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A Complete Guide of celestial activities to take place in 2016

A Complete Guide of celestial activities to take place in 2016

New Year is going to be extra special for sky gazers, as they will have many opportunities in 2016 to see meteors, four of the five bright planets and by the end of the first month of the year, all five planets will be present across the predawn sky.

In the morning hours of January 4, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours with 40 meteors or more passing the sky per hour in dark conditions. In mid-January, the moon, Venus and Saturn will appear alongside each other in the southeastern predawn sky.

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Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

You can expect everything from Nadine, latest social robot developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), as from humans on this job. Developed by Prof Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana.

Nadine has impressive features and looks almost like a human being with soft skin and flowing brunette hair. Her unique features include being friendly, greeting people, remembering person’s name and conversations taken place with her last time.

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Drought Threatens California’s Ecosystem

Drought Threatens California’s Ecosystem

Drought in California has led to draining of lakes, subsidizing of land and implementation of draconian water protocols. A research has revealed that between 2011 and 2015, about 58 million large trees over 3,861 square miles have suffered from water loss owing the biggest ever drought of the state. The research has been carried out by Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. The drought is resulting in trees dying due to lack of water, which in turn will lead to revolutionary changes in ecosystem.

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Data project: Analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source

Data project: Analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source

A data project has suggested that analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source both in terms of what could be revealed by them regarding different cultures in different cities and demonstrating how people want others to perceive them.

A team of data scientists, designers and researchers used facial-recognition software and gave the rank 1 to the most happy and 0 to the least happy pictures among the collected 152,462 Instagram pictures tagged around Somerset House in London during the time 7 days, 640 of which were selfies as reported by the Guardian.

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Congress wants NASA to spend $55 million to develop Deep Space Habitat by 2018

Congress wants NASA to spend $55 million to develop Deep Space Habitat by 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has planned to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2030, but there are no plans into how astronauts will set up camps in earth’s neighbor planet. It’s not NASA, but congress which took next big step towards sending humans to deep space: to create a deep space habitat.

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Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Nadine- latest humanoid receptionist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) could be considered as the rise of advanced social robots. She is truly a humanoid, as whether it is remembering your names, your previous conversations, greeting you with smile, shaking hand with you, she can do all.

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Astronomers predict bright auroras lightening up the sky on New Year

You may ring into New Year with bright auroras lightening up the sky

New Year is going to be special for one more reason as potentially there would be some natural fireworks in the upper atmosphere just in the time for 2016. What else one could wish for that sky is joining us in the New Year’s celebrations.

On Monday, December 28, a sunspot cluster erupted that lead to an M-class flare directly at earth. The extreme-ultraviolet radiation initiated an ionization event causing a radio blackout over South America, Africa and the South Atlantic Ocean.

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British Couple to bring back 2 cloned pups to UK next July

British Couple to bring back 2 cloned pups to UK next July

When it comes to love, money becomes a secondary factor. The same has turned out to be true for a British couple, who has spent more than $137,000 to clone their dead dog to have two pups. Both the pups, Chance and Shadow, were born on December 26 and 28 in Seoul, South Korea with the help of Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

Chance and Shadow have been named on characters of movie Disney’s Homeward Bound. Chance was born on Boxing Day through caesarean section but Shadow was born naturally on Monday after the dog went into early labor pain.

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RIP LS3 Robot, It Won’t Combat with US Marine Corps

RIP to LS3 Robot, It Won’t Combat with US Marine Corps

RIP to the (Legged Squad Support Systems) LS3 robot, more popularly known by its earliest nickname, BigDog. Despite of the hopes that the massive robotic mule developed by Alphabet-owned Boston Dynamics will one day work as a pack mule for US soldiers in the field, it is getting retired because of its noisy behavior. The robot was initially designed to carry cargo for weary soldiers to the field. In 2008, Boston dynamics first made the quadruped robot which was later on updated in 2010 under a $32 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).

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California’s historic drought puts forests in tremendous peril

California’s historic drought puts forests in tremendous peril

California’s historic drought taking place since 2011 has led up to 58 million large trees in the state to witness water loss than in turn could prove life threatening, finds a new research. Study researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science has unveiled that this drought is putting extreme burden on California’s forests.

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