A streak of light brightened up the Nevada skies on December 22 2015, reported Fleischmann Planetarium Director, Dan Ruby. People in Bakersfield and Sacramento in California, as well as in and around Las Vegas saw the light. It was reported that the celestial object causing light, disintegrated in the sky. Also, it was revealed by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society that the peak of the Ursids meteor shower was to appear over the night of December 22.
A team of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) today announced that they have been successful in producing 50 grams of Plutonium-238. The recently produced isotope is just the size of a golf-ball, said its makers.
The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is for the first time that scientists have produced any Pu-238 since its Savannah River Plant is South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.
The ORNL has been working on this project since past few years using the finding provided by NASA via the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.
Dawn spacecraft has sent first images of Ceres from its lowest orbit, as per US space agency NASA. The photos beamed back by the probe in final orbit at the dwarf planet are providing close views of icy world’s cratered and fractured surface.
NASA said Dawn spacecraft, first probe to visit Ceres, captured closest pictures of the dwarf planet’s craters in a region, called Gerber Catena, on December 10. Primary camera of Dawn which is healthy started clicking photos on December 16, the space agency added.
Texas health department has planned to cut funding to Planned Parenthood Houston and the services will be provided by local health departments in the region. The contract has not been extended for a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.
The $600,000 annual grant is set to expire on December 31 and the department has decided to not extend the contract with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. The contract is managed by the state but is federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been discovered in the UK. The doctors have already treated 12 patients, whose illness was related to strong strains of salmonella and E.coli containing resistant gene. The lethal superbug is being said to be resistant to the strongest antibiotic, colistin.
Furthermore, the superbugs containing the same gene have been detected in the chicken meat bought from Europe. It was also found by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate that pigs from three different farms in the UK were infected with E.coli bug carrying the resistant gene.
Landing of a rocket is no more considered a very significant deal; however, in reality it is quite a tough task. This explains the reason for SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s excitement following the successful landing of its Falcon 9. The rocket landed close to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on December 21 2015. The 14-story booster returned intact after successfully launching 11 commercial satellites to orbit.
It seems that world is waking up to the need to stop the craze of ‘being skinny’ in the fashion industry. France is the latest nation to ban excessively thin models. Now, health experts have suggested that US health regulators should make sure that fashion models, who are ultra-thin are benched.
An editorial by two experts on eating disorder affiliated with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston have said that fashion models require protection in the same way as coal miners and garment factory workers.
In addition to come up with autonomous cars, Google is also busy in developing a unique messaging that employs artificial intelligence. The chat service will allow users to have conversation with friends and family members or ask questions of the chat bot.
Artificial intelligence will lead to some of Google’s data smarts to a chat bot service in the software. In order to answer question of the users, the software would find answers from Google’s vast map of the internet.
Ford and Google are planning to build a next-generation car for Google. Sources familiar with the matter has said that both the companies are even having discussion about signing a contract.
A source with knowledge of the project said that both the parties have been having talks to negotiate on a contract manufacturing deal ‘for a long time’.
In a move to avoid outdone by Facebook's AI-assisted M for Messenger, Google has been planning a latest mobile messaging app for engaging people and question-answering chatbots. The Wall Street Journal reported that with the new service, people will be allowed to type in a query and the search engine giant Google would determine the best-fitting chatbot for the answer.
The new app will provide a substitute to traditional search engine of Google when it comes to gathering information.