Washington, April 13 - NASA will launch the Vegetable Production System aboard SpaceX's Dragon capsule on Monday.
The plant growth chamber is going to grow lettuce inside prototype flight pillows, which will help the plants withstand zero gravity, the Verge reported.
According to NASA, red, blue, and green LEDs will help sustain the vegetables, asserting that the plant chamber can grow to 11.5 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep.
the project has now raised hopes that the chamber will eventually be used to grow a wider variety of vegetables, and even be used for recreational gardening. (ANI)
Washington, April 13 - US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to meet officials and members of the public April 22, the White House said Saturday.
Biden will underscore the strong US support for "a united, democratic Ukraine that makes its own choices about its future path", Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a statement.
New York, April 12 : You must have seen in movies robots that act and behave like human beings. That's going to happen in real life.
Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia enlisted the help of a human-friendly robot named Charlie to study the simple task of handing an object to a person.
"We hand things to other people multiple times a day and we do it seamlessly," said AJung Moon, a PhD student in the university's department of mechanical engineering.
Washington, Apr 12 : Love Cloud, a Las Vegas-based company, is now offering couples flights in a private plane so that they can fulfill their mile-high fantasies.
The flight leaves from a private hanger in Las Vegas and returns clients to the same place, Fox News reported.
For 800 dollars you get 40 minutes on the flight, but you have the option of paying for more time.
The captain will fly over the Las Vegas strip or take you over scenic spots like the Hoover Dam or Red Rock Canyon.
Washington, Apr 12 : Discovery channel will air a guy jump from the top of Mount Everest live next month.
Joby Ogwyn's wing-suit leap from the world's highest peak will broadcast five nights of live programs from his base camp in the lead-up to the stunt, Deadline Hollywood reported.
Hosted by Kyle Martino and Chris Jacobs, Everest: Live From Base Camp will offer behind-the-scenes looks at what Discovery calls "the most challenging and complicated live broadcast ever attempted."
Washington, Apr 12 : A new survey has found that 61 percent of US teens have iPhones, up from 48 percent last year.
It's also almost double the percentage from two years ago, CNet reported.
Piper Jaffray's Taking Stock With Teens report for spring 2014 reveals about the drift from Facebook that many see and hope continues.
However, the figures also showed what appears to be a peculiar commitment to Apple.
Of these respondents, 61 percent owned an iPhone; 67 percent expect their next phone to be an iPhone.
The surveyors this year talked to 7,500 teens, whose average age was 16.4. Most were from families whose household income was $55,000.
Washington, Apr 12 : Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin reportedly announced recently that the country planned on establishing a permanent area of operations on the moon.
Rogozin said that since Russia is going to come to the moon forever, it didn't make much sense to keep making trips back and forth.
Explaining to government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Rogozin said that Moscow will plan on establishing a permanent base on the moon, which could mean that as its sole human occupants they'd essentially be in control up there, The Huffington Post reported.
Washington, Apr 12 - Candidates for a Nobel prize often have to wait more than 20 years in order to receive this highest of scientific accolades.
According to a Correspondence by Santo Fortunato of Aalto University in Finland and colleagues, such nail-biting delays are becoming the norm - to the point that aspiring laureates may themselves have expired by the time the medal is due to be presented.
Washington, Apr 12 : The second government requests report by Facebook now reportedly includes data on its photo-sharing app Instagram.
The report includes data on government requests to receive data about Instagram accounts and to restrict access to its content, PC World reports.
The report added that Facebook receives government reports according to country's laws over online sharing.
If Facebook also determines that the flagged content violates its own standards, it removes the content globally.
Washington, Apr 12 : A content distribution network has reportedly revealed that the Heartbleed bug may not be as dangerous as thought because with two weeks of testing the company has been unable to successfully access private keys with the bug.
CloudFare reportedly revealed that Heartbleed might not allow access to a website's private SSL keys, the key to the green lock that secures data sent to users.
According to the Verge, a researcher said that if the Heartbleed bug could possible attack and retrieve private keys then it is at a 'minimum very hard' adding that it might in face be impossible.
Washington, Apr 12 : India is the worst offender of the local law as Facebook for the first time revealed how often countries had content removed from the site on grounds that it violates the law.
The social network, which has released its second global government transparency report, covering period between July and December of last year, reportedly ranks India as the worst offender of local law with 4,765 content restrictions.
According to the Verge, the social network said that most of the content restrictions are related to laws, which prohibit criticism of a religion or state.
Washington, April 12 - The strange “glow” spotted on the Red Planet by Curiosity is not a sign of life. It is either a shiny rock or a glitch in the rover’s camera, NASA has said.
UFO blogger Scott Waring had claimed that the new photograph taken by the rover suggests there are intelligent creatures living underground.
However, NASA said it has now investigated the image, and found it is simply a trick of light.
“One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun,” a NASA spokesperson was quoted as saying by mailonline. uk.
Washington, Apr 12 : An analysis of temperature data since 1500 rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth's climate.
The study, by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy, represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
New York, April 12 - In what could aid cancer treatment research in a big way, scientists have now made a tumour-like lump of cancer cells using 3D printing technology.
This lump shows a greater resemblance to natural cancer than do the two-dimensional cultured cells grown in a lab dish, according to researchers.
“With further understanding of these 3D models, we can use them to study the development, invasion, metastasis and treatment of cancer using specific cancer cells from patients,” said researcher Wei Sun, a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
“We can also use these models to test the efficacy and safety of new cancer treatment therapies and new cancer drugs,” said Wei.
Washington, Apr 12 : Pope Francis has reportedly asked for forgiveness for the evil acts committed by pedophile priests.
He said that he felt compelled to personally take on the evil which some priests had committed against children, the BBC reported.
The Pope said that the abuse was a moral damage carried out by men of the Church and that sanctions would be imposed.
He said that the number of priests who committed such evil acts were quite a few in number, although obviously not compared to the number of all the priests.