Does Mother Earth Really Have Company?

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Have you heard of Proxima Centauri? This is a red dwarf star near the Sun. It is just 4.24 light-years away from Earth. There are reports which have been hinting that there is company for Earth near Proxima Centauri. The possibility of a potentially habitable planet has been under speculation for quite some time now. The observation was made public on August 24th2016.

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Further investigations reveal that the new planet’s orbit is warm enough to contain liquid water on its surface. The presence of water is the biggest indication of existence of life on the planet. Till now this hasn’t been confirmed. However, all the other conditions that have been investigated give scientists more hope as the days pass by.

Avi Lord who is the adviser to Breakthrough Starshot Project said that the habitable, rocky planet found would be an abode for human civilization to start living after the Sun died and Earth is destroyed, five billion years away.

Breakthrough Starshot is planning to send spaceships to investigate further. However, this will take around 20years to reach the new planet. For some kind of data to reach Earth, you would have to wait another 4.5 years after the spacecraft reaches the new destination.

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Olympics Under The Threat Of Zika

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Zika virus is spread by the bite of a mosquito belonging to the Aedes genus. This is a serious outbreak and could affect hundreds of people in a short span of time. According to reports, the Aedes mosquito can only fly a few hundred meters all their life. However, the infection travels the world when people who are infected travel to other places.

The Rio Olympics was under the threat of Zika virus infection as it was being held in one of the infected locations. The chance of contriving the disease was a risk many Tennis players refused to take. When questioned about their opinions, most of them answered that they preferred staying safe rather than take a risk and get infected. Some of them preferred to remain healthy and concentrate on the other major world tournaments.

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The risk of injuring their career just to participate in the Olympics was not one that they were prepared to take. There were others who said things were not in their own control and anything could happen to anyone anywhere. So they were willing to go along and take part in the Olympics. US player Sloane Stephens was one of the people who in spite of receiving medical advice not to travel to Rio went ahead with her Olympic plans. She decided she would go and fulfill her dream to play in the Olympics and face what was awaiting her.

Brazilian player Bruno Soares was clearer about the situation in Brazil. He felt it’s his duty to explain what was really happening. He said that it was not the end of the world out there and the international media was creating a huge fuss over this. He also said that mosquitoes were more in the summer and still there were no major problems, so there was no need to fear during winter when mosquitoes are much less in number.

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A Glimpse Into The Concept Of Hyperloop

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The hyperloop was introduced to the all by Elon Musk. The Entrepreneur brought out this concept in August 2013. The hyperloop is the trademark of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) .This aids in the high-speed transportation. Passengers can travel without having to worry about getting stuck in the traffic or being late for work. This is a very convenient method of transportation.

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Basically, the hyperloop is made of reduced-pressure tubes. Pressurized capsules are introduced into these tubes. They ride on air cushions which are driven using linear induction motors as well as air compressors .The speed of these capsules is 700 miles per hour. The first plan was to open a route between Los Angeles and San Fransisco. The estimated time will be 35minutes between the two places.

As Musk was engaged in business concerned with his firms Space X, Solar City and Tesla motors, he could not complete the project. This was then outsourced to those who were ready to take up the challenge. Designs for the capsules and test tracks are being researched and developed A full-scale 8 km track is expected to start operation in 2016. This will help to find the defects in the plan and help to improvise a feasible and safe method of transport.