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NASA plans to exit space station in order to explore deeper space

As all good things must come to an end, NASA’s long space ride with the International Space Station (ISS) in low-Earth orbit will also touch the finish line in a decade from now. The US space agency will move up to the cislunar space — the area of space surrounding the moon — for an ambitious human exploration programme. William ... Read More »

NASA releases new close up of Pluto, now in colour

NASA has released an enhanced colour mosaic that combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto which the US space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its historic flyby of the icy-dwarf planet. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto on July 14 this year, with resolutions of about 77-85 metres per ... Read More »

NISAR mission biggest collaboration of ISRO and NASA

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission will be the biggest collaboration between the two space agencies yet, said a senior scientist from NASA on Monday. The mission involves building a 2,600 kg satellite that will “effectively make a time-lapse movie of the earth” while keeping a close eye on disturbances in the ecosystem, ice-sheet collapses and natural hazards. “In ... Read More »

Smartphones may soon replace wearable fitness trackers: MIT researchers

Smartphones may soon replace wearable fitness trackers by reliably measuring your heart and breathing rates even when they are kept in pocket or a bag, MIT researchers say. Researchers are working on a project called BioPhone that could track biological signals using the smartphone’s accelerometer, which can capture the small body movements that result from the beating of your heart ... Read More »

Nasa refines thermal protection system for Orion’s next mission

In a bid to bolster its effort to prepare humans for deeper space missions, NASA engineers have refined the key thermal protection system of Orion – new exploration spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to asteroid and Mars. The team has been improving the spacecraft’s heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully travelled to space for the first ... Read More »

NASA directs SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil to ISS

In a significant step toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and reducing its dependence on Russian launch facilities, NASA has ordered California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil. “It is really exciting to see SpaceX and Boeing with hardware in flow for their first crew rotation missions,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s commercial ... Read More »

Smartphone app will now monitor food security

Scientists have developed a way to monitor food security using a smartphone app, which combines weather and soil moisture data from satellites with crowd-sourced data on the vulnerability of the population to malnutrition and other relevant socio-economic data. Drought and crop failure can often be predicted by monitoring the weather and measuring soil moisture. But other risk factors, such as ... Read More »

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin successfully tests reusable space rocket

  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space transportation company, Blue Origin, plans about two more years of test flights before it will offer rides to passengers. On Monday, Blue Origin successfully landed a suborbital rocket back at its launch site, a key step in its drive to make reusable rockets, the company said. “This flight retired a ... Read More »

Flyme 5 update for Meizu Pro 5 finally arrives

As expected, the Flyme 5 update for the Meizu Pro 5 flagship smartphone – which wasannounced with 5.7 inch display and Exynos 7420 chipset back in September this year – has finally arrived. While that’s certainly good news for Pro 5 owners, it’s worth mentioning that the update will not be available over-the-air (OTA) as it’s still in beta. This ... Read More »

Facebook to open source artificial intelligence technology

Facebook is releasing the designs of a new computer server for free – twice as fast as those used by Facebook earlier, it designed to put more power behind artificial-intelligence software, MIT Technology review reported. Facebook’s new server design, dubbed Big Sur, was created to power deep-learning software, which processes data using roughly simulated neurons. The invention of ways to ... Read More »