ISRO successfully tests scramjet engine

ISRO successfully tests scramjet engine

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The space agency of India today successfully tested its own scramjet or the air breathing engine with the launch of a big sounding rocket, said a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "The mission was successful. Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The finer details about the test will be known later," the official not wanting to be quoted told IANS. He said that as scheduled the two stage/engine RH-560 sounding rocket took off from the rocket port located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. More →
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Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

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Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

A 53-year-old woman was killed while descending a 3,000-feet mountain after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a paper map which apparently showed the wrong path, the media reported. Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were looking for a safe route off Tryfan peak in Snowdonia, Wales at dusk when the fateful incident happened in March and was under investigation, Telegraph reported on Friday. Instead of a paper map, Wilson was carrying the smartphone app by Ordnance Survey -- the national mapping agency for Great Britain and one of the world's largest producers of maps. More →
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These 3D structures can ‘remember’ their original shape

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These 3D structures can ‘remember’ their original shape

A team of engineers has used light to print 3D structures that ‘remembers’ their original shapes even after being stretched, twisted and bent at extreme angles. The structures, from small coils to an inch-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, sprang back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature “sweet spot,” said the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). More →
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Astronomers find Milky Way-like Galaxy consisting only dark matter

By on August 28, 2016 at 4:00 AM.

Astronomers find Milky Way-like Galaxy consisting only dark matter

An international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy, about the size of the Milky Way, that consists almost entirely of dark matter. The galaxy, Dragonfly 44, is located in the nearby Coma constellation and had been overlooked until last year because of its unusual composition. It is a diffuse "blob" about the size of the Milky Way, but with far fewer stars, the researchers said."Very soon after its discovery, we realised this galaxy had to be more than meets the eye. It has so few stars that it would quickly be ripped apart unless something was holding it together," said lead author Pieter van Dokkum from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. More →
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Virtual pressure from friends can be motivating: Study

By on August 28, 2016 at 1:00 AM.

Virtual pressure from friends can be motivating: Study

A recent study finds out that seeing a friend or colleague succeed at a task can boost your effort. The study adds that virtual pressure from a computer-simulated peer can also be motivating. Maurizio Porfiri, Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering designed an experiment to test whether virtual peer pressure could boost individual participation in a citizen science project -- Brooklyn Atlantis. The research team redesigned the interface of the Brooklyn Atlantis page where users view and tag images, adding an indicator bar at the top of the screen to display the number of times another participant had tagged the same image. More →
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NASA unveils plans to send submarine to Saturn’s moon Titan

By on August 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

NASA unveils plans to send submarine to Saturn’s moon Titan

What makes Saturn's moon Titan unique in the outer solar system is that it is the only one of the bodies outside the Earth with liquid lakes and seas on its surface and the US space agency has unveiled plans to send a submarine into the depths of its largest ocean -- Kraken Mare. NASA is working on sending a submarine into the depths of the Kraken Mare, Inverse.com reported on Saturday. The Titanian seas, however, are not composed of water, like Earth's seas, but are seas of liquid hydrocarbons and one of the reasons why NASA wants to go to Titan is “to determine if hydrocarbon based life is possible on Titan,” NASA cryogenics engineer Jason Hartwig said in a presentation at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium held this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. More →
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ISRO gears up to test scramjet engine tomorrow

By on August 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

ISRO gears up to test scramjet engine tomorrow

While the launch of the weather satellite INSAT-3DR with the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) has been postponed to September, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to test its scramjet engine tomorrow, a senior official confirmed. India's rocket port is located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. "The launch of RH-560 sounding rocket to test the scramjet (air breathing) engine is slated for 6 am on Sunday," P Kunhi Krishnan, director of SDSC told IANS. More →
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This man built himself a plane so he could save 7 minutes off his office commute

By on August 27, 2016 at 6:24 PM.

This man built himself a plane so he could save 7 minutes off his office commute

You know the days you get so sick of traffic and you think to yourself that I wish I could just fly to work everyday and not waste so much time of my day just sitting in the car stuck on the road? Well, this man probably thought the same, but unlike us he actually acted upon his thought. Czech Republic’s Frantisek Hadrava was tired of wasting the precious few minutes of his life driving to and back from work. And so, he decided to build himself an airplane. You read that right! He built himself an actual airplane that flies him from home to work and back every day! More →
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Ad screen in Pune streams porn in broad daylight

By on August 27, 2016 at 4:36 PM.

Ad screen in Pune streams porn in broad daylight

Sometimes the things that happen in our country, are just beyond hilarious! In a recent incident, a pornographic video, we are assuming by mistake, was played on one of those giant advertisement billboards on a street on Pune. Of course, people did what needed to be done-- they stopped and watched the video. The incident came to notice when Twitter user MumBaekar, who tweets under the Twitter handle @katamulgi, posted an image shot by her friend, last evening, of a man standing under his umbrella looking at the giant screen with the pornographic site XVideos opened on it. More →
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Facebook to increase automation of its Trending Topics section

By on August 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Facebook to increase automation of its Trending Topics section

Addressing concerns over its controversial Trending Topics feature, Facebook says in a blog post that its automation will be increased and users will no longer be required to write descriptions for trending topics. A more algorithmically driven process will allow the Facebook team to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time. A report in technology website Gizmodo recently accused Facebook of an editorial bias against US conservative news organisations, sparking sharp reactions from across the spectrum. More →
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