Technology

‘Funky Light Signal’ From Colliding Black Holes Explained

Using data from Nasa’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) and Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have confirmed for the first time the existence of two merging black holes that are sending an odd light signal. Entangled by gravity and destined to merge, two candidate black holes in a distant galaxy are expected to collide and merge in less than a million years, ... Read More »

Nasa Project to Bring Mars Rocks Back to Earth Envisioned for 2022

An ambitious project that aims to bring rock samples from Mars – collected by Nasa’s 2020 Mars rover – to Earth to find out traces of ancient life on the Red Planet can be launched as early as 2022, Space.com reported, citing Nasa officials. Called the “Red Dragon” project, the mission will use the Dragon cargo capsule from US aerospace ... Read More »

3D-Printed Shelter Designed for Astronauts on Mars

A French firm has designed a conceptual shelter for future astronauts on Mars that would be 3D-printed on the red planet using locally-available materials. Resembling an igloo from the surface, the shelter, dubbed Sfero, would be partially buried beneath the ground. Access to the shelter would be gained by its one long corridor, which contains an airlock. The interior comprises ... Read More »

Origin of Saturn’s F Ring and Its Shepherd Satellites Revealed: Study

Japanese researchers have revealed that Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites are natural outcome of the final stage of formation of Saturn’s satellite system. According to the latest satellite formation theory, Saturn used to have ancient rings containing many more particles than they do today, and satellites formed from spreading and accretion of these particles. During the final stage ... Read More »

Technology With Creative Thinking Can Change Lives: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasised the need to promote space technology-based tools and applications in governance and development, saying technology must be used to improve the common man’s life. He said “technology is a driving force. It has a huge impact and has solutions for numerable problems”. Addressing a special session of the national meet on promoting space ... Read More »

‘Send Your Name to Mars’ Submissions End Tuesday

If you wanted to send your name to Mars, now would be a good time, as the last day for submitting your name is Tuesday. Announced last month, the campaign saw Nasa inviting space enthusiasts to send in their names that will go on the next mission to the Red Planet. In March, 2016, Nasa will launch the InSight mission ... Read More »

Magnetic ‘Wormhole’ Created in Lab

Spanish scientists have created in a lab the first experimental “wormhole” that can magnetically connect two regions of space. It comprises a tunnel that transfers the magnetic field from one point to the other while keeping it undetectable all the way. “Wormholes” are cosmic tunnels that can connect two distant regions of the universe. These have been popularised by the ... Read More »

Dell Says Will Support Startups in India

Leading computer maker Dell on Monday declared it would support startups in India as they were working on solutions that were unique and disruptive. “We will support startups with technology, scaling up and capital wherever it is required as we want to be the entrepreneurs’ best friend,” Dell Inc chief executive Michael Dell told reporters at an interactive session here. ... Read More »

Nasa’s New Horizons Probe Begins Beaming Pluto Data to Earth

Seven weeks after New Horizons sped past the Pluto system to study the unexplored world, the mission team has begun the intensive downlinking of the massive data the spacecraft collected and stored on its digital recorders. The process moved into high gear on September 5 with the entire downlink taking about one year to complete. “These images, spectra and other ... Read More »

Nasa Designs Spacecraft to Hitchhike Across Comets

Nasa scientists have designed the concept of a spacecraft that would hitch rides on comets and asteroids by spearing them with tethers. Comet Hitchhiker is a concept for orbiting and landing on comets and asteroids using the kinetic energy – the energy of motion – of these small bodies. “Hitchhiking a celestial body is not as simple as sticking out ... Read More »