Month: August 2021

CORRESPONDENCE 31 August 2021 Early-career researchers: choose change, not complicity Lucrecia K. Aguilar 0 Lucrecia K. Aguilar Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via E-Mail Share via E-Mail Download
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The rapid commercialization of space and the establishment of the U.S. Space Force have created ideal conditions for change in the national security space business, says Steve Isakowitz, CEO of the Aerospace Corp. and former president of Virgin Galactic. Aerospace Corp. CEO Steve Isakowitz previously held senior  positions at the White House Office of Management
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CORRESPONDENCE 31 August 2021 In memory of a game-changing haematologist Daniel Lucas 0 , Christoph Scheiermann 1 & Andrés Hidalgo 2 Daniel Lucas Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Christoph Scheiermann University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. View author publications
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I was gobsmacked by the response to my recent attempt to define what “system change” actually means. Not necessarily by the number of responses, although there were plenty, but by the depth and breadth of many of them: paragraph after annotated paragraph, with multiple links and attachments. Some of it was over my head, a mélange
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High performer Purified tin selenide shown in pellet form. The material’s thermoelectric performance is extraordinarily high. (Courtesy: Northwestern University) Researchers in Korea and the US have created the most efficient thermoelectric material to date. The material, polycrystalline tin selenide, boasts a heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of nearly 20%, and could be used in devices that capture
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BOOK REVIEW 30 August 2021 Witness in US climate-change law suit tells all Was the government a primary cause of the US addiction to fossil fuel? An expert who testified gives evidence. Catherine Higham 0 Catherine Higham Catherine Higham is the coordinator of the Climate Change Laws of the World Project at the Grantham Research
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German startup Dance is launching its subscription service in its hometown Berlin. For a flat monthly fee of €79 (around $93 at today’s exchange rate), users will get a custom-designed electric bike as well as access to an on-demand repair and maintenance service. Founded by the former founders of SoundCloud and Jimdo, the company managed
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SAN FRANCISCO – Blue Canyon Technologies selected ExoTerra Resources to provide electric propulsion for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Blackjack Phase 2 and Phase 3 satellites. Blue Canyon, a Raytheon subsidiary, won a $14.1 million DARPA contract in 2020 to manufacture four Blackjack satellites, with options to build 16 additional small satellites for a
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The climate is finally hitting a climax. Decades of discussions and reports by scientists have yielded pathbreaking works by writers like Elizabeth Kolbert, and today, climate fiction and non-fiction are even becoming global bestselling works. Everyone wants to read about collapse, dystopia, the aftermath — it’s in the very air we breathe after all, what
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Popular instant messaging app Telegram has joined the elite club of apps that have been downloaded over 1 billion times globally, according to Sensor Tower. The Dubai-headquartered app, which was launched in late 2013, surpassed the milestone on Friday, the mobile insight firm told TechCrunch. As is the case with the app’s chief rival, WhatsApp,
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Taken from the August 2021 issue of Physics World where it first appeared under the headline “The cosmos in 30 questions”. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Laura Hiscott reviews What’s Eating the Universe and Other Cosmic Questions by Paul Davies (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech and Planck US
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One of the consequences of rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere is that levels also rise proportionately in the ocean, harming wildlife and changing ecosystems. Heimdal is a startup working to pull that CO2 back out at scale using renewable energy and producing carbon-negative industrial materials, including limestone for making concrete, in the process, and
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Download PDF I am standing in front of Virgo — a gravitational-wave observatory near Pisa, Italy, where I work as a computer scientist and astrophysicist — facing one of its 3-kilometre-long arms, in which a laser bounces between two mirrors in an internal pipe. The arms sense tiny changes in space-time (a model that fuses
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Clinton Crosier, a retired U.S. Air Force major general who helped organize the standup of the U.S. Space Force, recently celebrated his anniversary of joining cloud giant AWS to lead its newly created Aerospace and Satellite business team. SpaceNews caught up with Crosier at the Space Symposium in Colorado to learn more about AWS’ plans
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Books on climate change, as diverse as the library is, tend to fall into a couple of categories. There are the field guides and observational accounts that chronicle the destruction of our world and make it legible for readers worldwide. There are the policy and tech analyses that splay out options for the future, deliberating
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Taken from the August 2021 issue of Physics World where it first appeared under the headline “Astronaut boot camp”. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Laura Hiscott reviews The Spacefarer’s Handbook by Bergita and Urs Ganse (Courtesy: NASA) For much of the last year and a half, planning
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SenseTime, a Chinese artificial intelligence company, has filed to go public in Hong Kong. The move comes as China continues to tighten regulation on the country’s technology giants. Pavlo Gonchar | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — One of China’s top artificial intelligence firms SenseTime has filed for an initial public
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The launch of NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) on September 15, 2018, from Space Launch Complex-2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, now a Space Force base, marked the end of a remarkable era for the venerable Delta II launch vehicle and SLC-2. This was the 155th launch overall for the Delta
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You might be getting a little tired of regenerative agriculture announcements and commitments. I understand — it’s been an overwhelming trend (in a good way?). But keep reading. Google’s story is different, not least because it’s not an ag company. Its work is a refreshingly down-to-earth approach rather than a fix-it-all solution.  So what are
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Bill Gates has solved many problems in his (professional) life, and in recent decades, he’s been dedicated to the plight of the world’s poor and particularly their health. Through his foundation work and charitable giving, he’s roamed the world solving problems from malaria and neglected tropical diseases to maternal health, always with an eye toward
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Bluberries | iStock | Getty Images Researchers in Australia are to work with utilities and investigate using wastewater in hydrogen production in a bid to boost its sustainability and maximize resources. The project will see a team from Monash University in Melbourne work with four companies through Water Research Australia: Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water,
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High detection sensitivity: A flexible metal–organic framework is incorporated into a prototype wearable X-ray detector. (Courtesy: adapted from Nano Letters 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02336, 2021) A wearable, flexible X-ray detector that is constructed without using harmful heavy metals has been developed by researchers from China and the US. The prototype, which is made from metal–organic frameworks layered with
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Ilyes Kacher Contributor Ilyes Kacher is a data scientist at autoRetouch, an AI-powered platform for bulk-editing product images online. I’m a native French data scientist who cut his teeth as a research engineer in computer vision in Japan and later in my home country. Yet I’m writing from an unlikely computer vision hub: Stuttgart, Germany.
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX performed its first Falcon 9 launch in two months Aug. 29, sending a cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:14 a.m. Eastern after a one-day delay because of weather. The Dragon spacecraft separated from the
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This article originally appeared on Environmental Health News. Two American manufacturers unveiled a new recipe Thursday for PFAS and plastics-free packaging for everything from burgers to salads, in a bid to make takeout food more sustainable and safer for consumers. While the companies — Zume and Solenis — are not the first to design a grease-resistant, PFAS-free food
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