Month: August 2019

This photo provided by the National Hurricane Center shows a view of Hurricane Dorian from Hurricane Hunter P-3 Aircraft early Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Dorian has gained fearsome new muscle as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, bearing down ASSOCIATED PRESS As of this writing, Hurricane Dorian is a category 4 storm churning towards the
0 Comments
Third Kuaizhou-1A mission follows a period of new companies and light launch vehicles reaching the pad and competing for limited commercial contracts in China. HELSINKI — A commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket launched two satellites late Friday, continuing a recent intense period of light launch vehicle activity in China. The Kuaizhou-1A launched from a mobile platform at
0 Comments
The adult coloring book trend of the last few years seems to be rooted in the idea that coloring is good for your mental health. Publishers market coloring activity books to reduce stress, or to improve mindfulness – but can coloring really have that effect on people? A group of researchers at the University of
0 Comments
WASHINGTON — Members of the InSight mission team are using a break in spacecraft operations to study new ways to get one of the spacecraft’s key instruments to resume burrowing into the Martian surface. Scientists and engineers involved with InSight’s Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package instrument have been working for the last several months
0 Comments
WASHINGTON — Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT said it is focusing on a wide range of growth initiatives as fiber optic cable expansion and smartphone video viewing habits make its satellite broadcasting business increasingly difficult.  JSAT has lost more than half a million satellite television subscribers since 2013, when that business reached 3.83 million
0 Comments
Brands are beginning to realize the power of incorporating diversity and inclusivity in their marketing and product development. Cadbury Cadbury At Adobe Annual Conference in 2018, Matt May, Adobe’s head of inclusive design, stressed that “the time is now to rethink how designers create products with diversity and inclusion in mind.” Most recently, I have seen a new
0 Comments
WASHINGTON — Orbion Space Technology announced Aug. 28 it raised a $9.2 million Series A round to develop and mass produce Hall-effect plasma thrusters for small satellites.  Material Impact, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments, led the round, with Invest Michigan, Invest Detroit, Wakestream Ventures, Ann Arbor Spark, and Boomerang Catapult also participating. 
0 Comments
Last Wednesday, a gravitational wave detection gave astronomers quite the surprise. As researchers were going about their work at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of gravitational waves rolled in just minutes apart. The first, labelled S190828j, was picked up by all three of LIGO’s gravitational wave detectors at 06:34 am, coordinated universal time. The
0 Comments
Sounds like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was just kicked out of mom’s basement. In an inexplicable tweet, DARPA asked for help finding “commercially managed underground urban tunnels and facilities able to host research and experimentation.” And nobody knows why. The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/
0 Comments
The northern lights around a tree, Finland. Jamie Carter The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center is predicting a G1 or G2 Geomagnetic Storm for both Saturday and Sunday nights in northern U.S. states According to abc57 that means the “green lady” could be overhead U.S. states including Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin,
0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO – Capella Space, a startup building a constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, is joining SpaceNet, a nonprofit focused on geospatial applications for artificial intelligence. Since SpaceNet was established in 2016 by CosmiQ Works, the In-Q-Tel organization focused on commercial space, it has provided free high-resolution electro-optical satellite imagery, advertised challenges and
0 Comments
Examples of how human societies are changing the planet abound – from building roads and houses, clearing forests for agriculture and digging train tunnels, to shrinking the ozone layer, driving species extinct, changing the climate and acidifying the oceans. Human impacts are everywhere. Our societies have changed Earth so much that it’s impossible to reverse
0 Comments
Across the Caribbean this week, island residents docked boats, emptied grocery stores, and boarded up buildings in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, which became a Category 1 storm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, high up in Earth’s orbit, satellites belonging to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) watched the hurricane form and churn. The storm has passed
0 Comments
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK, MINNESOTA – NOVEMBER 2016: The northern lights above an island at the National Park, taken in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, November 2016. Brothers capture mesmerising sights of the Northern Lights in Minnesota. Film Barcroft Media via Getty Images Want to see the Northern Lights AND the Milky Way? Those in the northern
0 Comments
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after announcing a new effort to provide low-cost launch services for small satellites, SpaceX says it will increase the number of flight opportunities and reduce the prices it offers. The revamped smallsat rideshare program, the company announced late Aug. 28, will provide launch opportunities at least once per month
0 Comments
Here’s a simple how-to on how to construct a traversable cosmic wormhole that could send your spaceship to the furthest reaches of space: take two charged black holes, place them back to back, and thread two cosmic strings through both. Stretch both strings to infinity and presto! You’ve got yourself a traversable wormhole. Confused yet?
0 Comments
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a new type of artificial muscle, and created a series of small kinetic artworks to test the technology.  Dancing butterfly robots on tree branch. The butterflies can flutter their wings after application of 2 Volts of alternating electrical current input with frequency of
0 Comments
WASHINGTON — The two major sections of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have been connected to each other for the first time, a milestone in the spacecraft’s assembly ahead of a 2021 launch. In an Aug. 28 statement, NASA said engineers at a Northrop Grumman facility in California mated the observatory’s telescope element, which includes
0 Comments
Children are the future. Let’s make them the center of our communal efforts across industries. Getty I believe in creating high-functioning communities that are free of the mandate to produce. The idea being that if a community is high-functioning, they will be productive. The reality is that there are many communities that produce without being
0 Comments
Esper: ‘I’m excited for tomorrow’s activation of the United States Space Command.’ WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday gave the United States Space Command a forceful endorsement and described the standup of the new command as the “next crucial step” in the Pentagon’s reorganization of space forces. Esper spoke on Wednesday in his
0 Comments
(Reuters) – SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company’s Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s interplanetary ambitions. SpaceX’s Mars Starship prototype “Starhopper” hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Trevor Mahlmann
0 Comments
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin In a turn of events this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed that it is “moving forward to facilitate and expand scientific and medical research for marijuana in the United States.” To do this, the agency announced it will be accepting and reviewing applications from marijuana
0 Comments