Month: February 2019

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office in December awarded SpaceX a $28 million contract to test over the next three years different ways in which the military might use the company’s Starlink broadband services. WASHINGTON — The megaconstellations that promise to bring cheap broadband to the masses have drawn the military’s attention.
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WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by a bipartisan pair of senators Feb. 27 would authorize an extension of the International Space Station to 2030 and also make permanent human settlement of space a national goal. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced the Advancing Human Spaceflight Act Feb. 27, with its central provision
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A robotic  arm  refills thousands of test tubes uncomplainingly every dayArctoris We all imagine that a typical day of a molecular biologist has a lot of laboratory work, refilling and labeling test tubes with micro quantities of several solutions. These experiments take place in laboratories containing a range of expensive medical equipment, such as high-resolution
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WASHINGTON — Despite a new emphasis on a streamlined, “lean” sample return architecture, a NASA official says it’s unlikely that suite of missions will be able to return Martian rock and soil samples to the Earth before the end of the 2020s. Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG)
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Full disc view of the Earth. Credit: NASA’s Epic camera aboard DSCOVR Satellite Today, the world faces mounting environmental challenges. With rising sea levels, increasing oceanic temperatures, desertification and resource shortages, our planet faces distinct and unprecedented threats. Now more than ever, we must use all means at our disposal to develop cutting-edge sustainability practices
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It was the most explosive scientific controversy of 2018: Chinese scientist He Jiankui brazenly announced in November he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies using CRISPR. He’s admission – including that twin girls called Lulu and Nana from his experiment had already been born – provoked immediate international uproar in the scientific community, with critics
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Facebook’s treatment of its legions of content moderators is under scrutiny after the publication of a report alleging tough working conditions and low pay that saw some employees break down under the weight of the content they were reviewing. On Monday, The Verge’s Casey Newton published an extensive investigation into a content-moderation workplace in Arizona. These
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Deposit Photos Introduction This is an age of artificial intelligence (AI) driven automation and autonomous machines. The increasing ubiquity and rapidly expanding potential of self-improving, self-replicating, autonomous intelligent machines has spurred a massive automation driven transformation of human ecosystems in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). As seen across nations, there is already a growing trend
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WASHINGTON — As an Israeli-built lunar lander makes its first post-launch maneuvers, a Japanese company announced new partnerships in its plans to mount missions to the moon. SpaceIL announced Feb. 24 that its Beresheet lander performed its first maneuver since being placed into a supersynchronous transfer orbit by a Falcon 9 Feb. 21. The 30-second
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