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‘Spare The Air Alert’ issued for Bay Area for 24 hours

‘Spare The Air Alert’ issued for Bay Area for 24 hours

In a bid to contain rising levels of air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) on Friday issued a “Spare the Air Alert” for the entire area for Saturday.

Bay Area residents will not be able to burn wood or any other solid fuel like manufactured fire logs for 24 hours, neither in their homes not outside. BAAQMD officials noted that air pollution from wood smoke poses a significant risk to residents’ health.

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New Way to measure gravity on distant stars suggested by UBC Researchers

New Way to measure gravity on distant stars suggested by UBC Researchers

Researchers have devised a new technique of measuring gravitational pull at the surface of a distant star. The gravity related data is important in ascertaining the presence of life on planets that orbit the star. The interesting research project was led by University of Vienna's Thomas Kallinger. Researchers from University of British Columbia and astronomers from France, Australia and Germany were also part of the research team.

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Social robot’ Nadine can converse with people, adapt their responses and remember previous conversations

Social robot’ Nadine can converse with people, adapt their responses and remember previous conversations

There is a terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ called Nadine that looks and acts like its owner. Nadine sits behind the welcome desk at a Singapore university as a receptionist and is causing a stir. The robot has mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted sideways.

It very well remembers what you talked about last time she saw you and greets you saying a friendly hello. However, there is something odd about Nadine. She is among the latest in a line of so-called ‘social robots’, having personalities and emotions of their own.

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New 3-D Printing Technique to Create Ceramics could help build Next-Gen Spaceships

New 3-D Printing Technique to Create Ceramics could help build Next-Gen Spaceships

From past long time engineers have liked ceramic parts for the strong, light weight and better heat handle properties. Ceramic is ideal for crafting parts of airplanes and rockets and is used in making heat-shielding tiles on the space shuttle. As per the new report, researchers have used a 3-D printer to make customized ceramic parts that have also overcome the Achilles’ heel of ceramic objects: their tendency to crack. The findings could help create a new class of ceramic-body or ceramic-engine jets, perhaps even a hypersonic craft that can fly from New York to Tokyo in a few hours.

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Quadrantid meteor shower expected to peak on January 4

Quadrantid meteor shower expected to peak on January 4

In what would be the first celestial event to be seen in the New Year, the annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours on January 4. Scientists have suggested sky-watchers to observe this meteor shower from midnight and on through to sunrise on Monday morning so as to have the best view.

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First Spare the Air Day of the Season for Saturday Bans Bay Area Residents from Burning Wood

First Spare the Air Day of the Season for Saturday Bans Bay Area Residents from Burning Wood

Since the light winds in the Bay area are expected to contribute to unhealthy air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the season’s first winter Spare the Air alert for Saturday. The alert bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours. With the increase in the field of science and technology, new industries are being developed that contribute a lot in the cause of global warming and air pollution.

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Space X Falcon 9 to be put on display though it is could fly again: Musk

Space X Falcon 9 to be put on display though it is could fly again: Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday posted a photo of the Falcon 9 rocket that has registered success in landing back on earth after launching a payload of satellites into orbit that was back at its hanger at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Musk affirmed that the rocket is in good shape and ready to fire all again. He did not find any damage after the landing. The successful landing is considered to be a remarkable feat that could one day lead to the start of an era of reusable rockets and further lead to cost effective flights.

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Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Not only humans are welcoming New Year’s eve, our mother nature too is celebrating the New Year and welcoming 2016. Do you gain interest in watching planets and stars? If yes, then 2016 Year is bringing something special for them. It has been reported that hundreds of meteors will dance across the night sky on the New Year ’s Eve. Early mornings will offer a view of Earth's five closest neighbors, appearing as tiny lights in the predawn darkness in the month of February.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket Again

Elon Musk: SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket Again

Since after the successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket, CEO of the company, Elon Musk, recently announced that Space X Falcon 9 rocket is ready to launch again. Last month, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket travelled all the way to outer space and made its way back to Earth and landed successfully on Cape Canaveral. Just before the beginning of the New Year, Elon Musk posted the pic on the social website showing Falcon 9 rocket hanging on its hanger with a caption: ‘no damaget found…ready to fire again’.

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Comet Catalina to Appear In Pre-Dawn Sky

Comet Catalina to Appear In Pre-Dawn Sky

NASA has reported that Comet Catalina has visited the inner part of our solar system for the first time and will be visible in the sky before the dawn of January 1, 2016. The comet is officially known as C/2013 US10 and after its short visibility in sky, it will permanently return to the outer space. The comet was named after the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The survey was funded by NASA and the comet was detected on October 31st, 2013.

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