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Submission + - Signal from Andromeda. Probable evidence of Dark matter. (

William Robinson writes: NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious stuff known as dark matter. The gamma-ray signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. The latest Fermi data shows the gamma rays in Andromeda are confined to the galaxy’s center instead of spread throughout. To explain this unusual distribution, scientists are proposing that the emission may come from several undetermined sources. One of them could be dark matter and another possible source for this emission could be a rich concentration of pulsars in Andromeda’s center. Scientists are excited that Fermi has detected a similar gamma-ray signature in both Andromeda and the Milky Way, scientists can use this information to solve mysteries within both galaxies.

Submission + - India launches 104 satellites at one go (

William Robinson writes: India's ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting what its space agency says is a world record of launching the most satellites at one go. ISRO used its workhorse, PSLV, for this launch. The vehicle carried India's Cartosat-2 series and 103 nano satellites. Out of 103 nano satellites, 2 were from India, 96 were from the United States and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The global space industry is US$ 300 billion and ISRO's low prices attracted international customers to launch 75 satellites last year from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh,

Comment Re:Whoopty Doo (Score 1) 843

It scares crap out of me to witness idiots as Presidents, who know some truth about terrorism and still funding them. Watch this video and then google how much taxpayers money we are giving Pakistan to fund this against our own citizens. Trump may be speaking a lot out of his head, but some issues raised by him made me think.

Comment Re:World Police? (Score 2) 131

We have picked up thousands of terrorists from Pakistan, and placed them in Guantanamo bay. What is your point?

A terrorist does not care who is being killed. I would love to see entire world coming together against them as a single unit, and detain them/punish them under some new international law (making sure nationality, original place of crime etc do not become obstacles.). Otherwise we will be spending time debating norms and they will emerge as winner.

Comment Re:The Self Reward Syndrome (Score 2) 210

My personal experience is, activities in the morning are more effective for weight loss. I used to walk ~4km in the evening for more than a year, but did not result in weight loss. But when switched to morning walk, I could see results in couple of months.

Probably it has something to do with glucose/sugar levels, which is lowest in the morning. Probably, the apps do not consider some such facts.

Submission + - SPAM: Scientists Uncover What Happens After A Black Hole Eats A Star

William Robinson writes: Using "light echoes" technique, researchers at NASA and University of Science and Technology of China have tried to understand what happens to a star after it is swallowed by a black hole. The "light echo" relies on time difference between flares from black holes eating stars, which contains high-energy radiation including ultraviolet and X-ray light, and infrared radiation from surviving dust around black hole. The surviving dust is heated by a flare and gives off infrared radiation, which gives clues about tidal disruption flares and the nature of the dust itself. A video presentation of the same.
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Submission + - China Tests Quantum Radar That Detects Stealth Aircrafts (

William Robinson writes: According to some reports, China has tested its first single photon detection technology quantum radar which could detect objects, including stealth aircraft, within the range of 100 kilometres, somewhere is mid August. The radar uses quantum entanglement photons, which means it has better detection capabilities than conventional systems. This means it can more easily track modern aircraft that use stealth technology or baffle enemy radar. The report also suggests that "The system was able to detect a target at a range of 100 kms in a real-world environment".

Submission + - India Test Fires First Scramjet Engine (

William Robinson writes: India test fired Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV), a research rocket with a solid booster carrying advanced scramjet engines, which is Air Breathing Propulsion System that uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the atmosphere air as the oxidiser. Since 70 per cent of the propellant mass is oxidiser, using oxidiser directly from air makes flights significantly cheaper. Also air breathing technique makes is less prone to failure because it uses less moving parts. India is fourth country to test this technology after US, Russia and EU.

Submission + - Accessing Torrent Site Will Invite Imprisonment In India (

William Robinson writes: According to recent reports, a visit a torrent website from within India , you might be committing a crime, one that earns a Rs 3 lakh fine (approx US$ 4400 ) and 3 years in prison. The ban extends to looking at "a torrent file, or downloading a file from a host that may have been banned in India, or even for viewing an image on a file host like Imagebam". Earlier, the Government of India had blocked many torrent sites, and there used to be simple message implying the URL is blocked. But legal warning is a recent development, which says, "This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. 3,00,000/-. Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance"

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