Month: February 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Maxar Technologies is continuing to diversify its business but remains in the “early innings” in attracting more defense and intelligence work, said Dan Jablonsky, Maxar president and CEO. “It’s a multiyear journey that we’re on,” Jablonsky said Feb. 24 during a company earnings call. “We do expect to gain programs over time
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Police clash with protesters in Chicago after the death of George Floyd.Credit: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto/Getty Days after police killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May, physicist Philip Phillips was in his garden in Champaign, Illinois, incensed and racking his brain over how his scientific community could respond. Scientific institutions had not done enough to
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HELSINKI — India launched its first mission of the year late Saturday, sending Brazil’s Amazonia-1 Earth observation satellite and 18 smaller payloads into orbit. The 44-meter-high PSLV-C51 rocket with two solid side boosters lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on the Indian island of Sriharikota at 11:54 p.m. Eastern Feb. 28. The  PSLV
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Trinidad Hermida, Niantic Lab’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion Niantic Labs Pokémon GO maker Niantic Labs announced in early February its Black Developers Initiative (BDI), a program designed to support Black game and augmented reality (AR) app developers. The five-month program will fund new projects for Black game development teams with the intention of building
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DARPA was part of a collaboration that developed the autonomous ship Sea Hunter, seen here on an unmanned voyage from California to Hawaii.Credit: APFootage/Alamy The UK government has released more information about its plans to launch an independent research agency that will focus on funding high-risk, high-reward science. Researchers and science-policy experts have welcomed the
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Nuclear energy will “absolutely” be politically palatable, billionaire philanthropist, technologist and climate change evangelist Bill Gates recently told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Nuclear power has to overcome a baneful reputation garnered by association with the atomic bomb and radioactive disasters, but it’s a necessary, worthy and surmountable challenge to correct the naysayers,
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After the riots at the Capitol on January 6, debate is swirling over how platforms moderate content and what is protected as free speech. It’s a messy and expensive process, with Facebook spending billions to review millions of pieces of content every day. While TikTok directly employs content moderators, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube outsource most
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A gel (white) that becomes stronger when vibrated regains its shape (far right) after being squashed. Credit: Z. Wang et al./Nature Mater. Materials science 26 February 2021 Inside a composite structure, mechanical energy is transformed into an electron flow that powers a chemical reaction. Many materials collapse when shaken or squished, but scientists have engineered
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By Allison Kubo Hutchison Parke Radio Telescope detected unnatural signals from the region around Proxima Centauri on April 29 2019. Photo by Stephen West. Scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have detected a narrow band of radio signals coming from a narrow area around Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbor star at 4.2465 light-years
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WASHINGTON — Astra has won a NASA contract to launch a small constellation of Earth science cubesats, while General Atomics selected Rocket Lab for the launch of a small satellite with a NOAA hosted payload. NASA announced Feb. 26 that it awarded a $7.95 million contract to Astra for three launches of the company’s Rocket
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Decoder ring: illustration of the Perseverance Rover parachute showing the decoded message. (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech) “Dare mighty things” was the message surreptitiously encoded into the parachute of NASA’s Perseverance Rover, which landed on Mars last week. Now, designers at Svaha Apparel have created a dress based on the pattern of red, white and black segments that
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Wildlife project research, particularly those centered on measuring the excess and densities of huge mammals, are resource and time-extensive. Huge carnivores like leopards have some ranges that last several square kilometers. To execute good research to deduce their numbers, the number in a particular region must be recorded without losing track or making a lot
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Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 mission commenced on Saturday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. “Countdown for the launch of #PSLVC51/Amazonia-1 mission commenced today at 08:54 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled tomorrow at 10:24 am,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. Primary
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A bike messenger carries a DoorDash bag during a delivery in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Still fresh off of a landmark victory in California, companies like DoorDash, Instacart, Lyft and Uber are preparing to bring their message supporting an independent workforce nationwide. But the companies will
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The discovery of a ‘space hurricane’ high above Earth might mean that more such storms whirl away at other planetary bodies. Credit: Qing-He Zhang Space physics 26 February 2021 Earth’s upper atmosphere cooks up a storm. Satellite observations have revealed an unprecedented ‘space hurricane’ in Earth’s upper atmosphere, hinting that such events could occur on
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Offshore wind turbines being installed in waters off Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China, on September 3, 2020. Yao Feng | Visual China Group | Getty Images The world added more than 6 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind capacity in 2020, with China responsible for over half of installations in the sector, according to new figures
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West Nile virus (artificially coloured) can invade the central nervous system more easily in the presence of parasitic worms. Credit: Science VU, Visuals Unlimited/Science Photo Library Immunology 26 February 2021 With its effect on the gut lining, a parasite aids another infectious agent. Parasitic worms residing in the gut can make viral infections more deadly.
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The new fibre-free optical WiFi antenna. Credit: Andrew Traverso, Duke University Physicist and engineers at Duke University in the US have developed a new metamaterial that could substantially increase the speed of wireless optical communications. The material, which consists of an array of “nanoantennas” made from cubes of silver just 60 nm wide, can capture
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SAN FRANCISCO – After 14 years at satellite communications fleet operator SES, Nicole Robinson is taking on a new role: president of Ursa Space Systems, a geospatial analytics firm based in Ithaca, New York. Robinson was SES senior vice president of global government when she began talking in 2020 with Adam Maher, Ursa Space CEO
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The case for electrifying buildings is a no-brainer. It makes buildings healthier, cheaper and is essential to addressing climate change (building operations account for 28 percent of emissions globally — more than all of the transportation sector). That doesn’t mean electrifying buildings will be easy. Beyond the coordination needed between building owners, contractors and occupants
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The researchers used ultrashort laser pulse excitation to optically stimulate specific atomic vibrations of the magnet’s crystal lattice. Credit: Lancaster University Intense laser pulses can turn an antiferromagnetic material into a ferromagnetic one within just a few picoseconds (10-12 s) – a time scale that matches the fundamental limit for magnetization switching and vastly exceeds
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[embedded content] You’ve probably heard of quantum computers – but what about the quantum internet? Entangling qubits across large distances to form a quantum internet could be one of the most exciting developments in quantum technology, and now a group of researchers claim to have taken one of the first steps to make this possible
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HELSINKI — Chinese private automaker Geely has got the green light to begin manufacturing satellites for navigation, connectivity and communications needed for self-driving cars. China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved a license for a new facility Taizhou, Zhejiang province, in which Geely is based, to begin manufacturing earlier in February. Geely announced plans
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (1:50). Features Navigating a successful sustainability career (24:55) How can CSOs shape business resilience? GreenBiz Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies chats with the authors of a new report from management consulting firm Korn Ferry, “The Rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer.” Tune in for insights from Korn
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Chinese health workers test frozen food and packaging for traces of SARS-CoV-2.Credit: Sipa Asia/Shutterstock Momentum is growing for the suggestion that the coronavirus can spread from infected frozen wildlife. A World Health Organization (WHO) fact-finding mission in China did not rule out the idea that this mode of transmission contributed to early outbreaks of COVID-19
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Andrew Bosworth AKA Boz, an advertising expert for Facebook, gives a talk at the Online Marketing Rockstars marketing trade show in Hamburg, Germany, 03 March 2017. Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images) Christian Charisius | picture alliance | Getty Images Facebook’s head of hardware on Thursday confirmed
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© AuntMinnieEurope.com Greater use of hypofractionated dosing regimens has helped radiation oncology sites deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, offsetting a massive decline in treatment sessions overall, according to a study published in Lancet Oncology. The study from the University of Leeds with Public Health England and the Royal
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