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Mystery of ‘missing’ carbon on Mars decoded

Scientists have found that ultraviolet (UV) rays from Sun caused Mars to lose its atmospheric carbon dioxide, solving the long-standing mystery of the ‘missing’ carbon on the red planet. Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere that is too thin to keep water from freezing or quickly evaporating. However, geological evidence has led scientists to conclude that ... Read More »

Safety in numbers: Cracking the coefficient code

Decimal expansion of numbers was a common exercise in middle-school mathematics. Fractions like 1/5 and 1/4 were less taxing. Their decimal expansions terminated promptly at 0.2 and 0.25 respectively. But the fraction 1/3 was a little intriguing. Its decimal expansion did not terminate, but it soon became clear that a single digit, namely 3, started to repeat itself. For certain ... Read More »

These are the best photos of Pluto you may see in decades: NASA

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the sharpest images of Pluto yet. According to NASA, these are the best close-up photos of Pluto that people may see for decades to come. The New Horizons spacecraft, no bigger than a piano, transmits data stored on its digital recorder each week from its flight through the Pluto System. These latest pictures ... Read More »

NASA: Supply shipment takes off for International Space Station

A US shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first US delivery since spring. “Santa is on his way!” Tory Bruno, president of rocket ... Read More »

Chennai received more rain on Dec 1 than any other day since 1901: NASA

On December 1-2 flood-ravaged Chennai received more rainfall in 24 hours than it had seen on any day since 1901, according to NASA. The space agency yesterday released an animated map that provides satellite-based estimates of rainfall over southeastern India on December 1-2, accumulating in 30 minute intervals. The deluge followed a month of persistent monsoon rains that were already ... Read More »

Nano talk: liquid fuel gets an efficiency shot

Most of the engines today use liquid fuel to produce energy. Internal combustion engines in automobile industry, aero propulsion engines, and those used in the power generation industry, all of them use some sort of liquid fuel. The efficiency of liquid fuels cannot be increased by using the existing technologies. But given the ever-increasing demand for energy in the developing ... Read More »

Want justice for daughter, hope juvenile is not freed: Nirbhaya’s parents

The juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape case is to be released on December 15. The victim’s parents fear that he might be a threat to the society and demanded that his mental condition be assessed before setting him free. The convict, then aged under 18, is said to have inflicted maximum injury on the 23-year-old paramedical student, who ... Read More »

Saudis elect 17 women in landmark local council polls

Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom on Saturday, the first to allow female participation, a state-aligned news site reported on Sunday before all official results were announced. The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates, a landmark step in a country where women are ... Read More »

India, Pakistan to rely on secret diplomacy for Kashmir deal: Reports

‘Secret diplomacy’ will be the strategy that India and Pakistan are likely to rely upon to broker a deal on the long pending Kashmir dispute, a report in a Pakistan newspaper said. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have decided to use ‘back channels’ for in-depth discussions on Kashmir through their respective confidantes,” Express Tribune reported ... Read More »

Rahul Gandhi says RSS stopped him from entering Barpeta temple

Congress vice president Rahul Gandi today claimed that RSS workers stopped him from entering a temple in Barpeta during his recent visit to Assam and added that this was BJP’s style of politics which was “unacceptable”. “When I went to Assam I wanted to visit a temple in Barpeta district. And at the temple the RSS people they stopped me ... Read More »