Month: November 2018

The team performed a control study on Earth firstDLR A SpaceX launch tomorrow will be taking a rather unusual spacecraft to orbit – a small satellite that will attempt to grow tomatoes while spinning to replicate the gravity on the Moon and Mars. Called Eu:CROPIS (Euglena and Combined Regenerative Organic-Food Production in Space), the mission
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A six-month-long journey that could shape the future of humanity reached its nail-biting conclusion today. On May 5th, NASA launched its InSight Mars lander from California’s Vanderberg Air Force Base. On Monday afternoon, following “seven minutes of terror,” the craft reached its final destination – Elysium Planitia, a flat plain near the Red Planet’s equator
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WASHINGTON — European rocket builder ArianeGroup has named Airbus Defence and Space head of operations André-Hubert Roussel to replace Alain Charmeau as CEO starting Jan. 1. Charmeau, 62, will stay on as special adviser to Roussel until March 31 and then retire, ArianeGroup said Nov. 26 in a press release announcing the leadership change. Charmeau
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It’s the mother of all conspiracy theories: the unflinching belief that the 1969 Moon landing never actually happened. Proponents of this seemingly unshakeable conviction argue that what the masses perceived as a groundbreaking scientific achievement was in fact an elaborate fake: a hoax perpetrated by NASA and the US government on the American (and international)
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An uninvited guest has been caught hitching a ride on the International Space Station, and it’s a worrying one. JPL-NASA Scientists have identified strains of Enterobacter collected from the space station’s toilet and exercise area. If you’ve heard of the genus before, it’s probably in relation to hospitals. Some Enterobacter strains can infect immunocompromised patients
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PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s InSight spacecraft will perform a final maneuver less than 24 hours before its scheduled landing to slightly adjust the location of its landing site. During a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here Nov. 25, project leaders said they decided to carry out a sixth and final trajectory correction maneuver (TCM)
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The federal government on Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening. The report’s authors, who represent numerous federal agencies, say they are more certain
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Coffee has been getting considerable attention for a growing list of health benefits, with brain health high among them.  While not without a few downsides, studies have shown impressive upsides of moderate coffee consumption, often linked to its high caffeine content. But a new study suggests that when it comes to brain health, coffee offers
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Deputy Defense Secretary Shanahan said funding for space, cyber warfare, hypersonic weapons and other modernization efforts will be shielded from cuts, but DoD has not revealed what military programs could be targeted to pay for the administration’s favored priorities. WASHINGTON — A two-year period of rising defense spending is coming to an end as the
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Livingstone Island, Antarctica.Santiago Giralt You’d be hard-pressed to find a better name for a mysterious isle than Deception Island. Located in Antarctica’s South Shetland island group, it was given this memorable moniker by an American sealer named Nathaniel Palmer, who was surprised that this outwardly-looking normal island was in fact a horseshoe-shaped ring of rock
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Artist’s concept. InSight’s landing spot, Elysium Planitia.Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Just plain blah. That’s a reasonable description for the unremarkable destination of the InSight spacecraft, now hours away from a Mars touchdown. “The biggest parking lot on Mars,” says NASA. “Smooth and flat,” says Matt Golombek of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Indeed,
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Technology, Computer, Computer Monitor, Cloud Computing, Human BrainGetty New study points to remarkable outcomes for victims of paralysis. Most of us can’t imagine a day going by without interacting with a smartphone or tablet. For those with quadriplegia, though, this is an accepted reality. But new research from BrainGate — a collaboration among scientists, engineers
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has filed a license application with the Federal Communications Commission to cover testing at the company’s South Texas launch site of what may be the company’s next-generation launch vehicle. The application, dated Nov. 19 and posted on a publicly accessible FCC database Nov. 21, seeks an experimental communications license to cover transmissions
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SAN FRANCISCO – A report delivered in October to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation recommends a streamlined approach to launch licensing aimed at significantly speeding up the process and reducing its complexity. Instead of the current approach, where companies follow 350 pages of federal safety regulations and meet 2,845 specific requirements,
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Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously believed, according to a seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench. The observations from the deepest ocean trench in the world have important implications for the global water cycle, researchers say. “People knew that
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Researchers have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide—the main cause of global warming—into plastics, fabrics, resins, and other products. The electrocatalysts are the first materials, aside from enzymes, that can turn carbon dioxide and water into carbon building blocks containing one, two, three, or four carbon atoms with more than 99 percent efficiency. Two
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Screen capture of Favorite Thanksgiving Pie post.Brian Brettschneider What happens when you mix an American holiday, regional variations, desserts, and a map? Craziness! Followers of my Twitter feed know that I like to post absurd maps from time-to-time. These reflect nothing more than my (disturbed?) sense of humor. See: The site fivethirtyeight.com runs a story every
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Pro-European Union (EU), anti-Brexit demonstrators hold placards calling for a ‘People’s Vote’ as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London. (Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)Getty How is that Brexit thing working out for the United Kingdom (UK)? Seems pretty good if you are selling antidepressants, based on the results of a research report published
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