Astronomers have discovered a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas which raises questions about current understanding of planet formation. The star, called 49 Ceti, is 40 million years old and conventional theories of planet formation predict that the gas should have disappeared by that age. “We found atomic carbon gas in the
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Reflecting on the past and muse on the future is inevitable as the end of a decade rears its head. More so than any decade that’s been before, the Teenies (the worst named era ever perhaps?) served up fast-paced change, for good and bad, in almost everything. However, there’s been an outburst in the natural,
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Taken from the December 2019 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. In April this year, astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope captured the first direct images of a black hole and its “shadow” – the glowing ring of gas and
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NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor answers the question ‘What is Artemis?’ Comment on this video using #AskNASA with your questions for upcoming episodes! Dr. Auñón-Chancellor reveals more about the program to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. She also shares her experience in long-duration spaceflight
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Wanda Diaz Merced aims to make astronomy accessible through senses other than vision, to aid inclusion and to reduce methodological bias.Credit: Aubrey Gemignani/NG Images/Alamy Astronomy is inextricably associated with spectacular images and visualizations of the cosmos. But Wanda Diaz Merced says that by neglecting senses other than sight, astronomers are missing out on discoveries. For
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WASHINGTON — The final Proton launch of the year lifted off Dec. 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending a Russian weather satellite into orbit.  Proton lifted off at 7:03 a.m. Eastern with the Electro-L No. 3 satellite, according to Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos. The satellite separated from the four-stage rocket six hours
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Salt creeping on smooth glass substrate. Credit: M.J. Qazi; H. Salim; C.A.W. Doorman; N. Shahidzadeh Salt creep – a common phenomenon that occurs when salt crystals rapidly precipitate from evaporating solutions – can create serious problems for outdoor electronics, buildings, artwork and agriculture because of its corrosive effect. A team of researchers from the University
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Last month, the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) successfully finalized its work. Now, as we prepare for the next WRC in 2023, member states should consider appropriate changes to the process. By doing so, we can enable the WRC to focus on its core mission — the allocation of spectrum and ensuring the efficient use
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An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is seen in this WorldView-2 multi-spectral handout image taken June 10, 2010 and released on December 24, 2019 by Maxar Technologies. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) – The biggest news events of the past decade have been chronicled from space. The last 10 years have seen a
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Farhana Yamin explains why she decided to join Extinction Rebellion. Download MP3 2019 will likely go down as a pivotal year for the public discourse on climate change. It was the year of Greta Thunberg, the climate school strikes and Extinction Rebellion. The global activist movement has gained support from a range of influential people,
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American automotive technology startup Rivian has raised $1.3 billion in new funding, the company announced today. The new investment is the fourth round of capital announced by the company in 2019 alone, following prior announcements of $700 million led by Amazon, $500 million from Ford (which includes a collaboration on electric vehicle technology) and $350
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WASHINGTON — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has selected Mitsubishi Electric to build a 100-kilogram satellite that would set the foundation for a constellation-grade satellite that could be serially produced.  Mitsubishi Electric said Dec. 22 that it will build the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-2 as prime contractor for JAXA. The satellite is scheduled to launch on
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Cheesy correlations: the new technique could be help make cheese like this emmental. (Courtesy: StaraBlazkova/ CC BY-SA 3.0) Gouda news for cheese makers! A systematic way of using sound waves to non-destructively probe the ripeness of emmental-style cheeses has been developed by researchers in Uruguay. The approach, which can reveal when holes in the cheese
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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon missions, we prepare to take the next giant leap, with sustainable lunar missions that pave the way for eventual journeys beyond. This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2019_0205_Celebrating_Apollo_as_We_Push_Forward_to_the_Moon.html
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MeWe, the subscription-based social network that emphasizes privacy and bills itself as the anti-Facebook, is launching a premium tier of its service and spinning up a business-focused product to take on enterprise networking and communication tools like Slack. Founded by Mark Weinstein, a gregarious serial entrepreneur who credits himself with being an early developer of
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With the popularity of DNA tests helping people find out more about where their family originated, more travelers are planning trips around exploring their ancestry.  Maybe you’ve been searching for your ancestors for years, or you recently received an inheritance from a relative in another country. Ancestry trips are a great way to feel better connected
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The researchers carried out microbeam measurements at the ESRF’s ID17 Biomedical Beamline. (Courtesy: P.JAYET/ESRF) Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) is an emerging preclinical modality that could one day become a preferred treatment for inoperable brain tumours, due to the reduced impact of microbeams on healthy surrounding tissues. However, the effectiveness of the treatment could be compromised
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FILE PHOTO: The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is guided into position above a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, U.S. November 21, 2019. Picture taken November 21, 2019. NASA/Cory Huston via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Scorching heat baking Australia eased on Monday bringing relief from extreme bushfires, which destroyed around 180 houses and killed one person over the weekend, allowing firefighters to prepare for worsening conditions post-Christmas. A burnt shed on scorched earth is pictured at Woodside in Adelaide, Australia, December 22, 2019. AAP Image/Kelly Barnes/Mick Tsikas/via
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SAN FRANCISCO – Seraphim Capital and Noosphere Ventures announced investments in Italian space company D-Orbit. Jonathan Firth, D-Orbit chief operating officer declined to say how much money D-Orbit raised, but said the funding will help the firm expand its space transportation and logistics business. D-orbit seeks to assist customers with “mission design, getting to space,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) Starliner astronaut spacecraft made a “bull’s-eye” landing in the New Mexico desert on Sunday, a successful ending to a crewless test mission that two days earlier failed to reach the orbit needed to dock with the International Space Station. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which had been launched on
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While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars. ✨ We are
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WASHINGTON — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft landed safely in New Mexico in the early morning hours Dec. 22, wrapping up an uncrewed test flight cut short by a timer glitch. Starliner landed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico at 7:58 a.m. Eastern, 35 minutes after performing a deorbit burn using its thrusters. The
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Schematic of the microfluidic chip. Single bacteria are trapped in the narrow linear channels, grown and observed over time. At any point, any bacterium of choice can be picked up by an optical trap and transported out of the chip for further study. (Courtesy: Nature Methods 10.1038/s41592-019-0620-7) Bacterial cultures are highly diversified, with each bacterium
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