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Astronomers detect strange signals from nearby star

Astronomers detect strange signals from nearby star

A team of astronomers in Puerto Rico has detected some really strange signals coming from a red dwarf star just eleven light-years away.

Abel Mendez, the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at Arecibo-based University of Puerto Rico, said that the strange signals were detected on 12th of May using the 1,000-foot-wide Arecibo radio telescope.

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Astronomers discover the smallest star recorded till date

Astronomers discover the smallest star recorded till date

A team of astronomers at the University of Cambridge claimed to have spotted the smallest star ever discovered by astronomers.

The newly-discovered star dubbed EBLM J0555-57Ab is located roughly 600 light years away. Scientists also found that it is part of a binary system. They were able to spot it as it passed in front of its larger companion.

EBLM J0555-57Ab is just a sliver larger than that of Saturn in size. Its gravitational pull at its stellar surface is nearly 300 times stronger than what human beings feel on Earth.

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Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

An iconic penguin species found on the New Zealand mainland could go extinct in less than forty years unless an urgent action is taken, according to a peer reviewed study.

A team of researchers from the University of Otago found that the population of Yellow-eyed penguin on the New Zealand mainland is shrinking dramatically. Between 1996 and 2013, the species has lost more than 75 per cent of its population.

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Leftists remind lawmakers of significance of science

Leftists remind lawmakers of significance of science

Thousands of leftists took to the streets in Washington D.C. and several other parts of the nation on Saturday to remind lawmakers of the significance of science for health and prosperity.

Renowned scientific revolutionary Bill Nye, a holder of mechanical-engineering-degree who got famous as a children’s TV presenter, served as a keynote speaker at the “March for Science” event.

Addressing a big crowd, he said, “We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the significance of science for our health and prosperity.”

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Trump’s executive order threatens US’ disaster prevention efforts: experts say

Trump’s executive order threatens US’ disaster prevention efforts: experts say

Experts have once again warned that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently issued executive order to sweep away Obama administration’s climate change regulations could endanger efforts to build resilience to potential natural disasters.

Oxfam America’s climate change policy manager Heather Coleman and many other experts have warned that Trump’s executive order would make it harder to for government to cap global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft whizzes closely by Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft whizzes closely by Jupiter

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Juno space probe whizzed closely by Jupiter on Monday (March 27th) in its fifth flyby of the gas giant, the American space agency announced.

NASA said in a statement that its Juno spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter at 4:52 a.m. EDT or 0852 GMT, hovering just 2,700 miles above the gas giant, while traveling at a sped of around 129,000 mph or 208,000 km per hour.

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Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

In a bid to beat the United States in the race to the Moon, Russia has started recruiting cosmonauts for a new moon mission.

Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced an open contest for a team of cosmonauts for piloting the Federatsiya spacecraft which has been designed to be sent to the Moon.

Roscosmos First Deputy Chief Executive Aleksandr Ivanov told reporters, “The selection begins today and it will last till the end of the year. The results will be summarized at the end of December, and a group of six to eight trainees is to be selected.”

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Scientists get a peep into early universe

Scientists get a peep into early universe

An international team of scientists claimed to have discovered a stardust-filled galaxy dubbed A2744_YD4, which is expected to provide the scientific community with a peep into the formation of the first stars in the universe.

Led by University College London's Nicolas Laporte, the scientists observed the A2744_YD4 galaxy using the European Southern Observatory's Chile-based Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array.

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