WASHINGTON — The longtime chief executive of Virgin Galactic, who moved into a new position at the company last year, has left the company but will continue to be an adviser to it. According to company sources, Whitesides said he was leaving the position of Virgin Galactic’s chief space officer to pursue unspecified opportunities in
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This webcast, from Nature Careers’ webinar programme, is now available to view on demand. In this 60-minute session, Nature Reviews Materials editor Christine Horejs talks about how to write great titles and abstracts, how to structure review articles and how to get started with a career in science publishing. “If you want these people to
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PET/CT of a mouse co-injected with two PET tracers. From left to right, the columns show: 18F-NaF image; 18F-NaF image corrected for 124I-NaI annihilation photons; 124I-NaI image from 603 keV prompt gammas showing small details from the thyroid; the merged dual-isotope image. (Courtesy: Phys. Med. Biol. 10.1088/1361-6560/abe5fc) Preclinical imaging systems such as positron emission tomography
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Deep space exploration begins on American factory floors. The launch of Artemis I will bring together the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System and the Orion Spacecraft, to prepare us to land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface.
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WASHINGTON — NASA has sharply increased the prices it charges commercial users of the International Space Station for cargo and other resources, a move that has left some companies confused and frustrated. NASA announced Feb. 25 that it was revising the commercial marketing pricing policy it first published in June 2019 as part of a
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Exciting nuclei of iron atoms with a flash of X-ray light. (Courtesy: MPI for Nuclear Physics) Scientists routinely use laser light to control how an atom’s electrons move from one electronic state to another, but controlling an atom’s nuclear state is far more challenging. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg,
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The records of Earth’s endangered plants and animals are increasingly getting longer. But to put an end to this movement, we need extra information. It is sometimes impossible to search out specifically where the individual species can be discovered and how their populations are advancing.  According to recent synopsis research released in Methods of Ecology
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Bacteria that colonized 3D-printed lattices (brown) helped to enrich them with minerals (white) in complex patterns. Credit: A. Xin et al./Adv. Mater. Materials science 04 March 2021 Researchers enlist bacteria to make a synthetic composite material that is more damage-resistant than its natural counterparts. A new composite material that unites hard mineral, resilient plastic and
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Nuclear science first penetrated American consciousness with the building of the atomic bomb. It has become both a beneficial and destructive force that influences many aspects of human life from energy, to the environment, to medicine. Yet this field of study —that peers into the atomic nuclei — is something people generally don’t teach or
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Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. Last summer, the investment arm of northern Europe’s largest financial services group dropped Brazilian meat giant JBS from its portfolio. Nordea Asset Management, which manages roughly $280 billion, gave several reasons for the decision, including JBS’s links to farms involved in Amazon deforestation.  “The exclusion
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The Australian government has formally recognized the loss of 13 endemic species, including 12 mammals and the first reptile to be lost since European colonization. The dozen mammal species’ addition solidifies Australia’s unenviable status as the world’s mammal extinction capital, bringing the cumulative number of mammals believed to have died out to 34. Related Article:
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Hear the latest science news, with Nick Petrić Howe and Benjamin Thompson. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:48 The pandemic’s unequal toll on researchers Although 2020 saw a huge uptick in the numbers of research papers submitted, these increases were not evenly distributed among male and female
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2020 undeniably brought the “S” pillar of ESG into greater focus, including issues such as employee wellness, human rights, and diversity, equity and inclusion. But investors didn’t exactly ignore the “E” component and are poised to emphasize it even more in 2021 and beyond, according to a recent Conference Board corporate sustainability disclosure analysis. In
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One thousand microchannels, each the width of a human hair, can be printed for as little as £0.20. (Courtesy: CC BY 4.0/PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0245206) Researchers at the University of Bristol have combined low-cost 3D printing with soft lithography to streamline production of complex microfluidic devices. The technique represents an important step towards universally accessible lab-on-a-chip
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The world is entering an era that “will be defined by rapid global growth in space commerce, exploration and military activities,” Raymond said. WASHINGTON — The White House unambiguous statement of support for the Space Force makes it “really clear that this is not a political issue, it’s an issue of national security,” Chief of
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Sunset over Pentland Firth, Scotland. RyanDeanMorrison | iStock | Getty Images Researchers in the U.K. are attempting to find sites for marine energy installations using drones, in what’s hoped will be a cost-effective alternative to current methods. The 12-month project is headed up by scientists from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland
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Some disciplined common cuttlefish can forgo a treat for more than two minutes to gain a tastier one. Credit: Norbert Probst/imageBROKER/Alamy Animal behaviour 03 March 2021 The ten-limbed molluscs can defer gratification — and those that hold out the longest score best on learning performance. In the famous ‘marshmallow test’, a child receives a marshmallow
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KVH Industries, the U.S. maritime satellite-connectivity specialist, expects clear sailing ahead after growing quarterly revenues despite shaky seas for cruise ships. TAMPA, Fla. — KVH Industries, the U.S. maritime satellite-connectivity specialist, expects clear sailing ahead after growing quarterly revenues despite shaky seas for cruise ships. KVH said cost-containment measures, and strong sales of its TACNAV
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Using ancient pots to predict the Earth’s magnetic field, plus the strange DNA/soap link, and challenging Einstein’s “biggest blunder” Pots of potential: fired clay objects can shed light on the Earth’s magnetic field The idea that a record of the Earth’s magnetic pastmight be stored in objects made from fired clay dates back to the
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