A US laboratory has begun printing high-temperature, high-strength 3D ceramic parts, and the development is likely to have noteworthy benefits for aviation. Californian company HRL Laboratories has used a 3D printed resin in the required size and shape, and fired it to convert it into a ceramic that can endure temperatures up to 1,700 degrees Celsius, without any loss of crucial strength.
The annual Quadrantid meteor shower that is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours on January 4 would be the first celestial event to be seen in the New Year. And scientists have suggested that those wanting to have the best view should observe the event from midnight and on through to sunrise on Monday morning.
Earlier, astronomers predicted that earthlings are going to witness a stunning cosmic light show, commonly known as aurora, on New Year’s Eve as a massive solar eruption was hurtling towards our home planet. If you are eagerly waiting for the rare solar flare, here’s a party pooper: not every space enthusiast will be able to see the aurora borealis.
About 15 years from today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) may launch its Orion spacecraft on a voyage to Mars, the first such manned mission to deep space. The space agency has revealed many things about the space journey, but didn’t tell anything about a habitable module. Now, Congress has asked NASA to build a prototype deep space habitation module by 2018.