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Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan. Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are reported to be “in good condition”, both Nasa and Russian media said. Search and rescue teams are now en …

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NASA’s Cassini reveals ‘ring rain’ on Saturn

Cassini might have plunged to its death in Saturn’s atmosphere last year, but NASA’s mission to the sixth planet from the sun is still serving up fascinating findings. Now, more than a year after scientists lost contact with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists have published new research from its final orbits, …

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Can Human Hibernation take us to Mars?

By Anna Kucirkova   The problems of overpopulation and environmental issues have our world leaders considering what the next step is to ensure the survival of humanity. What are we to do once the population has reached the critical tipping point? What about if the earth become uninhabitable? Our sister …

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KhalifaSat to be launched on October 29

KhalifaSat, the first Emirati satellite, will be launched on October 29 from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan; Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Executive Council announced Wednesday on his twitter account. KhalifaSat has been developed by a team of young Emiratis …

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World’s oldest cheese found in Egyptian jar

Scientists have discovered that a solidified whitish substance in an ancient jar dug up in Egypt is “probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.” A study published this week in Analytical Chemistry says the cheese was made from a mixture of cow milk and that of …

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‘Extraordinary’ waves from Jupiter’s moon Ganymede spotted

Scientists have observed “extraordinary” waves coming out of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. The electromagnetic waves, also known as “chorus waves,” were spotted using the Galileo Probe spacecraft, which has a mission of surveying Jupiter’s wave environment. “It’s a really surprising and puzzling observation showing that a moon with a magnetic field …

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Iran builds new rotor factory for centrifuges

Iran’s nuclear chief says the country has completed the construction of an advanced factory specializing in the manufacturing of centrifuge rotors in order to enhance its uranium enrichment capacity without violating the limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of …

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Mars ‘ghost’ dunes may have evidence of alien life

Newly published research shows that hundreds of depressions on Mars’ surface, known as “ghost dunes,” could hold evidence of ancient life. The research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, shows that each of the ancient dunes (most likely sand dunes) are the size of the U.S. Capitol. They’ve …

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UAE on course to achieve Mars Mission

The UAE Space Agency celebrated its fourth anniversary on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, with the agency confirming that the UAE’s ambitious Mars Hope Mission remains on track for 2020. Created in 2014, the UAE Space Agency is tasked with developing the country’s space sector through a number of initiatives including …

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80% of people in UAE are stressed

Experts believe that the stresses of modern life, coupled with the prevalence of chronic conditions, have contributed to a rise in the cases of depression in the UAE. Dr Rasha Abbas (left), consultant psychiatrist and medical director at Camali Clinic for Child and Adult Mental Health, Abu Dhabi, said, “What …

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Trial run for UAE iceberg project in 2019

Leviathan icebergs will be towed from the Antarctic to the UAE’s Fujairah coastline by early 2020 to be melted into pure, polar ice water for humanitarian and commercial distribution, says the Emirati visionary who first proposed the ambitious effort last year. But before large ocean going vessels attempt the 12,000-kilometre …

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