Month: January 2021

WASHINGTON — Less than a week after leaving the agency, former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is joining a private equity firm that invests in the aerospace and defense industries. Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm based in Oklahoma City, said Jan. 25 that it had hired Bridenstine as a senior adviser, assisting the company
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© AuntMinnieEurope.com A new educational course spearheaded by the Australian-based charity Radiology Across Borders (RAB) promises to improve patient access to imaging services worldwide. Aimed predominantly at those in the developing world or remote areas, it will focus on safety and interpreting common pathologies such as pneumonia, bleeds, trauma, meningitis, bone tumours and emergency conditions.
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A solar storm happened recently, and it got people wondering, are they dangerous? Related Article: Incoming Storm: Solar Winds to Arrive on Jan. 25 Solar activities like solar storms, flares, CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejection), and the likes are hot topics on space news right now. And, the thought of the Sun releasing explosions and gasses
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Steve Proehl | Corbis Unreleased | Getty Images Apple promoted its hardware chief, Dan Riccio, to a new role “focusing on a new project.” He will report to CEO Tim Cook, Apple announced on Monday. Riccio was previously the company’s senior vice president for hardware engineering, signing off on the physical aspects and electrical engineering
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On the table in this photograph are the remains of more than 130 wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) — Australia’s largest bird of prey. The birds had been poisoned, and I needed to confirm the species for a criminal case. As collection manager of ornithology at the Australian Museum in Sydney, I not only identify birds,
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The SDA will consider funding research-and-development projects for technologies it might not be able to find in the open market.  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency issued an open call for information from the space industry covering a laundry list of technologies.  The “broad area announcement” published Jan. 25 asks companies to submit pitches
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Saturn (left) might have the migration of its moon Titan (right) to thank for its conspicuous tilt. Credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library Planetary science 25 January 2021 Scientists have a new theory for how the ringed planet got its tilt. Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, probably tugged the ringed planet off-kilter one billion years ago. Saturn
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Still from Michelob Ultra’s 2021 Super Bowl commercial. Michelob Ultra This year’s Super Bowl will be an extravaganza of first-time Super Bowl advertisers. Super Bowl mainstays like Pepsi, Coke and Budweiser aren’t buying ad time on this year’s game (Pepsi is still sponsoring the halftime show.) Instead, they’re being replaced by companies that had a
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We personally know a person or two that we think eats in a weird manner. No, not sloppy, but strange. But, no matter how odd that person eats his/her food, he/she got nothing on these animals. Yes, animals don’t eat the way humans do, so we should not judge them. But, the way the animals
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Demonstrators in Chicago protest President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate change accord on June 2, 2017. Scott Olson | Getty Images News | Getty Images The International Renewable Energy Agency has hailed the U.S. decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord as a “crucial” step forward in the fight against climate change.
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While it may be an overstatement to say California is hemorrhaging people, some of the state’s major companies and wealthiest residents are leaving for states like Texas, Arizona and Florida. In 2020, Oracle, Palantir and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise were among the companies that announced they’re relocating their headquarters out of the Golden State. Wealthy individuals from
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:40). Features Is this the secret formula to lower-carbon labs (18:25) Research laboratories use far more energy than commercial offices. Astra-Zeneca risk management lead Pernilla Sörme and My Green Lab CEO James Connelly discuss how the initiative is making a difference. Read the complete story here. *Music in this episode
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Based on hyperfluorescence, which uses a two-molecule process to emit light, these highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes emit pure-blue light and exhibit significantly improved lifetimes compared with other devices, all without using expensive metal atoms. (Courtesy: Masaki Tanaka, Kyushu University) Researchers in Japan have developed pure-blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with high efficiency and long
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WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched 143 small satellites for a wide range of customers Jan. 24 on the company’s first dedicated rideshare mission, a service that poses a competitive threat to emerging small launch vehicles. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida
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Harley-Davidson’s just-introduced 2021 models include the CVO lineup with the company’s most advanced audio and infotainment options, as well as its latest braking, steering and safety features. Source: Harley-Davidson As a tradition-minded 118-year-old motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson may not seem ideally situated to prosper in a rapidly changing world where vehicles are increasingly electrified, self-driving, and
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Fast-spreading coronavirus variants have thrust children’s role in the pandemic back into the spotlight. Initial fears that a variant called B.1.1.7 was spreading more in children than in adults were unfounded. Researchers now say that the
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Join the audience for a live webinar at 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. EST on 10 February 2021 exploring the most important theoretical and practical aspects of MIC/MID mechanisms and how they can be recognized by industry practitioners, sponsored by Hiden Analytical, in partnership with The Electrochemical Society Want to take part in this webinar? Microbiologically
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A recent study published in the journal Molecular Ecology affirms that unusual stripes and spots could spell trouble for zebras. The author of the study, Brenda Larison expresses fear that the instance of unusual spotted or blonde zebras could be a sign of diminishing genetic health among the animals  (Photo : Peter Holmes) Minor inconsistencies
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Doctor Richard Dang (R), Assistant professor USC School of Pharmacy, administers a Covid-19 vaccine to Ashley Van Dyke as mass-vaccination of healthcare workers takes place at Dodger Stadium on January 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Irfan Khan | AFP | Getty Images People who get vaccinated against Covid-19 at Dodger Stadium leave with inoculation
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Stopping carbon pollution alone will not bring climate justice. Reaching net-zero by 2050 will not either. Neither will achieving 100 percent renewable energy targets. The entire economy is being rebuilt. From electric modes of transportation to climate-smart agriculture, the low-carbon economy creates new roles, companies and workers. It would be regressive if this green economy
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Vaccines are being rolled out and scientists are looking for signs they are reducing infections.Credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters As countries worldwide roll out COVID-19 vaccines, researchers are eagerly watching for early signs that they are having an impact on the pandemic. Last week, researchers in Israel reported preliminary figures suggesting that people vaccinated there were about
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WASHINGTON — A recent NASA mission successfully demonstrated the performance of a non-toxic “green” propellant, creating opportunities for its use in a wide range of future spacecraft. NASA flew the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) spacecraft as one of the payloads on the Space Test Program 2 mission that launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy
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In this episode of the Physics World Stories podcast, scientists and engineers from the CERN describe how the pandemic has affected the particle physics lab and the way they collaborate with colleagues. CERN’s large hadron collider (LHC) is currently in shutdown ahead of its third run scheduled for later in 2021. José Miguel Jimenez, head
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A dog is marked after receiving a rabies jab as part of a drive to inoculate at least 70% of the dogs in Blantyre, Malawi. Credit: Mission Rabies Public health 22 January 2021 A plan uses real-time monitoring to vaccinate more than two-thirds of a city’s canines at low cost. Build a rabies vaccination station
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WASHINGTON — After fraying relations in recent years, officials with the European Union and European Space Agency say they’re committed to rebuilding a more cooperative relationship on space programs. At the 13th European Space Conference Jan. 12, Thierry Breton, commissioner for the internal market at the European Union, extended an olive branch to ESA, saying
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Adapted from the premiere issue of GreenFin Weekly, a free e-newsletter focusing on trends in ESG and sustainable finance. Subscribe using this sign-up page. What a moment to launch a newsletter on ESG and sustainable finance. The topic has become front and center in sustainability and finance circles and, suddenly, in Washington, D.C. A vast
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A melanin-like pigment (far left) can assume a range of colours depending on the specific amino acid added to it. Credit: Ayala Lampel Chemistry 22 January 2021 An adaptation to the body’s pigment formula produces particles that outshine melanin. A laboratory method that mimics how melanin is made in the skin yields pigments in a
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Metro area: artist’s impression of a drone-based quantum communications network. (Courtesy: Hua-Ying Liu et al/Phys. Rev. Lett. 2021) A pair of airborne drones has been used to create a quantum communications channel between two ground stations 1 km apart. The system was developed by Hua-Ying Liu and colleagues at Nanjing University in China and with further
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Low-angle view of the facade of Tesla Motors dealership with logo and sign in Pleasanton, California, July 23, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Smith Collection/Gado An influential engineering director at Tesla, Joe Mardall, has resigned his position at the automaker to become head of engineering at Zipline, according to his own LinkedIn profile. Zipline
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The triangular holes in this material make it more likely to crack from left to right than vice versa. Credit: N. R. Brodnik et al./Phys. Rev. Lett. Materials science 22 January 2021 Precise engineering generates a structure that fractures more easily in one direction than the other. Researchers have demonstrated a material that is more
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Northrop Grumman’s and L3Harris’ satellite designs were selected from a field of four competitors. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman and L3Harris were selected by the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency to each build a prototype sensor satellite capable of tracking hypersonic and ballistic missiles. The Missile Defense Agency awarded Northrop Grumman a $155 million contract Jan.
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