Month: January 2021

By: Hannah Pell Many of us have been spending a lot of time on our own lately. It can be difficult to feel like we’re accomplishing all that much individually — especially when social media is always there to remind you of how productive your friends and colleagues have been during quarantine. I long for
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is on track for a landing next month that will begin in earnest an effort to return samples of the planet to Earth. The spacecraft, launched July 30, is scheduled to land in Jezero Crater at 3:55 p.m. Eastern Feb. 18. It will place on the surface the Perseverance
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Crowds at the 2019 LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California.Credit: Agustin Paullier/AFP/Getty Scientists who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) are more likely to experience harassment and career obstacles than their non-LGBTQ colleagues, a survey of more than 25,000 researchers has found. These incidents can negatively impact LGBTQ scientists’ health and well-being,
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WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle developer Firefly Aerospace, nearing its first orbital launch attempt, is looking to raise $350 million to scale up production and work on a new, larger vehicle. During an IPO Edge webinar Jan. 26 about investment in the space industry, Tom Markusic, chief executive of Firefly Aerospace, said the funding the
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Many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy today are not necessarily what they were before. Bananas, for example, used to have large hard seeds. But, due to selective breeding and genetic engineering, we can now enjoy big and meaty bananas without having to worry about choking with seeds. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons) Another
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Institutional Investor Hall of Famer Richard Bernstein warns retail investors will pay a big price for getting caught up in speculative trades. Bernstein, who has spent decades on Wall Street, cites the democratization of the market as a critical contributor to the excessive euphoria. He worries naiveté will ultimately put amateurs in difficult positions. “Bubbles show
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Vials of CoronaVac are inspected in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Credit: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters COVID vaccines might be less potent against new viral variants Emerging, fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus might reduce the protective effects of two leading vaccines. Michel Nussenzweig at the Rockefeller University in New York City and his colleagues analysed blood from 20 volunteers who
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and its United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle prepare for an unprecedented mission to “kiss the Sun.” NASA launch schedule: https://go.nasa.gov/2JfklMB About the mission: https://go.nasa.gov/2ubAwFS The spacecraft aims to unravel 60 years’ worth of mysteries surrounding the Sun’s corona. Watch this 4K video as NASA’s Launch Services Program continues
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The aviation sector in a pandemic has 99 problems. And climate change remains a big one.  The industry aims to build back better, aware that it’s one of the few sectors that hasn’t yet embraced electrification. The key solutions today are biofuels, only displacing a mere fraction of fossil fuels-based jet fuel, and offsets. But
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From older structures modernized using connected devices, to more recent developments which integrate sustainable and technologically-advanced design features, the buildings people live and work in are changing. It’s clear that, as governments and businesses around the world look to increase economic productivity while reducing their carbon footprint, the built environment will need to be both
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A speaker’s spontaneous hand motions can affect the way listeners perceive vowel sounds. Credit: Getty Human behaviour 27 January 2021 Emphatic movements called beat gestures play a subtle but important part in communicating a speaker’s meaning. Do we listen with our eyes? A behavioural study is the first to suggest that the simple, rhythmic hand
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force on Dec. 31 officially terminated launch technology partnerships signed in October 2018 with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. The Air Force awarded Launch Service Agreements to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance. These were six-year public-private partnerships where both the government and the contractors agreed to invest
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Scientists have for the first time ascertain how glaciers in Greenland’s fjords are affected by heating coastal waters. This work was carried out by scientists at the University of California, Irvine, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For the past five years, scientists have been working with the help and support of the Oceans Melting Greenland Mission.
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Becoming a representative for PhD researchers can give you skills that are not often learnt during a doctoral programme, such as how to tackle challenges in a team.Credit: Getty In 2017, three months after starting my PhD at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany, I joined the centre’s group representing doctoral
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Bill Winters, chief executive officer of Standard Chartered, at the Asian Financial Forum 2020 in Hong Kong. Kyle Lam | Bloomberg | Getty Images A large and “credible” carbon market is needed to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars into assets involved in reducing global emissions, according to Standard Chartered CEO Bill Winters. Winters chairs
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Immunologist Cao Xuetao has been barred from applying for grants for a year.Credit: VCG/Getty A distinguished Chinese immunologist, Cao Xuetao, has been cleared of significant wrong-doing more than a year after the government launched an investigation to review 63 manuscripts co-authored by Cao containing suspected problematic images. The investigating committee found that none of the
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According to a model of tectonic plate motion, Eurasia and Ameria would amalgamate to form Amasia, a supercontinent. According to national geographic, the earth measures up to 148 million square kilometers. The ocean covers up to three-fourth of the surface, the seven continents make up other parts of it, and then there are islands that are
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This year, financial institutions must make a significant leap forward on climate — from pledges to progress. Even amidst a global pandemic, 2020 proved climate finance and a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are more than passing fads, with net-zero financed emissions commitments from Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and a group of 30
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WASHINGTON — Less than a week after leaving the agency, former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is joining a private equity firm that invests in the aerospace and defense industries. Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm based in Oklahoma City, said Jan. 25 that it had hired Bridenstine as a senior adviser, assisting the company
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Steve Proehl | Corbis Unreleased | Getty Images Apple promoted its hardware chief, Dan Riccio, to a new role “focusing on a new project.” He will report to CEO Tim Cook, Apple announced on Monday. Riccio was previously the company’s senior vice president for hardware engineering, signing off on the physical aspects and electrical engineering
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Demonstrators in Chicago protest President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate change accord on June 2, 2017. Scott Olson | Getty Images News | Getty Images The International Renewable Energy Agency has hailed the U.S. decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord as a “crucial” step forward in the fight against climate change.
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On the table in this photograph are the remains of more than 130 wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) — Australia’s largest bird of prey. The birds had been poisoned, and I needed to confirm the species for a criminal case. As collection manager of ornithology at the Australian Museum in Sydney, I not only identify birds,
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The SDA will consider funding research-and-development projects for technologies it might not be able to find in the open market.  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency issued an open call for information from the space industry covering a laundry list of technologies.  The “broad area announcement” published Jan. 25 asks companies to submit pitches
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Saturn (left) might have the migration of its moon Titan (right) to thank for its conspicuous tilt. Credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library Planetary science 25 January 2021 Scientists have a new theory for how the ringed planet got its tilt. Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, probably tugged the ringed planet off-kilter one billion years ago. Saturn
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We personally know a person or two that we think eats in a weird manner. No, not sloppy, but strange. But, no matter how odd that person eats his/her food, he/she got nothing on these animals. Yes, animals don’t eat the way humans do, so we should not judge them. But, the way the animals
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WASHINGTON — Electric propulsion company Phase Four flew its first plasma thrusters on two spacecraft that were part of a SpaceX dedicated rideshare launch Jan. 24. Phase Four said its Maxwell plasma propulsion systems were on two of the 143 spacecraft launched on the Transporter-1 mission. The company declined to name the satellites at the
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Evergrande Group Chairman Xu Jiayin attends Evergrande New Energy Auto Global Strategic Partners Summit on November 12, 2019 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — Shares of the electric vehicle unit of Chinese property giant Evergrande surged as much as 67% on Monday after the
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