Month: May 2020

SpaceNews in Conversation withMAJ. GEN. JOHN SHAWU.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command———Thursday, May 282 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacificvia Zoom As NASA prepares to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle retired in 2011, the U.S. military is reviving the astronaut-rescue role it has been performing since the Apollo era.
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Correction to: Nature https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2172-5Published online 22 April 2020 In the abstract of this Article, “consistent with the lack of precursory summit inflation” should have read “consistent with the lack of substantial precursory summit inflation”, because a small amount (2–3 cm) of localized summit inflation was detected with GPS starting about two weeks before the eruption.
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The term “regenerative agriculture” has become two of the biggest buzzwords in nature-based climate solutions. But how many farms and food companies can say they follow both regenerative and organic practices? Canadian cereal and snack company Nature’s Path — the largest organic breakfast and snack company in North America — hopes to get more agricultural
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WASHINGTON — Satellite imaging companies are embracing long-awaited reforms to commercial remote sensing regulations, although one member of Congress doesn’t think the changes go far enough. The Commerce Department, which regulates commercial remote sensing satellite systems through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released a final rule revising commercial remote sensing regulations May 19. The
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Coated cloth: schematic drawing of the supercapacitor, showing the absorbent centre and positive and negative electrodes made of a polymer. (Courtesy: L Manjakkal et al./Advanced Materials) A wearable supercapacitor that stores energy using human sweat has been developed and demonstrated in the UK by Ravinder Dahiya and colleagues at the University of Glasgow’s Bendable Electronics
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FILE PHOTO: People are seen on a polluted day in central Beijing, China March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it will continue to strengthen anti-pollution controls and meet its environmental targets for 2020, but warned that the coronavirus pandemic would weigh on energy intensity goals. “By maintaining the
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People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Getty Images Disaster officials in the midst of responding to the coronavirus pandemic now have another potential crisis to worry about: hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center predicted Thursday
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Despite the inconvenience and the economic impact that the international response has caused, there is a good side to it. The government lockdown around the world slashed the global carbon emissions by more than 8 percent, as two independent studies revealed.  Two international teams did different studies estimated how carbon emissions reduced across various sectors, each
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A yellow robot dog called Spot which found fame online for dancing to hit song “Uptown Funk” has been deployed to patrol a Singapore park and ensure people observe social distancing. The hi-tech hound is remote-controlled and can clamber easily over all types of terrain, which its creators say means it can go where wheeled
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Measures aimed at slowing coronavirus spread are affecting other communicable diseases.Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Lockdowns and social-distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus seem to have shortened the influenza season in the northern hemisphere by about six weeks. Globally, an estimated 290,000–650,000 people typically die from seasonal flu, so a shorter flu season could
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Paint in this version of The Scream, held by the Munch Museum in Oslo, has degraded with time. Credit: Stian Lysberg Solum/AFP/Getty Materials science 21 May 2020 Storing Edvard Munch’s masterpiece at low humidity will help to preserve its colours, analysis shows. Bright yellow hues that once screamed from Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream
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KOLKATA/DHAKA (Reuters) – The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages, hampered by torn down power lines and flooding over large tracts of land. Mass evacuations organised by authorities before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit announced May 20 it will make the first flight of its LauncherOne air-launched vehicle as soon as May 24, but is setting modest expectations about the probability of success. The company said in a statement that it current plans to perform its inaugural LauncherOne mission May 24, with “Cosmic Girl,” the
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The function of cardiac implantable electronic devices such as pacemakers can be affected by direct irradiation of the device during radiotherapy. (Courtesy: CC BY-SA 3.0/Lucien Monfils) When a patient with a pacemaker or other type of cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) requires radiotherapy, the treatment plan is designed to avoid direct irradiation of the device,
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MC Hammer on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Nathan Congleton | NBC | NBCU Photo Bank If you tuned into the Clubhouse app Monday night, you could have heard a lively discussion on how the coronavirus is affecting the prison population. Speakers included MC Hammer, political commentator Van Jones, writer and activist Shaka Senghor and venture capitalists Marc
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Space Force will have a field command focused on acquisition that will bring together several existing organizations WASHINGTON — One unfinished piece of business for the leaders of the U.S. Space Force is figuring out the organization of space acquisition agencies that currently operate independently. A plan to consolidate diverse procurement organizations under a single
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The Technology Development Board (TDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has approved six healthcare-focussed tech projects for commercialisation in an effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak in India. The government body has approved a project to detect and track multiple people using facial recognition even if they’re wearing masks, apart from projects
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Today GoPro entered the cutthroat business of personal lighting. This is the GoPro Zeus Mini; it looks like a rad little light, though it’s a curious product from an action camera company. The waterproof Zeus Mini costs $69.99 and ships with a magnetic spring clip. GoPro says the light is also compatible with all of
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Modern rocket. Retro logo. Same mission. The Worm is back. And just in time to mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil. The retro, modern and iconic emblem will fly once again, this time on the side of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will ferry astronauts Robert Behnken and
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Evidence shows that women perform more household work than men do.Credit: Getty Quarantined with a six-year-old child underfoot, Megan Frederickson wondered how academics were managing to write papers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns implemented to stem coronavirus spread meant that, overnight, many households worldwide had become an intersection of work, school and home life. Conversations
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The study conducted at the Australian National University has revealed the full extent of the Victorian bush fires raging for the past two decades. These wildfires have been significantly increasing both in size and frequency across Victoria. The research of Professor David Lindenmayer and Chris Taylor entitled: “New spatial analyses of Australian wildfire highlight the need
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Like most big companies with a complex multinational footprint, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s sales slipped in the first quarter and the beer maker is embracing new financial discipline amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the company also has acted quickly to prop up key members of its value chain — from small liquor stores to farmers to restaurants — and the situation has galvanized its
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SMC awarded a six-month extension while it reviews bids for launch systems engineering and integration services. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force’s launch enterprise awarded ManTech a $20.9 million six-month contract extension to provide systems engineering and integration services until September 2020. The Space and Missile Systems Center said last month it would extend ManTech’s
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Hot stuff: upward propagating hydrogen flames. The image on the left shows continuous flame front propagation while the image on the right shows fractal-like propagation. (Courtesy: Fernando Veiga-López et al/Phys. Rev. Lett.) Hydrogen flame fronts can spread efficiently in adverse combustion conditions, researchers in Spain and Germany have shown. The team, led by Mario Sánchez-Sanz
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