ROME — The European Space Agency expects to carry out the qualification flight of the Space Rider spaceplane in 2021 followed by multiple demonstration missions before handing over the program to industry, according to Lucia Linares, head of ESA space transportation strategy and policy. Speaking at the PhiWeek, a five-day conference focusing on the future
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How much radiation are the astronauts exposed to on the ISS? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Robert Frost, works at NASA, on Quora: For ISS astronauts, measurements from the crew’s personal dosimeters indicate a range from
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WASHINGTON — A week after the sudden firing of Roberto Battiston as the head of the Italian Space Agency, the reasons for his ouster remain unclear while a grassroots effort is underway to restore his job. Battiston, who had been president of the Italian Space Agency, or ASI, since 2014, used social media to announce
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Over 100 captured whales are being held in small, crowded enclosures in a so-called ‘whale jail’ off the coast of Russia, where they await suspected sale to Chinese theme parks, according to local media reports. The discovery of the marine containment facility near the city of Nakhodka in Russia’s south-east is being investigated by Russian
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The evolutionary arms race between predator and prey has given rise to many impressive defence mechanisms; as it turns out, the lowly moth is no exception. These unassuming creatures may not have the charming appearance of their butterfly cousins, but their furry facade conceals some tricks that would impress the most advanced military division. Over
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WASHINGTON — NASA is planning to replace its two-decade-old virtual institute devoted to astrobiology with a looser network of research teams, a move the agency said reflects the maturity of the field but which has some scientists concerned. In a Nov. 1 statement, NASA said that it will replace the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) with
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The Weather Prediction Center’s most-likely snowfall accumulation forecast through Wednesday afternoon.Dennis Mersereau An early-season snowstorm will blanket parts of the southern Plains with up to half a foot of snow by the end of the day on Monday. The deepest accumulations are possible across portions of eastern New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle, and western Oklahoma,
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Getty royalty freeGetty Research findings suggesting that sleep loss and anxiety are closely linked were among those presented at Neuroscience 2018, this year’s annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience held in San Diego, California. The news isn’t all dire, however – this year’s event offered some science-based encouragement along with causes for concern. Neuroscience continues
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket Nov. 10 on a long-delayed first commercial mission for the small launch vehicle. The Electron lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 10:50 p.m. Eastern (4:50 p.m. local time Nov. 11) after a trouble-free countdown. The two-stage rocket released
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The rocket took six satellites into orbitRocket Lab Rocket Lab has successfully launched its third rocket, its first fully commercial flight and a key milestone for the fledgling company. Their Electron rocket, nicknamed “It’s Business Time”, lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 10.50pm Eastern time yesterday. Nine
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Pictured here are Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2016 Australian Open. How does tennis measure in the Healthy Sport Index? (Photo: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)Getty There is no shortage of guidebooks and apps that provide not-so-useful information to help you make not-so-important decisions. An example is an app called “Is It Dark Outside” that tells
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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence,
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“We’re ready to start a new chapter,” said Clare Grason, division chief for satellite communications at the Defense Information Systems Agency. LONDON — Congress last year directed U.S. Air Force Space Command to assume responsibility for the procurement of commercial satellite communications services for the Department of Defense no later than December 2018. That job
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The simulated decay of a black hole not only results in the emission of radiation, but the decay of the central orbiting mass that keeps most objects stable. Black holes are not static objects, but rather change over time.EU’s Communicate Science There are quite a few ways to make the black holes we know about
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Poachers that kill or maim elephants for their ivory tusks have decimated world elephant populations. According to new research, that activity has placed such a strain on elephant populations in Mozambique that it’s forcing the hand of evolution. Historically, only 2 to 4 percent of female African elephants were naturally tuskless — and now nearly
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What are the pros and cons of taking antibiotics? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora: The Pros and Cons of Antibiotics
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