Month: May 2021

For months, NASA had strongly suggested that it would select two companies for the next phase of its Human Landing System (HLS) program. Just as with the commercial cargo and crew programs, agency officials said, having two companies develop and demonstrate lunar landers would provide redundancy and ensure NASA was getting the best deal. “Competition
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HELSINKI — Russia and China are looking to announce new partnerships for a joint initiative to construct a robotic moon base ahead of potential crewed lunar missions. The first responses to invitations to join the International Lunar Research Station project (ILRS) are expected during bilateral meetings during the Global Space Exploration Conference 2021 (GLEX 2021)
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Members of the environmental group MilieuDefensie celebrate the verdict of the Dutch environmental organisation’s case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, outside the Palace of Justice courthouse in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Some of the world’s largest corporate emitters have suffered a series
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Technologies developed by SDA, MDA and DARPA are expected to transition into larger Space Force programs WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s defense budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 seeks more than $1.2 billion  for military space systems in low-Earth orbit.  According to budget documents released May 28, nearly $900 million of that investment is for
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After the 2018 attempt to ban commercial plastic bags in Chile, environmental advocates supported by the government ultimately passed a plastic regulation bill to fight against plastic pollution and reduce Chile’s plastic waste by 2024. The law on single-use plastic ban, which will take effect on 2021, expects restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food industries
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TAMPA, Fla. — As bitter legal disputes and billion-dollar price tags dominate headlines around C-band, work is frantically underway to clear the spectrum for U.S. terrestrial 5G wireless operators. Satellite operators Intelsat and SES, which stand to gain the most from clearing the frequencies in time, are nearing a June 1 internal housekeeping milestone for
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Laura González-Estéfani Contributor Laura González-Estéfani is the founder and CEO of TheVentureCity, an international, operator-led venture acceleration model designed to make the global entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse, international and accessible to fair capital. More posts by this contributor Miami won’t be the next Silicon Valley because we don’t need another one For many VCs, the
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In this article EQNR-NO SGRE-ES This photo shows wind turbine parts at a port in Ostend, Belgium. Philippe Clément/Arterra | Universal Images Group | Getty Images European ports will require new infrastructure and significant investment over the next few years to cope with the growth of the region’s offshore wind sector, according to a new
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The Space Force accounts for about 2.5% of the Defense Department’s $715 billion budget proposal. WASHINGTON — President Biden’s $715 billion defense budget proposal for 2022 includes $17.4 billion for the U.S. Space Force, about $2.2 billion more than what Congress enacted in 2021. The proposed $715 billion defense budget is $11.3 billion more than
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A team at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Artificial Intelligence Software Architectures and Algorithms Group attempted to better understand disinformation campaigns and also aimed to create a mechanism to detect them. The objective of the Reconnaissance of Influence Operations (RIO) programme was also to ensure the ones spreading this misinformation on social media platforms are identified.
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Tianzhou-2 docking with Tianhe paves way for June crewed mission. HELSINKI — China’s Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft docked with the Tianhe space station module in low Earth orbit Saturday, eight hours after launch from Wenchang spaceport. The uncrewed Tianzhou-2 spacecraft completed automated rendezvous and docking maneuvers with Tianhe at 5:01 p.m. Eastern May 29.  Tianzhou-2 is
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NATURE BRIEFING 28 May 2021 Daily briefing: The NAS expels a member for the first time The US National Academy of Sciences has terminated astronomer Geoffrey Marcy’s membership, in light of sexual-harassment complaints. Plus, hundreds of gibberish papers lurk in the literature and a research-integrity specialist faces legal action. Flora Graham Flora Graham View author
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After skipping a year, Google is holding a keynote for its developer conference Google I/O. While it’s going to be an all-virtual event, there should be plenty of announcements, new products and new features for Google’s ecosystem. The conference starts at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM on the East Cost, 6 PM in London,
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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, US, said in a recent paper that they have developed an “effective, low-cost therapeutic intervention” to block the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Syrian hamsters. The therapy, called the Pittsburgh inhalable Nanobody 21 (PiN-21), could provide a needle-free alternative to monoclonal antibodies for treating early
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A logo on storage silos at the Total SE Grandpuits oil refinery in Grandpuits-Bailly-Carrois, France, on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Cyril Marcilhacy | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Investors in French oil giant Total on Friday backed the company’s strategy at its annual shareholder meeting, including plans to tackle the climate emergency, according to
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TAMPA, Fla. — OneWeb’s broadband constellation is set to pass the 200th mark after Arianespace successfully launched its latest batch of satellites May 28. Arianespace launched 36 satellites on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket 1:38 p.m. Eastern from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Russia, which will enlarge OneWeb’s fleet to 218 satellites. The mission was initially scheduled for
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NEWS 28 May 2021 The most detailed 3D map of the Universe ever made Cosmologists have unveiled a trove of fresh data, but the measurements do not settle earlier questions about the Universe’s unexpected smoothness. Davide Castelvecchi Davide Castelvecchi View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on
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Over the course of the pandemic, I’ve seen numerous dispatches issued by software developers touting the carbon footprint reduction potential of shifting to collaboration applications for many employee meetings.  Here’s one example: An April dispatch from Boston-based LogMeIn estimates that its roughly 2 million customers avoided up to 63 million metric tons of greenhouse gas
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WASHINGTON — The bipartisan leadership of the House Science Committee has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate NASA’s cybersecurity activities amid growing concerns about hacking of government computer systems. In a May 27 letter, the top Democrats and Republicans of the committee requested the GAO investigate the “cybersecurity risks to the sensitive data” associated
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NEWS 28 May 2021 Palaeontologists hope Biden will restore protections on fossil-rich US lands Trump’s shrinking of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante reserves may be reversed — ensuring archaeological and fossil treasures are preserved for study. Freda Kreier Freda Kreier View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar
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