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Become Risk-Sharing Partners With Us, ISRO Tells Industry

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Bangalore, India (PTI) Aug 26, 2010
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants the industry, which already accounts for 60 per cent of its budget, to become a risk-sharing partner as the country's space programme gets bigger and into the fast-track. Delivering the keynote address at Bengaluru Space Expo 2010 here, a four-day exhibition focusing on space, satellites and its technologies, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan ur

How The First Super-Massive Black Holes Were Born

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Columbus OH (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
Astronomers believe they have discovered the origin of our universe's first super-massive black holes, which formed some 13 billion years ago. The discovery fills in a missing chapter of our universe's early history, and could help write the next chapter - in which scientists better understand how gravity and dark matter formed the universe as we know it. In the journal Nature, Ohio State

Space Expo Begins In India's Tech Hub

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Bangalore CA (PTI) Aug 26, 2010
The second international space exhibition and conference began here Wednesday with global space agencies and vendors showcasing their latest technologies, products and services. Organised by the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the four-day Bengaluru Space Expo 2010 focuses on commercialisation of space, remote sensing and

Katrina Retrospective: 5 Years After The Storm

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
In early August 2005, Katrina was just a name. By September, it had become synonymous with the costliest and one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in U.S. history. Five years later, NASA is revisiting Hurricane Katrina with a short video that shows the storm as captured by NASA satellites. NASA provides space-based satellite observations, field research missions, and computer climate mode

The Mutating Mars Hoax

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
It spreads, it mutates, it refuses to die. For the seventh year in a row, the Mars Hoax is infecting email boxes around the world. Passed from one reader to another, the message states that on August 27th Mars will approach Earth and swell to the size of a full Moon. "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN," the email declares--always in caps. News flash: It's not true. Here are

DLR Develops Custom Flight Control System For SHEFEX II

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
Unlike its predecessor, the experimental sharp-edged spacecraft SHEFEX II (SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment) will be actively controlled during its re-entry into the atmosphere. The German Aerospace Center has developed a custom aerodynamic flight control system for SHEFEX II, which will be used to control the craft as it returns to Earth. At the heart of the canard control system, developed b

First mega black holes were born soon after 'Big Bang'

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
The first "supermassive" black holes were created relatively soon after the Big Bang that created the Universe, a finding which could rewrite theories about the formation of galaxies, scientists said on Wednesday. Ordinary black holes are entities of mass whose gravitational pull is so huge that not even light can escape them. But they are dwarfs compared to so-called supermassive black

Space detector prepares to scour universe for secrets

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Geneva (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
A huge physics detector that will scour outer space for clues to the origins of the universe began the first stage of its voyage to the International Space Station at Geneva airport on Wednesday. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) loaded the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) onto a giant C5 Galaxy US military transport plane, which will fly it to the Kennedy Space Centre i

NASA prepares for asteroid rendezvous

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Aug 24, 2010
NASA is getting ready for its Dawn spacecraft's encounter with a giant asteroid, set to happen in less than a year, the agency said. Dawn will conduct a detailed study as it spends a year circling the asteroid Vesta, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a body in the solar system's asteroid belt, SPACE.com reported Tuesday. There have been previous missions to asteroids, but sc

Astronauts' brains 'tricked' for training

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Houston (UPI) Aug 24, 2010
U.S. scientists say they can trick the brains of astronauts to simulate the dizzying effects experienced when returning to Earth after a long period in space. A research group at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute has developed a Galvanic vestibular stimulation system that safely induces the sensory and mobility disturbances commonly experienced by astronauts returning to

Ready for 'Danes in Space'?

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Aug 24, 2010
Astronauts, cosmonauts and even Chinese Sinonauts may soon have company in space, two Denmark engineers say - so get ready for the Danonauts. Self-employed engineers Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen are preparing a test launch their hand-built Hybrid Exo Atmospheric Transporter, or HEAT 4 rocket, from a barge off the wind-swept Danish island of Bornholm before mid-September, Brit

US grants licenses for radar equipment sales to Taiwan

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Washington (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
US President Barack Obama administration says it has granted export licenses to US firms selling radar equipment to Taiwan in a move that could irk China. Beijing angrily halted military and security contacts with Washington when the United States announced in January an arms package for Taiwan that included missiles, helicopters and equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets. "We have not

Astronomers bag biggest harvest of exoplanets

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Paris (AFP) Aug 24, 2010
European astronomers on Tuesday said they had found a distant star orbited by at least five planets in the biggest discovery of so-called exoplanets since the first was logged 15 years ago. The star is similar to our Sun and its planetary lineup has an intriguing parallel with own Solar System, although no clue has so far been found to suggest it could be a home from home, they said. The

Cracks in computer defenses abound: IBM

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
IBM on Wednesday reported that the number of discovered cracks that hackers could exploit in computer software surged in the first half of the year. The number of new "vulnerabilities" documented by an X-Force Research and Development team at IBM increased 36 percent to 4,396 from the same period last year and more than half lacked patches to fix the flaws. "This year's X-Force report re

US aided Moldova as it cracked nuclear smuggling

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Washington (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
The United States said Wednesday it gave technical assistance to Moldovan authorities over the seizure of a quantity of the radioactive substance Uranium-238 from suspected traffickers. "We congratulate the Moldovan Ministry of Interior for its work in thwarting what was a serious smuggling attempt," Mark Toner, a US State Department spokesman, told reporters. "And we did, in this case,

Russia has deployed S-300 missiles in South Ossetia: Tbilisi

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Tbilisi (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
Georgia accused arch-rival Russia on Wednesday of deploying sophisticated S-300 missile defence systems in a second breakaway Georgian region, South Ossetia, as well as Abkhazia. Moscow, which earlier this month announced it had placed S-300s in Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region, denied that the surface-to-air missiles had also been deployed in South Ossetia. "Although Russia is not saying

British bacteria are hardy space travelers

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
London (UPI) Aug 23, 2010
Bacteria from cliffs on the south coast of England have proved themselves hardy astronauts, surviving a year and a half as space travelers, researchers say. Taken from the cliffs near the small fishing village of Beer in Devon, the bacteria were placed on the outside of the International Space Station to see how they would deal with harsh conditions in Earth orbit, the BBC reported.

China launches mapping satellite

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Beijing (UPI) Aug 24, 2010
China launched an Earth mapping satellite into polar orbit Tuesday, official Chinese media outlets said. The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Tianhui 1 satellite entered orbit more than 300 miles above Earth after launch atop a Long March 2D booster, SPACE.com reported. The launch of the 13-story booster took place at the Jiuquan space facility near the border of northern Ch

Toshiba to sell launch first 3D TV without glasses: report

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2010
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world's first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday. Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various an

SETI search may be seeking wrong target

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Santa Clara, Calif. (UPI) Aug 23, 2010
The search for extraterrestrial life might have more luck listening for sentient machines than for sentient beings, a prominent researcher in the field says. SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has until now sought radio signals from worlds like Earth, but lead SETI astronomer Seth Shostak argues the time between aliens developing radio technology and moving on to artifi