Less than 500 words allocated to ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’ in US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Less than 500 words allocated to ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’ in US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Previous month, the commercial space bill the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act got approved by Congress, and was signed into law by President Obama a day before Thanksgiving. The bill is nearly 7,250 words long, but is quite smaller than the usual appropriations bill or defense authorization bill.

The bill’s last four ‘titles’ are less than 500 words. This part of the bill is known as ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’. This is the portion of the bill that has received the highest attention in the past several weeks.

Shell and NOAA Team Up To Sponsor $7 Million XPrize

Shell and NOAA Team Up To Sponsor $7 Million XPrize

The Shell and the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have joined hands to sponsor a $7 million XPrize, which they say will help promote the development of new sensors, robotic submerisbles and other technologies.

This new initiative aims to explore the seafloor as it can lead to advances in a variety of areas. For example, a Caribbean Sea sponge was used in developing a number of drugs, including HIV medicine.

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Melting Glaciers not only raising Sea Levels, but also making Earth Whirl Faster

Melting Glaciers not only raising Sea Levels, but also making Earth Whirl Faster

Many previous studies have already warned that water levels of oceans is going to rise due to melting glaciers, but a new study claims that melting ice may also make our home planet spin faster than before.

Study researchers said glaciers’ ice is melting rapidly due to global warming and this reaction is making earth while faster. The process could also force the planet to shift its axis, the researchers warned. Sunset times will also be affected due to this rapid ice melting, they added.

Older People with High Stress Levels at Twice Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Older People with High Stress Levels at Twice Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in and the Montefiore Health System have revealed that high levels of stress in older people may cause Alzheimer’s disease. According to researchers, highlyOlder People with High Stress Levels at Twice Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease stressed participants are twice more likely to become mildly impaired cognitively compared to those who were not highly stressed. High stress levels in older people may be the cause of cognitive impairment, which is often the root of Alzheimer’s disease.

Major Tim Peak All Set to Become First British Resident to Visit ISS

Major Tim Peak All Set to Become First British Resident to Visit ISS

Major Tim Peak is all set to be the first British resident to visit the International Space Station (ISS). Tim’s father said the thing that worries him more is his son driving the M27.

The 43-year-old Tim’s journey to the ISS will start when the 162-ft long Russian rocket will blast off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday. Tim will also be the first 100% British professional astronaut to leave earth for mission aboard space station.

NASA releases Enhanced Color Image of Pluto showing Intricate Pattern of Pits

NASA releases Enhanced Color Image of Pluto showing Intricate Pattern of Pits

Pluto has been a mysterious a mysterious space object for astronomers since its discovery in 1930. Earlier, NASA released some close images of Pluto’s surface, but now the space agency has been providing an even closer look at the dwarf planet.

The newly shared pictures on Thursday are of an intricate pattern of pits the plutoid’s surface. The space agency has also released a color picture of a variety of terrains captured by its New Horizons spacecraft during closest approach to the object in the Kuiper belt July 14.

Founder of Third Point Calls for Removal of Dow Chemical’s CEO

Founder of Third Point Calls for Removal of Dow Chemical’s CEO

Founder of hedge fund Third Point, Dan Loeb, recently called for removal of Dow Chemical Co. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris. The news came few days after Third Point agreed on a merger with DuPont Co.

Loeb supports the deal, but he has raised a question in the letter sent to Dow’s board on Saturday about the timing of the deal, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Researchers Develop New Lie-Detecting Software

Researchers Develop New Lie-Detecting Software

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan said they have found an advanced and improved way of detecting whether a person is lying or not. This new method is very much different from the polygraph test, said its makers.

The team created the software using videos from some high-stakes court cases. Explaining the working of the software, the researchers said the software uses a person’s words and gestures to detect behavioral patterns that may be different from the normal.

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