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Abu Dhabi Ports witnesses 36% volume increase in 1st 10 months

ABU DHABI: Container volumes surges by 36%, RORO volumes by 29%, general and bulk cargo by 20%. Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in Abu Dhabi has seen significant surge in cargo volumes during the first ten months of 2015 compared to the same period last year. Container volumes increased by 36 ... Read More »

NASA: Time to clean up space junk mess

WASHINGTON: With a mysterious space object making a splash into the Earth’s atmosphere on November 13, NASA administrator Charles Bolden has shown concern about the growing junk in the space that may threaten the planet in near future. Dubbed WT1190F, the unknown object – either a spent rocket stage, a paneling shed or a piece of debris dating back to ... Read More »

AIIMS study finds elements of antibiotics antibiotics in Yamuna waters

MUMBAI: Flagging a cause for concern, a recent AIIMS study has found elements of antibiotics in water samples collected from Yamuna river, which experts said can impact the aquatic ecosystem and may lead to drug resistance in microbes. Analysis was done for water samples collected from six different places on Yamuna river between Wazirabad and Kalindi Kunj under three classes ... Read More »

NASA’s Cassini captures stunning images of Saturn’s two moons

NEW DELHI: NASA’s Cassini has returned some stunning images of the Saturn’s two moons, Dione and Enceladus on Wednesday. Though the surface of these two moons are made up of nearly the same material but Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione. Enceladus also appears more brighter in the distance than Dione against the dark night sky. The surface ... Read More »

Some plants produce caffeine to attract bees, research

MEXICO: Researchers in Britain have discovered that certain plants actually produce caffeine to attract bees and help in pollination. Scientists at the University of Sussex said they thought the plants produce the caffeine in their nectar to fool bees into thinking it contains more sugar than it actually does. The insects will repeatedly visit those flowers, helping the plants maximize ... Read More »

Astronomers discovered farthest object ever in our Solar System

EUROPE: Astronomers have discovered the farthest object ever in our Solar System at a distance of whopping 15.4 billion kilometers from the Sun using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii. Dubbed V774104, the newly discovered dwarf planet is said to be between 310 miles and 620 miles across – about half the size of Pluto. The object, which is said to ... Read More »

Students to simulate mission to Red planet at Western University

MEXICO: A simulation of mission to Mars has been organized and scheduled at the Western University in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) from November 16 to 27. Through the Mars rover simulation exercise wherein students will be simulating various stages of a sample return mission, the university intends to train 35 undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows ... Read More »

Researchers discover biological compass of organisms

BEIJING: Researchers in China have, for the first time, identified a key protein that plays a key role in biological compass in organisms helping them navigate using Earth’s magnetic field. While it is long known that animals use their magnetic sense to detect Earth’s magnetic field and use this information for navigation, the precise nature of this mechanism has eluded ... Read More »

Earth’s climate more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously thought, study

NEW YORK: Earth’s climate may be more sensitive to increased carbon dioxide than previously thought, according to a new study that suggest the impact of greenhouse warming has been significantly underestimated. Researchers from Binghamton University in US examined nahcolite crystals found in Colorado’s Green River Formation, formed 50 million years old during a hothouse climate. They found that carbon dioxide ... Read More »

Annual bleaching could threaten some species of tropical coral, study

LONDON: Some species of tropical coral will find it difficult to recover after the yearly mass bleaching events predicted to occur later this century, suggests a new study. The findings come from the first controlled experiment to look at the effects of annual bleaching on corals, reported in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B. While the study suggests some species ... Read More »

Curiosity rover to explore dark sand dunes on Red planet

WASHINGTON: NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will explore dark sand dunes on the Red Planet, some of which are as tall as a two-storey building and as broad as football fields. No active dunes have been visited anywhere in the Solar System before, other than on Earth. But that is about to change over the next few days, when the pioneering ... Read More »

Why humans are more intelligent than chimps?

MALI: Chimpanzees are intelligent animals capable of working with tools and solving problems but regardless of how smart the chimps are, their brain power pales when compared to that of humans. Several factors make the human brain superior to that of chimps but findings of a new research reveal this also has something to do with our brains being more ... Read More »

Astronomers measure stellar pulse to determine galaxies age

EUROPE: Researchers from Yale and Harvard universities measured, for the first time, the pulse of red stars. The heart-pounding study analyzed how light in nearby galaxy is affected by the stellar pulse. Giant stars like the Sun go through substantial changes over time. Giant stars grow brighter and expand enormously, causing them to swallow nearby planets. Towards the end of ... Read More »

Astronomers discover Earth-sized rocky planet

HARROW: Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that is orbiting a small star that has many similarities to Earth and Venus. Back in May, a team of researchers using the MEarth-South telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile identified the the exoplanet named GJ 1132b that is only about 39 light-years away, making it the closest exoplanet that ... Read More »

NASA’s Mars rover discovered rich mineral stew in fractured rock

BRENT: Chemical analysis by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicates that water made several repeat appearances to create the rich mineral veins at a site called “Garden City” in the lower part of Mount Sharp. The veins form in places where fluids have move through fractured rocks, depositing minerals and leaving telltale chemical fingerprints on surrounding areas. Some of the mineral ... Read More »

ISS suffers short circuit

LONDON: The International Space Station has taken a power hit, and spacewalking repairs may be needed. First, though, a replacement part must be delivered via rocket. NASA said Monday the six astronauts were left with one less power channel Friday. A short circuit in equipment on the station’s framework is to blame. The short apparently tripped a current-switching device, resulting ... Read More »

New Horizons probe captured best images of dwarf planet Pluto

HONG KONG: As NASA continues to release highly detailed, unprecedented images of the dwarf planet Pluto captured by the New Horizons probe, it raises the question: Why couldn’t it have just used the powerful Hubble telescope to capture the same scenes, instead of sending a spacecraft across the solar system on a $700-million (US) mission? Why is Hubble able to get extremely detailed images of ... Read More »

Astronauts trying to grow flowers on ISS

CANADA: NASA astronaut and Space Station crew member Kjell Lindgren set up a plant growth experiment Monday that could yield the first flowers (in this case, zinnias) ever grown onboard the space laboratory, according to NASA. The flowers are part of the veggie plant growth system, an experiment designed to grow various kinds of plants on the Space Station. This ... Read More »

Researchers create world’s 1st ‘porous liquid’ to filter carbon emissions

LONDON: Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast in UK, along with peers from University of Liverpool and other international partners, have created the world’s first ‘liquid with permanent porosity’ which can be used to capture harmful carbon emissions and stop them from entering Earth’s atmosphere. The liquid has ‘holes’ in it which absorb incredibly large amounts of gas. This study could pave way ... Read More »

Western University plans to send students on Mars

CANADA: Western University is teaming up with the Canadian Space Agency to send students to Mars, sort of. Serving as mission control for a Mars Rover simulation exercise over the next two weeks, Western will welcome students from York University, Saint Mary’s University, and the University of British Columbia. The group of 35 next generation planetary space explorers will simulate ... Read More »