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Mission Shakti: India’s scientific marvel, space power

During this mission, a live geostationary satellite was targeted using the A-SAT missile. Hitting the target accurately involved extensive mathematical and physical calculations.

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How life could be developed in space

Berkeley, California: Scientists have used lab experiments to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space, showing pathways to forming 2-D carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases. The latest study, which featured experiments at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), could help explain the […]

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Moon was not formed the way your school books said it did

Davis, California: A new explanation for the Moon’s origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vapourised rock, called a synestia. The new model led by researchers at the University of California, Davis and Harvard University resolves several problems in the lunar formation and is published on […]

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Black holes that erase your past, create multiple futures

Berkeley, California: In the real world, your past uniquely determines your future. If a physicist knows how the universe starts out, she can calculate its future for all time and all space. However, a UC Berkeley mathematician has found some types of black holes in which this law breaks down. If someone were to venture […]

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100 new exoplanets found; looking for ‘2nd earth’

Lyngby, Denmark: “We started out analyzing 275 candidates of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets. In turn 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries,” said American PhD student Andrew Mayo at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark. “This research has been underway since the first […]

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Earth continued to turn warmer in 2017: NASA, NOAA

Washington, DC: Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62°F (0.90°C) warmer than the 1951-to-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space […]

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Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Ithaca, New York: Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain. Two new papers, published 2 December in Geophysical Review Letters, describe the map and discoveries arising from it. Creating the map took […]