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Japan ISS Kounotori: Spacecraft launched to try to clear space junk
Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a 700m -long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth's orbit. The tether, made of aluminium strands and steel wire, is designed to slow the debris, pulling it out of orbit. The cargo ship will also deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
The oldest known seabird lays an egg at 66
The world`s oldest known seabird is expecting, officials at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge said Saturday. The Laysan albatross known as Wisdom - a bird thought to be at least 66 years old - is incubating an egg once again, putting her on track to become the oldest breeding wild bird in the world. Since 2006 she has fledged at least nine chicks, and traveled some three million miles over the course of her life.
Soon, having vacation on the moon will become a reality
Well, a dream of a trip to moon is just about to turn into a reality soon. According to reports, the Moon Express - a company that aims to bring people from the Earth to the Moon in terms of a vacation - has been granted permission by the US law to leave the Earth and land on the moon. The company is offering tickets to the moon for more than $150,000,000, and the trip is scheduled for 2026.
ISRO signs first contract to build two satellites
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed the first contract for an industry-built spacecraft with a consortium of six companies based in Bengaluru. The contract includes the assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of two spare navigation satellites in 18 months. While the ISRO has purchased sub-systems from its suppliers, this is the first time that it will be outsourcing entire satellites to industry, Col.
Trump's team pushes back against Russia hacking reports
Donald Trump's presidential transition team pushed back Saturday against reports that Russia was caught trying to tip the November election to the Republican and challenged the veracity of US intelligence agencies investigating the campaign-season cyberattacks. Spicer also denied a report in The New York Times that Republican National Committee systems had been breached during the election. He said the RNC has worked with intelligence agencies that have told it with certainty that we haven't been hacked.
France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks
The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution. Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Saturday professionals will get a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($10,600) if they scrap their old diesel light commercial vehicles or taxis for electric ones, starting next month. Royal also said she will ask to exempt electric vehicles from highway tolls.
France opens new Lascaux prehistoric art cave replica
A new replica of the stunning Lascaux cave paintings was unveiled Saturday in the Dordogne region of southwest France, more than seven decades after the prehistoric art was first discovered. The spectacular prehistoric art is thought to be 18,000 years old and has been on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites since 1979. The new version marks the first time that we've reconstructed the entire Lascaux cave, said Jean-Pierre Chadelle, an archaeologist working with the Dordogne regional authority.
Infrared cameras spot 'rare' golden cats in China
Researchers with the help of infrared cameras have managed to spot two types of rare Asian golden cats at a natural reserve in China, claims a report. Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve officials in Gansu province spotted the cats featuring different fur colours. Out of the lot, one has leopard-like spots all over the body while the other is with reddish brown fur. The Asian golden cat is believed to have a body length of about 90 cm.
NASA shares stunning historic visuals of space, solar system on Pinterest and Giphy
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expanding its horizons on internet to disseminate information about the universe and its space adventures. It has now joined Pinterest and Giphy, sharing its historic images and videos to public. It has now started sharing stunning pictures and animated GIFs of out-of-this-world journey to offer the public a comprehensive view of its missions and facilities.
One of the rarest crystals on Earth discovered in Russia's Khatyrka meteorite
A rare crystal called quasicrystal was discovered inside a Russian meteorite dubbed Khatyrka. This latest finding was carried out by Geologist Luca Bindi from University of Florence, Italy along with other colleagues. The researchers stated that there can be more of these specimens out there with even more unique structures, Science Alert reported. This quasicrystal was found in the same meteorite in which the previous two were discovered.
Indian astrophysicist wins challenge on dark energy
Ten years ago at an international conference in Melbourne, renowned Indian theoretical physicist Thanu Padmanabhan from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, threw a challenge to the international community of astrophysicists to prove his ideas on dark energy wrong by 2016. Dark energy makes up three quarters of the universe and is also an enigmatic topic of discussion among cosmologists and astro-enthusiasts. The challenge was taken up by Wiltshire, professor in the department of physics and astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Chemotherapy may cause women to grow new eggs: Study
Women treated with a common chemotherapy drug combination may have more young eggs in their ovaries afterwards, a new study has found. The study indicates that a therapy commonly used to target Hodgkin's lymphoma appears to increase the number of non-growing eggs in women's ovaries. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh in the UK analysed samples of ovary tissue donated by 14 women who had undergone chemotherapy, and from 12 healthy women.

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