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Astronomers discover 50 billion planets in Milky Way galaxy?

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:39pm

Out of the total 50 billion planets, around 500 million are assumed to be placed in a key zone near their specific stars, which can also prove to be favorable for the sustenance of life.

Revelation was made by the American Association

This disclosure was made by the researchers at the annual meeting of the American Association, for the Advancement of Science.
The scientists revealed that the estimate was made after examining a small portion of the sky, with the help of Kepler.
On the basis of that, the researchers inferred about the number of planets which could be present in the galaxy.
In an announcement made by NASA in the beginning of this month, it informed about the discovery of 1,235 planet candidates by the researchers, out of which 68 planets were found to be similar to the size of the Earth.
These 68 planets are assumed to revolve around more than 156,000 stars.


Amazon to add 5,000 videos, television serials for online streaming

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:37pm

The icing on the cake is that the newly-added streaming content would be available for free, to the $79 per year Amazon Prime program holders.
The Seattle-based online store made the announcement on Wednesday.
It would be available in the same video-on-demand format and would be accessible on all devices, including personal computers, tablets, Blu-ray players and Web-media, having the Amazon VOD application installed.

Limited content

“But the selection of free videos offered to Prime subscribers, who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping, is far narrower than what's available for rent or purchase through Amazon's older program,” informed a technologist.
1,669 ‘Prime Eligible’ movies and 484 serials were listed as newly-added by the Amazon Prime website, which is very limited to its rental content, which includes 34,862 movies and 6,248 television serials.


Discovery to carry humanoid robot to space

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:33pm

The Discovery is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, Feb. 24.
Discovery carrying a robot for the ISS
The Discovery will be carrying a robot called Robonaut 2, to the orbiting lab in the space.
It will also be used as a platform to conduct research, on developing better robots that can help humans in future.
Robonaut 2 or simply R2 is a prototype robot designed to assist humans.
Director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Integration office, John Olson said, “This project exemplifies the promise that a future generation of robots can have both in space and on Earth, not as replacements for humans but as companions that can carry out hey supporting roles.”

Robonaut 2 will be the first humanoid robot in space

Robonaut 2, which resembles a training kit of a boxer, will be the first humanoid robot in space. It is 3 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 330 pounds.