Month: November 2020

WASHINGTON — Despite a lull in orbital launch activity at Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials with the U.S. Space Force foresee a “very promising future” for both commercial and government launches there. The Falcon 9 launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean science satellite Nov. 21 was the first orbital launch from Vandenberg since another
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After a century, Antarctica’s blue whales have been seen in South Georgia once again after near extinction. Largest-known animal seen again The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest known animal on the planet, is critically endangered. They have been seen in the waters near South Georgia Island near Antarctica, after nearly a hundred years of being nearly hunted
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In New Mexico, a lava tube shows evidence of Ancestral Puebloans surviving climate change by melting ice for their water needs. For over ten millennia, the people of the arid landscape of what is now western New Mexico have been famous for having unique architecture, complex societies, and political and economic systems.  Studying the ancient Puebloans In the El Malpais,
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“I do believe that human spaceflight is an imperative for our planet, and to be a part of that — to keep the progress going — I find very inspiring.” NASA astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker holds a bachelor of arts degree in physics, a master of science and a doctorate of philosophy in space physics
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A DoorDash Inc. delivery person places an order into an insulated bag at Chef Geoff’s restaurant in Washington, D.C. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tech investors have plenty of reading to do over the Thanksgiving holiday in the form of IPO filings. DoorDash, Airbnb, Affirm, Roblox and Wish all unveiled their prospectuses in
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Monarch caterpillars have been demonstrated to head-butt one another as they fight for scarce milkweed food supply. The dwindling food source causes the insects to become aggressive towards others, as observed by scientists in laboratory experiments. READ: Study Debunks Migration Mortality as Major Cause of Butterfly Monarch’s Population Decline Scarce food supply  To become a butterfly, Monarch caterpillars need
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A presentation is not a journal article — so don’t prepare for them in the same way.Credit: Getty In 20 years of coaching biomedical researchers on presentation techniques, I have continually been frustrated by scientists trying to make presentations as comprehensive as journal articles. Their thinking is understandable: “Better too much than too little, and
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Kelsey Huntington, a pathology PhD student, applied her knowledge of the immune system in colorectal cancer to COVID-19 research.Credit: Kelsey Huntington As a postdoctoral researcher in disease ecology at the University of Montpellier, France, Amandine Gamble spent the first two months of 2019 hunting down unsuspecting albatrosses on the Falkland Islands. Gamble was finishing some
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AN FRANCISCO – Hyperspectral satellite startup Orbital Sidekick (OSK) announced a contract Nov. 19 to work with an industry-led consortium to develop tools for daily monitoring of oil and gas pipelines. “This is an important validation of our commercial application and viability,” Dan Katz, OSK CEO and co-founder, told SpaceNews. “We are not merely a
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The number of deaths across Central America and Colombia has reached more than 40 and the death toll is rising as rescuers race against time to reach far-flung areas that were isolated. Most of the dead were recorded in Nicaragua and Honduras. Honduran President and leaders from Central American Countries plead for aid. In Nicaragua, 160,000
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s seven-month-old Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery is disbanding as the coronavirus pandemic reaches a second peak, but his co-chairs predict the state will have a strong economic turnaround once the pandemic is past. Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer, one of the co-chairs, said in a phone interview with CNBC that
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The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday, transporting NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7:27 p.m. on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew
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SAN FRANCISCO – AAC Clyde Space announced a 19 million euro ($22.5 million) contract backed by the U.K. Space Agency to develop a 10-cubesat communications and Earth-observation constellation. As part of the three-year project called xSPANCION, AAC Clyde Space will develop and manufacture satellites to provide space-based services to companies eager to harness satellites to
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Chlordecone is a chemical manufactured as a white powder used by Caribbean plantation workers in Martinique and Guadaloupe and applied under banana plantation trees as protection against insects. Cause of prostate cancer Ambroise Bertin is a banana plantation worker who worked with chlordecone for several years. He contracted prostate cancer, which is more common in his home in Martinique and Guadeloupe compared to any other place
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A copper collecting plate (long central structure) paired with a transparent, heat-trapping material (white strip, top) harvests enough solar heat to make steam. Credit: Lin Zhao Renewable energy 20 November 2020 A sunlight-powered device equipped with an a lightweight gel makes steam hot enough to kill dangerous microbes. An airy insulating material doubles the efficiency
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WASHINGTON — OneWeb announced Nov. 20 that its sale to an ownership group led by Bharti Global and the British government has closed, allowing the company to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a new chief executive. OneWeb said it had completed “all relevant regulatory approvals,” allowing the sale of the company to exit Chapter
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Volcanic eruptions burned coal and oil in what is now Siberia, which helped usher the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction Event or the “Great Dying.” The mass extinction Paleontologists termed the event like the Great Dying or Permian-Triassic mass extinction. This occurred approximately 252 million years in the past, where in the span of tens of millennia, 96% of every marine
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“It’s just been amazing.” NASA astronaut Victor Glover is launching to space for the first time on Nov. 15 when the NASA SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifts off from Kennedy Space Center. Glover is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, holds three master of science degrees, and was selected as a NASA
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab launched its Electron rocket Nov. 19, placing nearly 30 smallsats in orbit while making its first attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage. The Electron lifted off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 9:20 p.m. Eastern on a mission called “Return to Sender” by the
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Four astronauts riding a newly designed spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX docked with the International Space Station Monday night, in the first crewed mission on a privately built space capsule purchased by NASA. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience by its crew of three Americans and one Japanese astronaut, docked at 11:01pm EST (9:31am Tuesday IST), 27 hours
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The invasive species Argentine tegu lizard has spread throughout Florida’s southern region and has even spilled over the US southeast. It poses a threat to farmers and native species. They have bred continuously in many states once they have escaped or have been released.  Argentine tegu behavior  Argentine tegus come from South America. They are known to be
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While the average pimple should be left alone, ingrown hairs require immediate attention. If they go untreated, the irritating bumps can become painful and even dangerous. Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science: space, medicine, biotech, physiology, and more. Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: http://www.businessinsider.com/science Science Insider on
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By: Hannah Pell Two years ago on November 16th, 2018, representatives from more than 60 member nations of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (International Bureau of Weights and Measures) convened in Versailles, France to make a very important decision. Representatives in attendance to the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) unanimously
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