Science, Technology and Innovation

Kelly and Kornienko begin year-long space trip

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US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have docked for the start of a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station. BBC – It will be the longest continuous stay anyone has had aboard the 400km-high (250 mile) orbiting platform. The spacecraft docked successfully at 01:33 GMT on Saturday, Nasa said. Scientists hope to get a ... Read More »

Digital India Dialogue to map shift from analogue

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As the Smart City programme moves on to become a national project, India’s leading thinkers on the subject will gather today to figure out the opportunities and the lessons needed to make it come alive. The Financial Express - By: Express News Service | New Delhi Amitabh Kant, secretary, department of industrial development, noted that the economy was the cusp of ... Read More »

‘Largest ever asteroid impact’ found in Australia

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BBC – Scientists in Australia have discovered what they say is the largest asteroid impact area ever found. The 400-kilometre (250-mile) wide area is buried deep in the earth’s crust and consists of two separate impact scars. The team behind the discovery, from the Australian National University (ANU), said the asteroid broke into two before it hit, with each fragment more ... Read More »

National Air and Space Museum’s Trophy Awarded to Stamatios Krimigis and the Kepler Mission Team

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Press Release Media Only: Alison Mitchell 202-633-2376 Karen DeThomas 202-633-2372 Public information: 202-633-1000 Images: airandspace.si.edu/about/newsroom/multimedia/ The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy for 2015 will be awarded to Stamatios “Tom” M. Krimigis for Lifetime Achievement. In the category of Current Achievement, the Trophy will be awarded to the NASA’s Kepler Mission Team. The recipients will be presented with their ... Read More »

Building The WatchTower

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Once upon a time, mass surveillance was considered the stuff of science fiction movies and failed totalitarian states. Yet in the next couple of weeks Australia will pass mandatory data retention laws that will enable government agencies to effectively spy on every Australian citizen without a warrant. Spook - Words By Gram Morris These new laws will allow a significant number ... Read More »

Victoria to ban e-waste in landfill

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Almost every household has its share. The state-of-the art television that has suddenly become yesterday’s model. Keyboards and cords gathering dust in the back of a cupboard. A broken iPhone here; an old computer screen there. The Age – Farrah Tomazin But with figures showing electronic junk is now the fastest growing type of waste in the country, the Andrews government ... Read More »

IBM considering adopting bitcoin tech for major currencies

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IBM is looking at adopting the “blockchain,” the technology behind bitcoin, to develop a digital cash and payment system for traditional currencies. Australian National Review Reuters cited a source familiar with the matter saying that the target is to allow people to make payments or transfer cash immediately using this technology without a bank or clearing party involved, thus saving ... Read More »

Delivery of radioactive soil to interim storage begins in Fukushima

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FUKUSHIMA – Workers on Friday began delivering soil and other radiation-tainted waste generated by the decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis to a makeshift storage yard at a storage facility in the prefecture. The Japan Times - KYODO The government plans to build depositories on around 16 sq. km of land in the towns of Okuma and Futaba, which ... Read More »

Don’t edit embryos, researchers warn

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Scientists should refrain from studies that alter the genome of human embryos, sperm, or egg cells, researchers warn in a commentary published today in Nature. Science AAAS - By Gretchen Vogel – Comments In it, they sound the alarm about new genome-editing techniques known as CRISPR and zinc-finger nucleases that make it much easier for scientists to delete, add, or change specific genes. These tools ... Read More »