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NASA Partners with FWS to Test Drones’ Capability to Detect Forest Fires at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

NASA Partners with FWS to Test Drones’ Capability to Detect Forest Fires at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

On Tuesday, NASA announced that it along with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will assess that whether or not small unmanned aerial systems are able to identify forest fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The project, which is being carried out in the support of the UAS Integration in the National Airspace System project of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, will be headed by Langley Research Center.

New Priority Search Area for missing Malaysia Flight MH370 moves Further South

New Priority Search Area for missing Malaysia Flight MH370 moves Further South

The new analysis of satellite data shows that the missing Flight 370 may have turned earlier than previously thought. So now, the deep-sea search for the debris of the plane will move as much as about 800 kilometers (500 miles) further south.

ISRO Releases 3D Image of Mars

ISRO Releases 3D Image of Mars

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released a 3D image of Mars. The image was generated from multiple pictures taken by MOM's Mars Color Camera on September 28, which were captured from an altitude of nearly 74,500 km. ISRO said that the recent image is an expanded form of the 2D image of Mars that was released earlier.

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Rockford to help NASA design New Spacecraft

Rockford to help NASA design New Spacecraft

Rockford aerospace company is helping NASA to build a new spacecraft named Orion. It is going to be NASA's new system that will send astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's astronaut Rex Walheim mentioned that the astronauts haven't been into deep space in over 40 years since the Apollo program. But with the great capabilities of new Orion spacescraft in the upcoming decades, they can go past the moon, asteroids and probably to Mars one day.

Ohio State University Researchers Develop New “breathing" Solar Battery

Ohio State University Researchers Develop New “breathing" Solar Battery

Currently, solar energy is created with panels, which are then connected to external batteries to charge. Normally about 20% of the power generated by solar panels is lost in the transfer of electricity to the battery storage.

But now, researchers at The Ohio State University have created a hybrid device, which capable of revolutionizing the solar power industry.

Novel Topological Insulator capable to develop Cost-Effective and Superfast Computers

Novel Topological Insulator capable to develop Cost-Effective and Superfast Computers

Researchers at the Utah University have developed a new "topological insulator", which is a special material that has a potential to develop cost-effective and superfast computers.

These computers will be capable of performing lightning-fast calculations without getting overheated. Thus, this new material discovered acts as both a conductor and an insulator.

This research has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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MIT Researchers develop Four-Legged Robot Cheetah

MIT Researchers develop Four-Legged Robot Cheetah

According to Fox News reports, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a four-legged robot. The robot is named as cheetah because it is the fastest land animal one earth. MIT created the robot in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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NASA’s $6.8 billion “Space Taxi “contract awarded to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA’s $6.8 billion “Space Taxi “contract awarded to Boeing and SpaceX

National Aeronautic Space Organization, NASA, announced today that it has awarded contracts to both Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's partnership with the companies is part of the Commercial Crew Program. The program is intended to help private companies develop spacecraft to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit by 2017.

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New Graphene-based Light Detector sees what Human Eyes can’t

New Graphene-based Light Detector sees what Human Eyes can’t

A new graphene-based light detector could see things that human eyes can't. The detector is able to measure the light's wavelength.

Terahertz radiation, also known as submillimeter radiation, consists of electromagnetic waves. The radiation is located between infrared and microwave frequencies on electromagnetic spectrum, range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation.

The detector would help scientists in making more sensor devices with much greater sensitivity than current technology.

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Walt Disney Company files for Drone use Patents

Walt Disney Company files for Drone use Patents

Walt Disney Company has filed for three drone patents last week. The company wants to use small drones to enhance entertainment at amusement park. The drones could be used for light shows, carry things and projection screens. According to company, there are many other applications where these drones could be used.

By filing the patents, the company has joined a long list of other United States companies that are pushing the government to allow commercial use of drones. The company has not stated yet whether the drones will be used at Disneyland in Anaheim or other parks.

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