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Babies remember their birth language – scientists

Babies build knowledge about the language they hear even in the first few months of life, research shows. If you move countries and forget your birth language, you retain this hidden ability, according to a study. Dutch-speaking adults adopted from

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New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel.

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NASA warns a huge iceberg the size of Delaware is set to break away from Antarctica

A huge iceberg — almost 500 meter thick floating on the seas at the edge of West Antarctica — is ready to break away from the continent, according to scientists. The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is one of the

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NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Jeanette Epps to be part of upcoming space station crew in 2018!

New Delhi: In a special announcement, American space agency NASA has revealed names of the crew members assigned for the upcoming space station expeditions.  Veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel and first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps have been selected for space missions aboard

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Losing out on NSG, Antrix Devas deal, India aims big in 2017

New Delhi: Simultaneous launch of 83 satellites and fast breeder reactor going critical are some of the targets set by the Departments of Atomic Energy and Space as they look forward to 2017 to put behind the lows of this

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Death spiral: Scientists discover the 4th phase of life

So far life has been divided into three phases by biologists, which are: development, aging and late life. Now biologists have come up with a fourth stage, which they term as “death spiral”. And new research has shown that there is a

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China aims to become first country to launch a lunar probe on far side of moon!

Beijing: After numerous achievements acquired in the world of space this year, plans for year 2018 are already being made and preparing to be processed by 2017. One such country, that has its 2017-2018 goals in place is China. After

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Dark matter scientist Vera Rubin dies at 88

It’s a sad time for the astrophysics world. Vera Rubin, who was instrumental to confirming the existence of dark matter, has died of dementia at the age of 88. While the concept of dark matter had been proposed by Fritz

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India launches ‘Agni 5’ nuclear capable missile with 6000-km range

Balasore (Odisha) [India], Dec. 26 : India on Monday test launched its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni,5’ from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. Unlike other missiles of Agni series, ‘Agni-5’ is the most advanced having

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Piers Sellers: UK-born astronaut dies aged 61

British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 61, Nasa has said. Born in Crowborough, East Sussex, Dr Sellers began working for the US space agency as a scientist in 1982 before joining its astronaut corps in 1996.

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Iron ‘jet stream’ detected in Earth’s outer core

They describe it as a kind of “jet stream” – a fast-flowing river of liquid iron that is surging westwards under Alaska and Siberia. The moving mass of metal has been inferred from measurements made by Europe’s Swarm satellites. This

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NASA shares stunning image of a cluster of stars celebrating a cosmic Christmas; calls it ‘Winter’ Wonderland!

New Delhi: The holiday spirit seems to have gotten to everyone, it seems, even NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The space agency, on Monday, shared an enrapturing image of a region called NGC 6357, located in our galaxy about 5,500 light

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Planetary system with deadly host star discovered

New Delhi: A new planetary system has been discovered with a host star similar to the Earth’s Sun but its unusual composition indicates that it has ‘eaten’ some of its planets. The study that was published in the journal “Astronomy

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Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania close to where similar tracks were found in the 1970s. The impressions were made when some of our distant relatives walked together across wet volcanic ash.

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