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Earth found to be one of a kind

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Avatar fans prepare yourself for disappointment as we’re afraid you may never get to live on Pandora. A new study has shown that Earth truly is one of a kind with nothing coming close to life on this planet. Astronomers in Sweden used computer simulations to model the known universe from existing data and then applied the laws of physics to advance the model 13.8 billion years. Out of the 700 quintillion... 

North Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit’

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North Korea’s controversial satellite is “tumbling in orbit,” CBS News reports, citing US officials. Meanwhile, South Korea confirmed that the satellite has been successfully launched into orbit, but could not verify if it is functioning. Experts are yet to validate any signals from the newly launched satellite, but CBS News correspondent David Martin quoted US officials as saying that the satellite... 

US Slams North Korea’s Plans for 'Satellite Launch'

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The United States has warned that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, dismissing official statements from Pyongyang to the United Nations that the launch will actually involve a satellite. Satellite imagery has indicated that North Korea is preparing to conduct rocket launches later this month from a test site known as Tongchang-ri. The movement of rocket components at the site... 

On planet 2MASS J2126, one year lasts for million earthly years

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Planet 2MASS J2126, which was considered an independent space body, moves in orbit around the star about one trillion kilometers far from the planet, the Royal Astronomical Society said. A team of astronomers from the UK, the US and Australia described their discovery in “Monthly Notices” journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Scientists discovered the planet as a separate body eight... 

John McCain Furious at Pentagon for Still Purchasing Russian Rockets

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MUOS-3 Navy communications satellite and Atlas-V rocket at pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for launch on January 20, 2015. Despite John McCain’s profound displeasure, US defense officials are not inclined to abandon the RD-180 Russian rocket engines until 2021 or 2022 earliest. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the United States Air Force has become one of Russia’s... 

Space junk may cause armed conflict

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The earth, humans’ only ship in the cosmic ocean, is engulfed by millions of space junk, which can cause serious damage to any national satellite, a signal which might be misconstrued as an attack launched by an adversary and provoke an armed conflict. In an article published by journal Acta Astronautica, Russian scientist Vitaly Adushkin argues that possible impacts from orbital debris, even tiny... 

Leave Earth Before the Ruling Class Destroys It - Stephen Hawking

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Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited“nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses” as deadly threats to our existence. Hawking described various “things that could go wrong” to an audience of hundreds attending the first in a series of BBC Reith Lectures, which pertain to research... 

No way to live outside Earth, space colonization a myth - ESA director

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For decades in history space was the giant playground – but only for NASA and the USSR. Now, many nations strive to reach and explore the last frontier. With the enormous costs for the venture, will cooperation prevail over national interests? Are there benefits in the near future – for all of us – in spending so much to get to the orbit? We touch upon all these questions with Director-General... 

Italian Scientists Developing Robots With Decomposable Bodies

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The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is working to create eco-friendly robots, by incorporating biodegradable “smart materials” that will decompose when the machine’s “lifespan” is complete. Current robot build technology involves materials that are difficult to dispose of, incorporating primarily metal and plastic. Scientists hope that by using new materials, including from food waste,... 

Russia registers most effective drug for Ebola – Putin

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Russia has registered a new Ebola drug that appears to be more effective than all of the other medicines currently being used to treat the disease, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a meeting with the Cabinet. “We have registered a medicine for the Ebola fever that, after a series of tests, demonstrates high effectiveness. Its effectiveness is higher than that of those remedies that... 

US will cure cancer ‘once and for all’ - Obama

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US President Barack Obama has said that the United States should be the country to win a new global health race and find a cure for cancer “once and for all.” “Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer,” Obama said during his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, referencing Joe Biden’s remarks last year when he announced not to run for... 

Clinton pledges probe for extraterrestrial life

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Finding intelligent alien life forms with a far more advanced civilization than that of ours has intrigued human minds for at least the past few decades. Astrobiologists from all over the world keep faith in detecting such a civilization in the near future, even though they are highly speculative about the possible types of complex alien life forms — if any — in other parts of our Galaxy.... 

Chemistry textbooks officially obsolete

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Each chemical element is made up of atoms with the same number of protons, and since each atom has a unique number of protons, called atomic number, all the elements can be grouped and ordered in a tabular arrangement, known as periodic table of elements. Other criteria for the arrangement are electron configuration and chemical properties. Of the 114 elements arranged on the table, the first 94 occur... 

Volkswagen faces $48 billion in fines in US

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The US Justice Department has filed a lawsuit estimated to worth $48 billion against German automaker Volkswagen for violating environmental laws. Germany’s leading automaker Volkswagen – that has hit a controversy over an emission control mechanism scandal for four months now – could face up to $48 billion for allegedly violating environmental laws by the US Justice Department. Reuters reported... 

Russian Scientist and Team Create Microchip to Replace Laser

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A team of Swiss and Russian physicists have developed a new microchip that can replace the use of complex laser equipment in everything from atomic clocks to telecommunications. A scientist from Moscow State University and his colleagues created a chip that can replace a complex laser system, the press service of Moscow State University said on Friday. “A group of Russian and Swiss physicists... 
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