Month: May 2020

Launching Americans from U.S. soil, sending a new rover to Mars and continuing to prepare for human missions to the Moon are just a few of the things NASA has planned for 2020. This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2019_1231_2020_Look_Ahead
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Credit: Adapted from Getty This week’s been tough. That swine, reviewer 2, reached out his long arm and slapped down one of my grants. This was a big application that had taken six months to bring together. Rejection under normal circumstances is grim. Rejection on top of everything else at the moment is brutal. The
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As tech companies like Twitter and Facebook gear up for longer-term remote work solutions, the future of work is becoming one of the more exciting opportunities in venture capital, Charles River Ventures general partner Saar Gur told TechCrunch. And as loneliness mounts with shelter-in-place orders implemented in various forms across the world, investors are looking
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WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station May 31, less than a day after making history as the first human orbital spaceflight from the United States in nearly nine years. The spacecraft, named Endeavour by its crew of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, docked with the station’s Harmony
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Staring at screens right before sleep turns out to be a lot worse than previously thought. Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, lays out all of the negative effects bedtime screen viewing can have on the brain and body. —————————————-­———- Follow BI Video on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1oS68Zs Follow BI
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29 May — Battling the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ For researchers who track how information spreads, the COVID-19 pandemic is an experimental subject like no other. Misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories have spread widely online, and researchers are scrambling to track and analyse these falsehoods in the hope of understanding where such information comes from, how it
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A fossil of a 425 million-year-old millipede called Kampecaris obanensis and unearthed in Scotland is shown in this undated handout photo released to Reuters on May 27, 2020. British Geological Survey/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used a speech after the successful SpaceX Crew Dragon launch May 30 to tout his administration’s accomplishments in space, some of which predate his time in office, rather than announce any new initiatives. Trump spoke inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center a little more than
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Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that is associated with childbirth and breastfeeding. It is frequently called the “love hormone” because oxytocin levels increase during hugging and sexual activity. This hormone has many health benefits, including the treatment of several conditions such as anxiety, depression, and even intestinal problems. This neuropeptide is a hormone released by the
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WASHINGTON — The first crewed orbital launch from the United States in nearly nine years took place May 30, placing a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts on board into orbit, bound for the International Space Station. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at
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It’s not just Mission Control that’s counting down — how are you preparing to #LaunchAmerica? From building your own rocket to binge-watching launch overage, share a video, a photo or simply your thoughts for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms, as we prepare for the return of human spaceflight to U.S.
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An alternative approach to harnessing entangled photons (artist’s impression) could help to provide a highly accurate form of radar. Credit: LAGUNA DESIGN/SPL Quantum physics 29 May 2020 Entangled photons can be used to make quantum radar that delivers a target’s location. The precision and efficiency of radar might be improved by harnessing quantum entanglement, the
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Emerging carbon capture utilization (CCU) technologies potentially allow chemical companies and other manufacturers such as steel companies to convert waste carbon from industrial emissions — in the form of carbon monoxide (CO) and/or carbon dioxide (CO2) — into sustainable, value-added biofuels and chemicals. Using CCU technologies to consume waste feedstocks reportedly can cut production costs;
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A recent study has demonstrated the capacity of infectious or pathogenic bacteria to survive on an “extra-terrestrial diet” in space. There is again a surge in interest regarding space exploration. The last decade has seen increased public interest and increased awareness regarding new moon missions, news about space, and even the advances in knowledge about
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The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests
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The latest embedded software technology moves hardware into an almost magical realm Adam Benzion 7 hours Adam Benzion Contributor A serial entrepreneur, writer, and tech investor, Adam Benzion is the co-founder of Hackster.io, the world’s largest community for hardware developers. Aluminum and iconography are no longer enough for a product to get noticed in the
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FILE PHOTO: Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19,
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WASHINGTON — Intelsat is asking its bankruptcy court for authorization to modify a $50 million loan to Spaceflight Industries’ Earth-observation business BlackSky that could become a snag in Spaceflight’s sale of its launch rideshare business.  Intelsat signed the BlackSky loan Oct. 31, about two weeks before it was publicly announced, according to a bankruptcy document.
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A study has found that female chimpanzees play a crucial part in their group’s territory protection and expansion. An international research team has conducted an extensive survey of several neighboring western chimpanzee groups, and they found that not only females but the whole group play essential roles in intergroup competition. This contradicts previous beliefs among
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The COVID-19 crisis has disastrous human and economic consequences, revealing our system’s exposure to a variety of risks. The call for a more resilient, circular and low-carbon economic model has garnered support from a growing number of businesses and governments over the past few years, and appears today more relevant than ever. Identifying opportunities, keeping
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Modern rocket. Retro logo. Same mission. The Worm is back. And just in time to mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil. The retro, modern and iconic emblem will fly once again, this time on the side of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will ferry astronauts Robert Behnken and
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Economists, like researchers in many disciplines, are responding to the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate priorities are understanding the consequences of the crisis for public finances and international trade. Scholars are scrambling to collect data on how many jobs are lost, what people can afford to buy and what shortages will emerge. Even
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Archaeologist Miomir Korac looks at 9 metre-long front section of a wooden Roman ship dated to the 3rd century AD, at the ancient city of Viminacium, near Kostolac, Serbia, May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Marko Djurica BELGRADE (Reuters) – As the sun sank over a vast opencast coal mine in eastern Serbia earlier this month, a small
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has received a license from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing the company to carry out suborbital flight tests of its Starship next-generation launch vehicle. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation published the launch license May 28 for what it calls the Starship Prototype Launch Vehicle. The license allows SpaceX to conduct
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