Month: February 2020

Credit: Adapted from Getty The day after she submitted a grant proposal last November, Sarah McNaughton listed all the tactics she could think of to boost her chances of success next time. “I expect to be rejected,” says McNaughton. “It is the exception to get funded, not the rule.” Publishing key papers and forging new
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WASHINGTON — Space Adventures announced Feb. 18 that it has an agreement with SpaceX to fly a dedicated Crew Dragon mission that would send four space tourists on a mission to a relatively high Earth orbit. Virginia-based Space Adventures, best known for arranging flights of private individuals to the International Space Station on Soyuz spacecraft,
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The power generated by a drop of water falling onto a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG) can light up 100 small LED bulbs. (Courtesy: City University of Hong Kong) Researchers have efficiently harvested the kinetic energy of falling water droplets for the first time. The team, led by Zuankai Wang at the City University of Hong
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Officials want to know roughly when the outbreak will peak so they can prepare hospitals.Credit: SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Coronavirus infections in China continue to swell by thousands a day, prompting epidemiologists to estimate when the outbreak will peak. Some suggest the climax, when the number of new infections in a single day reaches its highest point,
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Blue Origin formally opened a factory Feb. 17 that the company plans to use to produce engines both for its vehicles and for United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of a 350,000-square-foot factory here that will produce BE-4 and BE-3U engines. The factory, built in a little
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Bill Gates, billionaire and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reacts during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Bloomberg Elon Musk isn’t impressed with fellow billionaire entrepreneur Bill Gates. After Gates said he bought himself an all-electric Porsche
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Car headlights are created separately from the car, with durable plastic and reflective aluminum for maximum efficiency. Manufacturers can alter certain features, but ease of changing the bulbs stay the same. | http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/#mkcpgn=ytda1 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
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A full moon rises behind the dome of the U.S. Capitol in 2015 in Washington. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls In a recent SpaceNews Op-ed, Louis Friedman, co-founder and executive director emeritus of The Planetary Society, argues that the U.S. should pursue “a policy more directed to Mars and away from commercial participation.” With all due respect to
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Oil pumpjacks in silhouette at sunset. Oil prices slipped on Tuesday on lingering concerns over the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China and its effect on oil demand, tracking losses in financial markets. Brent crude was at $57.30 a barrel, down 37 cents, or 0.6%, by 0126 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate
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A worker at the photolithography section of a semiconductor plant of the Mikron Group in Zelenograd, Moscow. Anton Novoderezhkin | TASS | Getty Images The Trump administration is weighing trade restrictions on China that would limit the use of American chip-making equipment, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. People familiar with the matter told the
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As a marine ecologist at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, I make about 150 dives a year, looking for threatened marine species. I focus on animals and plants that go largely unnoticed: small crustaceans and fish species such as gobies and blennies that grow 3 or 4 centimetres long. I’m trying to illuminate
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© AuntMinnie.com An ongoing investigation into the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has characterized the most common CT findings associated with the virus and identified possible markers of disease progression several days after the onset of symptoms. The findings were published online 6 February (Radiology 10.1148/radiol.2020200274). The researchers from the US and China examined the imaging
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Credit: New York University Archives After the Second World War, mathematics in the United States flourished owing to a convergence of interests. Mathematicians had shown their worth to military and industry patrons, who underwrote far-reaching empires of theories and people, including the consummate problem-solver Louis Nirenberg. One of the world’s most cited and productive mathematicians,
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Taken from the February 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Same but different: Sunflowers follow a similar growth trajectory to many other systems, including the construction of German motorways since 1935. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/Mykhailo Baidala) When I first picked up Vaclav
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“Clever girls” is a popular, music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was started by a Facebook user known as “Concert Raptor” who wanted to bring people together and give away tickets to shows. Courtesy of Ari the Raptor Just before the 2015 edition of San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival, a mysterious Facebook user who
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Boeing narrowly missed a “catastrophic failure” during its December flight test of an unmanned space taxi that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said Thursday, recommending that the agency examine Boeing’s software verification process before letting it fly humans to space. The newly revealed software bug, which Boeing said
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LONDON (Reuters) – Of all the sports at the Tokyo Olympics later this year none inhabit the frontline of climate change quite like surfing. FILE PHOTO: John John Florence of Hawaii surfs during the final of World Surf League’s (WSL) championship at Supertubo beach in Peniche, Portugal October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo Which is
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane arrived at the company’s spaceport in New Mexico Feb. 13, ready for a final series of test flights before the company starts commercial operations. The vehicle, named VSS Unity, flew from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California to Spaceport America in southern New Mexico attached to
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NASA Explorers is a new digital series that takes you inside the space agency and follows the pioneers, risk-takers and experts at the front line of exploration. Season 1, “Cryosphere,” joins NASA scientists on their journey to the frozen ends of the Earth as they study our rapidly changing world from satellites, planes and boots
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LONDON (Reuters) – Activist group Extinction Rebellion plans to send mosquito-like swarms of protesters to disrupt financial, accountancy and media firms in London this year to mobilise broader popular support for transformative action against climate change. FILE PHOTO: A hand of an activist is seen glued to a brick during an Extinction Rebellion protest against
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Almost all solid surfaces are rough. This roughness occurs at length scales that encompass 13 orders of magnitude — from the kilometre-scale peaks of mountains, down to atomic-scale bumps. Roughness seems to emerge regardless of what is done to a surface. Yet there is little understanding of how this roughness comes about, and especially why
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WASHINGTON — A Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched Feb. 15 carrying more than three tons of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket lifted off from Pad 0-A the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 3:21 p.m. Eastern, carrying a Cygnus spacecraft on a mission designated NG-13. The Cygnus, now in orbit,
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Short and sharp: terahertz radiation has been used to improve the quality of ultrashort electron pulses. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/Anteromite) Terahertz radiation has been used to reduce the timing jitter of ultrashort pulses of relativistic electrons. This was achieved independently by two teams, one in China led by Dao Xiang at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the
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