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3D scanning of dodo reveals more information about the extinct bird

3D scanning of dodo reveals more information about the extinct bird

A team of paleontologists from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, used 3D laser scanning technology to study the only skeleton of dodo bird, which became extinct by the late 17th century.

The 3D scanning of the only existing skeleton of the dodo bird helped paleontologist Leon Claessens and his colleagues helped them gather more information about the bird's anatomy, body structure and lifestyle.

Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

In late September, NASA's Curiosity rover drilled into a rock outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. The sample from the target called Confidence Hills within the Pahrump Hills outcrop has led to the mission's first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit.

Hematite level in the sample was much more than any rock or soil samples tested earlier by the rover. Hematite is an iron-oxide mineral, which provides hints about early environmental conditions.

Rosetta Comet Mission: Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

Rosetta Comet Mission: Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12. The site where Rosetta mission's Philae lander will land has been named 'Agilkia'. The name has been announced by the ESA.

According to the space agency, they had asked people to suggest the name for the probe and the excited people had taken the task very seriously. The agency stated that the new name was selected from more than 8,000 entries. As per the ESA, over 150 people suggested the name Agilkia.

Cassini spots Light reflecting off Titan’s Gigantic Lake of Hydrocarbon

The NASA spacecraft, Cassini, has observed light reflecting off Kraken Mare, huge hydrocarbon lake on the distant satellite of Titan.  The new image was captured on August 21, 2014. It is the first remarkable image of the precipitation cycle on an alien satellite.  For the first time ever, an infrared camera aboard Cassini took image of the sea, and sunlight reflecting from the body. Titan's Lakes are generated mainly from methane and ethane, two fairly common chemicals on Earth.   An arrow shaped methane c

The NASA spacecraft Cassini has observed light reflecting off Kraken Mare, huge hydrocarbon lake on the distant satellite Titan. The new image was captured on August 21, 2014. It is the first remarkable image of the precipitation cycle on an alien satellite.

For the first time ever, an infrared camera aboard Cassini took image of the sea, and sunlight reflecting from the body. Titan’s Lakes are generated mainly from methane and ethane, two fairly common chemicals on Earth.

Russian researchers devise Laser Technique to enhance Speed of Spaceships

Russian researchers devise Laser Technique to enhance Speed of Spaceships

Physicists from Russia have projected an all new way to accelerate a spaceship while in flight, by firing a ground-based laser up its backside.

Resaercher Yuri Rezunkov of the Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering, Russia, along with Alexander Schmidt of the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in Saint Petersburg have worked together to devise this new technique. The details of this research have been published in The Optical Society's (OSA) journal Applied Optics.

Aluminum Scrap linked to Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance in 1937

Aluminum Scrap linked to Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance in 1937

It has been a mystery over the years about what happened to Amelia Earhart, who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean along with her navigator Fred Noonan.

A metal fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra aircraft, which was found 23 years back and has now been discovered to be a part of Earhart's plane.

This metal scrap has been identified for the first time ever since the aviation pioneer's plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on June 1, 1937.

Spacecraft Antares explodes after Six Seconds of its Launch

Spacecraft Antares explodes after Six Seconds of its Launch

NASA's recent space mission to the International space Station (ISS) failed after a rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft exploded just after its launch on Tuesday.

The spacecraft named Antares, exploded after its take-off at 3:22 pm PT at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Island Flight Facility of NASA in Virginia.

The preliminary report suggested that the rocket suffered a fiery engine failure at the first-stage after six seconds of its take off.

Scientists develop Magnetic Mirror that reflects Infrared Light

Scientists develop Magnetic Mirror that reflects Infrared Light

In the real world, sometimes mirrors can works in amazing and unexpected ways and one recently developed magnetic mirror is doing the same, lighting the way for new infrared technologies.

This new device goes without a familiar shiny metallic surface and uses a magnet to reflect infrared light instead.

Scientists have placed nanoscale antennas at focal points of tiny magnetic reflectors and they have successfully harnessed electromagnetic radiation in ways that can lead to new classes of chemical sensors, solar cells, lasers, and other optoelectronic devices.

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A First: Orca Whales filmed using Hexacopter

A First: Orca Whales filmed using Hexacopter

Researchers from NOAA Fisheries have joined hands with the Vancouver Aquarium. Now, orca whales are being recorded using a robotic aerial drone. It has happened for the first time that a pod of orcas have been filmed in such a manner.

The novel way of filming the killer whales has allowed the researchers to know about the life cycles of these marine creatures. These whales are found in oceans throughout the world. Male orca whale can weigh up to 22,000 pounds and females up to 16,500 pounds.

Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

A US Air Force X-37B, an unmanned reusable space plane, has finally returned Friday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The spacecraft was launched in space in December 2012 and it was its third space mission.

The space plane has returned after spending about 22 months orbiting earth. The US Air Force stated that the mission was their longest one to date. It is not known on which mission the plane was during its 674 days in orbit.

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