Month: November 2019

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Pristine coral reef. mainly Acropora sp. with aggregation of blue-green chromis. Chromis viridis. … [+] Pohnpei. Federated States of Micronesia. (Photo by: Andre Seale/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Micronesia is a series of several islands northeast of
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RBC Signals sees ground infrastructure business following path forged by cellular network expansion Ron Faith is well acquainted with high-tech startups. Before becoming president and chief operating officer of RBC Signals in 2018, Faith co-founded and served as chief operating officer of Clonefone, a mobile web services company. He was also the CEO of enterprise
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SEVILLE, Spain — Italy, one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency, is pleased with the outcome of the recent ministerial meeting that provided funding for a number of its priorities, including a reusable spacecraft. In a finally tally of contributions provided by ESA at the end of the Space19+ ministerial meeting here
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In December, Cloud Constellation was finalizing receipt of a $100 million investment that would help the startup deploy a ring of secure data-storage satellites in low Earth orbit. By spring, Cloud Constellation had walked away from the deal, citing a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, as one
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Satellite imagery of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Getty Images Every spring, a green wave of sprouting plants washes up mountains and bathes the Northern Hemisphere in fresh greenery from south to north. Grazing animals “surf” the wave, following the start of springtime. This phenomenon, called the Green Wave Hypothesis, controls the speed of herbivore migrations
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For Telespazio Vega Deutschland, a subsidiary of the spaceflight services company Telespazio of Rome, the challenges faced by a new generation of space companies present enticing opportunities. Based on its experience helping space agencies, institutions and commercial customers conduct space operations, Telespazio Vega has developed Enable, a cloud-based platform for space operations. At the 2019
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SEVILLE, Spain — The European Space Agency’s member states agreed to provide nearly 12.5 billion euros ($13.8 billion) for the next three years, giving the agency nearly all that it requested. At the conclusion of a two-day ministerial meeting, called Space19+, here Nov. 28, ESA said it was able to get all the initiatives it
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FILE – This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 image made available by NASA shows the Kuiper belt object … [+] originally called “Ultima Thule,” about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto, encountered by the New Horizons spacecraft. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, NASA announced its official name “Arrokoth” which means “sky” in the language of the Native
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SAN FRANCISCO – A decision made at the recent World Radiocommunication Conference could undermine the accuracy of weather forecasts by interfering with meteorological satellite observations, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). “The race to release 5G technology threatens to squeeze out other radio-frequency dependent technologies, including
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The U.S. Treasury Department hasn’t issued final regulations implementing the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), but space industry entrepreneurs already feel the law’s effect. “It hurts,” Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago, said at the World Satellite Business Week conference in September.
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WASHINGTON — An Ariane 5 rocket from European launch provider Arianespace successfully lifted off Nov. 26, carrying a communications satellite for the Egyptian government and a satellite for Inmarsat. The rocket launched at 4:23 p.m. Eastern from the Guiana Space Center in South America following a two-day delay due to a launch site power issue and
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Researchers in Canada have found a new compound which may re-sensitize antibiotic-resistant bacteria … [+] to the drugs. Getty Scientists in Canada have identified a new compound which has killed even the toughest types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lab tests. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a huge threat to public health, with around 120,000 blood-borne cases of
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WASHINGTON — Eutelsat Communications, having already left the C-Band Alliance of satellite operators pushing for a private spectrum auction, told the FCC it supports the commission’s pan to run a public auction, but still wants satellite operators to get some of the auction proceeds to cover costs associated with losing the spectrum.  The FCC announced
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HOUSTON — Commercial spaceports are increasingly portraying themselves as centers of economic development, including those without any launch activity. This increased focus of spaceports as part of broader aerospace and other industry development strategies was on display at the Nov. 19 meeting here of the Global Spaceport Alliance, a spaceport industry group whose members include
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In the Caribbean, tourism employs 2.4 million people and contributes more than $62 billion (15.5%) to GDP (2018) making it the most tourism-reliant region in the world. But the region’s pursuit of tourism-driven economic growth overlooks a significant environmental burden. The sector is responsible for 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions— 4.5 billion tons
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French propulsion startup ThrustMe unexpectedly made it into orbit early this month with its innovative propulsion system placed aboard a Chinese cubesat. Dianfeng, or Xiaoxiang-1 (08), a six-unit cubesat developed by privately owned Spacety, was a secondary payload on the launch of the Gaofen-7 civilian Earth observation satellite Nov. 2, along with a first satellite
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world’s largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth’s physiology. Researchers from Stanford University’s Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution
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For skywatchers at equatorial or southern hemisphere latitudes, and in particular at African… [+] longitudes, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon will make the most spectacular alignment, with a thin crescent Moon passing between the Solar System’s two brightest planets in the post-sunset sky. E. Siegel / Stellarium As the planets orbit the Sun throughout the
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Mic445 / Flickr Hardiness is a personality trait defined by an individual’s ability to manage and respond constructively to stressful life experiences. But how important is hardiness in the workplace? New research forthcoming in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined this question in a sample of naval sailors. Specifically, a team of researchers led
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The LSST is being built on Cerro Pachón in Chile. Jamie Carter Will Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink project end ground-based astronomy as we know it? Despite only 122 of a planned total of 42,000 broadband internet satellites being in orbit so far, astronomers are now gravely concerned about the mega-constellation’s effect on the US$466 million
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GAO disagreed with Blue Origin that the terms of the launch procurement unduly restrict competition WASHINGTON — Blue Origin won a favorable ruling last week from the Government Accountability Office in its protest of the Air Force launch contract rules. GAO, however, dismissed outright one of the company’s central complaints that the Air Force set
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The Arch on Historic North Campus at the University of Georgia, adjoining downtown in Athens, … [+] Georgia Getty A freshwater spring percolates over a one-block, daylighted stretch as an open creek alongside Spring Street in Athens, Georgia. Historically known as the town spring and the founders’ spring, the natural watercourse was one of the
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HAWKSBILL TURTLE (ERETMOCHELYS IMBRICATA), ALDABRA ATOLL, SEYCHELLES. (Photo by Gilles … [+] MARTIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images At last month’s Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway, the Marine Conservation Institute awarded its “Blue Park” Award to six marine protected areas that are using the best science-informed methods for protecting and managing marine
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Europe’s space industry won’t be able to keep its technological edge without government support, the European Space Agency concludes in a report released ahead of the Space19+ ministerial conference. By ESA’s estimates, commercial and non-European sales generated 45% of Europe’s space industry revenue in 2015. Those revenues kept space companies healthy enough to support ESA’s
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