Science


European Space Agency: Still no signal from Mars lander
- October 20, 2016

This won't be the last ExoMars mission however, as Russia and the ESA are due to launch another one in 2020 , comprised of a European probe and a Russian lander. The Schiaparelli lander was supposed to test a landing system on Mars, as well as make a few observations on the planet's surface. "It's a good spacecraft in the right place, and we have a mission around Mars", flight operations manager Michel Denis announced. (more...)
ExoMars: probe in Mars orbit, but what about lander? ExoMars: probe in Mars orbit, but what about lander?
- October 20, 2016

Circling Mars, it will analyze the planet's atmosphere for the signs of certain gases such as methane. The European Space Agency's Schiaparelli lander stopped sending back data during its descent towards Mars. While life is unlikely to exist on the barren, radiation-blasted surface, scientists say traces of methane in Mars' atmosphere may indicate something is stirring under the surface - possibly single-celled microbes. (more...)
China raises its space game with successful Shenzhou-11 launch
- October 20, 2016

China on Monday launched two astronauts into space on a spacecraft that will dock for a month with a new experimental space station - in a giant leap for the country's space programme. Shenzhou-11 is China's sixth crewed mission, with Yang Liwei becoming the first Chinese in space aboard Shenzhou-5 in October 2003. It will be one of the longest stays by any Chinese astronaut in space. (more...)
European Space Agency hoping to get signal from Mars lander European Space Agency hoping to get signal from Mars lander
- October 20, 2016

Thus orbiting craft will continue to monitor the planet and help with preparations for a follow-up mission in 2020. The ESA will host live webcasts for people interested in watching from mission control as the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander make it into orbit around Mars and onto its surface, respectively. (more...)
Replacement Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on USA flight Replacement Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on USA flight
- October 20, 2016

Passengers and crew were evacuated from a flight in the United States on Wednesday as electronics giant Samsung admitted one of its Galaxy Note 7 replacements caught fire moments before the aircraft was due to take off. Lately Samsung has been struggling with a recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets due to complaints of exploding batteries, a problem the replacement phones are supposed to fix. (more...)
Android Pay Goes Live in Hong Kong with Mastercard Android Pay Goes Live in Hong Kong with Mastercard
- October 20, 2016

Dah Sing Bank: Receive HK$20 sign-up rebate upon successful registration of Dah Sing Mastercard Card in Android Pay and completion of the first Android Pay single transaction of HK$20 or above. In a blog post this evening, Google announced that Android Pay is supported in Hong Kong starting today. Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone. (more...)
China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 blasts off
- October 20, 2016

Following the attachment of two experiment modules, the entire station is created to begin full operations in 2022 and will operate for at least a decade. China takes the third spot after US and Russian Federation to carry out its own crewed missions. Shenzhou-11 is scheduled to dock on Wednesday with Tiangong-2, which is part of China's plan to build a permanent space station by 2022. (more...)
Michelle Obama dazzles in her final state dinner as first lady
- October 20, 2016

Obama welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House on Tuesday on what was his 13th state dinner after eight years in office. At past state dinners, she complimented President Obama's go-to black tuxedo and bow-tie with dark teals, purples and shades of ivory with a little sequin or sparkle here and there. (more...)
Rooney expects big things of 'fantastic' United
- October 20, 2016

There were rumours circling around that the Portuguese was, in fact, anxious ahead of the North-West derby but club captain Wayne Rooney has come out and said that Mourinho was unfazed before the match at Anfield. "We stuck to the gameplan well but we just couldn't get that goal". "Paul is a fantastic player, I think he is working hard and he is doing well", the England worldwide added of the former Juventus star. (more...)
President Obama Is Psyched About Putting Americans on Mars Before 2040
- October 20, 2016

Companies like General Atomics in San Diego, which makes compact nuclear reactors that could power settlements, and SpaceX in Los Angeles, which builds rocket boosters, would be among the key private companies involved. " Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we're already well on our way ", President Obama writes. (more...)
Trump, Clinton clash in final presidential debate
- October 20, 2016

Yet in its closing moments, standing onstage with the first major-party female presidential nominee in USA history, he called Hillary Clinton "such a nasty woman". Mr Trump hit back: "No puppet!" "I thought both of them were incredibly weak on jobs", she said. " He knows as little about domestic and foreign policy as he did the first time he stepped on a debate stage", she wrote. (more...)
Fate of Mars lander in balance after descent to planet
- October 20, 2016

Due in 2020 , the second ExoMars mission will include a Russian lander and a European rover, which will drill down to 2 m underground to look for pristine organic material. The spacecraft on which the lander travelled, Trace Gas Orbiter, carries an atmospheric probe to study trace gases such as methane around the planet. (more...)
Abadi Urges US-led Coalition to Prevent ISIL Escape to Syria
- October 20, 2016

Coalition forces were forced to slow down a bit Tuesday to fight militants in villages east of Mosul. The Iraqi government has denied any systematic violations by security forces or the militias, and says individuals have been held accountable for occasional abuses. (more...)
Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 5G Chip Set (QCOM) Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 5G Chip Set (QCOM)
- October 20, 2016

In company's own words " these breathtaking speeds are achieved by utilizing very wide bandwidths available in the 28 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) band combined with advanced signal processing technologies". In addition to the support for 5G networks, this chipset will support "all flavours of LTE, 3G, and 2G". In partnership with Telstra, Ericsson and NETGEAR, Qualcomm's Gigabit Class LTE will avoid a drastic change in internet speeds once a 5G-enable mobile device goes out of 5G coverage. (more...)
Dragon Ball Super English Sub Announced Dragon Ball Super English Sub Announced
- October 20, 2016

For those unfamiliar with the character, Goku Black is a villain who stars in the "Dragon Ball Super" anime series in Japan . For those who are not following the Dragon Ball Super TV series, Hit is a legendary assassin from Universe 6 and also the strongest team member in Team Universe 6. (more...)
Fate of ESA's Schiaparelli Mars lander unknown
- October 20, 2016

The orbiter recorded Schiaparelli's entire landing but couldn't send that info to Earth right away. The overall mission's still a win: The orbiter that carried Schiaparelli to Mars is safely circling the planet. NASA has two rovers now exploring Mars - the apparently unstoppable Opportunity which landed in 2004 and Curiosity which began gathering data in 2012. (more...)
Apple has big plans to turn the MacBook keyboard into a display Apple has big plans to turn the MacBook keyboard into a display
- October 20, 2016

The technology will come courtesy of an Australian startup called Sonder Design Pty Ltd. which is conveniently backed by Foxconn Technology Group. 2018 is still a ways off for the rumored E Ink keyboard, but it would allow Apple to sell fewer computers all over the world, instead of selling different models with special keyboards in markets that don't use the standard QWERTY layout. (more...)
Troubadour poet wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
- October 20, 2016

Dylan will be awarded the Nobel Prize on December 10 in Stockholm, and the award comes with 8 million Swedish Kronor, which is roughly $930,000. But we still read Homer and Sappho. She said her personal favorites among Dylan's songs include "Chimes of Freedom" and " Visions of Johanna ", and suggested that people unfamiliar with Dylan's music start by listening to his 1966 album " Blonde on Blonde ". (more...)
Europe's Mars lander got lost (or worse) on way to Red Planet
- October 20, 2016

The mission involve two vehicles - the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which navigated to the outer edge of the Mars atmosphere, and the Schiaparelli technology demonstration vehicle, which is slated to land on the surface for data collection. The probe is part of the European-Russian ExoMars programme, which will search for signs of past and present life on the red planet. If all goes to plan, Schiaparelli will deploy a parachute and then thrusters to slow down to 10 kph (6.2 mph) before ... (more...)
Jose Mourinho clears up any confusion about Manchester United's game against Liverpool
- October 20, 2016

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius believes Manchester United's decision to sit back in their own half for large periods of the game was in recognition of his side's attacking power. "I'm sure over the next few weeks or couple of months we will have our way of playing, and it will be the manager's way of playing". "I don't really want to say too much more on the matter". (more...)

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