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China progresses towards manned space station

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  • China on Thursday successfully launched Tiangong-2 — its space lab, which is part of an ambitious plan, stretched along several phases, to establish a manned space station around 2022.
  • A Long March-2F T2 rocket lifted the space lab at 10:04 p.m. local time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s Gobi desert.
  • After a flight of 580 seconds, it entered its designated orbit 380 kilometres above Earth. Initial tests would be conducted at this stage.
  • Space lab would be transferred to a slightly higher orbit, around 393 kilometres above Earth  the height of the future Chinese space station.
  • Shenzhou-11 manned spaceship would ferry two astronauts into space to dock with the lab in mid-to-late October.

Belgium gets world’s biggest ‘pickled brain’ collection saved by a doctor

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  • New collection in the psychiatric hospital of Duffel in the north of Belgium makes for a ghoulish sight: around 3,000 preserved brains that were originally saved by a British doctor.
  • Collection of frontal lobes,  hippocampi and other key parts of the brain floating in formaldehyde or fixed in paraffin will be used for research into psychiatric illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia.
  • British neuropathologist John Corsellis collected and conserved the brains over a period of more than 40 years between 1951 and the middle of the nineties but authorities in London ran out of space.
  • It’s the largest brain collection available, to our knowledge.
  • Nowadays in Belgium, it’s really hard, if not almost impossible, to get your hands on actual tissue of patients after they have deceased.

Astronomers find a baby planet

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  • Astronomers have discovered signs of a baby planet developing around another star.
  • Used an array of radio telescopes in Chile to close in on a nascent planetary system lying 176 light-years from Earth – distant to us, but nearby in astronomical terms.
  • Forming planet is thought to be an ice giant, similar to Uranus or Neptune in our Solar System.
  • In the two decades since the first exoplanets were found, astronomers have discovered that planetary systems do not necessarily follow the familiar template set by the eight planets which orbit the Sun.
  • Great diversity in the configuration of planetary systems and in the characteristics of exoplanets themselves.

Uber starts mapping UK city streets

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  • Uber is collecting street images for its own maps of the UK cities in which it operates, starting with London.
  • Its mapping cars are being sent out on to the capital’s roads from today.
  • While existing maps were “a good starting point” it hoped to be able to identify the best pick-up and drop-off points from its own images.
  • “Incidentally” collect personal information, such as photos of people and licence plates, but would not be sharing any of the data online.
  • Its terms go on to state that it may share its mapping data with numerous third parties including vendors, consultants, marketing partners and law enforcement agencies.

Dubai to have a ‘hospital for toys’

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  • Children in Dubai who are frightened of hospitals and doctors will soon be able to take their ‘sick’ toys ‘for treatment’ to help them reduce their anxiety.
  • Toys that require surgery will be taken to a special operating room in a toy hospital, where children can watch the procedure being carried out.
  • Believed that giving children a positive experience in hospitals will help reduce their anxiety if they need medical treatment themselves later on, according to experts from the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

News report details Trump’s India deals, raises conflict of interest issue

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  • Donald Trump’s interests in real estate in India has surfaced as a new controversy in the U.S presidential campaign detailed the Republican candidate’s overseas ventures and questioned his ability to hold American national interest above his business interests.
  • Trump Organisation, which has a business model of licensing its brand to real estate developers around the world, has at least three projects in progress in India.
  • Candidate’s son Donald Trump Jr. met former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan for regulatory relaxations in the Pune project in 2011.
  • Powerful politician refused to make an exception for the Trump Organisation. It would be extremely difficult for a foreign politician to make that call if he were speaking to the son of the president of the United States.
  • If Trump takes a hard line with Pakistan, will it be for America’s strategic interests or to appease Indian government officials who might jeopardize his profits from Trump Towers Pune?

India picks up two bronze medals

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  • Sachin Desai, Raju Bati, Sandesh Uppar and Ashwin Patil, added a bronze medal in the Team Pursuit 4 km Race.
  • They left behind the team from Hong Kong to claim the third position.
  • Gold was claimed by Kazakhastan while the second place was taken by UAE.
  • Sanuraj P also took home the bronze medal in the 1km Time Trial Men Junior, clocking a time of 1:07.902.
  • Gold medal was awarded to TSZ Chun Law from Hong Kong, with a time of 1:07.015, and the silver was claimed by Muhammad Danieal Haikkal from Malaysia, who clocked at 1:07.871.

Shocking News: World’s Longest Lightning Bolt Was Nearly 200 Miles

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  • When the world’s longest lightning bolt struck over Oklahoma in 2007, it traveled about three-quarters of the length of the state, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which recently announced the electrifying new record.
  • Lightning bolt traveled 199.5 miles (321 kilometers) on June 20, 2007 –  World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  • Organization also confirmed the longest duration for a single flash of lightning: 7.74 seconds, for a flash that occurred over Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France, on Aug. 30, 2012.
  • Two announcements mark the first time that lightning has been included in the official WMO World Weather & Climate Extremes Archive, whichdocuments records for heat, cold, wind speed, rainfall and other climate events.
  • Lightning is a major weather hazard that claims many lives each year,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
  • “Improvements in detecting and monitoring these extreme events will help us improve public safety.”