May 092017

A large asteroid passed near Earth on Wednesday, April 19, without posing any danger to our planet. “Although there was no possibility that the asteroid would collide with Earth, yet the event was seen as a “close encounter” considering the size of the space rock,” NASA said in a statement.

Asteroid 2014-JO25

Asteroid 2014 JO25 buzzed Earth on April 19, 2017. Photo credit: NASA

Asteroid 2014-JO25 was found to be about 1300 meters in length instead of 650m as initially thought, and buzzed mankind from 1,768,239 kilometers away, which is about 4.6 times the distance between Earth and Moon.

The asteroid whizzed past Earth after passing near the Sun and will continue its journey to Jupiter before returning to the center of our solar system.

NASA says this encounter is the closest this asteroid has come to Earth for at least the last 400 years and will be its closest approach for at least the next 500 years.

Im the meantime, the next visit of a large celestial body is expected to happen in August 2027, when the 800 meter-long asteroid 199-AN10 will come as close as 380,000 km (one lunar distance).

The 2017 flyby of 2014-JO25 is “an exceptional opportunity” for astronomers and space-enthusiasts, said NASA. Its surface is twice as bright as that of the Moon and should be visible with the help of a small telescope, for one or two nights, added the agency.

Video: Asteroid 2014 JO25 flying past Earth on April 19, 2017

Feb 212017

Spanish scientists have developed a 3D bioprinter capable of creating functional human skin. The invention, which is the outcome of three years of intensive research, opens a new way to producing skin for both therapeutic and industrial applications.

3d bioprinter

3D Bioprinter (public domain)

Juan Francisco del Cañizo, the director of the Experimental Surgery Division at Gregorio Maranon Hospital of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, claims “this is the first method proving that entirelly functional skin can be manufactuered via a 3-D printing technology”.

The method has its advantages, he said, because “it shortens the skin manufacturing process and makes the product cost-effective and more affordable.”

The prototype can print both allogeneic and autologous skin. “The autologous skin is made of patient’s cells for therapeutic purposes, such as treating severe burns”, said del Canizo.

“The allogeneic skin is obtained from a stock of cells and eventually scaled out for industrial processes such as testing of pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic products”.

The project has been developed as a joined research involving Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), the Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and bio-engineering company BioDan Group.

Source: ScienceDaily.

Nov 232016

NASA received a video that shows a hypersonic speeding UFO and now the space agency experts have to investigate what’s on the footage.

UFO Ayden North Carolina

Speeding UFO in Ayden, NC (pic: Youtube)

A US Air Force veteran from Ayden, North Carolina, captured the fast-moving object on a camera attached to a DJI Phantom 3 drone.

The 59-year-old passed the images on to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) for analysis, writes

MUFON, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to UFO and alien research, said the object moved about 2 kilometers just in 1/3 second, which means it flew at a speed of around 13,000 mph per hour, that’s 17 times faster than the speed of sound.

The bizzare object was apparently flying at about 15 meters above the ground at an estimated speed of 16,000-21,000 kilometers per hour.

The witness said that the “UFO video was captured with my DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K aerial camera.”

“I filed a UFO report with MUFON and they notified NASA and sent them a copy of the video. This footage took me back. I was flying my aerial camera from Ayden District Park. The skies were clear with unlimited visibility.”

The USAF vet spotted the mysteriosu object while watching back his camera recording. “I did not witness this object initially; it wasn’t until I reviewed the 4K footage on my 4K TV that I first noticed the object on video.”

In the video, the UFO appears like a tiny white spot moving quickly somewhere under the witness’ drone.

MUFON’s North Carolina investigator Sanford Davis wrote in a report: “It was observed as the witness was reviewing aerial drone footage.

“The whole UFO sighting takes place within a third of a second – a streak arising in the background, streaking across the screen before disappearing in the foreground. It appears as a white dot, flattening out somewhat into a ‘light disk’ right before it disappears off screen.”

Video: UFO Sighting in Ayden (District Park), North Carolina

Nov 232016

New conspiracy theory has surfaced on the Internet suggesting that Antarctica hides a mysterious pyramid and backs its claim with a Youtube video in which it’s said that US Secretary of State, John Kerry, traveled to the South Pole a week ago to see actually an “alien base” hidden inside the pyramid.

Alien Base Antarctica UFO

Antarctic Pyramid as seen by Google Earth

The photos shown in the video were apparently taken from Google Earth, but it is unknown whether they were subjected to a subsequent editing, writes the Daily Mail.

The video which was uploaded on conspiracy Youtube channel Third Phase of the Moon, presents a snow-covered pyramidal structure, bearing a label similar to those used by Google Earth to pin its objects.

The label reads: “Antartica Pyramid (sic)”. The fact that the Antarctica’s name was misspelled suggests that the picture was indeed edited.

Lots of people are now wondering what the structure might be, but it appears to resemble a nunatak – a natural mountain peak grown above the expanse of ice and snow.

A UFO expert believes “the images of the pyramid are either photoshopped, cropped photos to make the mountains look more like pyramids or simply pictures of natural formations called nunataks.” Alien base Antarctica has meanwhile become a trending key phrase that sparked interest among an increasing number of conspiracy theorists.

Video: US State Secretary visits UFO Alien Base hidden inside Antarctic Pyramid

Nov 192016
Baby Boom Supersonic Airplane to Fly From London to New York in Just 3 Hours

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Nov 062016
ESA reveals first color photo of Schiaparelli crash site on Mars

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Oct 282016
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Oct 222016
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Oct 192016
ExoMars Mission: ESA's Spacecraft Schiaparelli Expected to Land on Mars on October 19, 2016 (VIDEO)

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Oct 112016
Samsung suspends production of Galaxy Note 7, tells customers to stop using its flagship smartphone

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