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Asteroid Mining could be Trillion Dollar Business: Goldman Sachs

Asteroid Mining could be Trillion Dollar Business: Goldman Sachs

Scientists have been talking for quite some time about Asteroid mining but a new report from Goldman Sachs claims that asteroid mining could be turned into trillion dollar business. While asteroid mining isn’t easy, with technological advancements and better share of private companies in space exploration, asteroid mining could be possible and financially viable in future. Some asteroids have good amount of precious metals and resources and companies aiming at space mining could be the next big thing in mining business.

Skyglow project showcases New York City Night Sky without Light Pollution

Skyglow project showcases New York City Night Sky without Light Pollution

Light pollution is becoming a big issue in major cities across the world and Skyglow project team aims to bring focus on light pollution. Skyglow project shared an image of New York City night sky without light pollution. Too much light from artificial sources in majority of big cities blocks out the visibility of many stars. Skyglow project shared a video to promote upcoming awareness event, Dark Sky Week.

Jill Tarter: Possibility of finding Alien Life by the end of this century

Jill Tarter: Possibility of finding Alien Life by the end of this century

Astronomer Jill Tarter believes that by the end of this century, we will be able to find alien life. Tarter made the statement during a speech at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Cross Cultural Management summit. Tarter has been inspiration for 1997 movie Contact and her role was played by Jodi Foster. Tarter added that astronomers should look for biomarks on other planets in order to find alien life. Astronomers at SETI have been working hard to find any signs of alien life.

NASA aiming at April 16 Launch for Next Planet-Hunting Spacecraft

NASA aiming at April 16 Launch for Next Planet-Hunting Spacecraft

NASA is planning to launch its next planet hunting spacecraft on April 16. The spacecraft will liftoff on SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA has planned media event on March 28 to provide more information about the mission. The mission named Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be searching for planets outside the solar system.

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SpaceX and United Launch Alliance leading in space launch cost reduction

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance leading in space launch cost reduction

SpaceX has reduced the cost of space missions and launch events by successfully developing its reusable rocket technology. SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance is aiming at reducing rocket launch costs of its missions even further with use of reusable rocket. As ULA Delta IV Heavy is not reusable, each mission costs $350 million. Boeing and Lockheed Martin joined forces in 2005 to setup ULA. The company is working on Vulcan, a reusable rocket that could beat SpaceX Falcon heavy in terms of cost of space missions.

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Self-healable, recyclable "electronic skin" developed by University of Colorado Boulder Researchers

Self-healable, recyclable "electronic skin" developed by University of Colorado Boulder Researchers

Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder have developed an electronic skin that can be recycled and it can also heal itself. The ‘electronic skin’ is actually a thin film with advanced sensors. With use of thin, translucent material and advanced sensors, the electronic skin can measure pressure, temperature, humidity, and air flow, working similar to human skin. UC Boulder research team has used covalently bonded dynamic network polymer, known as polyimine for developing the skin.

Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers generally used in public toilets have a major role in spreading germs, as per a new study conducted by research team at the University of Leeds. Earlier studies have also suggested that air dryers spread germs further compared to paper towels or napkins. Air dryers spread germs into the air and even people who don’t air dryers can get infected due to germs spread by strong stream of air.

The research team noticed 27 times more germs in the air around air dryers compared to air around paper napkin dispensers.

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket and the launch event was witnessed by many Californians as an amazing light show in the sky. While some people found the images spectacular, some were freaked out as they thought of the rocket as an unidentified flying object (UFO). Soon after the launch event, many people shared images of rocket launch on social media. SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Two-Layer Graphene Turns into Strong Material on Impact

Two-Layer Graphene Turns into Strong Material on Impact

Researchers at City University of New York (CUNY) have created diamene, a flexible material using two layers of Graphene. Diamene can become harder than diamond during impact and offers protection even against a bullet, the research team claims. Graphene is lightweight and showcases strength due to its hexagonal lattice structure. The study team added that the thin film of diamene showcases better strength compared to a diamond during an impact. The sheets could be used to protect fragile objects or as a bulletproof vest.

SpaceX launches ISS Resupply mission using Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX launches ISS Resupply mission using Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX has successfully launched a resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) using its reusable Falcon 9 rocket. The current mission marks 50th mission for Falcon rocket developed by SpaceX. The mission launched on Friday with clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket has successfully finished ISS resupply mission earlier as well. After the launch, SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully touched down at ground-based Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

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