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NASA unveils its first electric airplane, the X-57 Maxwell

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.Image credit: https://www.nasa.gov/

Why people are hurt by insults from bots

Discouraging words such as “I have to say you are a terrible player” can be disturbing for people even when uttered by a robot, according to a study presented here.

A first, extraterrestrial sugar found in space rocks

The team discovered ribose and other bio-essential sugars including arabinose and xylose in two different meteorites that are rich in carbon - NWA 801 and Murchison.

ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites

The satellites would be launched by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47into Sun Synchronous Orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 hrs IST on November 25, 2019 subject to weather conditions.

Chandrayaan-2 sends new 3D images of moon's surface

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday released new three-dimensional images from the moon's surface captured by the Chandrayaan-2. The images of a crater from the lunar surface was captured by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 aboard Chandrayaan-2. "Have a look of 3D view of a crater imaged by TMC-2 of #Chandrayaan2. TMC-2 provides images at 5m spatial resolution & stereo triplets (fore, nadir and aft views) for preparing DEM of the complete lunar surface," ISRO tweeted from its official handle.

2017 North Korean nuke test equal to '17 Hiroshimas': ISRO study

Researchers led by K. M. Sreejith of the Space Applications Centre, ISRO in Ahmedabad, Gujarat noted that North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003.

Seven IAF pilots sent to Russia for India's first manned mission to space

Gaganyaan is India's manned space mission which the ISRO aims to launch by December 2021. The project aims at sending the astronauts to a lower orbit of the earth and the spacecraft will have a capsule with adequate supply of oxygen and other essential material and facilities for the astronauts. ISRO is working in tandem with the IAF for the mission.

India may again attempt soft landing on Moon next November

The Indian Space Research Organisation had constituted a high-level committee, headed by S Somanath, Director of Thiruvanathapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the lead centre responsible for all launch vehicle programmes of ISRO, to prepare a report on the proposed Chandrayaan-3.

The voyage home: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth

The mission took the fridge-sized probe some 300 million kilometres (186 million miles) from Earth, where it explored the asteroid Ryugu, whose name means "Dragon Palace" in Japanese -- a reference to a castle at the bottom of the ocean in an ancient fable. Hayabusa-2 will receive its orders to head for home on Wednesday, break free of the asteroid's gravity on November 18

A robot that can 'grow, retract, re-grow to different shape'

They envision that grippers, cameras, and other sensors could be mounted onto the robot's gearbox, enabling it to meander through an aircraft's propulsion system and tighten a loose screw, or to reach into a shelf and grab a product without disturbing the organization of surrounding inventory, among other tasks.

Three high tech missions worth Rs 5,000 cr each in pipeline, likely to get govt nod soon: Official

Three high tech missions worth Rs 5,000 cr each in pipeline, likely to get govt nod soon: Official

The three missions - on quantum technology, methanol and electric mobility - will be in the order of Rs 5,000 crore each and is expected to get government approval in the next three months, Department of Science and Technology Secretary, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, said.

Watch: Cargo capsule reaches International Space Station

Watch: Cargo capsule reaches International Space Station

A supply ship docked with the International Space Station on Monday, with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) reached the orbiting lab over Madagascar.

Russia to help provide life support system to Gaganyaan astronauts

Russia to help provide life support system to Gaganyaan astronauts

Russian space corporation Roscosmos subsidiary Glavkosmos signed a contract with Isro’s human space flight centre (HSFC) last week to review a project to assess the possibility of using Russian flight equipment in life support systems and providing thermal regime for the manned spacecraft Gaganyaan.

Genome sequencing: A solution to India's problem of rare genetic diseases

Genome sequencing: A solution to India's problem of rare genetic diseases

A genome is a person’s complete set of DNA, including all genes with more than 3 billion DNA base pairs. Genome sequencing will lead to precision medication, instead of clinicians giving drugs based on collective knowledge. Diagnostic companies such as Dr Lal Path-Labs and Lifecell have already partnered with IndiGen, offering genetic testing.

Could Genome Research Council under public-private partnership be a way forward for India’s human genome program?

Could Genome Research Council under public-private partnership be a way forward for India’s human genome program?

In the last 25 years genomic technologies have evolved faster than the computing technologies, and the forecast of genomic market of $140 billion by 2026 is indeed an underestimate. However, in terms of market size it is bigger than the pharma market even today.

Chandrayaan-2 not end of story, another landing attempt in near future: ISRO chief

Chandrayaan-2 not end of story, another landing attempt in near future: ISRO chief

ISRO will attempt another soft landing "in the near future", the space agency's chief K Sivan said.

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