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Cold traps confirmed on Ceres: Research

Cold traps confirmed on Ceres

Astronomers have unveiled that many permanently shadowed regions and craters have been spotted by NASA’s Dawn space prove on dwarf planet Ceres. These regions as per the researchers are cold traps, where ice can collect over time.

Researcher Norbert Schorghofer from the University of Hawaii at Manoa said that Ceres is having sufficient amount of water to hold on water molecules. Also, the shadowed regions being found by Dawn are colder than most that exist on the moon or Mercury.

Facebook Messenger Supports End-to-end Encryption and Self Destructing Messages

Facebook Messenger Supports End-to-end Encryption and Self Destructing Messages

Facebook has added end-to-end encryption on its popular messaging app Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger has added the security feature as users will not be able to have encrypted chats and also some other exciting options. Facebook has also added self destructing messaging capability to its messenger, one of the main offerings of popular messaging service SnapChat. Facebook has termed the feature as ‘secret conversations’ and these will be only visible to the sender and receiver.

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Study of experimental treatment for leukemia abruptly halted this week

Study of experimental treatment for leukemia abruptly halted this week

This week, a study of an experimental treatment for leukemia was stopped all of a sudden following two patient deaths, raising queries regarding a closely-watched approach to cancer, involving reprogramming cells to find and destroy the disease.

The development-stage biotechnology company has been testing genetically engineered immune cells called CAR-T cells for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in grownups. It is the most advanced drug candidate of the company and thus the most seen able indicator of progress for investors.

HD 131399Ab is one of smallest, coolest exoplanets ever imaged directly

HD 131399Ab is one of smallest, coolest exoplanets ever imaged directly

A research paper published in the journal Science has unveiled about an exoplanet named HD 131399Ab in a triple star system. Another interesting thing about this star, detected through direct imaging, is that it should not be where it is currently present.

Robotic Stingray moves using Rat’s Heart Cells

Robotic Stingray moves using Rat’s Heart Cells

A robotic stingray may encourage researchers to develop a better artificial human heart, as per a new study. It is a miniature robot that moves with the help of heart cells that researchers inserted from a rat.

The robotic stingray may provide new insight into how human heart pumps blood. Heart cells taken from a rat helped stingray in moving fluids, the same thing that heart does, said Kevin Kit Parker, a researcher from Harvard University and lead author of a study on the robotic stingray published in journal Science.

2016 Will Be Longer Than Originally Planned, Thanks to ‘Leap Second’

2016 Will Be Longer Than Originally Planned, Thanks to ‘Leap Second’

New Year's Eve is going to be little longer this year as a leap second will be added to official clocks of the world. It means before ticking over to midnight on December 31 this year, one-second adjustment will be made. Objective of this leap second is to keep two different timescales in sync with each other.

This year will be one second longer, as per an official report. To keep two different timescales in sync with each other, decision has been taken to add leap second to world’s official clocks on December 31.

Living ‘ghost fish’ noticed for the first time ever in Mariana Trench

Living ‘ghost fish’ noticed for the first time ever in Mariana Trench

Deep under the surface of the ocean, for the first time ever, scientist have seen a living ‘ghost fish’, an eel-like creature in Aphyonidae family. The nearly four-inch long fish possesses eerie white skin and a tadpole-like tail. It has been captured on camera on a ridge roughly 8,200 feet underwater in the Pacific.

In the video, Bruce Mundy, a fisheries biologist with NOAA, said that to his knowledge it is the first time ever that a fish in this family has been spotted alive. He called it an extremely uncommon sighting.

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