Making Human Settlement of Space a Reality
Oct12

Making Human Settlement of Space a Reality

Today, President Obama outlined a vision to CNN for the future of space exploration.  Echoing what he said in the 2015 State of the Union address, the President wrote, “We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.”  Later this week, many of the Nation’s top...

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When will Russia’s 1st carrier rocket firing naphthyl blast off?
Oct11

When will Russia’s 1st carrier rocket firing naphthyl blast off?

The first Soyuz-2 carrier rocket firing naphthyl as fuel may blast off from the Vostochny spaceport in 2018-2019, the Samara-based Progress Rocket and Space Center said in a statement on Monday. “The Progress Rocket and Space Center has started works to switch the Soyuz-2 carrier system at the Vostochny spaceport to the fuel ‘naphthyl’ instead of kerosene. The first launch of a carrier rocket firing naphthyl may take place from...

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Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for ‘design and synthesis of molecular machines’
Oct06

Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for ‘design and synthesis of molecular machines’

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 has been awarded to French, British and Dutch-born scientists “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday. The prize worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($933,000) will be shared between Jean-Pierre Sauvage (University of Strasbourg, France), Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, Evanston) and Bernard L. Feringa...

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Russian, Japanese physicists create compact graphene-based plasmon generator

Researchers from Laboratory of 2D Materials’ Optoelectronics, Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies (MIPT), and Tohoku University (Japan) have found a way of creating plasmon generator which is the key building block for the future of optoelectronics. To achieve this goal, the scientists suggested using graphene, the MIPT’s press service said. Plasmon is a quasi-particle which is...

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World’s largest radio telescope put into use in China
Sep26

World’s largest radio telescope put into use in China

The world’s largest radio telescope was put into use on Sunday in a mountainous region of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Xinhua reported on Sunday. “Shortly after noon, in a karst valley in Pingtang County, hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts witnessed the official launch of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope’s (FAST) mission to explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial...

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