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What Are Gravitational Waves?

The announcement of the observation of gravitational waves for the very first time ever has been all over social media in the past few days. It is being described as one of the greatest discoveries, confirming the theory of general relativity that was concocted by Einstein himself decades and decades ago. Scientists promise that the new

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Gravitational Waves Detected For The First Time Ever!

Gravitational waves have been detected for the first time ever — this discovery is expected to shake the world of science, specially astronomy. The findings will be published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The discovery was made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) based in the US. The concept of gravitational waves was

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The Food We Consume Affects Our Genes

The food we eat might be affecting us at the genetic level. A new study focusing on yeast suggests that most of our genes could be influenced by what we consume. The paper is published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Yeast as model The researchers worked on yeast which is used as a model for

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Asteroid 2013 TX68 To Pass Close To Earth And Will Be Visible

Get your telescopes ready on March 5 as asteroid 2013 TX68 might pass so close to us that we could see it! Our universe is buzzing with activities beyond our sight and knowledge. What we do grasp with our senses is but a drop in the ocean, or even less than that. However, we are sometimes

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Antarctic Fungi Survive on Martian Conditions on ISS For 18 Months

Tiny fungi taken from Antarctic rocks were sent to the International Space Station where the conditions were similar to those on planet Mars a while back. Now, 18 months later, over 60 % of the cells are intact with stable DNA. The paper is published in Astrobiology. Can life be sustained under the conditions of

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Time Is Flowing Backwards In Parallel Worlds

A new explanation has been concocted pertaining to time’s apparent asymmetric nature. Maybe, it’s not all that asymmetric. The researchers behind the theory explain that it might be feasible for time to flow backwards. What is time? This has remained one of the big questions science has yet to answer in clear terms, as have

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Evidence of our Solar System’s 9th Planet Revealed

The presence of a ninth planet in our solar system situated past Neptune has been suggested by researchers. Commonly being called “Planet Nine”, it is described as being enormous and icy. The findings are published in The Astrophysical Journal. The ‘discovery’ has been made by the astronomer who was behind the ‘demotion’ of Pluto (Mike Brown

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5-Planet Alignment Visible to the Naked Eye As From January 20 to February

Five planets, namely Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, will align in an event that is to happen after over a decade. The resulting ‘line’ will be visible in our sky around an hour before sunrise on January 20, and will persist till the last days of February. Avid sky-watchers, get ready as from Wednesday

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The First Flower Born in Space and Zero Gravity is Here

The first flower to bloom in space was photographed on the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Scott Kelly from the US shared the picture of the zinnia plant on his Twitter account. “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut!”, writes Scott Kelly as the photo caption. The ‘event’ was forecasted last November: on

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Super-Luminous Supernova: Explosion of Star Bigger Than Our Sun Detected

The most powerful supernova ever spotted has been observed by astronomers from the US. The event has been documented in the journal Science. A star brighter than our sun – the Universe is full of similar heavenly bodies, but, humans actually observing an exploding one of such magnitude is a big deal indeed. The exploding star,

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100 of the Fastest Runaway Stars Spotted In the Milky Way

The fastest stars in the Milky are moving about at more than 80,000 km/h. Scientists have recently spotted around a hundred of them that were hitherto undocumented. The paper is published in The Astrophysical Journal. The universe is always buzzing with activities involving heavenly bodies proceeding to some destination at tremendous speeds. Our Milky Way

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