Month: June 2020

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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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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Drug production is a huge industry, with billions of dollars resting on the results of clinical trials.Credit: Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the crisis of credibility in clinical research Jon Jureidini & Leemon B. McHenry Wakefield (2020) In the race to find treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s more
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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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YouTube just took action against a collection of controversial figures synonymous with race-based hate, kicking six major channels off its platform for violating its rules. The company deleted six channels on Monday: Richard Spencer‘s own channel and the affiliated channel for the National Policy Institute/Radix Journal, far right racist pseudo-science purveyor Stefan Molyneux, white supremacist outlet
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SAN FRANCISCO – German launch services provider Exolaunch announced contracts June 29 to integrate NanoAvionics cubesats on SpaceX’s rideshare missions. Under the agreements, Exolaunch is procuring the launch, handling integration and deploying in orbit two six-unit cubesats built by NanoAvionics, a Lithuanian nanosatellite manufacturer. The first NanoAvionics cubesat covered by the new contract is scheduled to
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A report from Quilty Analytics projects Maxar will retain the bulk of future NRO imagery contracts and emerging competitors Planet and BlackSky will gradually gain market share. WASHINGTON — The National Reconnaissance Office will increase spending on commercial satellite imagery over the next several years as the agency seeks to benefit from market competition, analysts
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The coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV-2) emerged in late 2019, and certain aspects of the disease it causes — COVID‑19 — continue to baffle clinicians and researchers. It is estimated that SARS-CoV-2 has already infected more than 9 million people and claimed more than 450,000 lives worldwide, and this pandemic
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A worker loads customer orders into a waiting tractor-trailer inside the million-square foot Amazon distribution warehouse that opened last fall in Fall River, MA on Mar. 23, 2017. John Tlumacki | Boston Globe | Getty Images Amazon is providing front-line workers with a one-time bonus to “show appreciation” for employees who continue to come to
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Fracking giant Chesapeake Energy’s bankruptcy filing comes following a financial mess at the company that included no budgets, a massive wine collection and a nine-figure bill for parking garages, sources told CNBC’s David Faber. CEO Robert D. “Doug” Lawler found in examining the company’s books a $110 million bill for two parking garages, Faber reported
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A new study by researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) has suggested using flappers, which are suspended and rotating devices for helping flying birds avoid power lines. Scientists from the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences consider such an innovation necessary due to the increasing number of birds being killed by the growing number of power
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SAN FRANCISCO – Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC announced June 24 a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a design study of a cubesat constellation to provide weather data. NOAA awarded ASTRA a $599,885 contract in April for a six-month study called GEO-utilization of Common LEO Architecture for Weather (G-CLAW). ASTRA intends
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The Piper M-class six-seater took off from Cranfield Airport and flew a round trip of roughly 60 nautical miles. ZeroAvia A battery-electric airplane took to the skies over England earlier this week in a trip described as the U.K.’s “first commercial-scale electric flight.” The Piper M-class six-seater, which used a powertrain from a firm called
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As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to woo them back. In a livestreamed segment of the company’s weekly all-hands meeting, CEO Mark Zuckerberg recapped some of the steps Facebook is already taking, and announced
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A new study has shed light on a bizarre prehistoric South American saber-toothed animal, which is distinctly different from other saber-tooth predators. Saber-toothed cats are iconic for being considered fierce prehistoric predators. There are currently almost a hundred known species, and they have various differences. In particular, the marsupial Thylacosmilus atrox, with a size like
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When Apple confirmed it had acquired Fleetsmith, a mobile device management vendor, on Wednesday, it seemed like a straightforward purchase, but Fleetsmith customers quickly learned a key piece of functionality had stopped working  — and many weren’t happy about it. Apple systems administrators began complaining on social media on the morning of the acquisition announcement
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WASHINGTON — The Canadian Space Agency announced June 26 it plans to award a contract to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to build a robotic arm that will be Canada’s contribution to the lunar Gateway. The deal covers development of what the agency calls Canadarm3, which is an overarching robotic system for the Gateway rather
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Temperature screening in Mumbai, India, during the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit: Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty India has confirmed more than 450,000 cases of COVID-19 so far, making it the world’s fourth-worst-hit country. Major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai are particularly badly affected, with hospitals struggling to accommodate critically ill patients. The current surge in infections
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Parler CEO John Matze EpochTimes Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik and Nikki Haley all have something in common, other than a strong affection towards President Trump.  The three Republican politicians joined social media app Parler this week, adding their profiles to a site that’s emerged as the new digital stomping ground for anti-Twitter conservatives. Sen. Ted
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WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency formally started the search for its next leader June 25, with the current head of the agency recommending it select a “dynamic young successor.” ESA formally posted the job opening for director general a day after the conclusion of a meeting of the ESA Council, featuring representatives of its
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Research has revealed that breeding Arctic sled dogs began almost ten thousand years ago. In 2017, archaeological evidence unearthed by scientists in Zhokhov, a remote Siberian island, shows that ancient humans have bred dogs to pull sleds. This archaeological record is considered as the earliest evidence that ancestors did some dog breeding. These sled dogs were used for sledding
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A team of international astronomers believe that they might have detected light from a black hole merger, for the first time ever. This unprecedented event was noted by scientists at Caltech’ Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California after studying gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from the collision of two black holes. Although the research is
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The contract would keep the Defense Support Program early-warning satellites in service until 2030. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $222.5 million contract for technology upgrades to the Defense Support Program, a constellation of early warning satellites that has been in operation since the 1970s. The contract announced on June 26 by the
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