Autumn on the Arctic tundra, which is becoming a deeper shade of green in some places as temperatures climb. Credit: Getty Climate change 22 September 2020 Climate change drives vegetation gains in patches of the high Arctic tundra. Parts of the treeless Arctic tundra have become greener as rising temperatures stimulate plant growth. Low-resolution satellite
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WASHINGTON — Commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin is considering development of commercial space stations, with NASA as a potential early customer. Blue Origin posted a job opening Sept. 18 for am “Orbital Habitat Formulation Lead” at its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington. That individual will be charged with leading the company’s development
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An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence. The project Decoding Anti-Semitism includes discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians who will develop a “highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online anti-Semitism,” the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which supports the project,
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Smooth transition: a machine learning study of metallic hydrogen could shed light on the interiors of gas giants like Jupiter. (Courtesy: NASA/ESA/A Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)/MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley)) Deep within the interiors of gas-giant planets like Jupiter, materials can be subjected to millions of atmospheres of pressure. In the most extreme
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A high number of fish deaths occurred in Israel that scientists think may be caused by a combination of bacterial infection and stress from a rapid temperature rise in marine waters. Marine ecosystems have been profoundly affected by the continuously increasing temperatures of the oceans. A new study published in the journal PNAS has found evidence that the rate of warming onset instead of peak warming may
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In some regions, warm winds pushed the edge of the Arctic sea ice further north than ever before this year.Credit: AP/Shutterstock This year, Arctic sea ice shrank to its second-lowest extent in more than 40 years of satellite measurements. On 15 September, ice covered just 3.74 million square kilometres of Arctic waters at its annual
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I hope you’ve downloaded our latest free report, “Engaging Middle America in Recycling Solutions.”. We conducted that research because we were curious about whether Americans were aware of what was happening with our recycling system — that most Asian countries no longer will take our plastics off our hands, many municipal curbside programs are shutting
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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stands on the construction site of the Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin, September 3, 2020. Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty Images Tesla shares sank 4% in premarket trading Tuesday, after CEO Elon Musk sought to manage expectations ahead of the electric carmaker’s “battery day” presentation. Musk’s firm
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Net Zero Dieter Helm William Collins (2020) Climate-change economist Dieter Helm was frustrated by a widely repeated claim from the UK Committee on Climate Change: “By reducing emissions produced in the UK to zero, we also end our contribution to rising global temperatures.” Not so, he objects: consumers also import goods and services from countries
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SAN FRANCISCO – Radar satellite operator Iceye raised $87 million in a Series C round announced Sept. 22, boosting the Finnish startup’s total investment tally to $152 million. “We’re grateful to have closed a great round,” Mark Matossian, Iceye US CEO, told SpaceNews. “Now, we can stand on the accelerator.” With the Series C round
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Scientists have found that E. coli can improve Photosynthesis, engineering a key Rubisco enzyme from plants, and putting it inside Escherichia coli bacteria to make an optimum environment for quickening the photosynthetic process. This is considered a big step in improving the yields of crops. Researchers from Cornell University engineered a plant enzyme needed for Photosynthesis. They described the procedure in their
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Marcia McNutt, president of the US National Academy of Sciences, says that the NAS hasn’t received any sexual harassment complaints against its members since instituting a reporting system last year.Credit: Karen Sayre/Eikon Photography (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Last year, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) voted overwhelmingly to amend its by-laws so that it could
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The contract is to upgrade and expand the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System that track objects in geostationary orbits. WASHINGTON — L3Harris Technologies received a $119.1 million contract to upgrade and expand the network of U.S. military telescopes known as the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System that track objects in geostationary orbits. The
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Long before corporations acknowledged Black Lives Matter, they championed the plights of specific endangered species. Corporate conservation campaigns used phrases such as “Save the [insert your favorite animal],” which have been catchy, effective and oddly similar to the language we’re now using to educate people about the status of Black life in America. The Disney
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Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter closely orbiting the smouldering remains of a dead star, the first time that an intact exoplanet has been discovered travelling around a white dwarf, according to research published Wednesday. Researchers said the fate of this giant planet, called WD 1586 b, offers a potential vision of
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City University of Hong Kong wants to scale and diversify its PhD physics programme by recruiting a new generation of rising stars from all over the world Global outlook: Xun-Li Wang (foreground), head of CityU’s Department of Physics, pictured with three of his PhD students at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in
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A new satellite has been launched to monitor greenhouse gas methane emissions, which is involved in anthropogenic climate change. It has been tested and shows promise in helping to fight global warming. (Photo: Pixabay)A new satellite has been launched to monitor emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, which is involved in anthropogenic climate change. It
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WASHINGTON — Arianespace and OneWeb on Sept. 21 announced a revised launch contract that covers OneWeb’s constellation deployment with three fewer launches than originally planned.  Arianespace will conduct 16 Soyuz launches for OneWeb, each carrying 34-36 satellites, to complete OneWeb’s internet megaconstellation by the end of 2022. The revised contract canceled two Soyuz launches, and
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2020: Protesters elide vaccination, 5G mobile-phone technology and face masks in Spain, where COVID-19 rates are soaring.Credit: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement Jonathan M. Berman MIT Press (2020) The need to control outbreaks and pandemics has long created tensions between liberty and interdependence, similar to those playing out
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s inspector general warned in a recent report that the agency’s planetary science division was taking “undue risk” in its current approach to a commercial lunar transportation program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in an audit of the agency’s planetary science division released Sept. 16, highlighted several issues with the Commercial Lunar
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The world (well, most of it) attacked COVID-19 as if it were a true global emergency: with extraordinary speed, scale and scope. With real collaboration and a healthy dose of courage, some gutsy decisions were made both in government and business. Getting billions of people to don masks, allocating trillions of dollars and putting massive
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Due to the warming of the planet caused by the current climate crisis, many aspects of the climate system of the Earth have lost stability and are reaching their tipping points. These include the Amazon rainforest, the oceans, and the polar ice sheets and glaciers. Scientists believe that when one tipping point is reached, others may follow.
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A secure system that allows troops at the tactical edge to communicate securely The U.S. Space Force acquires, operates and maintains a constellation of Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites that are reserved for strategic, high-priority military missions, providing secure, jam-resistant communications. While tactical military forces do use AEHF, its primary mission is to provide 100% assured
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In the continued search for life on Venus and other places in the solar system, a British research team discovered that the rancid and toxic phosphine gas that comes from microbes might exist in Venus’s acidic and burning atmosphere. Jane Greaves, an astronomer from Cardiff University and research team leader, said it should not be present on Venus due to the photochemical
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Zhongguancun Park in Beijing, where science and business meet.Credit: Imaginechina Limited/Alamy What makes a science city, let alone a leading science city? Many factors come to mind, such as a high R&D spend, a concentration of research institutions and specialist science facilities, and an ability to attract global science talent. By our measure, the top
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Tesla Chief Executive Office Elon Musk speaks at his company’s factory in Fremont, California. Noah Berger | Reuters Tesla plans to host its annual shareholder meeting, followed by a “battery technology day” presentation, on Tuesday, September 22. Elon Musk’s electric car company is likely to disclose specifications for at least one new type of battery
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Under light fields, polystyrene/gold Janus particles are set to swim and rotate alternatively such that they follow a predefined path (reprinted under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License) Microscopic devices made from so-called Janus particles can be made to “swim” through liquid with the help of light-induced thermoelectric fields. The devices, which can travel 100μm
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The Lunar Palace 1 laboratory simulating a lunar environment at Beihang University, Beijing.Credit: AFP/Getty When Zhu Dongqiang moved from Nanjing to Beijing five years ago, he continued applying for joint grants with his former colleagues, travelling 1,000 km south each summer for teahouse discussions about research ideas. Nanjing University, where Zhu was a professor of
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES French propulsion startup Exotrail has signed two contracts with the European Space Agency for its smallsat electric propulsion technology. Under the first contract, Exotrail said it will “accelerate the qualification and flight demonstration” of its 150-Watt ExoMG-Micro thruster.
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Many people turn to Facebook for news, with almost 70% of adults in the United States using the platform in 2019, according to Pew Research Center. This large userbase means Facebook has a large effect on our society and our democracy. That was made evident in the 2016 presidential election. Since 2017, Facebook has removed over 100
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