Month: September 2021

Arthur Nobel Contributor Arthur Nobel is an entrepreneur turned investor, now working as principal at Knight Capital in Amsterdam, specializing in scaling companies. He started his career at Rocket Internet before holding various growth roles across Europe. Co-author of the book “Leaders of Growth,” he also hosts its related podcast. The T2D3 (triple, triple, double,
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WASHINGTON — A satellite servicing industry group is making progress on a series of standards that it believes can help enable the growth of the nascent field. In a presentation at its Global Satellite Servicing Forum Sept. 29, Brian Weeden, executive director of the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS), said three
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Zhi-Min Liao and his strain sensor. (Courtesy: Peking University) A new atomically-thick strain sensor is 100 times more sensitive than commercial devices and 10 times more sensitive than alternative versions based on graphene. According to its developers at China’s Peking University, the prototype device, which is made from tungsten diselenide, could be used to make
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NEWS 29 September 2021 This is what a solid made of electrons looks like Physicists have imaged elusive ‘Wigner crystals’ for the first time. Davide Castelvecchi Davide Castelvecchi 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
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WASHINGTON — Developers of satellite servicing technologies expect interest in refueling and life extension to come from customers in geostationary orbit and beyond, while low Earth orbit operators instead seek end-of-life disposal services. In discussions at the Global Satellite Servicing Forum, a conference by the industry group Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations
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Like politics or religion, artificial intelligence is a topic that elicits strong opinions. Many in the environmental and sustainability communities sing its praises as a technology for combating climate change, citing its superhuman ability to optimize the integration of renewables into electric grids, or to detect deforestation and other threats to biodiversity, or drive corporate
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Do aliens exist? Extraterrestrial life has never been discovered. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And at NASA, astrobiologists like Dr. Lindsay Hays are trying to answer one of the most profound questions ever: Is there life beyond Earth? Explore more: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ Producer: Scott Bednar Producer/Editor: Jessica Wilde
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Sept. 29 that it completed its investigation into a problem on Virgin Galactic’s most recent SpaceShipTwo flight, allowing the company to resume flights of the suborbital spaceplane. The FAA said it determined SpaceShipTwo deviated from its assigned airspace on its flight July 11 that took six people, including
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Energize Ventures, an early and growth-stage venture fund, has announced the closing of its second fund with total capital commitments of $330 million. Fund II will be used to help scale and commercialize software across renewable energy, mobility, cybersecurity, battery storage, critical infrastructure and climate resiliency. The fund, which is worth exactly double what Energize
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NEWS 29 September 2021 Arctic sea ice hits 2021 minimum This summer’s minimum ice cover was twelfth-lowest ever — and scientists warn that the long-term trend towards shrinking continues. Tosin Thompson Tosin Thompson View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on
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SAN FRANCISCO – Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator Capella Space named Amy Hopkins, former Boeing Phantom Works Strategy Director, as its first vice president and general manager of U.S. Government Services. “Amy has firsthand experience as both the tactical user and the policymaker,” Payam Banazadeh, Capella CEO and founder, said in a statement. “She brings
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This past week, I attended my first in-person conference since 2019 — Micromobility America, held at a beautiful port-side venue in Richmond, California.  The conference claims to attract “micromobility’s top builders, investors and thinkers — including more than 500 global brands — focusing on the companies, business models, enabling technologies and macro trends that are
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One of the greatest challenges for farmers today is the increasingly volatility in the climate, leading to unpredictable weather patterns, making growing conditions challenging. If farmers can’t grow crops, then our food security is as risk. Gradually, the field of AgTech is attempting to address this issue. There are increasing numbers of FaaS or ‘Farming
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WASHINGTON — With the technical feasibility of satellite servicing now being demonstrated, companies and other organizations in the field are now grappling with other issues, from legal and regulatory challenges to the development of standards. SpaceLogistics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, docked its first two Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) spacecraft to Intelsat satellites, most recently
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Joined up: the new space strategy brings together – for the first time — the UK government’s civil and defence space activities. (Courtesy: iStock/kotofeja) The UK government has released a long-term vision for the country’s burgeoning space sector. The National Space Strategy includes several measures that it says will “unleash” the industry’s potential and brings
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EDITORIAL 28 September 2021 Concrete needs to lose its colossal carbon footprint Concrete will be crucial for much-needed climate-resilient construction. But the cement industry must set out its plan for decarbonization. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via E-Mail Share via E-Mail Cement manufacturing (such as that at
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Remote work may have changed the way we spend our days, but there’s quite a sneaky disruptor among us: burnout. As the pandemic drags on, employees are either soul-searching for a bigger purpose or simply exhausted by the uncertainty and stale culture of their current jobs. It’s not a small subset of the working population,
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Dinosaurs roamed Earth millions of years ago but little was known about them outside the scientific community till the early 90s. Interesting details about these prehistoric reptiles are now being discovered after studying dinosaur fossils. One of these fossils has revealed that a strange dinosaur with spiky, armored skin lived around 150 million years ago.
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In early 2020, scorching temperatures and prolonged droughts were fuelling bush fires across Australia. The blazes eventually killed an estimated 400 people and more than one billion animals — and prompted fire scientist David Bowman and his colleagues to write an article in Nature urging the Australian government to create a national wildfire-monitoring agency. Compiling
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There are a lot of reports centered on scientific research that has to do with the prolonged impacts of climate change, including increasing levels of greenhouse gases, sea levels, and temperature rise by 2100. For instance, the Paris Agreement needs us to curb warming to below 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the century’s
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BOOK REVIEW 28 September 2021 From gold to Bitcoin and beyond An economist envisions a mostly cashless future, which could make finance more inclusive. Paola Subacchi 0 Paola Subacchi Paola Subacchi is professor of international economics and chair of the advisory board at the Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary, University of London. View author
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As more enterprises migrate to cloud-based architectures, they are also taking on more applications (because they can) and, as a result of that, more complex workloads and storage needs. Machine learning and other artificial intelligence applications add even more complexity. Now a startup that has built technology to make that process move faster and more
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WASHINGTON — The British government released a highly anticipated space strategy Sept. 27 that outlines its plans to turn the country into a major global space power, but does away with a key metric it had been using to measure its progress. The National Space Strategy sets five general goals for the United Kingdom in
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