Month: June 2020

Organoids made from human liver ductal cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 (red).Credit: Bing Zhao Researchers are growing miniature organs in the laboratory to study how the new coronavirus ravages the body. Studies in these organoids are revealing the virus’s versatility at invading organs, from the lungs to the liver, kidneys and gut. Researchers are also experimenting
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In a flash: researchers have proposed how to entangle macroscopic objects using short pulses of light. (Courtesy: Jack Clarke, Quantum Measurement Lab, Imperial College London) Physicists at Imperial College London, UK, and Stockholm University, Sweden, have proposed a new way of creating entanglement between mechanical motion and an optical field, and also between two mechanical
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Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty The tide of reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality that has been sweeping through institutions — including scientific ones — has reached universities’ normally reclusive mathematics departments. A group of mathematicians in the United States has written a letter calling for their colleagues to stop collaborating with
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By the end of the year, the National Reconnaissance Office plans to issue “multiple operational commercial imagery contracts to support defense, security and many other U.S. government missions,” said Pete Muend, director of NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office. “We’re very excited to begin to leverage all the capabilities that our U.S. domestic commercial industry base
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Inside out: illustration showing the locations of earthquakes (orange stars); seismometers (blue triangles); and hotspots (yellow triangles). (Courtesy: Doyeon Kim) An artificial intelligence algorithm originally developed for astrophysics has revealed a previously unknown feature on the core-mantle boundary deep inside the Earth. The algorithm allowed researchers in the US to find patterns in seemingly unconnected
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Solar Eclipse 2020 or surya grahan is here. Skywatchers across India will witness the rare annular solar eclipse today. While the partial solar eclipse will be visible across the country, eclipse’s best visibility or maximum eclipse will be limited to a narrow stretch covering parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Annular eclipses
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In the lab. Courtesy: University of Warwick Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) is routinely employed to identify individual molecules, but it cannot usually resolve their internal structure. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the universities of Warwick and Cardiff in the UK has now shown that a variation of high-resolution STM can in fact deliver information
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Funders offer advice on how to land grants and fellowships for community outreach projects. Download MP3 In the penultimate episode of this six-part series about science communication, dermatologist and immunologist Muzlifah Haniffa tells Pakinam Amer how art and poetry inspired her 2016 exhibition Inside Skin following a meeting with Linda Anderson, a professor of English
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WASHINGTON — Smallsat builder Blue Canyon Technologies is moving employees into a recently opened factory designed to build 100 satellites a year, and more in the future.  The Crescent Satellite Constellation manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Colorado, near the city of Boulder, opened June 3, Matt Beckner, Blue Canyon chief operating officer, told SpaceNews.  Because the
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:27). Features Moving from analysis to action on circular food (29:10) Emma Chow, project lead on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Food initiative, chats about the role menus play in counteracting food waste and sharing practical steps for addressing the “brittleness” of the existing food system. ESG and the earnings call (39:40)
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WASHINGTON — European smallsat builder GomSpace has entered a settlement agreement with Aerial & Maritime, a company Gomspace helped start and for which it had already built eight satellites.  GomSpace said June 16 that Aerial & Maritime will be liquidated, and that GomSpace will retain ownership of the eight satellites, designed to track ships and
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Barry Rosenstein, founder of JANA Partners. Adam Jeffery | CNBC Company: Perspecta Inc. (PRSP) Business: Perspecta provides end-to-end information technology services and mission solutions to government customers. The company serves intelligence, defense, space, federal civilian, federal healthcare and state and local governments. It provides various solutions in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations. Stock Market
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Unwanted change: solar geoengineering could affect the nature of heat waves in some locations. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/kwest) Using aerosols to reflect sunlight and cool the planet will weaken storm tracks in the temperate latitudes in both hemispheres, an international team of scientists warn. Their modelling suggests that while such solar geoengineering schemes could reduce the severity
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The Future Circular Collider (FCC) is a proposed particle accelerator that would follow the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.Credit: Polar Media CERN has taken a major step towards building a 100-kilometre circular super-collider to push the frontier of high-energy physics. The decision was unanimously endorsed by the CERN Council on 19 June, following the plan’s
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WASHINGTON — Two years after a space policy directive gave it responsibility for space traffic management, the Commerce Department says it is making progress on implementing that policy as it continues to seek additional funding from Congress. On June 18, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited the headquarters of Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) outside of Philadelphia
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Regenerative agriculture practices have received a lot of attention in recent years, and much of the focus has been on food production. But more companies outside of the food space are figuring out how they can invest in or use regenerative practices in the supply chain for their products.  One of those companies is Timberland,
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Tesla has partnered with SailGP to achieve the sport’s shift from being diesel-fueled towards being powered by solar energy and battery storage. SailGP is a global catamaran racing championship. SailGP has partnered and collaborated with Tesla for over eight months to engineer an off-grid clean energy solution. The result was a fully portable, mobile recharging container to
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WASHINGTON — Boeing announced late June 19 several changes in management of its work on the International Space Station and CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle. In a memo to employees of Boeing Space and Launch, Jim Chilton, senior vice president in charge of the division, announced that Mark Mulqueen will retire from the company July
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Does you dog really love you? According to Marc Bekoff, cognitive ethologist and author, dogs most likely think and feel similarly to humans. However, not all dogs will automatically show you their love and affection. —————————————————— Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science: space, medicine, biotech, physiology, and more. Subscribe to
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