Richard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos

This image provided by Virgin Galactic shows, from left: Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett, Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla and pilot Michael Masucci. Photo Courtesy: AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP): Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos into space by nine days. Branson’s company announced Thursday evening that its next test flight will be July 11 and that its founder will be among the six people on board. The winged rocket ship will soar from New… Continue reading Richard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos

China releases videos of its Zhurong Mars rover

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BBC: China’s space agency has released video of its Zhurong rover trundling across the surface of Mars. The pictures were acquired by a wireless camera that the robot had placed on the ground. The new media release also includes sequences from Zhurong’s landing in May, showing the deployment of its parachute system and the moment… Continue reading China releases videos of its Zhurong Mars rover

Karkhana introduces country’s first science kit

Science Kit prepared by Karkhana. Photo courtesy: Karkhana

Kathmandu: Karkhana has launched the country’s first science kit for school students. With an aim of making science subject experimental the science kit has been introduced on a virtual event organized on Friday. Materials for science experiments are included in the science kit. The kit will include several material bundles based on the science course… Continue reading Karkhana introduces country’s first science kit

Weird ‘living fossil’ fish lives 100 years, pregnant for five

This image provided by Marc Herbin shows the development stages of the coelacanth fish. The "living fossil," still around from the time of the dinosaurs, can live for 100 years, according to a study released in the Thursday, June 17, 2021 edition of Current Biology. And for females it may seem longer because scientists calculate that the live-birth bearing fish stays pregnant for five years. Photo Courtesy: Marc Herbin/MNHN via AP

AP: The coelacanth — a giant weird fish still around from dinosaur times — can live for 100 years, a new study found. These slow-moving, people-sized fish of the deep, nicknamed a “living fossil,” are the opposite of the live fast, die young mantra. These nocturnal fish grow at an achingly slow pace. Females don’t… Continue reading Weird ‘living fossil’ fish lives 100 years, pregnant for five

How lockdown birds sang to a different tune

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(BBC): As many said at the time, bird song did sound different during lockdown, according to a scientific study. By analysing the calls of sparrows recorded over decades, scientists confirmed a change in the birds’ vocal repertoire when the city fell quiet. The birds upped the quality of their songs, as they called to defend… Continue reading How lockdown birds sang to a different tune

China on Mars: Zhurong rover returns first pictures

The front view shows the flat landscape of Utopia Planitia. Photo Courtesy: CNSA via BBC world

(BBC): China has released the first pictures taken by its Zhurong rover on Mars. The forward view shows the landscape ahead of the robot as it sits on its landing platform; the rear-looking image reveals Zhurong’s solar panels. The rover touched down on the Red Planet early on Sunday, Beijing time. In doing so, it… Continue reading China on Mars: Zhurong rover returns first pictures

Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode

File Photo In this April 12, 2021, file photo, health worker collects nasal swab samples at a COVID-19 testing center in Hyderabad, India. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW DELHI (AP): A potentially worrisome variant of the coronavirus detected in India may spread more easily. But the country is behind in doing the kind of testing needed to track it and understand it better. On Monday, the World Health Organization designated the new version of the virus a “variant of concern” based on… Continue reading Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode

China rocket debris ‘disintegrates over Indian Ocean’ – Chinese media

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(BBC): Debris from a Chinese rocket that had been hurtling back towards Earth has disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, China says. The bulk of the rocket was destroyed during the re-entry, but parts landed at a location 72.47° East and 2.65° North, Chinese state-run media reported. The point lies west of the Maldives. US and… Continue reading China rocket debris ‘disintegrates over Indian Ocean’ – Chinese media

Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth

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BBC: Debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend. The main segment from the Long March-5b vehicle was used to launch the first module of China’s new space station last month. At 18 tonnes it is one of the largest items in decades to have… Continue reading Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth

China launches first module of new space station

(BBC): China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space programme. The Tianhe module – which contains living quarters for crew members – was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by… Continue reading China launches first module of new space station