Month: December 2019

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and military helicopters to aid firefighting and evacuations. A bushfire rages in Broulee, New South Wales, Australia, December 31, 2019, in this still image taken from
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A thermal image of a panel with a ‘super-cool’ coating outside Columbia University in New York City.Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal When businessman Howard Bisla was tasked with saving a local shop from financial ruin, one of his first concerns was energy efficiency. In June 2018, he approached his local electricity provider in Sacramento, California, about upgrading
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As ingredients are added to a giant mixer, baked, and travel several conveyor belts, you can’t look away from the chocolatey goodness. | http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Watch full episodes: http://bit.ly/HowItsMadeFullEpisodes Subscribe to Science Channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sciencechannel Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome science videos. Every day. http://bit.ly/SCI2YT Download the TestTube app: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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A Chinese court on Monday sentenced the scientist who claimed to be behind the world’s first gene-edited babies to three years in prison for illegal medical practice, state media reported. He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community last year by announcing the birth of twin girls whose genes had allegedly been altered to confer immunity
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Our modern society is quite unhealthy, with fast food and processed sugars available around every corner. As a direct result of the unhealthy environment they inhabit, many American women are struggling with their long-term health, especially when it comes to ensuring they have enough vitamins and a proper diet. It can be incredibly hard to
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The New Horizons spacecraft “phoned home” around 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 14, 2015, indicating that it had successfully completed its historic flyby of Pluto earlier in the day. Team members at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, cheered as they received the flyby confirmation. The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons has
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Last month, I got a private Twitter message from a postdoc bruised by the clash between science as it is and how it should be. He had published a commentary in which he pointed out errors in a famous researcher’s paper. The critique was accurate, important and measured — a service to his field. But
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Iridium wrapped up de-orbiting 65 first-generation satellites, but questions remain over what to do — if anything —  about the 30 that remain space junk.  WASHINGTON — Iridium Communications completed disposal of the last of its 65 working legacy satellites Dec. 28, while leaving open the possibility of paying an active-debris-removal company to deorbit 30
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Sloths are the slowest mammal on the planet. But as strange as they seem the sloth is perfectly adapted to their environment and is actually slow for a very important reason. In fact, sloths are far from boring and are a lot more extreme than it seems. With an ecosystem on their backs, which scientists
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Which Are OK and Which to Get Rid Of You must be aware of this. Although invisible, bugs do exist in your home. A study showed that the average American home features up to 100 species of insects. Considering that this category makes up 75% of life on Earth, it’s no surprise that they’re taking
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I don’t like thinking alone. I like the bustle and energy of other people. So I do my thinking in a glass-covered, grand atrium with gigantic windows, where I’m surrounded by people. I like to be able to think and write, then look up and see people talking, thinking and writing. We’re all trying to
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SANTA FE, N.M. — Maxar Technologies announced Dec. 30 it would sell its Canadian subsidiary to private equity firms, turning it into a standalone company while providing Maxar with much-needed debt relief. Maxar said that a consortium of firms led by Northern Private Capital, a Toronto-based private investment firm, agreed to purchase MDA, Maxar’s Canadian
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Cool running: the experimental apparatus at the University of Twente. (Courtesy: Srinivas Vanapalli, University of Twente) Making hot stuff very cold – and doing so reliably and repeatably – is a tricky business. Now, researchers in the Netherlands have developed a better understanding of a technique called cryogenic spray cooling – which is fast emerging
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Changes to the polar vortex winds hovering within the atmosphere dictate winter weather patterns in North America. However, the scientists found that the tropics more likely influence the main significant cold snaps. The first-ever study conducted by a team from the University of Reading identified how the four main winter weather patterns in North America behave counting on
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BLUE MOUNTAINS, Australia (Reuters) – The dirty, hot and dangerous work of battling bushfires might be physically exhausting for Raymond Lowe, but he is not stepping aside any time soon. A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue
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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle that flew an abbreviated test flight this month appears to be in good condition as an investigation into the timer problem that shortened the flight continues. In a Dec. 28 update, Boeing said technicians are continuing processing of the Starliner vehicle that landed Dec.
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Getty Images When it came to biomedical breakthroughs, this past decade represented a lot more hype than substance. We were promised a new era of “precision medicine,” where every patient would receive highly personalized treatments to target specifics fault in their genes. But in recent months, reports surfaced that these experimental therapies were failing most
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If you doubled in size, your weight would be eight times greater. That’s the trouble with growing tall. Gravity’s pull is keeping us all down. But there are a few earthly giants that have fought gravity and won.  Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science: space, medicine, biotech, physiology, and more.
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It is no doubt that the business of wearable technology is huge at this time. Not only men but also women love to wear these tech gadgets. The wearable tech industry is growing day by day and is estimated to grow even more in the future. Nowadays, women love to make financial decisions and therefore
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Tesla founder Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling event by “The Boring Company” for the test tunnel of a proposed underground transportation network across Los Angeles County, in Hawthorne, California, December 18, 2018. Robyn Beck | Pool | Reuters Elon Musk, founder of tunnelling enterprise Boring Company, said in a tweet that a commercial tunnel
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SANTA FE, N.M. — A Florida airport is making progress on a long-running effort to obtain a commercial spaceport license despite a lack of customers for the facility. In a Federal Register notice published Dec. 19, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the release a draft environmental assessment for the Space Coast Regional Airport in Brevard
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From India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk and commercial crew milestones by US-based companies, 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts. India’s ambitious and keenly watched lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was expected to make its soft landing on the surface of the Moon on September 7. While the whole nation waited with bated
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Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube Inc., introduces the company’s new television subscription service. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Examining millions of YouTube recommendations over the course of a year, two researchers have determined that the platform in fact combats political radicalization. The researchers said that, as of late 2019, YouTube’s
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The SpaceX #CrewDragon spacecraft parachutes successfully deploy during the latest development test. This test simulated a pad abort, where the vehicle is tumbling at low altitude before parachute deploy, validating SpaceX’s parachute models and margins. As a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX has been developing and testing the Crew Dragon parachute system, which
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Marijuana can have various effects on your body. But what is it about weed that makes you so hungry? Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science: space, medicine, biotech, physiology, and more. Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: http://www.businessinsider.com/science Science Insider on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BusinessInsiderScience/ Science Insider on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/science_insider/
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Light-controlled nonvolatile charge memory. Left: schematic of the memory device. Right: the optical-controlled writing and erasing process of source-drain current. (Courtesy: J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 10.1088/1361-6463/ab5737) Qinliang Li, Cailei Yuan and Ting Yu from Jiangxi Normal University, along with Qisheng Wang and Jingbo Li from South China Normal University, are developing nonvolatile charge memory
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The wide distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets across malaria-endemic regions has drastically reduced the incidence of the disease over the past 20 years, and so has saved millions of lives1. However, malaria-carrying mosquitoes have now developed strong resistance to the pyrethroid chemicals used in these long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)2. An understanding of the mechanisms underlying
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