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Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

A series of experiments by the International Potato Center (CIP) has revealed that potatoes can grow under atmospheric conditions of Mars, the Red Planet where scientists are trying to establish human colonies.

CIP researchers successfully grew potatoes in simulated Martian conditions. In the second phase of the experiment, which started on Feb. 14 last year, the researchers planted a tuber in an especially designed and constructed CubeSat.

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Two People Hospitalized After Drinking Tea from Chinatown Herbalist

Two People Hospitalized After Drinking Tea from Chinatown Herbalist

Two people in San Francisco have been hospitalized after they drank herbal tea supplied by a Chinatown herbalist. The tea was possibly having plant-based toxin Aconite as per report of the Department of Public Health. The tea was sold by Sun Wing Wo Trading Company. Both the patients have been termed as critical by hospital staff.

A San Francisco man, 50, and a woman age 30, have grew weak after drinking tea. Both the patients fell ill within an hour of drinking herbal tea. Their condition deteriorated and they had to be admitted for intensive medical care.

San Diego-Los Angeles fault could cause 7.4-magnitude quake: Study

San Diego-Los Angeles fault could cause 7.4-magnitude quake: scientists warn

Scientists have identified a new fault system spanning from San Diego to Los Angeles that can cause an earthquake of up to 7.4-magnitude, according to a newly-published study.

A team of scientists from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography re-characterized the Newport-Inglewood Fault and Rose Canyon Fault, saying the two faults represent a single system.

The massive fault system, which was previously considered as two separate faults, runs from San Diego Bay to Seal Beach, Orange County, and finally moves on the shore to the Los Angeles Basin.

Male contraceptive gel found effective at preventing pregnancy

Male contraceptive gel found effective at preventing pregnancy

An experimental gel injected into the sperm ducts of primates has been found effective at preventing pregnancy, a development that has brought the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for male humans closer.

A number of birth control options already exist for women, but men have to go under the knife for family planning. Thus, scientists around the globe are trying hard to find a way to provide men with an effective non-surgical, reversible contraceptive.

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Google Selling Terra Bella Satellite Imaging Business to Planet Labs

Google Selling Terra Bella Satellite Imaging Business to Planet Labs

Google’s parent company Alphabet is selling its Terra Bella satellite imaging business to earth-imaging company Planet Labs. Planet Labs offers satellite imagery for many projects in agriculture, ecological research and other mapping related projects. Terra Bella was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million and the business was earlier named as SkyBox. Both the companies have confirmed the news about sale of Terra Bella but the amount of transaction has not been disclosed yet. Terra Bella currently collects data using its seven SkySat satellites.

California Sets Ambitious Target of 40% Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2030

California Sets Ambitious Target of 40% Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2030

California has set an ambitious target of 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by year 2030 aiming at doing its bit for saving the climate. While President Donald Trump has termed climate change and global warming as a fake issue created by China, lawmakers in California have different opinion about the issue. Government across the world are trying to figure out ways to deal with global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the major tasks. California has been working hard in implementing rules that could help climate.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base this Saturday, marking the booster’s return to flight for the first time since early September.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 09:54 p.m. local time (17:54 GMT). The private-sector space firm had planned to get its first Falcon of 2017 up and away around a week ago, but adverse weather conditions made that impossible. According to the NWS, Saturday’s forecast appears far more favorable.

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Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Aiming to Take on iPhone with Feature-rich Smartphone

Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Aiming to Take on iPhone with Feature-rich Smartphone

Former Android Chief Andy Rubin is about to make a comeback on technology scene with a new smartphone competing with high end iPhone from Apple. Andy Rubin co-founded Android, the project that was acquired by Google in 2005 and has been credited with the most used mobile operating system. Rubin left Google two years back and new reports suggest that he is aggressively building a team of engineers to work on many technology products and a feature rich smartphone is among those. As per Bloomberg report, Rubin is working with a team of 40 smart people, most of them from Apple or Alphabet.

SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has released an image of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to be used for carrying a manned Red Dragon capsule to Mars sometime in the future.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has been anticipated for several years now. Originally, its launch was planned for 2013, but design changes and upgrades to the Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust variant forced the company to postpone the expected launch year to 2015.

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METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists have planned to send radio signals to exoplanet Proxima B. The Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (METI) team aims to send signals to many other distant planets to make a contact with possible alien life forms on those planets. Astronomers at SETI have been working for the last few years to search for signals from alien worlds. However, they have not received any strong indicators to suggest presence of life forms or advanced civilizations on other planets.

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