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Secrets of Pluto’s Moons Revealed

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We can now boast of knowing so much more of Pluto and its moons than we ever have before. New findings, published in the journal Science, provide additional information about the planet system, including the surfaces and rotation of the satellites involved. The video shows the unusual nature of the small moons of Pluto: they

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Snow Found on Pluto, But It’s Not Made of Water!

Snow has been found on Pluto, more specifically on a series of mountains in an area called the Cthulhu Region, announces NASA’s New Horizons team. The material that has been interpreted to be snow has appeared on peaks of a mountain range that is part of the Cthulhu region of Pluto; it is thought to be methane

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Using Laser Weapon To Shield Earth From Asteroid Impacts

Scientists propose the use of laser weapons to shield the Earth from asteroid impacts. The possibility of asteroids impacting the Earth has kept some scientists busy with finding ways to avert such hazards. One such concept has recently been put in the spotlight: using a laser weapon to protect the planet from killer asteroids. Shielding

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Mysterious Deep-Space Repeating Radio Bursts Detected For The First Time

Repeating Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) have been detected for the first time ever by astronomers. Their findings are published in the journal Nature. Ever since scientists first came across them around 10 years ago, FRBs have been found as one-off events. Until now. The repeating short radio bursts (lasting for only a few thousandths of a second)

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Mayak, A New Russian Satellite, Will Become Brightest ‘Star’ In Our Night Sky

Mayak, the Russian reflector satellite, will soon be launched. The researchers behind it intend it to become the most conspicuous object in our sky, brighter than the stars! The Mayak (which translates as “beacon”) project is the brainchild of a team of engineers and space enthusiasts from Moscow University of Mechanical Engineering. The solar-synchronised satellite

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Tiny Satellites To Find Small & Giant Alien Worlds

Two researchers propose to use tiny satellites to locate alien worlds. Their results were presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting last month. Smaller in size is not necessarily smaller in effectiveness. In so many cases, for instance research pertaining to nanotechnology, it has been proved that smaller is actually better. Along the same line

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Mysterious Cause of Lightning Formation Revealed

The mysterious cause of lightning formation has  been discussed in a new paper. The unprecedented observations are documented in a paper published in Nature Communications. Scientists have delved further into the mystery of the formation of lightning. While it is established that lightning is an electric current flowing in the midst of a cloud, or between a cloud

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In Depth: Time Actually Behaves Like A Crystal – Here’s How

Time has remained an evasive topic. The more scientists attempt to unveil its secrets, the more it gets away from their grasp. Some physicists have even questioned how we perceive its very existence: a team of researchers have investigated the very structure of time and claim that it behaves like a crystal. Their revised paper is

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Reaching Mars in 30 Minutes With Laser Propulsion

Firing lasers at tiny spacecrafts could make us reach Mars in less than an hour, and even in 30 minutes only, according to scientist Philip Lubin from the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Experimental Cosmology Group. Faster space travel is definitely one of the goals of researchers. How to do so, though? Philip Lubin

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Apollo 10 Astronauts Heard A Strange Music On Moon’s Far Side

Apollo 10 astronauts heard strange music while visiting the far side of the moon. Recordings dating back to 1969 show a hitherto-unknown aspect of the Apollo Astronauts’ mission to the moon: they had allegedly heard “music” on the far side of our satellite. The sound transmission lasted for around an hour according to a classified

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Asteroids Killed Before They Can Commit Suicide Diving Into The Sun

It is generally thought in the world of science that near-Earth asteroids die when meeting the sun. However, a new study published in the journal Nature suggests that their deaths will usually happen when they are moving about in space before they can get to the sun. A team of researchers studying near-Earth objects (NEOs) (including

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