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New heat-storage material may end your winter blues

New heat-storage material may end your winter blues

In what may be a solution for your cold-weather woes, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), through a new heat-storing material, claim to have prepared a dress that could release heat to keep you warm during the winter months.

The heat could be stored by the newly developed dress material, a transparent polymer film, which can capture solar energy and then release it at a later stage triggered by different stimuli.

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Humans Pushing the planet into a New Geological Epoch

Humans Pushing the planet into a New Geological Epoch

A report prepared by 24 geologists was released on Thursday and revealed a revolutionary judgment by geologists. They believe Earth has been modified to such a great extent by humans that its outcomes will be evident in the present as well as future geological records.

The report proposed that it’s time that we take into consideration the fact that Earth has entered a new geologic epoch, known as Anthropocene. The new epoch started around 1945-64.

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Weather could make it bit more difficult to view today’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Weather may make it bit more difficult to view today’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Sky gazers please note that the Quadrantid meteor shower, the first of 2016, is tonight. This meteor shower is known for putting up a bright slow like Perseid and Geminid showers. But this time, experts have warned that it is bit tricky to have the shooting stars falling at a rate of 50 per hour, but effort is worth making.

Certain things that make the Quadrantid meteor a unique one is that it is the first meteor shower of the year. Another thing is this meteor shower is not the result of debris from any normal comet burning up in the atmosphere.

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Space X maintains secrecy over where it would display its much-famed Falcon 9 rocket stage

Space X maintains secrecy over where it would display its much-famed Falcon 9 rocket stage

Space X’s decision to turn Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage that made a historic landing last month as a display has raised a question for the company as to what made take this decision. On December 21 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space X has now given the historic landing of its Falcon 9 rocket.

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Periodic table’s seventh row completed with man-made four new chemical elements

Periodic table’s seventh row gets complete with man-made four new chemical elements

After complete verification by scientists in Russia, America and Japan, periodic table’s seventh row has been finally completed with the addition of four new elements. Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements make science textbooks around the world go out of date.

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Archaeologists Find 150-Year-Old Road

Archaeologists Find 150-Year-Old Road

Maps provided by the Environment Agency (EA) have helped a team of amateur archaeologists to find an old Roman road in the northwest countryside of England. The maps are often used to determine the risk for floods in the areas. The EA has been using the technology of creating maps by laser scanners fitted over the aircraft. The technology has been utilized over decades to map the landscape of England.

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US laboratory printing high-temperature, high-strength 3D ceramic parts

A latest development could have huge benefits for aviation. A US laboratory has started printing high-temperature, high-strength 3D ceramic parts. A company in California, HRL Laboratories has utilized a resin that is 3D printed in the required size and shape. They fired it with a motive to convert it into a ceramic, capable of withstanding temperatures up to 1,700 degrees Celsius while maintaining crucial strength.

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Carpenter Ant Colonies in Florida Exhibit Pronounced Differences in Social Behavior

-Carpenter Ant Colonies in Florida Exhibit Pronounced Differences in Social Behavior

Not all, but little of you must have heard of the word Epigenetics, which means the study of stable, or persistent, changes in gene expression that occur without changes in DNA sequence. Epigenetic regulation has been observed to affect a variety of distinct traits in animals, including body size, aging, and behavior. In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that carpenter ant colonies in Florida exhibit pronounced differences in social behavior throughout their lives.

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Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

A team of astronomers claimed to have developed a new tool to find habitable planets in other solar systems by measuring the surface gravity of the stars that are too distant to be studied with conventional methods.

Astronomers have already identified at least a dozen “Goldilocks” planets in other solar systems that are neither too hot nor too cold, but just right to support life. But a planet’s likelihood to support life depends on its star’s properties. Determining the star’s surface gravity can suggest the size and other details of the planets in its system.

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Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

The imminent Quadrantid meteor shower, the annual cascade of shooting stars produced by the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1, will be a stunner, astronomers predicted.

According to U.S. space agency NASA, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 4, 2016, as the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1 will enter Earth’s atmosphere.

Usually, the Quadrantids take place in early January and peak around Jan. 3 or 4, producing up to 100 or even more shooting stars per hour. It is the first major annual meteor shower of the year.

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