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  • Orbital Sees First Antares Launch Midsummer

    Published on: February 28, 2012 | 10:10 am | Comments: 0

    The Antares commercial launcher and its pressurized Cygnus cargo carrier may reach the International Space Station before the end of the year, but only if problems with its launch pad on Wallops Island, Va., can be cleared and it does not run into conflicts with delayed Russian vehicles.

    Orbital Sciences Corp., one of two companies under contract to resupply the ISS with vehicles developed under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) seed-money effort, hopes to meet its final COTS milestone with a Cygnus berthing at the station in the fall.

    Category: World Technology

  • Have scientists unraveled the mystery of the northern lights?

    Published on: February 28, 2012 | 10:06 am | Comments: 0

    Science is closer to explaining how electrons in the earth’s upper atmosphere can generate spectacular auroras.

    February 27, 2012/
    Scientists may have solved a longstanding mystery about the origin of the energetic particles that cause Earth’s dramatic aurora displays.

    The electrons responsible for the auroras — also known as the northern and southern lights — are likely accelerated to incredible speeds in an active region of Earth’s magnetosphere, according to a new study. This region is 1,000 times larger than scientists had thought possible, providing enough volume to generate lots of the fast-moving electrons, the study reports.

    Category: World Technology

  • Fossils show huge penguin once roamed New Zealand

    Published on: February 28, 2012 | 10:01 am | Comments: 0

    WELLINGTON — Fossilised remains of one of the largest penguins ever, an “elegant” giant standing 1.3 metres (52 inches) tall, have been found in New Zealand, scientists said Tuesday.
    The penguin lived 27-24 million years ago, when New Zealand was mostly underwater and consisted of isolated, rocky outcrops that offered protection from predators and plentiful food supplies, researchers said.
    The first traces of the penguin, dubbed Kairuku — Maori for diver who returns with food — was found embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island by University of Otago paleontologist professor Ewen Fordyce in 1977.

    Category: World Technology

  • Mega-powerful camera phone, super-fast gadgets dazzle at mobile show

    Published on: February 28, 2012 | 9:53 am | Comments: 0

    Barcelona, Spain (CNN) — Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday unveiled a phone with a powerful 41 Megapixel camera as it attempts to reposition itself back at the forefront of the mobile market.
    The phone is among a dazzling array of new gadgets unveiled so far at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an annual event that showcases the industry’s latest innovations.

    Among them is a Chinese phone that claims to be the world’s fastest and another that carries an in-built projector.

    Category: World Technology

  • Yahoo, Facebook in intellectual property dispute

    Published on: February 28, 2012 | 9:48 am | Comments: 0

    Yahoo demands that Facebook should license its technologies or face action

    IDG News Service – Yahoo is threatening action unless Facebook licenses some of its technologies, as other web and technology companies are said to have done.

    The move by Yahoo puts it in conflict with Facebook with which the company has a beneficial relationship, particularly in the area of integration of Yahoo News with Facebook.

    Traffic to the mobile Yahoo News web app from Facebook Mobile has increased three-and-a-half times since Feb.

    Category: World Technology

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