Indian Teen Develops World’s ‘Smallest’ Satellite- And NASA Is Launching It

NASA to launch 18-year-old Indian teen’s world smallest satellite on June 21

Of late, India has seen a lot of child prodigies emerging from its country. Be it Akrit Jaswal, the boy who performed his first surgery at the age of 7 or Kishan Shrikanth, recognized as the youngest director in the world by Guinness Book of World Records or Kautilya Pandit, an 8-year-old wonderkid with extraordinary memory, named as India’s “Google boy”.

This time around it is an 18-year-old boy, Rifath Sharook from Pallapatti town in Tamilnadu, India who has designed ‘KalamSat’, which is claimed to be the lightest and smallest satellite in the world for NASA.

Weighing just 64 grams, ‘KalamSat’, which is named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched by on an SR-4 rocket from Wallops Space Flight facility at Virginia, U.S. on June 21. This is the first time ever that NASA would be conducting an Indian student’s experiment for its sub-orbital space flight.

So, how did Sharook’s experiment get through NASA? Sharook’s project, which is a first to be manufactured via 3D printing got selected through a contest, ‘Cubes in Space’, sponsored jointly by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning’ organization.

Sharook said that the satellite is made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer. The mission phase of the space launch will be 240 minutes, during which the satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space before it begins its downward route back towards the ocean. The aim of the project is to provide motivation to plan economical space missions in future.

“The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre,” Sharook was quoted as saying by the Times of India (TOI).

The main challenge of the contest was to create an experiment that would fit into a four-metre cube and weight exactly 64 grams so that it can be flown to space.

He said, “We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest.”

Talking about his experience, Sharook said, “We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of onboard computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth. We obtained some of the components from abroad and some are indigenous.”

As the satellite weighs less than 0.1 kg, it has fallen in the category of ‘femto’ group.

The Cubes in Space contest, in which Sharook’s lightweight satellite emerged as the winner in the Space Kidz India program, inspires students to design an experiment that could be sent to space.

“Our goal is to help kids from around the world learn to problem-solve, to get them inspired about learning, to learn skills and develop interests that will prepare them to succeed in the future,” its organizers say.

This is not the first time Sharook has invented something unique. In 2015, he had launched a 1,200g helium weather balloon into the atmosphere.

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Drinking Coffee Might Reduce Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer – Oncology Nurse Advisor

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Drinking Coffee Might Reduce Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer
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Med who drank 3 or more cups of Italian style coffee per day had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, according to results from a study published in the International Journal of Cancer. This population cohort study followed 6989 men aged 50
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Five Popular Myths About Learning That Are Completely Wrong

What you think you know about how you retain new information and skills is likely completely wrong. Here’s what actually works.

You’ve made it this far in life, so you probably think you know how you learn new information. But it turns out that false beliefs about teaching and learning are a problem that we carry with us throughout our lives, says Ulrich Boser, author of Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or How to Become an Expert In Just About Anything.

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Google’s second generation TPU chips takes machine learning processing to a new level

 Google announced its next generation of its custom Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) machine learning chips at Google I/O today. These chips, which are designed specifically to speed up machine learning tasks, are supposed to be more capable than CPUs or even GPUs at these tasks and are an upgrade from the first generation of chips the company released at last year’s I/O. And speed up… Read More

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Google debuts 2nd-generation machine learning TPU chips, says they can deliver up to 180 teraflops of performance, available on Google Compute Engine platform (Nick Statt/The Verge)


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Google debuts 2nd-generation machine learning TPU chips, says they can deliver up to 180 teraflops of performance, available on Google Compute Engine platform  —  The TPU V2 could be a huge boon to Google’s cloud computing platform  —  Google today is unveiling its second generation Tensor Processor Unit …

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Google says it’s bringing Smart Reply to Gmail for all iOS and Android English-speaking users, with Spanish support arriving “in the coming weeks” (James Vincent/The Verge)


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iOS 10.3.2 arrives with nearly two dozen security fixes



Apple has just released iOS 10.3.2 to the public, following around a month and a half of beta testing that began shortly after iOS 10.3 came out. It’s available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any devices that run iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

Like the intervening iOS 10.3.1 update, the release notes for 10.3.2 only say that it “includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad,” which suggests that the release is primarily focused on security updates.

According to Apple’s security update page, it fixes quite a wide range of bugs that affect everything from the iPhone 5 on up: one in the AVEVideoEncoder, one in CoreAudio, two in iBooks, one in IOSurface, two in the kernel, one Notifications bug, one in Safari, four SQLite bugs, one TextInput problem, a whopping eight WebKit-related fixes that address an even larger number of vulnerabilities, and an update to the certificate trust policy. As with any update that fixes a large number of bugs, you should patch as soon as you can to prevent exploits of the now-public vulnerabilities.

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How To Build An Underground Survival Bunker From Scratch


The whole underground shelter thing is not as cut and dry as you may think. I have serious reservations about long term bunker living. How effective would it actually be? How mind-numbing would it be? Having a short-term bunker or storm shelter, on the other hand, is an idea that I can get behind. Even […]

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A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles


Back in 2013 when Google Reader was about to close its door and disappoint its users, our editor Rhiannon suggested 6 Free Google Reader Alternatives. Among them, you might have been using one or any other choice that suits your need now.

Along the way, things change and there are other great contenders coming up to give you more choices. One of them is Inoreader, which has been developed by Innologica Ltd since after they learned about Google Reader shutting down.

If you’ve not tried Inoreader, give it a second glance as its interface and features have evolved over the years to become one of the strong players. It is a clean, simple and yet powerful content reader designed to cater for news feeds and any web articles that you like to save for reading, minus unnecessary frills and hassles.

Inoreader is accessible online with a web browser. It has a Firefox addon or a Chrome extension known as Inoreader Companion that helps you preview, subscribe to feeds or save a webpage to Inoreader easily. If you’re coming from other feed readers, the Inoreader web version has a function to import your subscriptions from an OPML file.

In addition to the web version, Inoreader gives you a free and excellent mobile app running across multiple platforms including Android, iOS and Windows Mobile.  Read More

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