Category «Science»

ISRO to launch remote sensing satellite on Dec 7

isro remote sensing satellite resourcesat-2a

Capping a year of successful launches, Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch PSLV-C36 carrying remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the spaceport of Sriharikota on December 7, the space agency said today. The 44.4 metre tall PSLV C36 is expected to place the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 827km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit …

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst coral bleaching in 2016

Higher oceanic temperatures has resulted in the worst coral bleaching ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef, according to a report of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. According to the report, about 67% of the corals died in the reef’s worst-hit northern section which is often considered to be the …

Europe air pollution causes 467,000 early deaths a year

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Almost nine out of 10 European city dwellers breathe air that is harmful to their health, though the Europe air pollution is slowly improving, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said today. Europe air pollution remains the single largest environmental cause of premature death in urban Europe, and was linked to around 467,000 early deaths in 41 …

Chandrayaan-2 mission: ISRO conducts tests for Moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 mission ISRO conducts tests for Moon landing

ISRO has started conducting tests for its ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission at its facility in Challakere in Karnataka, where simulated lunar craters have been created for landing mission, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said on Friday. According to Kumar, several craters, resembling the terrain of the Moon, have been created on the ground at the …

Earth’s magnetic shield damaged; can cause super solar storms

Earth’s magnetic shield damaged super solar storms

As per a study, recently published in Physical Review Letters, a crack has been detected in the Earth’s magnetic shield because of which enormous cosmic rays enter into the atmosphere and cause gigantic geomagnetic storms. It was GRAPES-3 muon telescope located at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty, India, which in …

Migratory bird can fly nonstop for 10 months straight

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Scientists had long ago proposed that common swifts, a medium-sized migratory bird, might spend most of their lives in flight, but it is only now that it is proved that these birds can actually fly for 10 months straight. “This discovery significantly pushes the boundaries for what we know about animal physiology,” lead author Anders …

Japan, allies blocked South Atlantic whale sanctuary proposal

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Japan and its allies have blocked a move proposed by South American and African nations to create a sanctuary for endangered whales whose numbers have sharply decreased as a result of hunting.Whaling nations turn down South Atlantic sanctuary proposal The proposal brought by five African and South American countries required the support of 75% of …

CO2 in atmosphere goes past the alarming level of 400 ppm: WMO

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Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has crossed a significant threshold and it may not fall below that for a number of generations, scientists have said. In 2015, for the first time in recorded history, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surged past the benchmark of  400 parts per million (ppm) on average across …