A prophecy due to Raffaele Bendandi, the “earthquake prophet”, a few decades ago saying that Rome would be razed to the ground in a devastating earthquake on 11th of May has sparked panic amongst residents.

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No Ordinary Genius: Wishing Richard Feynman A Very Happy Birthday

It wasn’t about the Nobel Prize; Feynman is a physicist’s physicist. His contributions stretch from QED, to particle physics, to superfluidity and to even QCD (the physics of quarks). And he was the most fun-filled character you’d ever encounter.

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The results of the preliminary round of the first-ever Google Science Fair competition are out and 60 finalists have been chosen from thousands. Google claims to have received over 7500 entries from over 10000 students from across the globe. Sixty entries have been selected from amongst these and now the public is free to vote for these 60 semi-finalists.

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A research team, headed by Xiang Zhang, a UC Berkeley engineering professor, has built an ultra-small optical device that can control the switching on and off of light pulses using Graphene. This extraordinary device is guaranteed to revolutionise communication, both in terms of speed and how we do it, in the very near future.

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Aspidoscelis exsanguis

It’s a story that can make any respectable biologist go pale. A team of researchers based in Kansas have come up with a cross that can give birth by laying eggs that don’t need to be fertilized, essentially a process of cloning.

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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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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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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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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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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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