NASA, Boeing and SpaceX has joined hands in a commercial crew program (Image: NASA)
NASA will work with two aeronautical firms, Boeing and SpaceX, in a taxi contract to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years to perform important science research and other related tasks on ISS. NASA is also thinking to use the same technologies to take astronauts to other places in space such as Mars and asteroids in the future.
This contract would reduce the U.S.’s dependence on Russia to take and bring astronauts to and from the space station. At this time, Russian Soyuz takes at least four astronauts of NASA in a year at the price of $71 million per seat. On the other hand, SpaceX noted the cost $20 million per seat in the future after the success of technological contract. Read more…
Scientists have opened a new window in science by finding that an effective magnetic field can exist for light. Read more…
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (Source: Apple.com)
Apple Inc. has just released its new gadgets; iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iWatch. iPhones will be available to customers in the month of September and iWatch will be available next year. Apple Inc. has also introduced a mobile payment system, named Apple Pay.
ABC News has recently posted some important points related to new iPhones.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can easily be differentiated from one another due to their different sizes. Previous iPhone, i.e. iPhone 5S was of 4 inches, but iPhone 6 has 4.7 inches and iPhone 6 Plus has 5.5 inches of size diagonally. This size would give a good level of competition to Samsung that has a huge share in giant phone market. Read more…
Pioneering work by a collaboration of leading scientists from twelve universities across Australia, Singapore, Denmark and the USA publishing in the open access journal PLOS Biology on September 9 demonstrates how the rise of citizen oceanography will help dramatically advance global ocean health and will aid in gaining a better understanding of the world’s valuable marine resources.
While much attention is placed on macro-fauna in our seas (mammals and fish, for example), it is the tiny, marine microbes that underpin the nutrient cycle and form the foundation of the food web. Collectively known as the marine microbiome, they are the most abundant organisms in the oceans, and they are perhaps the most vulnerable in a changing global ocean.
Because the ocean is a dynamic and tremendously large eco-system, millions of observation points are required. However, traditional oceanographic research vessels are unable to cover this vast space. “By using what’s known as ‘citizen science’, Indigo V Expeditions set out to prove that the concept of crowdsourcing oceanography can solve the great data collection bottleneck” said Professor Federico Lauro, Director of Indigo V Expeditions, the not-for-profit organisation behind the S/Y Indigo V concept cruise. Read more…
Fingertips can perform calculations (Credit: K.Muncie/Flickr)
Nerve endings on our fingertips have the same ability of performing complex neural computations as we can find in our brain. Read more…