NASA to launch interdisciplinary team of scientists to find Possibility of life on other planets

NASA to launch interdisciplinary team of scientists to find Possibility of life on other planets

NASA is planning to develop a new interdisciplinary research program from where astrophysics, heliophysics, experts in earth science and planetary sciences will hunt for alien life beyond our solar system.

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science or NExSS will help NASA to better understand life that might emerge and develop around distant stars.

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MicroTugs Robots Can Drag Objects Hundreds of Times of Their Weight

MicroTugs Robots Can Drag Objects Hundreds of Times of Their Weight

It is known to every tug-of-war champion that the power to pull the rope doesn’t lie in arms, but in planting two feet firmly in the ground for leverage.

Now engineers at Stanford University applied this basic principle while they designed tiny robots, called as MicroTugs. These tiny robots have the ability to drag objects that are almost hundreds of times of their weight.

For example, a 9-gram of MicroTug can pull a 2.2-pound load vertically up glass. This will be equal to a human climbing a skyscraper while carrying an elephant.

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SpaceX’s rocket blasts off from Florida to put communication satellite into orbit for Turkmenistan

SpaceX’s rocket blasts off from Florida to put communication satellite into orbit for Turkmenistan

On Monday, privately owned California-based company SpaceX’s unmanned rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The rocket carried the Spacebus 4000 telecommunications satellite known as TurkmenAlem52E built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture of Thales SA and Finmeccanica SpA.

Monday's launch was the 18th for SpaceX, which aimed to deliver the satellite owned and operated by the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan. The satellite will give Turkmenistan its first foothold in space.

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Sea Lion Pup ends up in back of patrol car

Sea Lion Pup ends up in back of patrol car

On Wednesday, officials said that a healthy sea lion pup that was sent back to the sea by deputies after waddling a quarter-mile onshore has been staying in the waves.

Mendocino County sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten said that so far they have received no reports of him running down the street or anything.

On Sunday, deputies, who were patrolling Highway 1, just south of Fort Bragg, spotted an animal moving slowly in dark, dense fog.

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Hubble Space Telescope completes 25 years in Space

Hubble Space Telescope completes 25 years in Space

Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. The space telescope was launched on April 24, 1990. With the help of four main scientific instruments, Hubble sees not only in visible light, but also in near ultraviolet and near infrared. Scientists have been able to gain insight into quasars, determine the age of universe and discover dark energy, with the courtesy of Hubble telescope.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope, a documentary 'Hubble's Cosmic Journey' was premiered on April 20 on National Geographic Channel.

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VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piëch resigns

VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piëch resigns

After the steering committee's decision to back current CEO Martin Winterkorn over Ferdinand Piëch, VW chairman and patriarch of the Porsche family, Piëch has announced his resignation.

Piëch along with the Porsche family controls 51% of the VW Group, which is the second largest car maker in the world.

Earlier this month, Piëch was quoted as saying that he had ‘distanced’ himself from CEO Winterkorn, and has brought into public a row over the levels of profits within the VW Group, and its failure to make inroads in to the American market.

Dealers to Charge High Prices for New England Cod

Dealers to Charge High Prices for New England Cod

Catch limits for New England cod that are all set to come into effect this week on May 1 will take a big bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past.

The strict quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine will also affect the catch of other similar fish, which means that New England fishermen and seafood dealers would have a scanty supply and will charge a high price for several popular fish.

Chipotle becomes first GMO-free national fast food chain

Chipotle becomes first GMO-free national fast food chain

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said that its food is now free from genetically modified organisms (GMO). For more than two years, the major restaurant chain, which has 1,831 restaurants, has been working to eliminate ingredients made with GMOs.

These include corn, soybeans and other crops whose DNA is altered to make them pest-resistant. The company had said it had earlier expected that this would happen by the end of 2014. However, the transition took a little longer.

Just One Hour of Television daily is associated with Weight Gain in Children

Just One Hour of Television daily is associated with Weight Gain in Children

It's well known that watching television the whole day can make you couch potato. But, a latest research has revealed that just one hour of television daily is associated with weight gain in children.

Research found that in comparison to their peers who watched television for less than a hour daily, kindergartners and first-graders, watching as little as one hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obese.

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Supporters of Girl with Cancer send Video Invite to Taylor Swift

Supporters of Girl with Cancer send Video Invite to Taylor Swift

A Chicago street has been named after Emily Beazley, a young girl battling cancer, to honor her. People were present in large numbers Sunday afternoon to take the stage at 115 Bourbon Street and kids of all ages wearing clothes of Emily's favorite color purple and neon green moved their bodies on the beats of Taylor Swift song to send a video invitation.

Emily will get a chance to meet Taylor Swift at her concert in Chicago this July, but her doctors are not sure if Emily would survive till that time to realize her dream.

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