WASHINGTON — NASA announced March 27 it has selected SpaceX to provide cargo transportation services for the agency’s planned lunar Gateway. SpaceX is the first, and to date only, company selected by NASA for its Gateway Logistics Services program. Modeled on the commercial cargo program for the International Space Station, the program will pay for
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A study on the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica has assessed the changes it has undergone during the last 22 years. This has been published in the Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The proponents of the study were from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA as well as scientists
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WASHINGTON — Satellite internet startup OneWeb is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as Friday after its largest investor, Softbank, rejected a request for additional funding, according to sources familiar with the situation.  OneWeb’s imminent filing was first reported by The Financial Times. Softbank, having already invested roughly $2 billion in OneWeb,
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FILE PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced a raft of measures to help oil refineries cope with the fallout from coronavirus pandemic, from waiving seasonal anti-smog requirements for gasoline to extending the deadline for
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19. Download MP3 In this episode: 02:00 A push for plasma In New York, hospitals are preparing to infuse patients with the antibody-rich blood plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19. This approach has been used during disease outbreaks for over
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Stanford University researchers have developed a new device that enables them to observe real-time neural activity in the brain.  The researchers published their work on the device in Science Advances. Lead author and materials science & engineering graduate student Abdulmalik Obaid revealed how they designed new processes to create 3D silicon electronics that scales up easily. The device
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The Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, is empty after being closed to faculty members over COVID-19 concerns. In this unprecedented time, many scientists must keep their research going from home — a steep challenge, but not an unmanageable one.Credit: Max Herman/NurPhoto/Getty As universities close down, heads of life-science laboratories are having
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SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Thompson: “The AEHF launch is one of those we consider absolutely mission essential.” WASHINGTON — A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off on March 26 at 4:18 PM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a $1.4 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) communications
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(Reuters) – The Trump administration has decided to ease its enforcement of environmental regulations on polluting industries to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson The decision
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Facebook today unveiled Coronavirus Community Hub on Messenger that offers tips, authoritative information and other resources to help people stay connected and informed about the coronavirus outbreak, weeks after launching a similar information hub on WhatsApp, its other messaging service. The launch of the coronavirus hub on Messenger, used by more than a billion people, comes
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Clinical research has been disrupted as hospitals devote more resources to caring for people critically ill with COVID-19.Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Scientists are rushing to launch clinical trials of experimental vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus —
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Until something disrupts the rhythm of life (or you’re in the car with a five-year-old), most of us don’t stop to analyze why things are the way they are. We’re too busy navigating life to step back and ponder our reality. But let’s try it for a few minutes. Photo by Mike Kononov on Unsplash. We live in
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WASHINGTON — The Italian government declared aerospace companies exempt from the nationwide lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus, enabling Avio to continue production of rockets, Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo said Thursday.  Since 60% of Avio’s revenue comes from manufacturing, the French government’s March 16 decision to suspend launches from the Guiana Space
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A new type of nanoelectromechanical relay for reliable high-temperature, non-volatile memory. Courtesy: Dinesh Pamunuwa A new type of relay that retains its state even when the power is switched off could be used to make a reliable high-temperature non-volatile digital memory. The device, developed by researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK, could
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Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are the landlords. Amidst the Coronavirus economic crisis, startups need a break from paying rent. They’re in a cash crunch. Revenue has stopped flowing in, capital markets like venture debt are hesitant, and startups and small-to-medium sized businessesf are at risk of either having to lay off huge numbers of employees
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Protein attachment to the membrane of a starfish egg cell occurs in rippling waves (video is roughly 100 times faster than actual speed). Credit: Fakhri Lab/MIT Physics 26 March 2020 Waves that travel through an egg’s outer membrane echo those seen in physical systems at much smaller — and much larger — scales. Some cellular
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The $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research award was matched by $1.5 million from ATX Venture Partners and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. WASHINGTON — Slingshot Aerospace has won a $1.5 million U.S. Air Force contract matched by $1.5 million in private funds to expedite the deployment of artificial intelligence-driven data analytics to
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A closer look at the casualties caused by a novel type of coronavirus reveals that COVID-19 patients with cardiovascular or heart conditions appear to be especially vulnerable, according to Nature Review.  During the months succeeding the outbreak in the city of Wuhan in Hubei, China in December 2019, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has published the
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There’s a global shortage of available protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies for use by frontline responders working to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund wants to channel donations to help address that shortage. The fund, which is seeking public donations via GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cover
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Passengers quarantined on the cruise ship Diamond Princess.Credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Shutterstock When COVID-19 was detected among passengers on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, the vessel offered a rare opportunity to understand features of the new coronavirus that are hard to investigate in the wider population. Some of the first studies from the ship — where some
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Taken from the March 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. (Courtesy: Priyamvada Natarajan) What skills do you use every day in your job? My research revolves around building testable physical models of cosmic phenomena that are guided by current observational data,
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Superbugs, or drug-resistant microbes, have become a significant health problem. Drug-resistant bacterial pathogens kill at least 700,000 people each year due to drug-resistant infections, which includes 230,000 deaths due to multi-drug-resistant TB or tuberculosis. It is projected that if action is not taken against it, the death toll could reach 10 million annually by 2050.
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SASC is “committed to continuing congressional oversight and data collection necessary to drafting the NDAA.” WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee has developed a “paper hearings” process to execute oversight and collect data for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. “To protect the health of everyone involved, traditional hearings are
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Plastic pollution is the environmental issue Americans care most about. According to a recent poll, plastic in the oceans has overtaken climate change as the environmental issue of greatest concern. Unfortunately, the poll didn’t ask people whether they knew that plastic is also a climate issue. We can’t tackle one successfully without tackling the other,
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