Month: July 2019

Researchers have developed artificial cells that can respond to external chemical forces, just like real ones do. This exciting step could get us closer to using synthetic biological structures in real-world situations, such as targeted drug delivery or cleaning up pollution. In this proof-of-principle study, scientists have succeeded in getting artificial cells to glow with
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A submission called “Hung Out to Dry.” Morgan Bennett-Smith/Ocean Conservancy Sometimes when you hold a contest, you get more than you bargained for. Like one held recently by the Ocean Conservancy, seeking images showing the beauty and wonder of the ocean. Plenty of photos were received in that vein, but plenty of other submissions called attention
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WASHINGTON — Intelsat says a micrometeoroid impact or an electrostatic discharge coupled with a “harness flaw” are the most likely reasons its first high-throughput satellite suffered a mission-ending failure in April.  Intelsat said July 30 that the failure review board it created with Boeing, manufacturer of the Intelsat-29e satellite, and a team of independent experts
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Indian tiger numbers are up, according to one of the most detailed wildlife surveys ever conducted. Tiger populations have risen by 6 percent, to roughly 3,000 animals. The massive survey may set a new world standard in counting large carnivores. The encouraging results validate India’s impressive investments in tiger conservation. A mammoth effort Large, solitary
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The XENON1T detector, with its low-background cryostat, is installed in the centre of a large water shield to protect the instrument against cosmic ray backgrounds. This setup enables the scientists working on the XENON1T experiment to greatly reduce their background noise, and more confidently discover the signals from processes they’re attempting to study. XENON is
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paulbr75 / Pixabay Psychologists often point out that people are torn between two minds, the rational and the instinctual. This makes the job of an economist a difficult one — market behavior would be easier to explain if everyone were a bit more reasoned in their judgments and actions.  For a case in point, consider
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WASHINGTON — The Italian Space Agency has launched a new initiative to strengthen Italy’s space expertise by leveraging domestic companies to build spacecraft that complement pan-European programs.  Italian Space Agency President Giorgio Saccoccia said the Ital-GovSatCom satellite contract announced July 23 inaugurates an initiative to create “mirror programs” where Italy provides its own supplemental spacecraft
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Arguably the most famous week on television worldwide, Shark Week started on Sunday, July 28 (running until August 4) and has showcased their usual fabulous great white sharks, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and bull sharks. But did you know there are over 500 species of sharks alone (not including their relatives, the rays, skates, and chimaeras)?
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Over 200 Svalbard reindeer have been found dead on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. That’s one of the highest recorded death tolls since population monitoring commenced in 1978, and scientists believe climate change played a key role. According to a report on the Norwegian Polar Institute’s website, the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) suffered a lean
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WASHINGTON — One of the three companies NASA selected less than two months ago to carry payloads to the moon has informed the agency it won’t be able to perform that mission and has terminated its nearly $100 million contract. NASA announced July 29 that OrbitBeyond informed the agency that “internal corporate challenges” will prevent
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The Air Force proposes shifting $93.2 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2019 and $67.5 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2018. WASHINGTON — The Air Force is seeking congressional approval to transfer $160 million from other accounts to fund a new early warning constellation known as the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and endurance these cold-blooded predators muster by ratcheting up their metabolism to mammal-like levels. FILE PHOTO: Komodo dragons walk at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia’s Komodo island October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File
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WASHINGTON — As the Federal Aviation Administration extends the deadline for comments to a proposed revision of commercial launch and reentry regulations, a sharp difference in opinion is emerging in industry between companies that support the revisions and those who believe it could be counterproductive. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, formally
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WASHINGTON — While neither NASA nor the European Space Agency has yet to give formal approval, or funding, for missions to return samples from Mars, both agencies are taking steps to refine plans for what those missions will be. Those plans, discussed at a Mars science conference and working group meeting last week, would involve
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DARPA program manager Joe Parrish: ‘There are new players interested in partnering’ WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is considering proposals from potential new partners for its program to send a robot to space to repair satellites. DARPA suffered a major setback in January when Maxar withdrew from the project known as Robotic
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Artistic interpretation of a single ebola virus particle, shaped to spell the word ‘help’. Diseases like ebola are just one threat demanding a global biosecurity approach to health and economic well-being. In our lifetimes, biotechnology has improved the quality of human life in ways that earlier generations could barely have imagined. And biotech startups today
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WASHINGTON — The Canadian government is investing 85 million Canadian dollars ($64.7 million) into research and development for Telesat’s broadband satellite constellation, and has agreed to spend up to 600 million Canadian dollars ($456.6 million) more on capacity.  Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said July 24 that the Canadian government views
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