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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals Enceladus’ north pole in stunning images

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun returning its best-ever views of the northern extremes of Saturn’s icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus. The spacecraft obtained the images during its Oct 14 flyby, passing 1,839 kilometres above the moon’s surface. Mission controllers said the spacecraft would continue transmitting images and other data from the encounter for the next several days. Scientists expected the north ... Read More »

Beyond the Big Bang: Decoding matter and the physics of merging particles

One of the enduring problems in physics is to understand how the universe evolved from a single point after the Big Bang. Scientists across the world have been trying to recreate the conditions that might have existed in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang. What happened in those first few microseconds are crucial in understanding how the nature works. ... Read More »

Bose SoundTouch 10 review: Classic Bose Sound now becomes affordable

Bose has been upgrading its portfolio with one wireless device after the other. The latest is the most Bose SoundTouch 10, the most affordable in the series. SoundTouch series seems to be winding up to woo a lot of Indian users who would have otherwise looked for cheaper options. It also comes equipped to take on the challenges of the ... Read More »

New Horizons reveals Pluto’s tiniest moon with highly reflective surface

Interplanetary space probe New Horizons has sent the images of Pluto’s moon Kerberos, which appears to be smaller than scientists expected and has a highly-reflective surface. Kerberos appears to have a double-lobed shape, around 12 km in its long dimension and 4.5 km in its shortest dimension, US space agency NASA said in a statement. “Once again, the Pluto system ... Read More »

Coming soon: A super-fast WiFi pavement in UK with 166 Mbps speed

United Kingdom’s Chesham market town in Buckinghamshire will be the first in world to get a ‘smart’ pavement with super-fast public WiFi free for all its residents. UK-based Virgin Media is overseeing the installation of this WiFi network and according to a report in Telegraph UK, the smart WiFi pavement will benefit “Chesham’s high street and parts of Lowndes Park.” According ... Read More »

RoboBee is the first tiny robot that can fly and swim

For the first time, scientists have designed an insect-like robot smaller than a paperclip that can both fly and swim – paving the way for future dual aerial aquatic robotic vehicles. The biggest challenge is conflicting design requirements: aerial vehicles require large airfoils like wings or sails to generate lift while underwater vehicles need to minimise surface area to reduce ... Read More »

Twitter help doctors track their patient’s medical experiences

Twitter is known for breaking news and celebrity tweets, but it may also prove to be a valuable feedback tool for medical professionals looking to improve the patient experience, a new study says. Johnathan Hewis, an investigator from Charles Sturt University in Australia, analysed 464 tweets related to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) over the course of one month. MRI can ... Read More »

Scott Kelly sets new record for longest space flight by an American astronaut

Scott Kelly, the commander of the International Space Station, on Thursday clocked 216 days in orbit to surpass the previous record for the longest single flight by a US astronaut. Kelly surpassed the previous record of 215 days set by the Spanish-American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria in 2007, media reported. Kelly’s stint on the station is scheduled to last 342 days. ... Read More »

NASA releases stunning new picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons

In September, NASA had released some stunning close-ups of Pluto as taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. One of those was an incomplete image of Pluto’s crescent lit by the sun, and now NASA has released the full image, which shows Pluto in all its glory. According to a press statement by NASA, “this image was made just 15 minutes ... Read More »

Large asteroid shaped-like skull set to shoot by Earth on Halloween

A large asteroid that scientists only discovered this month will make a relatively close approach to Earth on Saturday, astronomers say, providing one of the best opportunities in years to gather data about a passing space rock. The asteroid, estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in diameter, will shoot past the planet at 22 miles (35 km) per ... Read More »