Month: September 2019

Superconductivity (passing charges through materials without losing heat) promises to revolutionise electronics and power, if we can get it working at reasonable temperatures – and scientists just reported a big step forward in our understanding of the phenomenon. The new discovery centres around the Hubbard model: a maths model of conduction and insulation in materials,
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company would start test flights of its next-generation Starship vehicle in as soon as one to two months and reach orbit in as little as six months, even as some complain the company is devoting too many resources to this project. Musk provided an update
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Oh deer. Are you carrying Mycobacterium bovis? (Photo: Getty Images) Getty In 2017, a 77-year-old man in Michigan developed pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Deer we say how he got it? A recent publication in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), told this story of TB and not
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin An infrared satellite view of Hurricane Lorenzo on September 28, 2019. College of DuPage Hurricane Lorenzo rapidly strengthened into a scale-topping category five hurricane on Saturday evening, with maximum sustained winds reaching an incredible 160 MPH. This breaks the record for both the easternmost and northernmost
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Thomas Crapper was the brother of a successful master plumber and the uncle of another. By Unknown photographer – MJC Plumbing, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75229 A popular historical story claims that we get the slang term “crap” from the name of a plumber named Thomas Crapper, but
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab is nearing completion of its second launch site, and first in the United States, which the company says should be ready for its first Electron launch in early 2020. The company announced Sept. 18 it had achieved a milestone in the construction of Launch Complex (LC) 2 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional
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Competitors vying for the $150,000 prize have to develop computer vision algorithms to automate the process of assessing building damage after natural disasters. WASHINGTON — The Defense Innovation Unit announced Sept. 25 it has posted the satellite images for its second prize challenge known as xVIEW2, which focuses on using artificial intelligence to assess damage
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Getty It’s been a rough year for the vaping industry. What began as a purportedly less harmful replacement for combustible cigarettes has become the focus of investigations into everything from lung disorders to fatalities. And now a new study has found concentrations of dangerous heavy metals like lead and copper in vapors produced by some
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Shown here is one component of a quantum computer (a dilution refrigerator), as shown here in a… [+] clean room from a 2016 photo. Quantum computers would achieve Quantum Supremacy if they could complete any calculation significantly more quickly and efficiently than a classical computer can. That achievement won’t, on its own, however, let us achieve
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Risks for the energy sector’s operating technology (OT) and industrial internet of things (IIoT) are “widespread and rising” at a magnitude that should be a major cause for concern, according to a senior Honeywell executive who leads the global software industrial’s automation and controls cybersecurity unit. In an interview with Forbes on the sidelines of the recently
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will provide an update Sept. 28 on the progress it’s making on its next-generation Starship vehicle, including plans to start flying a prototype in as soon as a month. Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of the company, is set to discuss work on Starship in a presentation at the company’s South
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Global warming has put a glacier in the Italian Alps at risk of collapse, officials warned, leading to road closures, travel restrictions, and evacuations in the immediate vicinity. Municipal officials issued the order after surveyors observed a significant increase in the sliding speed of the Planpincieux glacier, which rests on the Italian side of the
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Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, but we don’t know how they predict an incoming storm, and a bunch of other oceanic animals do this too. Lemon sharks are just one species that evacuate the area ahead of an incoming hurricane. Getty Hurricanes can cause lots of environmental changes before they make landfall including high
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In 1991, soon after Operation Desert storm commenced bombing Iraq, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. spy satellite agency whose very existence would remain a state secret for another year — got a call from Colin Powell. The media-savvy general wanted to show news reporters satellite images of Iraqi targets U.S.
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A general view of atmosphere seen at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures Los Angeles premiere of ‘Robocop’, on Monday, Feb, 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images) Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP It’s not quite Robocop. Turns out security in the Blade Runner era (yes, that dystopia was set in 2019) takes less of a humanoid
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These days we’re used to jaw-dropping photos getting snapped from the International Space Station, but the latest one NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently posted to Twitter comes with a special message, too. The image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spaceflight taking three people to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as part
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Wikipedia Every few years, the nation’s attention is drawn to the revelatory actions of a whistleblower. Most recently, a member of the intelligence community brought forth information suggesting that President Trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, hoping that the Ukrainian government would provide compromising information on Joe Biden and
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