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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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China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

Chinese scientists are working on an advanced new spaceship that would be capable of flying in low-Earth orbit as well as landing on the Moon, state media reported.

Zhang Bainan, the China Aerospace Science & Technology Cooperation’s chief designer of manned spacecraft, told reporters that the new spacecraft would be able to operate in both low orbit of Earth and Moon landing missions.

The Asian country lagged behind for nearly four decades in the field of first-generation manned spacecraft, but Zhang claimed that the country’s new spacecraft would be very competitive.

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Scientists hope JWST will help detect alien life on exoplanets

Scientists hope JWST will help detect alien life on exoplanets

Scientists searching for alien life hope that an upcoming megatelescope could reveal whether any of the recently discovered 7 Earth-size planets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system have life-supporting atmospheres.

Scheduled to be launched in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be sensitive enough to detect or identify the chemical components of the exoplanets' atmospheres as these planets will be passing in front of their host star.

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