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Cross the line between air and water, and you enter a very different world. The air can be completely silent, but listen below the sea’s surface and your ears fill with sound. Here, I’m listening to a colleague using a wireless acoustic signal to trigger the release of an underwater noise-monitoring buoy moored to the
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In Honolulu, Hawaii, a colony of seabirds within the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is threatened by the invasive yellow crazy ants. The invasive species found their way to the nature reserve and started disrupting the seabird colony’s lives.  If this alarming situation continues, the birds might
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WASHINGTON — NASA officials expressed confidence that a key test of the Space Launch System scheduled for Jan. 16 will go well, keeping open the chances that the vehicle will make its long-delayed debut before the end of the year. NASA has scheduled a full-duration static-fire test of the SLS core stage at the Stennis
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Credit: Adapted from Getty Planning: it’s what we scientists do. Every experiment needs to be thought through in advance. The depth of planning will vary from field to field. A small pilot study that I might do in my immunology laboratory, for example, requires less forethought than does a field trip involving the UK polar-research
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COVINGTON, La. — Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket reached orbit on its second flight Jan. 17, demonstrating the performance of the air-launch system after years of development. The company’s Boeing 747 aircraft, called Cosmic Girl, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California at 1:38 p.m. Eastern with the LauncherOne rocket attached. The
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Scientists carrying out investigative work on honey have revealed crucial data about the feeding habits of honeybees. There has been a considerable shift in wildflowers available to the pollinators. (Photo : Pixabay) Researchers made use of genetic tools to determine which particular plants the honeybees visited in the rural regions. This was compared with a
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A trial of the CoronaVac shot reported results this week.Credit: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters Long-awaited results about the effectiveness of a leading Chinese COVID-19 vaccine were tinged with disappointment and confusion this week. But researchers say the vaccine could help reduce deaths from the disease. Researchers in Brazil reported that CoronaVac, developed by Beijing-based Sinovac, was 50.4%
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WASHINGTON — Broadband satellite company OneWeb announced Jan. 15 it has raised $400 million from SoftBank and Hughes Network Systems, allowing the company to continue deployment of its constellation. The new round includes $350 million from SoftBank, who was the biggest shareholder in OneWeb before it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2020. The
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Credit: Richard Drury/Getty If you’re based in academia and have lined up interviews with industry employers, you can anticipate certain questions and prepare effective responses that improve your chances of getting the job. ‘Why should we hire you?’ is the most common one. A company’s hiring manager wants to know that you are eminently capable
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GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij at company event in London GitLab GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij, fresh off an employee share sale that valued his software start-up at $6 billion, said he’s still looking to take the company public, though he’s eyeing many more options than were available in the past. Sijbrandij on Thursday confirmed CNBC’s reporting
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BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — NASA performed a hotfire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System Jan. 16, but the stage’s four main engines shut down a little more than a minute into a test designed to last eight minutes. The core stage ignited its four RS-25 engines at 5:27 p.m. Eastern
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Even people who already exercise might improve their cardiovascular health by doing more. Credit: Eduardo Parra/Europa Press/Getty Medical research 15 January 2021 Data from nearly 100,000 people find no upper limit to the heart benefits of increasing exercise levels. Regular exercise boosts good health. Now, research shows that as physical activity increases, benefits to the
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Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services. CNBC Getting kicked off Amazon Web Services is rare, but it has enormous consequences. It happened this week, when Amazon dropped Parler, a social network that gained traction from conservatives after Twitter banned President Donald Trump and housed content that encouraged violence. Parler filed suit against Amazon in
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‘Hello world!’ Escherichia coli bacteria can store short phrases in their DNA. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL Chemical biology 15 January 2021 A common bacterium can be engineered to carry coded messages in its genome. Scientists have stored data in the genomes of living bacteria, which can safeguard information against contamination — and possibly data thieves. Data
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Jeff Housenbold, managing partner at SoftBank’s Vision Fund SoftBank SoftBank’s Jeff Housenbold, who led the Vision Fund’s investments in companies including DoorDash, OpenDoor and Wag, is leaving the firm later this year. SoftBank shook up the Silicon Valley investment world with the first Vision Fund in 2017, ultimately raising $100 billion, funded in large part
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SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s C-band auction of 280 megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it’s not quite over. Still to come is the assignment phase, where companies awarded spectrum blocks bid for frequency-specific licenses. Prior to the auction, companies struggled to put a price tag on the bandwidth.
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Facebook’s logo displayed on a phone screen and keyboard. Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook said Friday it will block the creation of new Facebook events happening near the White House, the U.S. Capitol building and state capitol buildings through President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. In a blog post that was
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The large intestine. Infection ‘trains’ both the digestive system and the gut microbiome to fend off hostile microorganisms. Credit: Nigel Downer/SPL Microbiome 15 January 2021 Gut-wrenching infection encourages production of an amino acid consumed by helpful bacteria. Some intestinal illnesses might be a blessing in disguise. A study in mice shows that bowel infections can
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The Space and Missile Systems Center delayed the award to further evaluate a court judgment against NSTXL. WASHINGTON —  National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) on Jan. 15 received a contract to manage the U.S. Space Force’s Space Enterprise Consortium for the next 10 years.  The Space and Missile Systems Center intended to award the contract
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Just over a year ago, the Rockefeller Foundation put out a global call for proposals for radical reform of our food systems. More than 1,300 teams from 119 countries responded. The pile of submissions was whittled down to 79 semifinalists and then, last week, to 10 “bold ideas for tackling some of the world’s most
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The United Kingdom entered its third lockdown after genomic surveillance detected a fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2 variant.Credit: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty 2021 is shaping up to be the year of COVID-19 variants. In the past two months, scientists have identified several fast-spreading variants that have prompted government restrictions in many countries — and new variants are being detected more
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Surveillance cameras are mounted on a post at Tiananmen Square as snow falls in Beijing, China, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — A new report reveals patent applications belonging to Huawei and a group of China-based artificial intelligence companies for systems that can detect people who
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