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    Space rock twice the size of Big Ben to skim past Earth

    Washington, Jan 20 : NASA is closely monitoring an asteroid with an estimated diameter of about 755 feet -- larger than the Golden Gate Bridge tower or more than twice the height of London's Big Ben -- that is currently heading towards Earth and is expected to skim past the planet on Monday. Flying towards the planet at a speed of over 61,500 miles per hour, the Near-Earth Object (NEO)...

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    Thar's friend: Meet tiny melon kachri

    It's the quintessential multiutility food. On the surface, the small brown, green and yellow melon with striations resembles a fruit. But people mostly use kachri as a vegetable or convert it into a traditional spice that adds tanginess to Rajasthani cuisine. Strolling through farmlands in the state, one can easily find the vines of kachri or Cucumis callosus snaking along roadsides or amid crops....

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    Adorable potroo on the brink of extinction as Australian bushfires destroy 6 million hectares of its habitat

    An estimated 99% of the area burned in the devastating Australian fires is a potential habitat for at least one nationally listed threatened species. Accordingly, about six million hectares of threatened species habitat has been burned, say researchers from multiple institutions in Australia."To delve deeper into the conservation...

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    SpaceX in 'perfect' test of Crew Dragon emergency abort system

    Washington: SpaceX successfully tested its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft moments after launch Sunday, according to a live broadcast of the event, the last major test before it plans to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. “As far as we can tell thus far it was a picture-perfect mission,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk told reporters. He added that...

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    SpaceX astronaut capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test

    Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from US soil. A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule carrying two test dummies splashed down off the coast of Florida after ejecting itself from a rocket that cut off its engines 12...

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    What is single-use plastic and why China plans to ban it by 2025

    China, which is one of the world's biggest users of plastic, has unveiled a major plan to cut the production and use of single-use plastic over the next five years in a bid to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems. According to China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), non-degradable plastic bags will be banned in supermarkets and shopping malls...

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    Coronavirus: New disease spreading in Asia revives SARS fears

    Paris: A mysterious SARS-like virus has spread around China with more than 200 diagnosed cases in the cities of Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen, plus two people infected in Thailand and another case confirmed in Japan. Here are a few key points about coronavirus. What's a coronavirus? The UN's health agency says the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan is a never-before-seen strain...

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    Study cautions about the use of designer receptors to control the brain

    A small depression in the football field, invisible to the eye due to levelled grass, may have given you a foot twist twice. The third time, however, you evade it like a charm because your brain has been constructing a map of the field and alerts you about the danger. Tiny cells called neurons, with their long tails and fibrous fingers, link together to form pathways within...

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    SpaceX In 'Perfect' Test Of Crew Dragon Emergency Abort System

    SpaceX successfully tested its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft moments after launch Sunday, according to a live broadcast of the event, the last major test before it plans to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. “As far as we can tell thus far it was a picture-perfect mission,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk told reporters. He added that the first...

    • 5 hrs ago

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