Month: August 2020

Palestinian people comb a landfill site in Gaza for scrap to sell.Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth Frank A. von Hippel Univ. Chicago Press (2020) The Contamination of the Earth: A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age François Jarrige
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Deep qubits: practical quantum computers based on superconducting technologies may have to be located underground to protect against decoherence by ionizing radiation. (Courtesy: iStock/Devrimb) Such is their sensitivity to environmental noise, quantum computers might in future be shielded by thick layers of lead and even operated deep underground. So say physicists in the US, who
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Several storms may develop this week, and officials are eyeing four tropical systems coming this way. There is currently one off the US coast in its southeast corner, which seems to have the highest chances of developing within the coming few days. Even if Marco and Laura have already gone, officials are still alert for coming weather events detected from the tropics. (Photo:
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Amazon.com is testing out the viability of drone delivery for small packages. Amazon.com Amazon received federal approval to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday, a milestone that allows the company to expand unmanned package delivery. The approval will give Amazon broad privileges to “safely and efficiently deliver
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HELSINKI — China is making progress with a spaceport to facilitate sea-based launch activity and development of rockets, satellites and related applications. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), the country’s main space contractor, is developing the spaceport in Haiyang City on the coast of the eastern province of Shandong. The ‘Eastern aerospace port’
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As corporate interest in carbon removal options grows, Puro.earth, a startup from Finland, is offering a twist on carbon marketplaces. Instead of selling and trading credits related to nature-based solutions, its exchange features industrial businesses that store carbon dioxide in products such as biochar, timber construction and other building materials. Puro.earth co-founder Antti Vihavainen said
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In vivo delivery of a gene-editing protein (Cre-recombinase) into the mouse brain, visualized as red fluorescence (scale bar 100 μm). Inset: transmission electron microscopy image of lipid nanoparticles containing Cre-recombinase (scale bar 0.1 μm). (Courtesy: Qiaobing Xu, Tufts University) Nanoparticles doped with molecules derived from a neurotransmitter can smuggle chemical cargoes across the blood–brain barrier
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched a radar imaging satellite for Capella Space Aug. 30 in the first flight of its Electron rocket since a failure nearly two months earlier. The Electron lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 11:05 p.m. Eastern. It deployed its payload, the Sequoia radar imaging
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Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman Snowflake In an era of founder-led tech companies, Snowflake’s Frank Slootman is a corporate throwback. Slootman, 61, is a professional CEO. He’s an operations guru, the leader who turns a jet plane into a rocketship and makes piles of cash for investors, employees, and himself. Along the way, some feelings will get
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a GreenBiz piece about what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can teach us about the moment we’re in right now, based on our latest polling of Americans. At Circularity 2020, I’m talking about how to engage people in recycling, and the two ideas are linked together. The gist is that
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Taken from the August 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Unsafe science There is a lot we still don’t know about natural disasters, such as exactly when a volcano will erupt. (Courtesy: iStock/Beboy_ltd) “Comfort’s in Heaven, and we are on
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Hurricane Laura is counted among the most powerful storms in US history. In its wake, it ravaged Louisiana, killed six people and left massive damage and destruction. (Photo: Reuters Connect )Workers Bobby Ore and Steve Piersall remove a tree that fell onto a house in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., August 28, 2020. The
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Introduced by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), the proposal to use navy ranks got a prominent endorsement from the Starfleet captain himself, William Shatner. WASHINGTON — Before the House passed the so-called “Starfleet” amendment, Space Force officials had been internally debating a new rank structure to set the space branch apart from its parent service the
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(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)Seaweed has many benefits; it may be able to replace plastic as a future source of fuel and food. Seaweed has many benefits; it may replace plastic as a future source of fuel and food. Seaweed is classified as algae. It is fast-growing, uses energy from the sun, and consumes carbon dioxide and nutrients from seawater. Scientists are suggesting
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Elon Musk isn’t content with electric cars, shooting people into orbit, populating Mars and building underground tunnels to solve traffic problems. He also wants to get inside your brain. His startup, Neuralink, wants to one day implant computer chips inside the human brain. The goal is to develop implants that can treat neural disorders —
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If you believe Earth has some bad weather, you might want to think again. Earth’s worst storms are nothing compared to the sulfuric acid rain on Venus, towering dust devils on Mars, or supersonic winds on Neptune. We actually have it pretty cushy here on Earth. —————————————————— #ExtremeWeather #SolarSystem Science Insider tells you all you
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Cats and dogs are said to be colorblind or see the world in black and white and have more heightened senses than humans. But according to Katherine Houpt, a professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary of Medicine, but colorblindness is not entirely true.  Here are some things you should know about your cats and dogs:  Colorblindness is not entirely true.
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German auto giant Mercedes-Benz announced its largest order of electric vehicles to date Friday: 1,800 electric delivery vans for retail giant Amazon to use across Europe. The deal shows how companies are increasingly paying attention to ways to decarbonize transportation including buying more zero-emission commercial vehicles. In particular, the market for electric last-mile delivery vehicles
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Plastics recycling is failing. Globally, over 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced annually, but according to the OECD, only 14-18% of that is recycled. And now that China has stopped importing the world’s plastic waste, we’re being forced to deal with it domestically.  The problem is, most plastics just aren’t recyclable. And even those
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A health worker immunizes a child during a polio vaccination campaign in northwest Nigeria in 2017.Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Africa is free from wild poliovirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 August — leaving just two countries where the virus remains endemic. The Africa Regional Certification Commission, an independent body responsible for overseeing
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (6:45). Features Mainstage highlights from Circularity 20 (19:10) This week, GreenBiz hosted Circularity 20, the largest North American conference focused on circular economy issues. We’ll be posting videos for many systems in coming weeks. Meanwhile, here are highlights from four of our mainstage speakers. (A second batch is forthcoming
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Complex physics: a water polo goalkeeper uses the eggbeater kick to rise up in the water. (Courtesy: Ryanjo/CC BY-SA 3.0) Water polo is a gruelling sport and even staying in one place requires the continuous effort of treading water. To extend their reach for the ball while stationary, players use a kick called the “eggbeater”
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