Washington D.C, Oct 9 - Wet paleoclimate of Mars has been revealed by ancient lakes at Gale Crater.
In a recent paper, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team presents recent results of its quest to not just follow the water but to understand where it came from, and how long it lasted on the surface of Mars so long ago.
The story that has unfolded is a wet one: Mars appears to have had a more massive atmosphere billions of years ago than it does today, with an active hydrosphere capable of storing water in long-lived lakes.
The MSL team has concluded that this water helped to fill Gale Crater, the MSL rover Curiosity's landing site, with sediment deposited as layers that formed the foundation for the mountain found in the middle of the crater today.
Washington D.C, Oct 9 - With the discovery of 125-million-year-old fossil, a new study has tried to answer whether prehistoric birds could actually take to the air and fly.
Some of the most ancient birds were capable of performing aerodynamic feats in a manner similar to many living birds, according to the University of Bristol study.
Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: the earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is now southern Germany. This new fossil preserves not only the articulated bones of the forelimb but also abundant remains of the plumage and of the soft-tissues of the wing.
Washington D.C, Oct 9 - A novel robotic finger that looks and feels lifelike has been designed.
Researcher Erik Engeberg described how he has developed and tested this robotic finger using shape memory alloy (SMA), a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer, and a unique thermal training technique.
Researchers have been able to thermomechanically train our robotic finger to mimic the motions of a human finger like flexion and extension, said Engeberg, adding that because of its light weight, dexterity and strength, the robotic design offers tremendous advantages over traditional mechanisms, and could ultimately be adapted for use as a prosthetic device, such as on a prosthetic hand.
Vandenberg air force base : A rocket carrying a secret payload for the US government has successfully launched from the central California coast.
The Atlas V rocket lit up the sky at 5:49 a.M. Today, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base toward low-Earth orbit.
The rocket carried a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation's system of intelligence-gathering satellites. The agency hasn't released any details about the payload.
The rocket also carried 13 research nanosatellites for NASA and the NRO. Students, including some from Native American tribes, took part in designing and building the tiny satellites known as CubeSats.
Today's launch was the 58th Atlas V mission since the rocket's inaugural takeoff in 2002. (PTI)
Washington : The US is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, the White House said today reaffirming its position that it favours peaceful resolution of territorial conflicts.
The Obama administration is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
"We certainly make no claim on any territory in that region of the world, but we are actively engaged in encouraging all sides who have a difference of opinion about those territorial claims to resolve them peacefully and through diplomacy to ensure that the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce continues uninhibited," he said.
Washington: In a first of its kind development, a top American commander in Afghanistan recently visited India to hold talks with senior Indian leadership on the country's role in the war-torn Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan and China.
Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Campbell told members of the House Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing yesterday that he travelled to New Delhi to discuss Afghanistan's situation with Indian leaders.
"I did have the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to go to India to talk to some of the senior leadership in India to talk about Afghanistan, how they're tied in with Afghanistan," Campbell said.
Washington : India's top automobile company Mahindra & Mahindra will host its fifth national dealer meeting in the US' Kansas City to celebrate the firm's rapid growth in North America.
The three-day event, to be held late this month, will bring more than 1,500 attendees from all over the world and is expected to generate USD seven million for the economy of Kansas City, a media release said yesterday.
It will showcase Mahindra's 2016 tractor and utility vehicle lineup and several high profile guests to help celebrate the company's rapid growth in North America. "The 2015 NDM will be a pinnacle event, celebrating Mahindra's rapid growth in North America," said Mani Iyer, president Mahindra.
Washington: The US has warned its nationals against traveling to Nepal citing concern about recent incidents of violence in the earthquake-ravaged country which might affect its tourism sector.
"While the frequency and severity of aftershocks have greatly diminished, the possibility of earthquakes or aftershocks continues. The overall effect of the initial earthquake and its aftershocks varied greatly across the country," the US State Department yesterday said in a travel advisory.
"Areas close to the epicenters suffered significant damage, while other areas in the country were nearly unaffected," the advisory said.
Washington D.C., Oct.8 - Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday by playing a ice hockey match with NHL stars.
The 63-year-old president scored seven goals as his team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10, TMZ reports.
The opposing team included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as well as Putin's close pals' tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg.
Putin was rewarded with a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia. (ANI)
Washington D.C, Oct 8 - A team of researchers have come up with a 'psychic robot' that knows what you really meant to do.
Bioengineers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a mathematical algorithm that can "see" your intention while performing an ordinary action like reaching for a cup or driving straight up a road, even if the action is interrupted.
"Say you're reaching for a piece of paper and your hand is bumped mid-reach -- your eyes take time to adjust; your nerves take time to process what has happened; your brain takes time to process what has happened and even more time to get a new signal to your hand," said first author Justin Horowitz.
Washington D.C, Oct 7 - Researchers have discovered clues on how giraffe's neck evolved.
Scientists have long theorized that the long neck of modern-day giraffes evolved to enable them to find more vegetation or to develop a specialized method of fighting.
A new study of fossil cervical vertebrae reveals the evolution likely occurred in several stages as one of the animal's neck vertebrae stretched first toward the head and then toward the tail a few million years later.
The study's authors say the research shows, for the first time, the specifics of the evolutionary transformation in extinct species within the giraffe family.
Washington D.C., Oct 7 - German car manufacturer Volkswagen will initiate the largest recall in its company history in January, following the emissions scandal that knocked 25 billion dollars from its market value.
According to The Verge, Muller said that if everything went as planned, the company would start recalling affected vehicles in Europe in January next year.
Muller believes all the cars would be fixed by the end of 2016.
However, a spokesperson for Volkswagen America said that Muller's statement was only in reference to cars sold in the European Union.
Roughly 488,000 out of 11 million diesel-powered vehicles affected worldwide are in the US. (ANI)
Washington D.C, Oct 7 - A newly developed nonsurgical method to deliver long-term contraception to both male and female animals with a single shot his could be the Holy Grail for animal population control.
The Caltech biologists' technique, so far used only in mice, holds promise as an alternative to spaying and neutering feral animals.
Washington : The state of Texas has executed a death row inmate convicted of fatally shooting a man in 1998, after robbing his victim of eight dollars.
Juan Garcia, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm local time, a prison system spokeswoman told AFP. He was put to death by lethal injection.
Garcia, who was a teenager at the time of the murder, previously had sought clemency over mental health issues, but filed no appeal yesterday.
Prison officials said that Garcia's final remarks were, in part: "The harm that I did to your dad and husband, I hope this brings you closure to all of you. I never wanted to hurt any of you." He was the 11th person put to death this year in Texas, the US state with the greatest number of executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Washington D.C, Oct 7 - The 3D billboard that was present in the 1980s sci-fi classic 'Back to the Future Part II,' may actually exist in a few short years as scientists have created a new prototype for a 3-D display which can be used without 3-D glasses.
Flying cars, hoverboards and video chat - a very futuristic vision for the year 2015 was presented in the movie that was released in 1989. Now, shortly before "Back to the Future Day" on October 21st, 2015, it is time to check whether reality has indeed kept up with the daring predictions of the 80s.
One of the technological innovations presented in this film was a huge 3D display. As far as this invention is concerned, Hollywood was almost right. Such displays will soon be possible.
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