Scientists have recently and finally solved the mystery of how flying snakes, move, glide, and fly. Researchers say that they determined how flying snakes glide through the air by making special undulating motions when they are airborne, allowing them to glide, ‘fly,’ and keep themselves from falling. Their undulations, serpentine movements that most if not
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In 2016, for the first time ever, more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s. Giving birth at any age comes with changes — to your body and bank account. But there are some key differences between giving birth in each decade. MORE HUMAN BODY SCIENCE CONTENT: How Giving Birth
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3 Groundbreaking Experiments Happening Aboard the ISS Right Now https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/christina-koch-activates-the-new-biofabrication-facility NASA astronaut Christina Koch activates the BioFabrication Facility aboard the ISS in August 2019. Credit: NASA Astronauts often leave Earth with plenty of fanfare, but spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) also routinely carry components for on-orbit experimentation, known as payloads. These systems
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WASHINGTON — The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but its problems can’t be explained solely by the coronavirus pandemic. According to statistics compiled by SpaceNews, there were 45 orbital launch attempts in first six months of 2020, including four failed launches. That would put the overall launch industry
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In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast the philosopher of science Bob Crease chats about how physicists react when they have discovered something new – the topic of his latest column in Physics World: “The feelings you get when you discover something new”. Murder and the interpretations of quantum mechanics feature highly in
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Tesla is building mobile molecule printers to help make the potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CureVac in Germany, the electric-car maker’s Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, tweeted on Wednesday. CureVac, an unlisted German company, has said it is developing portable, automated mRNA production units that it calls printers and which Musk described as “RNA
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A study led by researchers from Stanford University and published in the journal, Nature Sustainability, states that an increase in infant mortality is apparently due to the rise in air pollution from the Sahara Desert. The researchers have used and analyzed household surveys that span fifteen years, covering about one million births across 30 Sub-Saharan African nations. They
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David Cancel Contributor David Cancel, a five-time entrepreneur and author of the book “Conversational Marketing,” is CEO and founder of Drift. More posts by this contributor 3 key secrets to building extraordinary teams Most people would agree that a chief revenue officer is a pretty significant hire, but I have yet to meet mine in
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WASHINGTON — A smallsat launched a year ago to demonstrate solar sail technologies continues to operate and is now beginning an extended mission. LightSail 2, a cubesat launched in June 2019 to demonstrate that a solar sail could change the orbit of a spacecraft, formally started an extended mission June 25, the one-year anniversary of
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When the COVID-19 outbreak first reached Louisiana and residents were ordered to stay at home, Marie Marlene V. Foret tapped into some skills she learned seven decades ago. Foret chairs the tribal council of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, which has lived along the bayous south of Houma, Louisiana for generations. When Foret was a child in the
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The committee is concerned that the Air Force’s recommendations “risk undermining congressional oversight of major space acquisition programs.” WASHINGTON — House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) is asking for an independent review of proposed space acquisition reforms that the secretary of the Air Force submitted to congressional committees in a May
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 California’s epic clean truck rule has arrived. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s controversial.  After months of discussion, last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Truck rule, which says that more than half of the trucks sold in California have to be zero-emission by 2035. By 2045, all new commercial trucks sold in California
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Everyone poops. Including astronauts, who have since the early space era found ways to do their business in near-zero gravity — from the Apollo missions when waste management was, in NASA’s words, “a plastic bag which was taped to the buttocks to capture feces,” to the more advanced toilets of the International Space Station that
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In the first minute of ReBirth, Lusa Minori K’Yolo flexed her extenders and stretched out her exoskeleton, marvelling at the strength contained within the ferro-joints. She wondered whether the slight stickiness to the suit’s left elbow would pass. The roaring in her ears told her she must be deep within the bowels of a lunar
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SAN FRANCISCO — Ball Aerospace won four National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contracts worth a combined $2.32 million for weather satellite and instrument design studies. In announcing the awards June 30, Boulder, Colorado-based Ball also described a fifth initiative with L3Harris Technologies of Melbourne, Florida, and PlanetiQ of Golden, Colorado, called Joint LEO Sounding Mission
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Taken from the July 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Kate Gardner reviews the new TV show Devs, which explores quantum physics in a thriller setting Quantum philosopher In Devs, Nick Offerman plays Forest, the head of a quantum-computing company
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A researcher prepares blood samples for the PredictSure test for inflammatory bowel disease.Credit: BMJ Publishing Group/BSG PredictImmune is a spin-off from the University of Cambridge, UK. Diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is relatively straightforward. Through a combination of tests — blood tests, endoscopic procedures and imaging — a gastroenterologist can usually determine whether someone has
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In the 1960s, a published book that described the Ik people of Uganda as unfriendly and uncharitable marked this small mountain community with a reputation that will stay with them for forty years. Colin Turnbull, a prominent anthropologist, described the Ik people as extraordinarily mean and loveless in his book. Currently, researchers believe that this reputation that has
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WASHINGTON — Amazon Web Services is increasing its effort to sell cloud services to the space industry through the formation of a dedicated business segment called “Aerospace and Satellite Solutions.”  “AWS is committed to supporting our customers’ missions, even those outside the Earth’s atmosphere,” Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, said
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Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is heading up a new game development house called Mountaintop Studios, joined by colleagues from around the gaming industry. The company aims to leave the crunch and toxic culture pervasive in game studios behind and make one that’s “collaborative, anti-crunch, diverse, and inclusive.” The founding team includes Mitchell’s former colleague Mark
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The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication, and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday. Over the past decades, Europe has sought to build independent access to space from US and Russian pioneers
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Since early June this year, most provinces in the south of China have been experiencing a series of rainstorms that have caused devastating floods. This has also resulted in the collapse of several buildings–including residential and tourist spots–and inaccessibility of several roads to the population. By the middle of June, 148 rivers in the country have already reached emergency levels due to considerably heavy rain.
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After launching itself from a tree, the paradise tree snake undulates to extend its glide through the air. The silver markers on this animal allowed scientists to track its precise location in space. Credit: Jake Socha Biophysics 30 June 2020 Reptiles’ writhing extends their time aloft. Some snakes can ‘fly’ — and can lengthen their
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A growing number of internet service providers in India have started to block their subscribers from accessing TikTok a day after New Delhi banned the popular short-video app and 58 other services in the world’s second largest internet market over security and privacy concerns. Many users on Airtel, Vodafone and other service providers reported Tuesday
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WASHINGTON — Key members of the House and Senate say they continue to work on space-related legislation, including a NASA authorization bill, but the two branches of Congress appear to remain far apart on their bills. At the time the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, stopping most legislative activity other than relief measures and other
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Energy recyclers: Cornell’s Georg Hoffstaetter (left) and Brookhaven’s Dejan Trbojevic. (Courtesy: Cornell University) Physicists usually have no shortage of plans to build very expensive particle accelerators – but some researchers are working to make accelerator technology cheaper, and one way is to recycle much of the energy initially used to accelerate particles. A collaboration in
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This small Canadian province has an enormously promising future as an energy technology frontrunner. Instead of solar power companies granting loans or wind power businesses giving large land grants, the Saskatchewan is looking into the adoption of small modular nuclear reactors. These modular reactors may be small enough for transport, and this project is considered to
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