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Magnets could be used to produce oxygen in space

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  • Magnets attract bubbles of gas to one place where they fuse together. 
  • Where there is lack of gravity, bubbles remain suspended in liquid form.
  • Heavy machinery on international space station uses centrifugal force to force gases out.

Scientists at the University of Warwick have shown how oxygen can be produced in microgravity with the help of magnets.

The magnets attract bubbles of gas to one place where they fuse together. This can replace the heavy machinery that is used to harvest the gas in the low gravity of space.

There is no natural buoyancy in space. This is the primary problem that the recent magnet experiments solve.

On Earth, gas bubbles from liquid naturally rise to the top, but where there is a lack of gravity, bubbles remain suspended in the liquid form.

Heavy machinery on the international space station uses centrifugal force to force the gases out.

These machines need a lot of maintenance and are quite heavy.

A NASA study showed that existing systems were not feasible to carry on long-term missions like trips to Mars and other planets.

To solve the problem, at the special drop tower facility at the Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Germany, experts studied how magnets could be used to separate gas from liquid.

Different types of liquids were tested. The study concluded that a simple neodymium magnet could be enough to pull out gas in microgravity.

The study was published in a Nature-affiliated journal, NPJ Microgravity.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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Elections 2024: On February 8, a “suspension” of cellphone and internet services was suggested.

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The suggestion was made at the meeting of the ECP, which was convened to examine the state of law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, there was a suggestion to cut back on mobile and internet service in vulnerable sections of the nation in time for the general elections in 2024.

The election candidates’ security was also a topic of discussion during the conference, and CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja voiced his worries about the rise in attacks on political gatherings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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Government Decides to Take Action: Solangi Denounces Journalist Harassment Campaign

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The troll army of a political party has been harassing Journalist Gharidah Farooqui, and the Caretaker Government has strongly objected to this nasty and shady campaign, according to Caretaker Minister for Information Murtaza Solangi.

He warned that disclosing someone’s home address or private phone number amounted to encouraging violence and harassment and would not be allowed in a post on the social media site “X.”

The Minister went on to say that the appropriate authorities are looking into the situation and that the offenders and those who assist them will face consequences in accordance with the law.

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