Month: January 2020

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched 60 of its own Starlink broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Jan. 6, becoming the operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation.  The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:19 p.m. Eastern from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on SpaceX’s first launch of the year. The company’s 60 Starlink satellites, built
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After some initial hype and a series of teasers, Neon has been debuted as an artificial intelligence (AI) powered project by Samsung-backed Star Labs. The new offering is designed to develop computationally created virtual beings that are touted to look and behave like real humans. The company claims that the human avatars created by Neon
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Tankers depicted in the Strait of Hormuz — a strategically important waterway which separates Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. ATTA KENARE | AFP | Getty Images A critical gateway to the world’s oil industry has been thrust back into the global spotlight, following a dramatic escalation in geopolitical tensions since the targeted killing
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major new U.S. projects like highways and pipelines will no longer require federal reviews of their environmental climate impact under new rules that the Trump administration will propose on Wednesday, sources familiar with the plan said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks following the U.S. Military airstrike against Iranian General
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(Photo : Reuters)The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as seen before an explosion. Handout satellite image taken on March 14, 2011 and released on December 24, 2019 by Maxar Technologies. The local government unveiled its plan to make the Fukushima fully dependent on renewable energy. Eleven solar and 10 wind farms will be constructed on
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Neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik.Credit: Sonia Fernandez As a physician–scientist, many of my colleagues were surprised when I moved my laboratory from the Boston Longwood campus at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where there is neither a medical school nor a university-affiliated hospital. More than a few
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WASHINGTON — MethaneSAT, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, has selected Blue Canyon Technologies to supply the platform for its donor-funded satellite.  MethaneSAT said Jan. 6 it will use X-SAT, Blue Canyon’s largest offered spacecraft bus, to carry a methane-detection payload from Ball Aerospace. The nonprofit hopes to launch the 350-kilogram satellite in
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Oil prices jumped 1% during Monday trading — building on Friday’s gains — as tensions in the Middle East escalated over the weekend. Following Thursday’s death of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, on Sunday an Iranian state-run television broadcast said that the nation would no longer respect uranium enrichment restrictions set forth in 2015’s nuclear
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Credit: Getty Agency William Gibson Berkley (2020) With a breezy “Here we go,” Eunice enters the room — and the third page of William Gibson’s speculative novel Agency. I instantly liked her. Resourceful, fast-talking and street-smart, Eunice is on a serious mission: to give the world a fair chance to fend off the end of
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HONOLULU — A NASA Earth science hosted payload mission to study the planet’s carbon cycle has been confirmed for development, although exactly when and how it will fly have yet to be determined. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced in a Dec. 28 tweet that the GeoCarb mission had passed its confirmation review. “The innovative GeoCarb
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In a world that seems overwhelmed by potentially infinite plastic waste, are biodegradables the final solution? Probably not. But it isn’t effortless. The industry remains debating what “biodegradable” actually means. And a few plastics made from fossil fuels will biodegrade, while some plant-based “bioplastics” won’t. Biodegradable plastics are around since the late 1980s. They initially
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NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green answers the question “Why are we going to the Moon?” Comment on this video using #AskNASA with your questions for upcoming episodes! He addresses key questions about our plans to explore the Moon and Mars, including where we will most likely find water on the Moon. Jim shares his extensive
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison found himself on Sunday again defending his actions in response to the country’s unprecedented bushfires crisis that has killed 24 people and left thousands more homeless. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference on the governments’ bushfire response at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia,
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Oil prices surged 4% on Friday following confirmation by the Pentagon that Iran’s top commander was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, raising concerns of a bigger conflict between the two countries that could disrupt energy production in the region. The U.S. military took the “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by
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Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon Jennifer Aniston speak at the Apple Spring Event on March 25th, 2019. Source: Apple Apple found its role in the streaming wars. Former HBO CEO Plepler announced on Thursday that he signed an exclusive, five-year deal with Apple to produce TV shows, movies and documentaries for the company’s fledgling streaming service,
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A single mold can make tens of thousands of seed-like spores, which you can’t see. But that’s just one reason why mold is so difficult to control. Special thanks to Temponaut Timelapse for sharing footage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxFQofXJq9WxWWqlsTiQ-Aw MORE HEALTH CONTENT: The Bugs That Lay Eggs All Over Your Body 10 Amazing Things Your Body Produces In
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A dangerous fire flared up in southeastern Australia on Sunday even as cooler conditions elsewhere allowed authorities to begin assessing the damage from heatwave-spurred blazes that swept through two states on Saturday. A satellite image shows wildfires burning east of Obrost, Victoria, Australia January 4, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via
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Even when Apple telegraphs its hardware strategy, it’s proving to be nearly impossible for startups to beat them. The company’s executives have been motioning interest in following their runaway success on mobile with hefty investments in augmented reality, something that has led to the rise of dozens of venture-backed startups hoping to beat Apple to
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A key milestone for our lunar Gateway, “rolling out” for a critical Orion safety test, and a chance to send your name to Mars … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2019_0524_A%20New%20Partnership%20to%20Power%20The%20Lunar%20Gateway%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20%E2%80%93%20May%2024,%202019.html
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Tuberculosis is the deadliest human infection, killing 1.5 million people in 2018 alone (go.nature.com/2kbuiq). It is widely accepted that an effective vaccine against the bacterium responsible, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, would be the most practical way to control the disease. However, the pathogen is often able to resist the immune responses elicited by vaccination. This has raised
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The U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top military general has escalated tensions between the two nations and injected fresh uncertainty Friday around geopolitics and financial markets. Analysts weighed in Friday on CNBC, offering their insights into how the death of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani will impact the oil industry and the economy, as well as
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This wonderful and peaceful small seaside town nestles in a sheltered spot on Spain’s eastern coast known as the Costa Blanca, named after it’s a multitude of beaches with fine, clean and warm sand. It is well known amongst discerning holidaymakers and ex-pats from places such as the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, for being
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