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They call me a mechatronics engineer — a hybrid between a roboticist and a mechanical engineer. In the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, we build and test spacecraft and rovers, the vehicles that can traverse the surface of a destination. In February, we finished the main assembly of
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DevOps plus ‘work from anywhere’ is the real endgame for satellite operators The space industry as we know it was born in the glory days of the Space Age, the 1960s. The collaboration between astronauts on the surface of the moon and Mission Control engineers in Houston was the most “remote” work ever accomplished to
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Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway is finally pulling the trigger. The conglomerate is spending $4 billion to buy the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Dominion Energy. Including the assumption of debt, the deal totals almost $10 billion. It’s the first major purchase from Berkshire since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent market collapse in March.
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The ‘pyjama stripe’ interference pattern denotes the presence of anyons in an electronic system.Credit: James Nakamura and Michael Manfra Physicists have reported what could be the first incontrovertible evidence of the existence of unusual particle-like objects called anyons, first proposed more than 40 years ago. Anyons are latest addition to a growing family of phenomena
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HELSINKI — China launched the classified Shiyan-6 (02) satellite into orbit Saturday, following launch of a new Gaofen ‘multi mode’ Earth observation satellite two days earlier. A Long March 2D carried the Shiyan-6 (02) experimental remote sensing satellite from Jiuquan at 7:45 p.m. Eastern Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced success
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Easy to wear but not easy to make, learn how belts are made in factories. Stream Full Episodes of How It’s Made: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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Pluto’s thin atmosphere (blue) has experienced an unexpected drop in pressure since it was measured previously, a few years ago. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Planetary science 03 July 2020 The gases that envelop the distant dwarf planet might finally be freezing out and falling to the surface. Pluto’s atmosphere appears to be collapsing — much more dramatically
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Palantir, the sometimes controversial, but always secretive, big data and analytics provider that works with governments and other public and private organizations to power national security, health and a variety of other services, has reportedly been eyeing up a public listing this autumn. But in the meantime it’s also continuing to push ahead in the
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Updated 6:15 p.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket failed to reach orbit during a July 4 launch after a problem during the rocket’s second-stage burn. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 5:19 p.m. Eastern. The launch was originally scheduled for July
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A study on mice found that diets with a high content of black raspberries could reduce skin allergy and skin inflammation due to contact hypersensitivity. Contact hypersensitivity causes redness and other signs of inflammation on the skin. The study was published in the Nutrients journal. Senior author and Ohio State University assistant professor Steve Oghumu
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Mathematicians and public-health experts watched through their fingers in May as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a series of charts to explain how the government would guide Britain out of coronavirus lockdown. Perhaps most prominent was a colourful dial with a needle hovering near a single digit: 1. The dial indicated R, a now-totemic
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Three months after the coronavirus pandemic upended American society, there are signs of recovery. States are rolling back some of their restrictions on businesses and public gatherings, hoping to undo the economic damage they caused even amid concerns that the pandemic is far from over. NASA is also taking the first initial steps back to
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You could be excused for thinking that German robotics company Festo does nothing but put together fabulous prototype robots built to resemble kangaroos, jellyfish, and other living things. They do in fact actually make real industrial robots, but it’s hard not to marvel at their biomimetic experiments; Case in point, the feathered BionicSwift and absurd
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WASHINGTON — Airbus Defence and Space on July 2 announced that it will build a geostationary communications satellite for Optus that will provide coverage over Australia and the surrounding region.  Airbus will build the satellite, called Optus-11, on its new OneSat platform, designed with a reconfigurable payload that can steer and reassign beams for different
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A scanning electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus particles (orange) on a cell (blue).Credit: NIAID/NIH/SPL In late December 2019, reports emerged of a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people in the southeastern province of Hubei. The cause, Chinese scientists quickly determined, was a new coronavirus distantly related to the SARS
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Earlier this week, GGV Capital’s Jeff Richards and Hans Tung joined TechCrunch for an Extra Crunch Live session. During our hour-long chat, we touched on startup profitability, the global venture capital scene, why GGV doesn’t have an office in Europe, how the venture industry is responding to its stark lack of diversity and other issues.
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From cars to tables and computers to radios, factories manufacture a host of products integral to modern life. In many cases these facilities can be energy intensive and, if we’re being honest, not very pleasing to look at.   As concerns about sustainability and the environment mount, however, a number of firms are attempting to reduce
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here The ‘pyjama stripe’ interference pattern denotes the presence of anyons in an electronic system.Credit: James Nakamura and Michael Manfra Physicists have reported what could be the first incontrovertible evidence of the existence of particle-like objects called
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If Earth stopped rotating, it would be a disaster. But what if Earth started rotating backwards? It might not be as catastrophic as you think. Deserts would turn into forests. And hurricanes would be less prevalent. But that’s just the beginning. —————————————————— #Earth #Deserts Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science:
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WASHINGTON — The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but its problems can’t be explained solely by the coronavirus pandemic. According to statistics compiled by SpaceNews, there were 45 orbital launch attempts in first six months of 2020, including four failed launches. That would put the overall launch industry
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In 2016, for the first time ever, more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s. Giving birth at any age comes with changes — to your body and bank account. But there are some key differences between giving birth in each decade. MORE HUMAN BODY SCIENCE CONTENT: How Giving Birth
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Pier Paolo Pandolfi is a renowned cancer researcher.Credit: James Derek Dwyer/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (CC BY-SA 4.0) An Italian scientific institute has reversed its decision to appoint a high-profile cancer researcher — Pier Paolo Pandolfi — as its scientific director after a tumultuous month of protests and accusations. The row over Pandolfi, who admits