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Science & Technology Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2016
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1) Over 1000 Dancing Robots Set Guinness Record In China.

  • A new Guinness world record for the most robots dancing simultaneously has been set in China where 1,007 robots shimmied in unison, nearly double the previous record.
  • Each of the 43.8 cm tall dancing machines at the Qingdao Beer Festival were controlled using just one mobile phone.
  • The attempt was organized by Qingdao-based Ever Win Company which almost doubled the previous record of 540 dancing robots.
2) A search engine that does real-time analysis.
  • The volume and diversity of online data increasing at a tremendous pace, analytics firm SearchBlox has come up with new tools to make sense of the vast amounts of data.
  • The Richmond, Virginia-based company, which recently announced its entry into the Indian market, provides "simple, flexible and affordable enterprise search, sentiment analysis and text analytics solutions.
  • One of the unique features is multilingual search; the solution supports 37 languages. Calling it a "one-of-a-kind analytics product``.
  • SearchBlox, which is a faceted search (meaning, search using filters) and analytics solution, has built-in connectors for indexing websites, databases, Twitter etc.
  • The engine can search across more than 60 data sources of various types like documents, websites, feeds, and tweets etc. providing sentiment analysis.


3) China launches new Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite to get accurate images of Earth.

  • China launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging satellite which provides accurate pictures of earth with ability to photograph detailed scenarios of its specific areas.
  • The satellite was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province.
  • The Gaofen-3 satellite was launched off on the back of a Long March 4C rocket.
  • With 12 imaging modes, the high-definition observation satellite is capable of taking wide pictures of earth and photographing detailed scenarios of specific areas.
4) NASA Picks 6 Companies to Design Deep-Space Habitats.
  • NASA has selected six companies to work on designs for deep space habitat modules that could be used by astronauts living and working near the moon as technology is developed for eventual flights to Mars.
  • The selected companies are Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corporation`s Space Systems and NanoRacks.
  • Each company has up to 24 months to develop ground prototypes and/or conduct concept studie.
  • The models will be used to support integrated systems testing, human factors, and operations testing, as well as help define overall system functionality. 

5) Researchers develop stretchable touch screen that can be worn.

  • Researchers from Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a wearable touch screen panel that is highly stretchable.
  • The touchpad is made of hydrogel, a network of hydrophilic polymers that are soft and very stretchable, unlike the hard materials such as carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires earlier explored for the stretchy touchpads.
  • The thin flexible ionic touchpad that is highly transparent can be placed on one`s arm to play video games, draw, write words as well as to play the piano.
  • The touchpad was still able to operate when it was stretched to more than 1,000 per cent of its normal area.
6) Venus may have once been habitable.
  • Venus may have been habitable, according to a new NASA study that suggests that the planet had a shallow liquid-water ocean and cooler surface temperatures.
  • The findings were obtained with a computer model of the planet’s ancient climate, similar to the type used to predict future climate change on Earth.
  • Scientists long have theorized that Venus formed out of ingredients similar to Earth’s, but followed a different evolutionary path.
  • Since Venus is closer to the Sun than Earth and receives far more sunlight, the planet’s ocean evaporated, water-vapour molecules were broken apart by ultraviolet radiation, and hydrogen escaped to