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Is a science geek, currently pursuing some sort of a degree (called a PhD) in Physics at TIFR, Mumbai. An enthusiastic but useless amateur photographer, his most favourite activity is simply lazing around. He is interested in all things interesting and scientific.

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State run station Xinhua reported that China is planning to initially set up a two-module space-station, named Tiangong-1 as soon as late this year. Tiangong means ‘Heavenly Palace’ in English.

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ALPHA Facility

CERN scientists trapped the dangerously slippery anti-matter for a record 1000 seconds (or 17 minutes), a huge achievement in terms of anti-matter confinement.

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einstein

It is the culmination of a five-decade old project. Gravity Probe-B (GP-B) has detected a miniscule, but theoretically expected, tilt in its magnetic needles, essentially proving Einstein correct, yet again.

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It was a battle, not just one fought using bullets, but with information. The greatest challenge the US administration faced in getting to bin Laden and breaking his global network was the lack of information, not so much the firepower.

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It was a battle, not just one fought using bullets, but with information. The greatest challenge the US administration faced in getting to bin Laden and breaking his global network was the lack of information, not so much the firepower.

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Engineers have long craved for a material that is as strong as steel, having good conducting properties, but also being mold-able like putty. They may soon get such a material, thanks to research done at Yale University. Moreover, the material is cheap to produce.

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Optical cable

Two independent groups have developed a fiber optic cable capable to transferring data at an incredible rate of 100 Terabits per second. This unbelievable speed is far greater than anything available today.

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laser

The Czech Republic intends to build the world’s most powerful laser – an exawatt beast – by 2015. This is a part of the European Union’s commitment to remain at the forefront of research in modern physics.

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NASA has just called off the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour by at least three days due to a glitch in one of the thermostats onboard ths shuttle. The Kennedy Space Center has issued an explanation why the launch, STS-134, was postponed.

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iss

On the 29th of April, the space shuttle, Endeavour, will liftoff, primarily, to deliver a multi-billion dollar instrument – the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) – to the International Space Station. The liftoff is scheduled for 1947 GMT on 29th April, from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

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Electrical engineers at the University of Michigan have built a device that takes up less area than a cent and can produce electricity from vibrations. In doing so, they have created a machine with the highest efficiency per unit are than any other machine ever built.

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The famous Allen Telescope Array (ATA) has been put on hibernation by the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) due to fund crunch. For SETI, which is almost five decades old, this is the worst it has ever seen.

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The bill dreaded by scientists, teachers and educationists across the US – the Tennessee ‘anti-science’ bill has been put on hold by the Tennessee Senate, after being passed by the House by a majority of 70-23.

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Anti-helium tracks

Exciting news has been tumbling out of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), since today morning. Scientists have found the distinct signature of an anti-helium nucleus, the heaviest anti-matter particle detected till date. They can also figure out the production rates and compare them to theoretical values, verifying known calculations. This is big news!

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Cosmic Microwave Background Timeline

A radical new notion might kill nearly all inconsistencies in modern physics and cosmology in one fell swoop. Prof. Dejan Stojkovic, assistant physicist at Buffalo University and team has proposed the startling hypothesis that the nascent Universe may have had just one dimension. They suggest that the Universe begins to ‘grow’ dimensions as it expands and cools.

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