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    ISRO Tests Crew Escape System Critical for Human Spaceflight

    In its aim towards human spaceflight, Indian space agency ISRO on Thursday carried out the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a statement said the crew escape system is a critical technology for human spaceflight. “The crew escape system is an emergency escape measure […]

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    Cosmic Crash With Dwarf Galaxy Reshaped Milky Way: Study

    A dramatic head-on collision with a dwarf galaxy, dubbed the “Gaia Sausage” galaxy, about 10 billion years ago reshaped the structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way, fashioning both its inner bulge and its outer halo, new research suggests. The dwarf did not survive the impact. It quickly fell apart, and the wreckage is now […]

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    Scientists Discover ‘Outrageously Luminous’ Galaxies

    Astronomers have observed the most luminous galaxies ever seen in the universe — objects so bright that descriptors such as “ultra” and “hyper-luminous” don’t even come close. According to lead author Kevin Harrington from University of Massachusetts Amherst, they are calling them “outrageously luminous” because there is no scientific term to apply. The team used […]

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    New Model Could Help Determine Age of Stars Precisely

    By looking at the physics behind the speeding up or slowing down of a stars rotation, its x-ray activity, and magnetic field generation, researchers have developed a new conceptual framework for understanding how stars similar to our Sun evolve. The work could “ultimately help to determine the age of stars more precisely than is currently […]

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    Nasa Papers Reveal Details of Pluto’s Moons

    Nasa scientists associated with interplanetary space probe New Horizons have revealed the former “astronomer’s planet” and its “intriguing system of small moons” in a comprehensive set of papers describing results from last summer’s Pluto system flyby. “These five detailed papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former ‘astronomer’s planet’ to be a […]

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    Google Glass Helps Researchers Develop ‘Organs on Chips’

    Using Google Glass, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Massachusetts, US, have collected promising results as part of a technology known as “organs-on-chips”. Google Glass offers researchers a hands-free and flexible monitoring system, and enables them to give voice commands. The team first developed hardware and software to remotely monitor and control devices […]

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    Source of Unprecedented Energy Found at Centre of Milky Way

    A source of cosmic rays radiating energies 100 times greater than those achieved at the largest terrestrial particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has been found in the innermost region of our Milky Way galaxy. The source was revealed after a detailed analysis of the data collected […]