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SAN FRANCISCO – Ball Aerospace won a $96.9 million contract June 25 to build, integrate and operate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On (SWFO) satellite destined for Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 1. Under the firm fixed-price contract awarded by NASA on behalf of NOAA, Ball Aerospace will design and manufacture the satellite
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In less than 20 years, communities around the globe have been hit by a string of major disease outbreaks: SARS, MERS, Ebola, Zika and now, COVID-19. Nearly all emerging infectious diseases in humans originate from microorganisms that are harbored by wildlife and subsequently “jump,” either directly or indirectly – for example, through mosquitoes or ticks
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NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees make throwing a perfect spiral look easy, but it’s far more complicated than it seems. To take a closer look, we spoke to NCAA football coach Ryan Larsen, who breaks down the steps that go into throwing a perfect spiral, as well as the common
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PhD students should consider adapting their projects to get around challenges presented by coronavirus lockdowns.Credit: Andreas Gebert/Getty Among researchers, PhD students are perhaps suffering the most from coronavirus lockdown restrictions put in place around the world. Interruptions caused by the pandemic are producing a cohort of worried research students who are concerned about the completion
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In the first few minutes of pitching his new company, Candidate Labs, Jonathan Downey admitted that he’s operating in a market that is “done to death”: recruitment technology. But Downey, whose previous startup Airware shut down after burning $118 million, remains optimistic because of a little company named Zoom. “There were lots and lots of
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SAN FRANCISCO – Capella Space, a San Francisco startup preparing to operate a constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement June 25 with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The agreement “formalizes the relationship between Capella and NGA,” Payam Banazadeh, Capella CEO and founder, told SpaceNews. “We can start
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A 4,000 mile-long dust plume, which traveled the 5,000-mile journey from Saharan Desert, has arrived in Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and Cuba and is expected to hit the Gulf of Mexico, Texas to the lower Mississippi River Valley Thursday and Friday and finally Washington this weekend. The plume, known as the Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, is a yearly phenomenon that
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1. Hopkinson, F. & Rittenhouse, D. An optical problem, proposed by Mr. Hopkinson, and solved by Mr. Rittenhouse. Trans. Am. Phil. Soc. 2, 201–206 (1786). Google Scholar  2. Gabor, D. A new microscopic principle. Nature 161, 777–778 (1948). ADS  CAS  Google Scholar  3. Ebbesen, T. W., Lezec, H. J., Ghaemi, H. F., Thio, T. &
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If you’re looking for the light of inspiration during one of the darkest periods the world has seen in decades, you’ve come to the right place. We are proud to introduce our fifth annual cohort of twentysomethings who are sustainability leaders within — and without — their companies, nonprofits and communities. The Class of 2020 hails from seven
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Neutrinos are released during nuclear fusion reactions in the Sun’s core.Credit: Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo Library Physicists have filled in the last missing detail of how nuclear fusion powers the Sun, by catching neutrinos emanating from the star’s core. The detection confirms decades-old theoretical predictions that some of the Sun’s energy is made by a
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Iranian flagged fuel tanker ‘Fortune’ is seen after it was docked at El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 26, 2020. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Wednesday slapped fresh sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who delivered gasoline to Venezuela, whose once-thriving oil industry has
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An alternative forensic method is being applied to bring poachers, wildlife traffickers, and criminals to justice and strengthen the conservation and protection of the pangolin, through fingermark visualization on scales using gelatin lifters. University of Portsmouth scientists and investigators are working to conserve the pangolin with the use of techniques of forensic fingerprinting which lift
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ICYMI, ride-hailing biggie Lyft announced last week that it plans to electrify every single car offering services on its platform by 2030, including both those that Lyft owns and rents to drivers and ones that its drivers own. It’s a colossal task for an 8-year-old company that says it won’t be profitable until at least 2021
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The threat of poaching to the continued survival of endangered wildlife species has led to dire consequences, which are now felt worldwide, including the current COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Seventy-five percent of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that afflict humans came from wildlife, such as SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19. Due to the continued wildlife
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US funding has helped the World Health Organization tackle Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Credit: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty US President Donald Trump’s decision, announced on 29 May, to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) was never in doubt. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the White House has been intensifying its
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In recent years, Seattle-based Wyze made a name for itself thanks to making a lot of smart home gadgets affordable. These days, the company sells everything from smart plugs and locks to scales and fitness bands, but what started it all was the $20 Wyze indoor security camera. Today, the company is following that up
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Thirty-five years ago, at the beginning of my research career, I walked for weeks to study populations of the endangered Himalayan goldthread or mishmi teeta (Coptis teeta), an endemic plant in Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya that is used as a potent antimalarial drug by local communities. Himalayan species are intriguing. Like isolated islands,
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The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee will introduce the “Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act.” WASHINGTON — Five associations representing users of the Global Positioning System will be joining forces against the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to permit Ligado Networks to operate a terrestrial wireless
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An international team of researchers has studied the role of the changing climate in ancient events that caused political unrest. Joe Manning of Yale, along with the team members, analyzed historical accounts and climate proxy records to determine the effect of global climactic changes to the momentous political events throughout the history of western civilization. The researchers used
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Maria Konnikova won the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure National Championship.Credit: Neil Stoddart/PokerStars The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win Maria Konnikova The Penguin Press (2020) If the mess of public confusion and poor leadership surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is how poorly equipped we are
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A consortium of six global investors has entered into a $20.7 billion agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the state-owned oil company said Tuesday.  As part of the agreement, the group will invest $10.1 billion to acquire a 49% stake in a newly-formed subsidiary, ADNOC Gas Pipeline Assets, with lease rights to 38 pipelines.
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A recent study conducted by a team of researchers analyzed the impact of a 2012-2016 California drought on the power sector. History shows that this calamity that occurred from 2012-2016 was considered as the worst drought that hit the state. For communities that depend on water for electricity and power generation, a drought means higher electricity costs and pollution-related
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President Trump has issued new immigration restrictions that will affect STEM workers.Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty With a proclamation issued Monday, President Donald Trump is extending and expanding immigration restrictions to limit the entry of new foreign workers. The move set off ripples of alarm among scientists and drew fire from experts concerned about the
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Companies are selected based on data provided to DoD leaders by the Defense Contract Management Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency. WASHINGTON — Companies are selected to receive emergency coronavirus rescue funds from the Defense Department based on multiple factors, said the Pentagon’s top procurement official Ellen Lord. “We have a team” that reviews data
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public-health crisis in a century, and the development of medical interventions to combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a top priority. Writing in Nature, Pinto et al.1 provide evidence needed to take one of the crucial first steps for such efforts in the developing arena of antibody immunotherapy. The level
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Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, June 22, 2020. Brooks Kraft | Apple, Inc. via Reuters Apple announced new software for its iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TV and Apple Watch on Monday. It also said future Macs —
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Cooper: “We continue our focus on increasing the resilience and capability of our space assets.” WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee on June 22 advanced its portion of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes multiple provisions on space procurement and use of commercial space technologies. “Regarding space, we continue