Month: November 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO – With four satellites scheduled to launch in 2021, Tokyo-based Axelspace Corp. is moving toward its goal of capturing daily, global Earth imagery. “The additional satellites will help us jump the curve by elevating the revisit rate to up to 1.4 days,” Yasunori Yamazaki, Axelspace chief business officer, told SpaceNews by email. Alexspace
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How do we know what the Milky Way looks like if we’ve never been outside of it? Hosted by: Caitlin Hofmeister ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ———- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters—we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shoutout to Kevin Bealer, Mark Terrio-Cameron, KatieMarie Magnone, Patrick Merrithew,
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Octopuses are smart! They play with toys, pull off daring escapes, and are masters of disguise. But they’re also smart in a lot of ways that the human mind probably can’t comprehend. For example, they basically have independent brains in their arms! Press play to learn way more! Hosted by: Hank Green ———- Support SciShow
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The research found that high school students in Brazil are interested in the environment, biodiversity, and conservation. This has been reported by a study published in the journal Science Advances, showing how the youth are starting to become more aware of scientific and environmental concepts. They are increasingly becoming interested in science, the Amazon Rainforest’s biodiversity, and its conservation as they enter high school. (Photo:
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November 27th, 2020 by Johnna Crider  Tesla, a company focused on sustainability and renewables, is now the 6th most valuable company in the United States. It just overtook Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc’s market cap. Tesla’s market cap reached $555.24 billion today and only trails Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook. Apple is the most
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Google’s “resilience” lead Lauren Whitt installed a series of tutorials and video content for Google employees experiencing burnout while working through the pandemic. Google Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Google has emphasized employee health, establishing long-term remote work plans and offering periodic days off called “reset” days. Even that hasn’t been enough to deal with the
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit is preparing to perform a second flight of its LauncherOne small launch vehicle in the second half of December, carrying a set of NASA-sponsored cubesats. A Nov. 24 “Local Notice to Mariners” by the U.S. Coast Guard stated that Virgin Orbit “will conduct hazardous operations” offshore from San Nicolas Island, California,
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As the US withdrew its commitment to the Paris Agreement, the United States would have to draft a new nationally determined contribution (NDC), articulating what the country’s plan and pledge would be. The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement among more than 190 countries to limit planet-warning emissions of greenhouse gases. According to Jonathan Pershing, the former lead
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I’ve been riding electric bicycles for over a decade, and electric scooters for the better part of that decade. Nothing has proven to be a better form of quick, reliable, and inexpensive personal transportation. And thanks to this year’s Black Friday sales, now these awesome little commuter vehicles are getting even cheaper! Down below are
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November 24th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan  Continuing a decades-long trend, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has put a few million dollars into further research and development of solar power technologies — $130 million, to be precise. The goals of the funding are to “reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve
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Carl Sagan told us that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the Earth’s beaches. At the same time, there are more H2O molecules in just 10 drops of water than there are stars. Ranging from the unimaginably small to the unimaginably big, the scale of
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Data analysis has been the fallback for many researchers whose fieldwork has been halted because of COVID-19.Credit: Getty PhD student Maija Sequeira had planned to travel in January 2020 to a primary school in Colombia for 14 months to research how children learn about social hierarchies. But all public schools in the nation closed until
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Sweden is getting on board India’s Venus orbiter mission ”Shukrayaan” with a scientific instrument to explore the planet. Ambassador of Sweden to India, Klas Molin said Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is engaged in the venture, its second collaborative project with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “IRF’s satellite instrument Venusian Neutrals Analyzer (VNA)
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An Amazon warehouse Getty Images Amazon is providing front-line workers a one-time bonus to share its appreciation for their work heading into “the peak of the holiday season,” the company announced Thursday. In a blog post, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of retail operations, said full-time operations staff who are employed by the company from
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SciShow is supported by Brilliant.org. Go to https://brilliant.org/SciShow to get 20% off of an annual Premium subscription. Big or small, most creatures end up on something else’s dinner menu. But the velvet ant combines a ton of defenses into one very unappetizing package.  Hosted by: Michael Aranda SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow
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Pufferfish are best known for their ability to inflate like a balloon. But if you peer inside, you typically won’t find air. You’ll find water, not to mention an accordion-like stomach, a unique set of muscles for pumping, and a poison that’s up to 1,200 times more toxic than cyanide. MORE WHAT’S INSIDE: What’s Inside
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A mud volcano in Shirvan National Park, Azerbaijan. Researchers have investigated how similar mud volcanoes could form under water. Credit: Alamy Geology 26 November 2020 Trapped gas causes buried sediments to flow like water, rising and erupting dangerously at the sea floor. Mud volcanoes are an unpredictable and dangerous phenomenon — but now scientists have
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SAN FRANCISCO – Fleet operator Inmarsat and communications technology firm Addvalue Innovation announced success Nov. 23 relaying data between Capella Space’s operations center on the ground and Capella’s Sequoia synthetic aperture radar satellite in low Earth orbit. For years, London-based Inmarsat and Addvalue Innovation, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Addvalue Technologies Ltd., have worked together to
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Sugar. A variant on the sweetest ingredient in many a sumptuous holiday feast, glycolaldehyde has now been found in a star-forming region of space far from the galactic center called G31.41+0.31, about 26,00 light years away from Earth. Directly linked to the origin of life, glycolaldehyde is an advantageous find for researchers seeking out habitable
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Alphabet‘s self-driving car company Waymo is asking drivers to agree to stricter Covid-19 safety protocols, adding that it may not be able to afford continuing to pay employees in the future, especially if it has to shut down services again. Leadership from Waymo and its contractor, transportation company Transdev, sent drivers and support staff an
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A new method for detecting pyrethroid pesticides in honey that is very harmful to honeybees is now available. University of Waterloo researchers developed a fully automated and environment-friendly technique to extract pyrethroids from samples of honey. Massive Die-Offs of Bees Colony collapse disorder or CCD is a condition wherein the worker honeybees do not return
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November 24th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan  Continuing a decades-long trend, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has put a few million dollars into further research and development of solar power technologies — $130 million, to be precise. The goals of the funding are to “reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve
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HELSINKI — A Long March 5 rocket launched China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft Monday to kick off a 23-day mission to deliver the first lunar samples to Earth since the 1970s. The heavy-lift Long March 5 lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The Chang’e-5 spacecraft was announced to have successfully entered
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SpaceX will continue beta testing its satellite-based broadband service Starlink into next year, the company said late Tuesday, indicating commercial service would not likely be offered in 2020 as previously planned. Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private space exploration company, has launched nearly 900 Starlink satellites to orbit since 2019 with the goal of offering
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The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships. The index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural-science journals, chosen by an independent group of researchers. The Nature Index provides absolute and fractional counts of article publication at the institutional and national level and, as such, is an indicator
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Most of us are hoping that any nuclear threats are just empty threats, and getting at the facts about ICBMs can be difficult. But what would actually happen if someone launched a nuclear weapon? We’re conducting a survey of our viewers! If you have time, please give us feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SciShowSurvey2017 Hosted by: Michael Aranda ———-