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ORNL Succeeds in Producing 50 Grams of Plutonium-238

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have done tremendous job by succeeding in producing 50 grams of plutonium-238. With the achievement of this milestone, ORNL has restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and have demonstrated the nation’s... read more

NASA suspends Upcoming Mission to Mars

The American space agency, NASA, recently announced that it has suspended its next mission to the Red Planet. The decision was taken after the agency experts found a leak in instruments that were built in Colorado.

Sources with knowledge about the matter said that the decision to cancel... read more

Giant Asteroid to Zip Past Earth on Christmas, Astronomers say ‘Don’t Worry’

Earthlings will have an opportunity to see two amazing celestial events on this Christmas: a full moon and an asteroid zooming past the home planet. Astronomers said that an asteroid, named Asteroid 2003 SD220, is heading towards earth on Christmas Eve, but will pass at a distance of about 6.8... read more

A beautiful image displaying a shimmering 14-story rocket, in a cloud of fire and smoke, touching down at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1 gently just minutes after payload delivery into space, could one day prove iconic.

The smooth landing resulted into bouts of delirium at Elon Musk's... read more

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Researchers make 50 grams of Plutonium: DOE

For deep-space exploration, Plutonium-238 is the apt fuel choice. However, for about 30 years, its production in the United States was nil. Everything changed on Tuesday. The Department of Energy (DOE) made an announcement that researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn... read more

More Americans Dying Due To Alcohol Addiction

A recent report has shown that alcohol is claiming higher number of lives in America. The rate at which people are dying due to alcohol consumption has not seen in past 35 years, according to a new federal data.

According to the report, in 2014, there were about 9.6 deaths from alcohol-... read more

More Trouble for Chipotle: Shares fall 5%, Analysts downgrading Ratings

Chipotle Mexican Grill has already closed some of its restaurants and says it has no clue on what’s sickening its customers. While the company was trying to figure out sources of first E. coli outbreak, it is hit by second outbreak with different strain.

The Centers for Disease Control... read more

Scientists Produce Golf Ball-Sized Plutonium-238 to Fuel NASA Mars Rovers

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on Tuesday announced that it has successfully produced Plutonium-238, the isotope which American space agency NASA was running out to fuel its Mars rovers.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is for the first time that scientists have... read more

NASA calls off planned March 2016 launch of Mars lander

The US space agency NASA has cancelled the planned launch of a Mars lander in March 2016. The agency said one of the key instruments of the spacecraft can’t be fixed in time for liftoff.

The Red Planet and Earth align favorably only once in every 26 months, due to which now, NASA's... read more

National Audubon Society's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count kicked off last week

The National Audubon Society's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count kicked off last week. Thus it is the right time to set your inside birder free and take a gander at migratory bird species flying south for the winter.

Citizen scientists take part in bird-counting events throughout North... read more

Researchers attempting to revive two extinct tortoise species

An international team of researchers has undertaken an ambitious effort off the Galapagos Islands to revive a couple of extinct tortoise species by breeding living creatures related to the extinct species.

Just a few weeks back, researchers removed 32 hybrid tortoises from Wolf Volcano... read more

Moustachioed individuals significantly outnumber women as leaders of medical departments in US

A study published in the British Medical Journal’s special Christmas issue, which is packed with quirky studies, has discovered that mustaches still outnumber women in medical power positions. The study has a serious topic: ‘Sexism in science and medicine’.

Such mustaches are quite rare,... read more