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New Delhi (AFP) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/ins-kochi-kolkata-class-destroyer-indian-navy-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> India kicked off a major display of maritime might Thursday, with ships from 50 navies converging on the country's east coast, as New Delhi seeks to boost its leadership in the region. Ninety ships including from the US, French, British and Chinese navies are taking part in the international fleet review in the Bay of Bengal - a ceremonial inspection and parade of boats and crews. India
Upton NY (SPX) Feb 08, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/schematic-experimental-strategy-double-stranded-dna-bundles-form-tetrahedral-cages-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Using bundled strands of DNA to build Tinkertoy-like tetrahedral cages, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond. The achievement of this complex yet elegant arrangement, as described in a paper published February 5, 2016, in Science, may open a
Tsukuba, Japan (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/junji-nakamura-donghui-guo-takehiro-kondo-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> University of Tsukuba Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences Associate Professor Takahiro Kondo and Professor Junji Nakamura, in cooperation with Researcher Donghui Guo and Professor Susumu Okada of the same faculty, have shown from detailed measurements that in atomically flat areas of a nitrogen-doped graphite surface in the absence of external magnetic fields, Landau levels manifest correspondi
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/polycrystalline-graphene-inherent-nanoscale-line-and-point-defects-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. But can it live up to its promise? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the fi
Seoul (AFP) Feb 8, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/thaad-fire-grey-sky-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Official moves towards the deployment - fiercely opposed by China - of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say. Hours after North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Term
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/arianespace-logo-mkr-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The telecommunications satellite for Arianespace's second Ariane 5 flight of 2016 has arrived in French Guiana with the delivery of EUTELSAT 65 West A to the Spaceport. Transported aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo airliner that touched down at Felix Eboue Airport near the capital city of Cayenne on Friday, the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) satellite was then transferred via road t
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (Sputnik) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/glonass-blue-collage-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Russia is working on new generation spacecraft for the Glonass system, according to the country's deputy prime minister. Russia continues to develop new generation spacecraft for its Glonass global positioning system, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Sunday. "Work continues on creating and testing new generation spacecraft, which will allow to significantly increase the [G
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/james-webb-space-telescope-art-300-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious worlds orbiting other stars. But the observatory also will investigate objects in Earth's own neighborhood - planets, moons, comets and asteroids in our solar system. These studies will help scientists understand more about the formation of the solar s
Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/radio-telescope-messages-broadcasted-towards-north-star-polaris-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule. In autumn 2016, dispatches from the public will be converted into radio waves and broadcasted towards the North Star, Polaris, this autumn, reaching their destination in 434 years. The interstellar message in a bottle will comprise of people's r
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/saturn-moon-tethys-cassini-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys, while their curving shadows paint the planet at the bottom of the image. Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across) has a surface composed mostly of water ice, much like
Luxembourg (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-falcon-90-dragon-pad-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> SES S.A. reports that it is targeting a 24 February 2016 launch date (with a backup date of the 25th) for its new satellite, SES-9. This date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, SpaceX, the Hawthorne, California based company that designs, manufactures and launches the Falcon 9 rocket and other spacecraft. SpaceX is currently completing an extended series of testing
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/interior-structures-earth-exoplanet-kepler-93b-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have the same three layers? New research suggests that the answer is yes - they will have interiors very similar to Earth. "We wanted to see how Earth-like these rocky planets are. It turns out they
Palmdale CA (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/tecnam-p2006t-aircraft-plane-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA is researching ideas that could lead to developing an electric propulsion-powered aircraft that would be quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly than today's commuter aircraft. The proposed piloted experimental airplane is called Sceptor, short for the Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research. The concept involves removing the wing from a
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/lorenzo-iorio-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The recent discovery of evidence of a giant planet lurking in the outskirts of the solar system made by Caltech astronomers, has re-ignited the discussion about the existence of planets beyond Neptune. We could be really on the verge of confirming the presence of a hypothetical 'Planet Nine' and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, our messenger to Pluto and trans Neptunian objects might have the fin
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Feb 09, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-dragon-hover-test-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Space Exploration Technologies, Inc. (SpaceX) is developing a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule that will be capable of precision powered landings on the ground. In fact, the company has advanced to the point of conducting propulsive hover tests at its McGregor, Texas facility. The uncrewed version of the Dragon capsule has been launched exclusively by SpaceX on its Falcon 9 two-st

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