Dawn Spacecraft beams back First Images of Ceres from its Closest Orbit

Dawn Spacecraft beams back First Images of Ceres from its Closest Orbit

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.

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Planned Parenthood faces further cuts in Texas and Utah

Planned Parenthood faces further cuts in Texas and Utah

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.

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Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

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.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Lands Successfully

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Lands Successfully

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.

Dangerously thin fashion models should be banned, says Health Experts

Dangerously thin fashion models should be banned, says Health Experts

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.

Google to make debut in instant messaging with new app using AI

Google to make debut in instant messaging with new app using AI

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.

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Ford and Google Planning to Build Google’s Next-Generation Autonomous Cars

Ford and Google Planning to Build Google’s Next-Generation Autonomous Cars

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’.

Google is cooking up new mobile messaging app to hook up people and question-answering chatbots

Google is cooking up new mobile messaging app to hook up people and question-answering chatbots

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.

YouTube adds 360-degree animation video to its line-up, with help from makers of ‘Wallace and Gromit’

YouTube adds 360-degree animation video to its line-up, with help from makers of ‘Wallace and Gromit’

In an announcement, the search engine giant, Google, said that it has started bringing its latest interactive 360-degree videos on YouTube known as Spotlight Stories. It first mini-movie titled ‘Special Delivery’ is an animated short with holiday theme, and is created by Aardman Animations. Now, you can watch it on the web and on Android devices.

Hunters and Farmers Maintained Same Population Growth

Hunters and Farmers Maintained Same Population Growth

Researchers from the University of Wyoming and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics carried out a new radiocarbon analysis to compare the population growth rate of the prehistoric hunter-gatherers societies and farming societies. The analysis revealed that surprisingly the population growth rate of both the societies was same. The results contradict the general opinion that the human population increased rapidly after the dawn of agriculture 10,000-12,000 years ago.

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