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Chennai students design nano satellite, to be launched April

Chennai students design nano satellite, to be launched April

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CHENNAI: A group of 54 engineering students from the city has designed a 10-kg nano satellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) that the Indian space agency is planning to launch in April. The students from the SRM University, some 40 km from the capital city, have been working on the project ‘SRMSAT’ since 2008.... 

Ratan Tata’s next vision – Cars Running On Water

Ratan Tata’s next vision – Cars Running On Water

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In tune with the Past President Abdul Kalam’s call for dream, the President of Tata Motors, Ratan Tata is on the verge of realizing cars running on water. To make cars running on water Ratan Tata invested $15 million for initiating researches, said a scientist involved in the venture. According to the Chairman of the Scientific... 

Grey skies mar Europe’s view in first solar eclipse of 2011

Grey skies mar Europe’s view in first solar eclipse of 2011

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PARIS: Europe was given a front-row seat on Tuesday to the first solar eclipse of 2011 only to find that in many places a thick curtain of cloud marred the spectacle. In London, Paris and Rome, hopes for a spooky darkening of the winter skies at sunrise were dashed by dense cloud which turned the event into a grey mush. “Aaah... 

A New Type of Robo Endowed With Fingertip Sensitivity and Facial Expressions

A New Type of Robo Endowed With Fingertip Sensitivity and Facial Expressions

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A new type of robo endowed with fingertip sensitivity and many facial expressions promises to be quite extraordinary. Designed by Dr.-Ing. Dragoljub Surdilovic at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK in Berlin, the pi4-workerbot is capable of complex movements and expressions. Its purpose... 

Lunar eclipse makes memorable solstice

Lunar eclipse makes memorable solstice

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WASHINGTON — Skygazers with a clear view in North America and Europe were greeted with a celestial treat in the early morning hours Tuesday, as a unique total lunar eclipse transformed the Moon pink, coppery or even a blood red. Coinciding eerily with the northern hemisphere’s mid-winter solstice — for the first... 

Leak stalls GSLV launch

Leak stalls GSLV launch

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The countdown for the launch of GSLV F-06 will start at 10 am this morning. GSLV will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 4 pm tommorow and would place into orbit a communication satellite GSAT-5 P. ISRO spokesperson S. Satish told our Chennai correspondent that 2310 kg GSAT-5 P is an exclusive communication... 

Ants ‘good at solving complex maths’

Ants ‘good at solving complex maths’

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An ant colony is probably the last place one would expect to find a maths whiz, but a study has shown that they could solve complex, dynamic problems, and may even help computer scientists develop better software. An international team has found the ants are capable of solving difficult mathematical problems and also able to... 

Cloudy with a chance of leaves: reducing climate uncertainty

Cloudy with a chance of leaves: reducing climate uncertainty

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Although it’s easy to calculate the impact of additional greenhouse gasses on the temperature, these simple calculations don’t capture the potential for feedbacks in the system. The easiest feedback to understand is the ice-albedo response. As temperatures rise, ice melts; that ice normally reflects back most of... 

UN report highlights ocean acidification

UN report highlights ocean acidification

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Carbon emissions from fossil fuels may bear a greater risk for the marine environment than thought, with wide-ranging impacts on reproduction, biodiversity richness and fisheries, a report at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, said. Each year, billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas, are... 

IITs compete to see which uses the least power

IITs compete to see which uses the least power

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Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), have found a novel way to cut down on electricity usage in IIT campuses across the country. As part of Techfest 2011, IIT-B has organised an inter-IIT energy-saving championship, which will see five IITs competing to achieve the largest reduction in energy consumption. The... 

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