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Moon's radio glow could keep Muslim calendars in sync

Source : New Scientist / 06 Mar 2014

Is it Ramadan yet? Muslim communities look for the new moon to decide, and radio waves could settle the matter.

The Islamic calendar is based on lunar months, with sightings of the first sliver of the waxing moon marking the start of each month. It is possible to calculate when this thin crescent will theoretically be visible, but many Muslims will only accept visual confirmation.

 

Strong Meteor Shower Approaching Earth

Source : UZ 24 / 04 Mar 2014

According to astronomers, meteor rain should be expected on May 24, which will leave the comet LINEAR. Meteorites might be so intense that the fall of hundreds of celestial bodies per hour can be observed.

 

Young scientists from Turkic world to compete in 'Science Olympics'

Source : AA / 03 Mar 2014

Young scientists from all across the Turkic countries will compete in the `Turkic World Science Olympics` in central Turkey on May 8-10.

Scientific projects from students aged between 11 and 15 will be entered into categories for invention and design, and will take part in the olympiad, held as part of a wider series of `Cultural Capital of the Turkic World` organizations.

 

715 new planets discovered outside of solar system

Source : World Bulletin / 01 Mar 2014

Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said on Wednesday.

The additions include four planets about 2-1/2 times as big as Earth that are the right distance from their parent stars for liquid surface water, which is believed to be key for life.

 

Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists

Source : Reuters / 28 Feb 2014

Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies.

 

Hot weather phenomenon may threaten Earth

Source : Presstv / 21 Feb 2014

Scientists warns that a dry and hot weather phenomenon known as ‘El Nino’ is likely to hit most parts of the earth in the second half of this year.

Researchers in Germany announced that the phenomenon could spew out huge amounts of heat this year, on summer 2014.

 

Turkey launches new satellite

Source : World Bulletin / 18 Feb 2014

Turkey launched its TURKSAT 4A communications satellite from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Friday night.

The TURKSAT 4A Communication Satellite was Turkey´s fifth to be put into orbit.

The Turksat 4A telecommunication satellite was jointly produced with Turkish and Japanese engineers.

 

Nazis considered malaria-infected mosquitoes as weapon

Source : World Bulletin / 17 Feb 2014

Researchers have found out that Nazi scientists at the Dachau concentration camp were looking into ways on how to use malaria-infected mosquitoes as a method of biological warfare during World War II.

Files from the archives at the Entomological Institute were examined by Dr Klaus Reinhardt of Tuebingen University said that the Nazis were researching ways to keep mosquitoes alive outside of their natural environment, claiming that they may have been considering dropping them on enemy targets.

 

Robots to replace human laborers ‘in 10 years’

Source : Al Arabiya / 12 Feb 2014

Artificial intelligence and robots are expected to replace humans in the next 10 years, an expert revealed at the United Arab Emirates Government Summit on Tuesday.

“The world is no longer changing every 100 years,” said Dr. Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the X-Prize.

 

Kazakhstan to launch three satellites into space

Source : AA / 07 Feb 2014

Kazakh National Space Agency (KazCosmos) announced on Thursday that it would launch three satellites into space in 2014.

One of the devices sent to space is for telecommunication to allow transmission to remote regions, whereas the other two will be remote sensing satellites, according to a statement by KazCosmos.

 
 

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