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Geminid Meteor Shower to be active tonight

The Geminid Meteor Shower which remains active from December 4 to 16 will become more active tonight. Nepal Astronomical Society has said that up to 120 such meteor showers can be viewed in an hour at the time when it is most active. The Geminids are associated with the near-Earth object 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that may have undergone a collision with another object in the distant past ...


Why we need a leap second added to our clocks
Source: ABC.NET/Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Why we need a leap second added to our clocks

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki I talked about what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning. Luckily for us, thats not going to happen. What we do know is that the rotation of the Earth is gradually slowing down. So as a result, and because our atomic clocks are so accurate, the timekeepers have to add in an extra second every year and a half. In the past, this extra second has made parts of the in...


Largest, brightest supermoon since 1948 to rise on Monday

An unusually large and bright Moon will adorn the night sky next Monday the closest supermoon to Earth in 68 years and a chance for dramatic photos and spectacular surf. Weather permitting, the phenomenon should appear at its most impressive at 1352 GMT, when it will be at its fullest just as night falls over Asia, astronomers said. Provided there are no clouds and not too much light pollut...


Jackpot: Scientists find Earth-like planet at star next door

After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door. A planet thats rocky like Earth and only slightly bigger has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system, scientists reported Wednesday. It is probably in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold Goldilocks Zone where liquid water a k...


Twitter blocks additional 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism
Source: BBC

Twitter blocks additional 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism

In its continued effort to curb terrorism-related activities, the micro-blogging website Twitter has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating its policies related to promotion of terrorism in the last six months. Twitter had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier this year which were primarily related to the Islamic State (IS) terror group. This brings our...


Google's Duo app joins crowded field of video calling
Source: BBC

Google's Duo app joins crowded field of video calling

Knock, knock, Googles video chatting app has arrived. The app, dubbed Duo, represents Googles response to other popular video calling options, including Apples FaceTime, Microsofts Skype and Facebooks Messenger app. Duo isnt much different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives a glimpse at who is making the call, helping the recipient decide whether to answer. Google c...


Facebook takes aim at ad-blocking software
Source: BBC

Facebook takes aim at ad-blocking software

Facebook has fired a warning shot at ad-blocking software by making changes that will force desktop users to see adverts. The rising popularity of ad-blockers poses a threat to online businesses that rely on advertising revenue. The social network told users it understood how annoying ads could be. It promised to better offer tools for controlling what material does make it through to users...


China's futuristic elevated bus hits the road
Source: World News

China's futuristic elevated bus hits the road

It may look like something from the future, but Chinas long-awaited straddling bus ran its inaugural test in Hebei province this week. The 2m-high Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) straddles the cars below, allowing them to pass through. Powered by electricity, the bus is able to carry up to 300 passengers in its 72ft (21m) long and 25ft wide body. A video of a mini-model of the vehicle caused g...


Mars crater officially named Langtang to honour quake-ravaged region

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved a proposal to name a Martian crater as Langtang in an honour to the region ravaged by a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. According Mountain Hydrology website, the idea to rename the crater was initiated by scientist Tjalling de Haas, who studies and investigates debris flows and land-forms on Mars, and was approv...


VW plans huge investment to become electric cars leader
Source: Business News

VW plans huge investment to become electric cars leader

Volkswagen plans to launch 30 all-electric models to reposition itself as a leader in green transport. Matthias Mueller, chief executive of Europes biggest carmaker, said huge investments would be needed as the firm moves beyond the dieselgate scandal. He hopes that by 2025, all-electric cars would account for about 20-25% of the German carmakers annual sales. Latest figures show that sal...


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