Month: October 2018

Genetics research offers both potential benefits and potential harms to under-represented communities. While researchers have been making great strides in the use of genomics for both medical and historical questions, the vast majority of participants in such studies are of European descent.  This is due to several reasons, among them a history of colonialism and exploitation
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Fine-art handler Tom Richardson poses with a jacket belonging to British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings’ personal estate at Christie’s in London, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed
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PARIS — With the acquisition of fellow Emirati satellite operator Thuraya completed this August, Yahsat is planning to order two replacement satellites by the end of 2019 to continue Thuraya’s L-band connectivity service. Executives from Yahsat and Thuraya said having both UAE operators under the ownership of the state-owned Mubadala Investment Company gives solid footing
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin A worker inspects cannabis plants growing in a greenhouse at the Hexo Corp. facility in Gatineau, Quebec, CanadaPhotographer: Chris Roussakis/Bloomberg Results of a new study released Thursday by Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrated that marijuana impairs memory and learning in adolescents who were regular users. On the
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When experiments are run at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, it’s a tremendous event. The world’s largest machine has been responsible for discovering numerous new subatomic particles, including the ultra-elusive Higgs boson.  And lately, its data has been hinting tantalisingly at new physics beyond the Standard Model – the best set of equations we
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The Soyuz rocket is launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Soyuz rocket launch failure this month was caused by a faulty sensor, Russian news agencies reported citing an
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SEATTLE/ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk flew to the Seattle area in June for meetings with engineers leading a satellite launch project crucial to his space company’s growth. FILE PHOTO: SpaceX headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Within hours of landing, Musk had fired
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NASA announced Tuesday that Kepler, an orbital telescope that’s been spotting and analyzing distant planets for the past nine years, has run out of fuel and will no longer carry out scientific research. Since it launched in March 2009, the telescope identified over 2,600 planets outside of our solar system, and found that as much
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which helped astronomers discover thousands of exoplanets since its launch nearly a decade ago, has ended operations after running out of fuel, the agency announced Oct. 30. In a briefing with reporters, agency officials said that Kepler ended operations after exhausting the last of its hydrazine fuel used for attitude
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This illustration made available by NASA shows the Kepler Space Telescope. As of October 2018, the planet-hunting spacecraft has been in space for nearly a decade. (NASA via AP) The Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel and ended its 9.5-year career, just days after astronomers announced possible evidence of a moon orbiting an
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WASHINGTON — Kymeta founder Nathan Kundtz, who developed the key technology behind his company’s novel flat-panel antennas, will step down as CEO in November as the company searches for a replacement with more experience running a business. Kymeta announced Kundtz’s departure Oct. 29. Marc Stolzman, president and chief financial officer of Kymeta, will assume day
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Werewolves, vampires and other quintessential halloween monsters have long been relegated to the world of fantasy. But there have been real-life diseases throughout history that may have inspired the fictional monsters we know today. Werewolves Petrus Gonsalvus c1580Painting of Petrus Gonsalvus (Wikimedia Commons, https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiH4pDL2vzdAhULUt8KHWKDB_8Qjhx6BAgBEAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcommons.wikimedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3A16th-century_unknown_painters_-_The_%2522Hairy_Man_from_Munich%2522_-_WGA23788.jpg&psig=AOvVaw1a0Du_OWNBowQkh_BYsveL&ust=1539289554457482) Hypertrichosis, also aptly known as “werewolf disease,” is a condition of excessive
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SAN FRANCISCO – ExoTerra Resources LLC, a Littleton, Colorado, startup obtained a $1.5 million investment to further its campaign to develop solar electric propulsion systems for microsatellites. The investment is significant because “it allows us to fund our flight qualification effort and it shows investor confidence in our business plan and in the growth of
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Getty royalty free A mountain of research demonstrates that inflammation is a killer. When our bodies’ natural response to disease and injury is unchecked, it can lead to chronic conditions ranging from arthritis to depression to heart disease. Links have also been found to some cancers and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Less understood
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Once again researchers have found evidence of the critical role quality sleep plays on our overall health. And addressing the common causes of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) could have huge implications for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. From sleep apnea which, left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People have been enjoying chocolate far longer than previously known, according to research published on Monday detailing the domestication and use of cacao beginning 5,300 years ago at an ancient settlement in the highlands of southeastern Ecuador. FILE PHOTO: An Ecuadorean farmer holds a cacao fruit in Las Naves, some 350 km
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Last week, MIT Media Lab researchers published results from its global survey on autonomous driving ethics.  The survey, dubbed the “Moral Machine experiment”, generated the largest dataset on public attitudes in artificial intelligence ethics—asking questions such as whether it’s better to crash into one person to save five others, or to let the five die.
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This Halloween, the creepiest event to attend might be a mass online social experiment hosted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is famous for churning out some of the world’s top engineers, programmers, and scientists. But the university’s Media Laboratory is increasingly known for launching experimental projects in October that are designed
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Artist’s impression. The Dawn spacecraft.Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA Dawn is riding off into the sunset. The NASA spacecraft—nearing the end of an eleven-year mission—is almost out of fuel. “We’re running on fumes,” says Marc Rayman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Indeed, what’s left of
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin A new way to store data could be on the horizon.  A team of scientists are hoping to make new storage devices with lasers. The alpha state of the crystal is where the charge density waves are oriented in the same direction (left). The beta state
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