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U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully put the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite (SBIRS Geo-3) in high orbit, on its way to a surveillance post more than 22,000 miles above Earth’s surface.

The Atlas V rocket took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:42 p.m. ET on Friday, and dropped off the missile detection and early warning satellite in orbit 44 minutes later.

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NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has released a video depicting what a landing on the distant dwarf planet of Pluto would look like.

The renowned space agency created the video using more than one hundred images taken by its New Horizons spacecraft six weeks of its approach and close flyby the dwarf planet in summer 2015.

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New study suggests what causes mysterious fairy circles in Namib Desert

New study suggests what causes mysterious fairy circles in Namib Desert

The Namib Desert’s fairy circles, mysterious bare soil spots can be seen dotting the grasslands across 1,500 miles of the desert, are really well-coordinated as well as intelligent in design. These circles are also known for cropping up suddenly.

Scientists have long been struggling to determine what natural process causes these fairy circles, as factors like meteorite impact and huge raindrops have already been ruled out.

Primates facing extinction: researchers warn

Primates facing extinction: researchers warn

The future for primates like gorillas and chimps looks extremely gloomy unless humans make substantial shifts in their current behavior, according to a new research.

The new researcher revealed that nearly 60 per cent of the 504 species of primates are facing extinction. Three-quarters of the mankind’s closest biological relatives have suffered decline populations over the past few decades.

Mysterious gravity wave spotted in atmosphere of Venus

Mysterious gravity wave spotted in atmosphere of Venus

Scientists became baffled after a Japanese spacecraft spotted a huge gravity wave in the upper atmosphere of Venus, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

The discovery of the 10,000-kilometer or 6,214-mile gravity wave on Venus’s upper atmosphere baffled scientists because it’s staying so still even above the planet’s surface. Clouds in Venus’ that region typically move at a sped of around 100 meters per second, but this cloud is stationary compared to the rotation of the planet.

Video of ‘Mr. Humpback’ alligator goes viral

Video of ‘Mr. Humpback’ alligator goes viral

A short video of a gigantic alligator strolling across a grassy trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland has drawn worldwide gasps.

The 30-second video was shot by Kim Joiner on Sunday at the county environmental reserve, which is quite popular among nature lovers who visit the reserve to see birds and other wildlife. The wild creature seen in the footage is a 12-foot-long bull alligator nicknamed “Mr. Humpback” by visitors.

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Opposition stalls end of protections for Yellowstone grizzly

Opposition stalls end of protections for Yellowstone grizzly

Opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes and wildlife conservation groups is discouraging federal officials from going ahead with their plans to end protections for hundreds of grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) had planned to finalize their decision to lift protections for nearly 700 grizzly bears by the end of 2016, but FWS Assistant Regional Director Michael Thabault recently announced that said it could take the agency at least six more months to finalize its decision.

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Researchers discover why killer whales go through menopause

Researchers discover why killer whales go through menopause

A new study by an international team of researchers has suggested that conflicts between mother and daughter killer whales may elucidate why the females of the species go through menopause.

The researchers sifted through more than forty years of data on killer whales in the northwest Pacific, and found that younger females are more likely to reproduce than their older counterparts.

They discovered that the trend discourages mother killer whales from reproduction, making them more focused on raising their younger members of their families instead.

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Researchers discover human-like vowel sounds in baboons’ calls

Researchers discover human-like vowel sounds in baboons’ calls

The origin of human speech could reach back as many as 25 million years as researchers have discovered distinct human-like vowel sounds in the grunts and mating calls of non-human primates Guinea baboons.

Led by Grenoble Alpes University’s Dr. Louis-Jean Boe, a team of experts studied the acoustics of a total of 1,335 baboon sounds as well as the animals’ tongue anatomy.

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Physicists successfully cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

Physicists successfully cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

A team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) claimed to have cooled a microscopic mechanical drum, a vibrating aluminum membrane, to a temperature lower than what formerly was thought possible, below the “quantum limit.”

The researchers showed that the ‘absolute zero’ is not just cold, it is only still because at this point the motion of the atoms or the building blocks of an object stops completely, and the object is left with no energy to give.

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