Center of Our Galaxy is Devoid of Stellar Populations: Cepheid Desert

Recent research lead by Prof Noriyuki Matsunaga and his team of astronomers at the University of Tokyo suggest that our understanding of Milky Way Galaxy is still not complete. The team discovered that major portion of the region surrounding the center of our Galaxy is devoid of young stars, a study that contradicts the conventional thinking. In an interview covered by Universe Today, Dr. Andrea Ghez, a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, said the probability of formation of young stars at the center of the galaxy is high.…

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Controlling Lightning Bolts with Laser Beams: Protection against Lightning Strikes

An interesting research has come up where scientists have attempted in controlling lightning with lasers. Huge architectural monuments and buildings (both residential and office) till now have been protected via lightning rods, which assured the predictability of bolts striking at one place, however, the pattern for route taken still remained an unsolved issue.

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NASA’s WISE Spacecraft surfaces most lustrous Galaxy in Universe: Space Evolution

NASA’s WISE has surfaced a far-flung galaxy, which is supposed to be shining intensely with infrared light with an intensity of nearly 300 trillion suns. The extremely luminous infrared galaxy (ELIRGs) is one of the most luminous galaxies to be discovered till date. Space evolution Chao-Wei Tsai at NASA’s JPL claimed that they have been witnessing an enormous stage of evolution taking place across galaxy. They are assuming that the source of the intense light could be from the growing spout of the galaxy’s black hole. According to Professor Andrew…

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Controlling bots via Tablet: Multi-Robot System Interface

Controlling dozes of bots at the same time seems to be a Sci-Fi concept but the technology has made its presence felt within some enthusiastic segments of robo scientists. Thinking on the same line of thought, Georgia Tech’s GRITS Lab has fabricated a method of dynamically controlling huge swarms of robo minions by just using just a tablet and a finger or two probably. The idea is to rely on swarm of tiny bots by intuitive controlling than a single big robo-machine.

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Ankle Exoskeleton for increasing Walking Efficiency: Better Gas Mileage for Humans

For humans, walking and running is primarily done by ankle hence, it can be considered as the major power source. Researchers at the University of North Carolina and Carnegie Mellon University have built a device called ankle exoskeleton that could be used for stable and easier walking. The device has no batteries and is devoid of any motors and it aims towards lessening the energy cost of human walking. The weight of carbon-fiber device is around 500 grams, nearly as that of a normal loafer.

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Induction-charging Stations into Home Furnishings: Smart Homes

Say no to cable mess, especially when charging gizmos. IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer will be hitting the shelves with an innovative range of furniture that has come with induction-charging stations. It is part of their new “Home Smart” plan. Keeping in view with the futuristic appeal, now the furniture owners would seamlessly charge their smartphones wirelessly.

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Solar Power Farms scorching Birds to Death: Solar facilities to Avian Extinction

During the testing of 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada, 130 birds were caught by fire mid-air. As per the experts glow of the farm’s tower might have been the reason that have led to the attraction for the birds, however, the owners of the project said that they would devise a way of reducing such fatalities in the future.

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10 Images of ESA’s IXV Mini-Shuttle: Blasting off in February 2015

ESA’s mini shuttle is all set to launch its flight and reentry mission. With this development, Europe will set strong foundation for innovative technology that would help future reentry missions for astronauts as well as other spatial bodies. The test flight is scheduled to be held on February 11. The entire operation would last for about 100 minutes testing the critical systems using 300 embedded sensors. Following are some of the images of the ESA’s space taxi, as they call it. 1) IXV during integration at Thales Alenia Space 2)…

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