Japan’s H3 Rocket Successfully Launches Advanced Earth Observation Satellite
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Japan’s H3 Rocket Successfully Launches Advanced Earth Observation Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched Daichi-4, an advanced Earth observation satellite, on the brand-new H3 rocket. The H3 rocket reached a new level of reliability with its successful launch at Tanegashima Space Centre. The H3 rocket dropped its payload into orbit while its remnants fell into the Indian Ocean, following a predetermined trajectory. Hiroshi Yamakawa, the head of JAXA, highlighted the progress in preserving Japan's autonomy and global competitiveness in space access when he announced that Daichi-4 had started its mission. Prime Minister Fumi

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Indian Scientists Unveil New Method to Calculate Pi
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Indian Scientists Unveil New Method to Calculate Pi

Scientists from India have revealed a new way to determine pi, which should make it easier to extract pi from phenomena such as the quantum scattering of high-energy particles.  Arnab Saha and Aninda Sinha of the Centre for High Energy Physics (CHEP) published this research in Physical Review Letters. According to IISc, "The new formula under a certain limit closely mirrors the 15th-century representation of pi by Indian mathematician Sangamagrama Madhava." Creating a model with fewer parameters to explain particle interactions in high-energy physics was the original goal of the sc

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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-4 to Be Assembled in Space, Marking a New Era in Lunar Missions
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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-4 to Be Assembled in Space, Marking a New Era in Lunar Missions

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is preparing for the Chandrayaan-4 mission, which is designed to retrieve samples from the Moon using India's most powerful rocket system. Chandrayaan-4 will be launched in different parts and assembled in orbit, unlike previous missions, because the spacecraft's size exceeds the rocket's capacity. This method, which is similar to the construction of the International Space Station, establishes a new standard for space exploration and is unprecedented for lunar missions. According to ISRO, the mission's architecture involves numerous launche

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NASA’s Webb Telescope Reveals Stunning Jets of Gas from Newborn Stars
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NASA’s Webb Telescope Reveals Stunning Jets of Gas from Newborn Stars

NASA just released the first pictures the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) ever taken of jets of gas coming from new stars. These jets, which are moving very quickly, hit gas and dust in the Serpens Nebula, which is 1,300 light-years from Earth.  The picture shows the nebula, which is home to a thick group of stars that are about 100,000 years old. It is made up of thin layers of orange, red, and blue gas and dust. Klaus Pontoppidan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that this event records how stars formed in the past. Before, these things were either blobs or couldn't be

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ISRO Completes Third and Final RLV-LEX Test Successfully
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ISRO Completes Third and Final RLV-LEX Test Successfully

On Sunday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accomplished an important milestone with the successful completion of the third and last Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Landing Experiment (LEX). The LEX series came to an end with this test, which took place at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga, Karnataka, at 7:10 IST. With an emphasis on the winged vehicle termed Pushpak's exact horizontal landing, ISRO highlighted the achievement on X, the former Twitter. At a height of 4.5 kilometres, the vehicle was dropped from an Indian Air Force Chinook chopper. Pushpak demonstr

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ISRO’s Aditya-L1 Spacecraft Records Intense Solar Fury
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ISRO’s Aditya-L1 Spacecraft Records Intense Solar Fury

Using its onboard remote sensing sensors, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Aditya-L1 spacecraft has successfully captured high solar fury. For India's first dedicated solar mission, which launched on September 2, 2023, and reached the Lagrangian point (L1) on January 6, 2024—127 days later—this is a noteworthy accomplishment. L1, which is positioned about 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, enables the spacecraft to keep an eye on the Sun all the time. In May 2024, two important Aditya-L1 instruments recorded dynamic solar phenomena: the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph

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Massive Genome Found in Small Fern, Surpassing Human DNA by Fifty Times
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Massive Genome Found in Small Fern, Surpassing Human DNA by Fifty Times

The largest genome ever known, exceeding the human genome by more than 50 times, was found in a little, unassuming plant called Tmesipteris oblanceolata. With 160 billion base pairs, this fern surpasses both the previous record holder, Paris japonica, and the biggest genome, the marbled lungfish, by a substantial margin. Jaume Pellicer, an evolutionary scientist at the Botanical Institute of Barcelona, co-authored the study. Since he had previously assumed that P. japonica had the maximum genome size, this discovery caught him off guard. This plant, which is indigenous to the archipelago o

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Japan And The EU Collaborate To Advance Clean Hydrogen Technologies
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Japan And The EU Collaborate To Advance Clean Hydrogen Technologies

On Monday, Japan and the European Union published a joint statement pledging to collaborate on improving clean hydrogen consumption and supply, thereby promoting associated technology. This programme aligns with Japan's goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 and Europe's plan to phase out Russian fossil fuels. The European Commission's Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, emphasised the importance of hydrogen being a worldwide commodity. She emphasised the need for EU-Japan collaboration to develop renewable and low-carbon hydrogen globally while maintaining regulatory standardisation. On M

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Agnikul Launches World’s First Flight With Single-Piece 3D-Printed Rocket Engine
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Agnikul Launches World’s First Flight With Single-Piece 3D-Printed Rocket Engine

Agnikul Cosmos, an IIT Madras-incubated firm, has launched the world's first rocket powered by a single 3D-printed engine. On Wednesday, the launch took place at 7:15 a.m. from Sriharikota. The Agnibaan-SOrTeD (sub-orbital technology demonstrator) was launched from Dhanush, India's first private launchpad founded by the firm. The mission's goal is to collect critical flight data and guarantee that systems for the startup's orbital launch vehicle, Agnibaan, operate optimally. Agnibaan employed India's first semi-cryogenic engine, which combines liquid and gas propellants, providing advantag

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AI Assists In Finding A Partner For The ‘World’s Loneliest Plant’
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AI Assists In Finding A Partner For The ‘World’s Loneliest Plant’

An endangered male plant, Encephalartos woodii (E. woodii), known as the world's loneliest plant, is being partnered with a female mate using artificial intelligence. The University of Southampton is leading the initiative, looking for E. woodii in South Africa, where the lone known specimen was discovered. All of the present members are male clones who cannot reproduce naturally. Dr. Laura Cinti, the project's leader, is employing drones and artificial intelligence to find a female E. woodii. She claimed that the E. Woodii story moved her and reminded her of a well-known tale of unrequite

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