Month: October 2019

Scientists check plants inside of an aeroponic growing chamber system as an experiment called Marsonaut at Prague University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech scientists have opened a lab to experiment growing food for environments with extreme conditions and lack of water, such as
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A regenerative medicine company in Vancouver, British Columbia that focuses on treatments for nerve damage and neurodegenerative diseases announced it will begin Phase 1 studies in early 2020 on a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. NervGen Pharma wants to advance its proprietary therapeutic technology platform, currently in development for spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference began this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The satellite industry and the cellular industry are both hoping to gain new spectrum — cellular operators for 5G networks, and satellite operators for earth stations
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The vanilla in your favorite bakery cupcake was probably made with petrochemicals. Let’s ferment it … [+] instead. Jennie Brown on Unsplash The demand for natural products is growing, along with consumers’ increasing attention to the environment and their health. Consumers are seeking brand alternatives that help them make better, more responsible choices, whether to
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WASHINGTON — While NASA achieves milestone assembling and testing the James Webb Space Telescope, a key manager said the mission only has a few months of schedule reserve left ahead of a March 2021 launch. In a presentation to NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee Oct. 29, Greg Robinson, program director for JWST at NASA Headquarters, said
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Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora and former CTO of Google’s self-driving car team, also emphasized the … [+] importance of ethics in designing self-driving cars. Drew Angerer/Getty Image In a wide-ranging conversation about AI and self-driving cars at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson told a crowd of AI enthusiasts that within
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According forecasts and reports, temperatures could approach or fall below zero in places like Denver, Colorado this week. For Denver, the record low temperature for October is -2 degrees F so it could definitely be broken. Record cold temperatures are expected from the Rockies to the Midwest as Halloween approaches. Meanwhile, California residents are facing
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WASHINGTON — Intelsat, SES and Telesat on Oct. 28 acquiesced to demands for more spectrum, saying their group, the C-Band Alliance, would offer 300 megahertz of satellite spectrum to cellular operators for 5G services instead of 200 megahertz as previously planned.  The increase — to 280 usable megahertz plus a 20 megahertz guard band — follows
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WASHINGTON — A heat flow instrument on NASA’s InSight Mars lander suffered a setback Oct. 26 in its efforts to penetrate into the Martian surface. Images returned late Oct. 26 by the lander showed that the probe, or mole, emerging from a hole onto the surface. The most recent images show most of the mole
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin The lensed system shown here, discovered by the Dark Energy Survey and named DES J0408-5354, was… [+] originally thought to be one foreground source that quadruply-lensed a background object, creating four separate images. However, Hubble data and modern modeling and analysis changed the story, yielding two
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A near-true-color image taken by New Horizons after its flyby. Numerous layers of blue haze float in … [+] Pluto’s atmosphere. Along and near the limb, mountains and their shadows are visible. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Could Pluto soon be a planet again?  It’s been over a decade since Pluto was
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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Oct. 25 that the agency would send a robotic rover to the moon in 2022 to look for water ice, confirming plans that had been taking shape for months. In a speech at the 70th International Astronautical Congress, Bridenstine said the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission
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WASHINGTON — A reusable suborbital sounding rocket launched by Exos Aerospace malfunctioned shortly after liftoff Oct. 26, causing the vehicle to crash back to Earth minutes later. The Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or SARGE, sounding rocket lifted off from Spaceport America in New Mexico at approximately 1:40 p.m. Eastern. The rocket cleared its launch
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin L.A. food trucks offer high end food, with menus designed by gourmet chefs, at street prices. Many … [+] of the trucks have a dedicated following, broadcasting their menus and locations via Twitter and other social media. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images) Corbis via
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WASHINGTON — On the heels of the first flight of an Emirati in space, the United Arab Emirates’ space agency expects to soon expand its small corps of astronauts in anticipation of future missions in the next several years. In a panel discussion at the 70th International Astronautical Congress here Oct. 25, Salem Al Marri,
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A team of researchers has identified a single gene associated with migration in songbirds by combining whole genome sequencing with migration tracking technology for the first time ever A team of researchers has identified a gene associated with migration in golden-winged (left) and … [+] blue-winged (right) warblers using whole genome sequencing and migration tracking
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WASHINGTON — A partnership between small launch vehicle company Firefly Aerospace and propulsion developer Aerojet Rocketdyne, highlighted by Firefly’s potential use of Aerojet’s AR1 engine, also has more immediate benefits for the companies. Firefly and Aerojet announced a partnership Oct. 18 headlined by Firefly’s consideration of the AR1, an engine Aerojet originally developed for potential
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WASHINGTON – NSLComm, an Israeli startup that launched its first cubesat in July, is building two more cubesats with funding from customers including a major multinational corporation. “We have a working satellite in orbit with more than 90 percent success of the mission goals,” Raz Itzhaki, NSLComm CEO and co-founder, told SpaceNews. “The satellite is
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit, while preparing for the first flight of its LauncherOne smallsat rocket, is in the process of choosing an engine for a three-stage variant that would be capable of sending payloads to other planets.  John Fuller, Virgin Orbit advanced concepts director, said the company is deciding between three “highly energetic third stage”
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