Pakistan reported. It also...


Three International Space Station crew head back to Earth

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th November 2014

Three International Space Station crew head back to Earth WASHINGTON- A three-person crew at the International Space Station boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket Sunday to begin their trip back to Earth, NASA said. ISS commander, Russia’s Maxim Surayev, his American colleague Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency have been onboard the space laboratory for 165 days. The crew undocked...


The New Magnetic Mirror paves the ways for other inventions

By: Humair Rana, Uploaded: 29th October 2014

The New  Magnetic Mirror paves the ways for other inventions Mirrors are said to be a surface that reflects undiffused light to form an object placed in front of it. Mirror is used for several purposes in various things. We can take the example of looking glass that we used to see ourself. Similarly, we also used it in car-rearview and side mirror, telescopes and...


Orbital rocket explodes after launch

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th October 2014

Orbital rocket explodes after launch WASHINGTON- An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. “The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off,” NASA mission control in Houston said, describing the blast...


Carbon emissions threaten sea water: Study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th October 2014

Carbon emissions threaten sea water: Study ISLAMABAD: UK researchers have warned that accelerating carbon emissions in the environment seriously threaten sea water. The study reveals that the current rate of acidification may threaten fisheries in the future, Press Tv reported. While carbonic acid is formed by composition of CO2 and the sea water, the acidity of the oceans has increased by...


Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th October 2014

Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny PARIS: After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth on Friday unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy. A hi-tech scan of Descartes’ skull revealed he had a massive bony growth in his right sinus, lodged near the bridge...


Joy for India as Mars mission enters orbit

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th September 2014

Joy for India as Mars mission enters orbit BANGALORE, India- India became the first nation to reach Mars on its maiden attempt Wednesday when its low-cost Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month journey. “India has successfully reached Mars… History has been created today,” a jubilant Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from mission control after entry into orbit...


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