Science and Technology News: 9 November 2021

9 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. The U.S. military space catalog currently serves as the main source of data about the location of more than 27,000 satellites and space debris objects. But that information is still not enough to figure out what rival nations are doing in orbit, Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, staff director of the U.S. Space Force, said Nov. 8.. SpaceNews
  2. A pair of researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed an artificial material that emulates the way that plants use fluids to defy gravity. In their paper published in the CellPress journal Matter, Amrita Kataruka and Shelby Hutchens describe their synthetic plant tissue analog and its possible uses.
  3. The experiential curriculum and resource guide, Build to Launch, is a new elementary and middle school initiative from Lego Education, the toymaker’s childhood learning products division, and NASA. It teaches problem-solving while exposing students to an array of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and science) jobs required for both space missions and more earthbound arenas. Fast Company
  4. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet was able to spot this year’s super intense solar storm from the International Space Station — and snap at least one beautiful photo. Futurism
  5. Skywatchers taking in the view after sunset have a chance to see Venus and the moon line up with Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky tonight (Nov. 8). Look close to the southwestern horizon about 30 minutes after sunset and you’ll be able to spot the waxing moon, just to the left of the bright glare of Venus. The moon and bright planet will appear to make a line with Jupiter and Saturn that stretches up and to the east.
  6. SpaceX’s Starship can deliver 1,000 times more payload compared to all rockets in the world, says CEO and Founder Elon Musk; even rockets from the company. Currently, the company has 41,000 tons to orbit in the third quarter of the year, and it is inferior to China’s record-breaking 45,000 tons. Techtimes

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India 2024
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The latest opinion polls, including the Mood of the Nation survey by India Today, predict a comfortable victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with a projected win of 335 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections. This forecast suggests a slight decrease from the 2019 elections but still ensures a majority. The survey, involving interviews with over 149,000 respondents, reflects Modi’s enduring popularity based on his nationalist policies and economic reforms. Other polls echo these findings, although seat projections vary slightly. The opposition INDIA alliance is expected to secure a significant number of seats, yet not enough to challenge the NDA’s majority. These predictions highlight a political landscape that remains largely favorable to Modi and the BJP as the election approaches