SAN FRANCISCO – The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator and Techstars Allied Space Accelerator announced the names June 8 of companies selected to participate in their 2020 classes. The Techstars Allied Space Accelerator, established late last year with the support of the U.S. Air Force, Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Norwegian Space
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The ichip allows researchers to incubate pure cultures of microorganisms in soil.Credit: Christopher Leaman Every researcher who enters Yoichi Kamagata’s laboratory in the hope of growing interesting microorganisms undergoes an initiation: they try to culture Oscillospira guilliermondii, a bacterium found in the guts of cows and sheep, but never grown under lab conditions. Kamagata, a
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Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Inc. VCG | Getty Images Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has given secretive U.S. tech firm Palantir access to private personal data of millions of British citizens, according to a contract published online last Friday. Data includes personal contact details, gender, race, occupation, physical and mental health conditions, past criminal
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Ecologists have been studying certain male and female animals that use different habitats depending on their sex. Due to their choice of territory, conservation plans do not usually take into account this preference and, thus, may result in losing many males or females, thereby threatening their populations. Albatross males prefer Antarctic and subantarctic regions to swoop down
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at the start of an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, December 6, 2019. Leonhard Foeger | Reuters Some of the world’s most powerful oil producers had been expected to convene on Thursday, with energy market participants closely
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In Thiruvananthapuram, the first arrest has just been made for the killing of the now-famous pregnant elephant in Kerala using a firecracker-laden pineapple, according to the state’s Forest Minister. It is the first of hopefully many arrests in a case that sparked widespread outrage in many countries when it was shared on social media. One day after Pinarayi
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Noah Baker, Nidhi Subbaraman and Richard Van Noorden discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:45 Black Lives Matter The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by police in Minnesota has sent a shockwave of anger around the globe. As unrest continues, we discuss the protests in Washington DC and ask
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HELSINKI — A number of Chinese private launch firms for the burgeoning commercial space sector have reported progress in efforts to develop a range of launch vehicles. Landspace and iSpace are reporting progress with methane rocket engines, while Galactic Energy is moving closer to launch of its Ceres-1 launcher. Deep Blue Aerospace has meanwhile secured
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Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind Currents is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer
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Solving climate change depends, to some extent, on technological innovation. The world’s leading climate authority, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published a landmark 2018 report highlighting the urgency of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report outlines four potential pathways for reaching that goal. The pathways are vastly different, but one thing
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A scurrying robot dog named K9 dispenses hand sanitiser to curious children and wary shoppers — one of the more unexpected measures Thai malls are taking as the kingdom relaxes coronavirus restrictions. The hi-tech hound is controlled using 5G, a technology promising super-fast Internet speeds with immediate reaction times that is still in the initial
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Hydroxychloroquine tablets: a study suggesting that this malaria drug might be dangerous to people with COVID-19 has been retracted.Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Two weeks after a high-profile paper in The Lancet1 reported that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine might be dangerous to patients with COVID-19, three of its four authors have retracted the work because they were
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NASA astronaut Doug Hurley was the pilot on STS‐127 and STS‐135. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. Before joining NASA, he was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. Hurley is currently serving as Spacecraft Commander on the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew
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Workers disembark from a helicopter after being evacuated from oil production platforms ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal, at Bristow Galliano Heliport in Galliano, Louisiana, U.S. June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman HOUSTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Cristobal moved through the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Saturday carrying strong winds and heavy rains that prompted the evacuation
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit and the British government are continuing efforts to begin flights of the company’s air-launch system from an English airport by early 2022 despite challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. Virgin Orbit and the U.K. Space Agency, along with Spaceport Cornwall, held an online suppliers conference June 4 to provide an
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WASHINGTON — Earth-observation company BlackSky will launch two satellites as co-passengers on a SpaceX Starlink mission expected to occur June 24, Nick Merski, vice president of space operations for Spaceflight Industries, told SpaceNews. Spaceflight Industries is arranging the launches for BlackSky, said Merski, who is responsible for supporting BlackSky and formerly directed the BlackSky constellation
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As labs reopen, researchers must navigate technical issues alongside new requirements for social distancing and personal protective equipment.Credit: Misha Friedman/Getty In early March, developmental biologist Lee Niswander’s lab at the University of Colorado Boulder had just successfully generated strains of mice that lacked certain sections of a gene involved in brain development. Some strains had
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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia has captured 50 people and charged them with illegally trafficking plants and animals as part of efforts by authorities to protect the environment, the government said in a statement on Friday. The Andean country is the world’s second most biodiverse country after neighboring Brazil and is home to over 50,000 recorded
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Earlier this week, TechCrunch covered a grip of earnings reports showing that some companies helping other businesses move to modern software solutions are seeing accelerated growth. Inside the Software as a Service (SaaS) world, this is known as the digital transformation. Based on how many software companies are talking about it, the pace of change
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SAN FRANCISCO – Under a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration six-month study contract, Maxar Technologies will explore the application of its WorldView Legion constellation to weather observation from low Earth orbit. “This is not just a technical study, it’s more programmatic,” Al Tadros, Maxar vice president of space infrastructure and civil space, told SpaceNews.
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NASA astronaut Bob Behnken is a native of Missouri and a veteran of two space shuttle flights. Behnken flew STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, logging more than 708 hours in space, and more than 37 hours during six spacewalks. Behnken is currently serving as Joint Operations Commander on the first crewed
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