If Don Quixote was still alive, he would heve loved to visit Vietnam now. A country that will steer wind power. Vietnam is developing its first wind power generators at a cost of US$ 52 million dollars, to meet its soaring demand for energy.
Till now, most of the electricity generated here was by gas, hydro and coal power plants. Now wind power will be the new mantra of Vietnam.
Well, bluffing, the oldest trick of all, comes in handy in the natural world too. The peacock butterfly, a perfectly tasty snack for a bird, often cheats death with what is nothing more than a bluff.
By suddenly exposing the prominent eyespots on its wings, it startles and scares away a predatory bird. But the most interesting point is: the birds continue to be fooled by these little butterflies.
After weeks of spinning its wheels on a Martian sand dune, NASA’s rover, Opportunity, is finallly free. The rover got stuck on April 25, 2005, as it was crossing a series of shallow sandy ridges on Mars. Engineers back home on earth eased the rover out, by slowly backing it over its previous tracks.
China plans to launch a satellite that will carry plant seeds into space and bring them back to earth for sowing. The idea is that radiation in space will cause genetic mutations that might have a beneficial effect.
Chinese researchers claim remarkable results from earlier space-based experiments, including growing trees that have stronger resistance to diseases.
Did you know that 95 per cent of the objects orbiting the earth are trash? Only 600- 700 objects of the 13,000 in orbit are in use, as satellites.
Its time to process a waste management plan beyond the sky.
It gave us Finding Nemo, the blockbuster on the clownfish and his aquatic friends. But now the Walt Disney Company is under fire for plans that conservationists say will push some shark species closer to extinction. Disney had proposed to serve shark-fin soup at an expensive wedding banquet.
Around 10,000 tonnes of shark fins are harvested each year to tempt the tastebuds of foodies around the world. Environmentalists say that the shark-fin trade seriously endangers sharks, and whales. So, hopefully, next time, we will not see Nemo in the soup!
The Mars Express spacecraft has experienced a light show on the red planet is similar to the auroras on earth. Earth’s auroras are caused by charged particles from the solar wind pouring down the planet’s magnetic field lines and hitting molecules of gas in the atmosphere, causing the glow.
Earth’s magnetic field radiates out of its poles, and so auroras appear around the poles. But Mars has no magnetic field. Solar particles flowed towards an area of highly magnetised rock, create beams of light, instead of earth-like auroras.