Japanese Akatsuki trying to make Second Attempt to enter Venus Orbit

Japanese Akatsuki trying to make Second Attempt to enter Venus Orbit

Do you love reading science stories related to universe and solar system? If yes, then you will definitely gain some interest while reading the below news. In 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched The Venus Climate Orbiter ‘Akatsuki’ with the intention to gain insight into planet’s weather and surface conditions. But, the spacecraft failed to enter into the orbit of Venus due to trouble in its engine. Since then, the spacecraft remained in a heliocentric orbit, some 134 million kilometers from Venus, conducting scientific studies on solar winds.

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Insights into Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres

Insights into Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres

Bright spots found on the dwarf planet Ceres’ surface have baffled scientists since they have been spotted. Now researchers after studying the data sent back home by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft have got some insights into the mysteries of the dwarf world.

In one of the studies, scientists call this bright spots as a kind of salt on the dwarf planet’s surface. The second study shows the presence of ammonia-rich clays on Ceres.

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

The star KIC 8462852 grabbed attention in October this year when mysterious signals from the stellar body suggested that there could be a gigantic artificial structure drifting in front of the star. Now, astronomers have come up with a conclusion that the star shows no sign of life.

KIC 8462852's inconsistent dimming was baffling astronomers from a long time. Some of them think the anomalous star may have an extraterrestrial civilization. To observe the possibilities, they hunted for brief laser pulses from the stellar body, but found nothing, as per a report of SETI.

More Than 10% US Kids are with ADHD as Diagnoses Skyrocket

More Than 10% US Kids are with ADHD as Diagnoses Skyrocket

A new study which showed that more than 10% US kids have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) suggests the cases have spiked among girls and some US minority groups in past few years.

Experts believe surge in confirmed ADHD cases among girls, older kids and Hispanics could be because of better screening among some previously under diagnosed groups. More than 5.5 million kids aged five to 17 years have the neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder, as per the study which analyzed ADHD cases confirmed by parents from 2003 to 2011.

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution said a monstrous whale that could chew up a ship and destroy the vessels lived around 15 million years ago. The recent find was made after the study of a fossil.

Alex Boersma, lead author of the new research published in the open access journal PLoS One, said in a statement that modern day whales have teeth in their lower jaw; this is because their main food source is squids.

Hualianceratops Were More Modest than their Successors, say Researchers

Hualianceratops Were More Modest than their Successors, say Researchers

Triceratops were called as one of the most impressive beasts during the Cretaceous Period, but researchers after studying a recently found fossil of one of the oldest-known members of this group found that their predecessors were modest creatures.

A team of scientists on Wednesday announced that they have found remains of a spaniel-sized dinosaur in the Gobi Desert in western China’s Xinjiang Province. Scientists named the dinosaur as Hualianceratops that lived about 160 million years ago late in the Jurassic Period.

IBM To Continue Research to Build Quantum Computers

-IBM To Continue Research to Build Quantum Computers

IBM on November 8 announced that IARPA, the intelligence community’s research arm, has awarded the American computer hardware company a multi-year grant to continue its research on building quantum computers.

Classical computers consist of several billions of tiny transistors. Those are switches, essentially, that can be turned on or off, represented on computers as 1 or 0. In quantum computing, a transistor consists of a single atom, which can exist as a sort of combination of 1 and 0 at the same time.

Pesticide Found in Milk Years Ago can contribute to Parkinson's disease: Study

Pesticide Found in Milk Years Ago can contribute to Parkinson's disease: Study

A pineapple pesticide linked to milk in Hawaii also has a connection with men’s brains, and those men may develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study published in journal Neuron.

The study has made its place in a long list of studies that have linked various pesticides to the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The new findings have also supported an observation stating that individuals who smoke are safe against Parkinson's disease.

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