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April Fools’ Day Comet to make closest pass to Earth on record

April Fools’ Day Comet to make closest pass to Earth on record

While people around the world are using April Fools’ Day to play pranks and practical jokes, astronomers are curiously waiting for a comet that will make its closest pass to Earth on record.

Nicknamed as “April Fools’ Day Comet,” the Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak revolves around the Sun every 5.5 years. This spring, it is in our vicinity.

SpaceX successfully re-launches ‘used’ rocket

SpaceX successfully re-launches ‘used’ rocket

Elon Musk-led SpaceX made history by successfully re-flying one of used Falcon 9 rockets from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.

Carrying a communications satellite, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted-off at around 18:27 EDT yesterday, marking a vital milestone for the company in its quest for rocket re-usability.

Largest space telescope JWST closer to launch

Largest space telescope JWST closer to launch

After undergoing a series of rigorous space-readiness tests, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is finally a few steps closer to its long-anticipated launch.

On Thursday, NASA officials allowed members of the public to have a look at the preparations being made to launch the world’s largest space telescope. Its launch is scheduled to take place French Guiana in Oct. 2018.

Researchers grow potato in lab simulating harsh Mars climate

Researchers grow potato in lab simulating harsh Mars climate

Researchers at a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima have successfully grown a potato in an experiment mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars.

The researchers created a simulator with temperatures below zero, high concentrations of carbon monoxide and air pressure similar to that found at an altitude of 6,000 meters. In other words, they tried to grow a vegetable in conditions similar to those of the red Planet.

‘Artificial Sun’ may help find new ways of producing climate-friendly fuels

‘Artificial Sun’ may help find new ways of producing climate-friendly fuels

A team of scientists in Germany recently flipped the switch on what they describe as the “world’s largest artificial sun,” expressing hope that it would help shed light on new ways of producing climate-friendly fuels.

The device in question is a massive honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights - officially called “Synlight” - in Juelich, west of Cologne. The setup uses xenon short-arc lamps which are usually used in cinema halls to simulate natural sunlight.

Specific food gave humans their big fancy brains: study

Specific food gave humans their big fancy brains: study

A new study by New York University researchers has shed light on why our ancient predecessors grow larger as well as more complex brains than their primate ancestors.

Scientists believe that humans evolved from primates, but despite the fact that primates still exist, humans are actually a different branch on the same family tree.

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