Month: March 2021

Magnetic swirl: a view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarized light. The lines mark the orientation of the polarization, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole. (Courtesy: EHT Collaboration) A new image showing magnetic fields surrounding the supermassive black hole M87* has been created by scientists
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On a plethora of environmental concerns, the Biden administration is poised to take significant steps. (Photo : (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images))WILMINGTON, DE – DECEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his climate and energy appointments, including Congresswoman Deb Haaland, at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE. Secretary of Interior nominee
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The Taiwan-owned MV ‘Ever Given’ (Evergreen) container ship, a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, is lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt’s Suez Canal, on March 27, 2021. AHMAD HASSAN | AFP | Getty Images The owners of the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal aim to refloat the vessel
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One of the biggest pain points for startups and small businesses is keeping up with back office tasks such as bookkeeping and managing taxes. QuickBooks, it seems, just doesn’t always cut it. Three-time co-founders Waseem Daher, Jeff Arnold, and Jessica McKellar formed Pilot with the mission of affordably providing back office services to startups and
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TAMPA, Fla. — Inaugural satellites for two startups that launched this week on separate rockets aim to disrupt the burgeoning internet-of-things (IoT) market.  Australia-based Myriota has started offering its IoT services in the U.S. and Canada, after Rocket Lab launched March 22 the first operational nanosatellite Myriota has ordered from scratch.  On the same day,
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When we talk about infrastructure, we usually mean big, heavy stuff: roads; bridges; seawalls and the like. But as Democrats turn their attention to infrastructure measures potentially costing trillions of dollars, that focus needs broadening. Often the most cost-effective infrastructure is not made of concrete or steel, but soil. To see what I mean, check
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Back when marsupial lions, mega wombats, and sheep-sized echidnas walked the ancient lands of Australia, there lived also an enormous flightless bird called the ‘demon duck of doom’ by some, paleontologist Trevor Worthy describes the Dromornis stirtoni as an “extreme evolutionary experiment.” “It would seem these large birds were likely what evolution created when it
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On Wednesday, a coalition of a dozen state attorneys general called on Facebook and Twitter to step up their enforcement of their community guidelines to curtail the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on their platforms. Their letter specifically identified 12 “anti-vaxxer” accounts that were responsible for a sizable 65% of public anti-vaccine content on Facebook,
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Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra was the first prominent person identified by local media to have received a COVID-19 vaccine in violation of clinical-trial standards.Credit: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty A clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines in Peru has sparked outrage and triggered a series of high-profile resignations at universities and in government. Politicians, researchers and some of
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Credit: boozallen.com From analyzing the terrain on Mars to enhancing communications between satellites and ground communications, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing important role in space operations and exploration. It is a capability with numerous applications and vast promise for the data-rich and complex environment of space.  For example, many organizations with space operations
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The grid faces twin challenges: It needs to become resilient and clean. Alone, either would be daunting. Together, with the right policy support, they might just be urgent enough to get something done.  This week, the Biden administration announced a major infrastructure package, with clean energy and updates to the U.S. electrical grid playing a
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Time triangle: illustration of how the ytterbium (Yb), strontium (Sr) and aluminium-magnesium (Al+/Mg+) atomic clocks were connected. (Courtesy: N Hanacek/NIST) The time kept by three of the world’s best atomic clocks has been compared by connecting them using optical fibres and an over-air link. The comparisons were done by the Boulder Atomic Clock Optical Network
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In this article AMZN An Amazon worker inside a warehouse during coronavirus pandemic Amazon has received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a Covid-19 test that it hopes to use to bolster its employee screening program. The test is being developed by Amazon subsidiary STS Lab Holdco, according to an FDA filing. The
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Join the audience for a live webinar at 3 p.m. BST/4 p.m. CEST on 22 April 2021 exploring the principles of 3D Raman imaging Want to take part in this webinar? Raman spectroscopic imaging is a powerful, versatile and increasingly common microscopy technique that can quickly identify molecules in a sample and visualize their distribution
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Subjected to pressures found 4 kilometres below the ocean surface, bacteria fare better (bottom) when fed the compound trimethylamine than bacteria that go without (top). Credit: Q. L. Qin et al./Sci. Adv. Microbiology 26 March 2021 How deep-sea bacteria thrive under pressure Microbes that survive in the dark depths import and process a molecule in
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:22). Features A new wave for ocean adaptation? (19:30) Oceanographer John Englander chats with Senior Editor Deonna Anderson about his upcoming book, “Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward.”   BSR’s take on resilient business strategies (36:55) A new guide from the nonprofit BSR
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The light of young galaxies has given astronomers a glimpse of some of the interwoven tendrils of gas (illustration) filling the Universe. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/Science Photo Library Astronomy and astrophysics 26 March 2021 Faint galaxies light up the dark web filling the cosmos Dim, distant collections of stars hint at the early evolution of the Universe.
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WASHINGTON — A $1.6 billion Space Based Infrared System satellite arrived last week at Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The satellite, made by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to launch May 17 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the U.S. Space Force announced March 24. The geosynchronous SBIRS GEO-5 is the fifth satellite of
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Unilever has become one of the first multinational companies in the world to publish a corporate net-zero action plan for oversight by its shareholders, as it prepares to put the climate strategy to an advisory vote at its upcoming AGM in early May. The consumer goods giant this week unveiled its strategy for achieving net-zero
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The fibre-optic probe of the PTeye system is placed onto tissue suspected to be parathyroid (A). A baseline for thyroid NIR autofluorescence is established (B). Tissue is identified as positive (C) or negative (D) for parathyroid. (Courtesy: Surgery 10.1016/j.surg.2018.04.079) “It’s not just about navigating the leap from the lab to market, but also from the
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You can’t wrap the sun with a finger, however, maybe with science and technology then yes. According to Forbes, Bill Gates is financing a project that would dim sunlight to “cool” the Planet. The study is known as SCoPEx (Stratospheric Controlled Disturbance Experiment) undertaken by Harvard University scientists and has the goal of achieving that
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