Month: November 2021

Transforming CT: Naeotom Alpha is the world’s first photon-counting CT scanner. (Courtesy: Siemens Healthineers) Computed tomography, or CT, is a ubiquitous X-ray imaging technique used to perform more than 300 million medical imaging exams globally each year. Use of the technique continues to grow, with CT increasingly employed as a first-line diagnostic tool for conditions
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Berry and cherry growers in Washington state have to deal with serious losses due to the devastating effects of drosophila flies on their crops.  (Photo : Getty Images) Parasitoid Wasp: Solution to the Spread of Berry-Eating Flies Researchers discovered that a parasitoid wasp may be very effective in curbing the flies’ spread.   Elizabeth Beers, a
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Click and reconnect: Researchers reconfiguring the photonic quantum processor using a personal computer. (Courtesy: QuiX Quantum) Scientists from QuiX Quantum and the adaptive quantum optics group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have built the largest universal photonic quantum processor to date. The processor works by applying adjustable phase shifts to the optical
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WASHINGTON — Astra Space’s Rocket 3.3 successfully reached orbit on a Nov. 20 launch, the fourth orbital launch attempt by the small launch vehicle startup. The Rocket 3.3 vehicle, with the serial number LV0007, lifted off at 1:16 a.m. Eastern from Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska on Kodiak Island. Astra scrubbed a launch attempt the previous
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Date/Time: December 7, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Earning investors’ trust and taking a multi-stakeholder approach is table stakes for companies today. However, Edelman’s upcoming 2021 Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors reveals that there is skepticism amongst investors around environmental, social-impact and governance (ESG) practices and a push for greater climate action and
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In this article AAPL Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Apple’s “Ted Lasso” Season 2 Premiere at Pacific Design Center on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin | FilmMagic | Getty Images Apple shares hit a record on Friday following a report that the company is accelerating efforts to launch a self-driving vehicle. As
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SAN FRANCISCO – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is soliciting information on how private sector innovation could help the space agency make the most out of a $500 million budget to obtain data on Earth’s changing surface. JPL issued a Request For Information Nov. 19 seeking “industry feedback on whether a commercial purchase, a public-private partnership,
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In today’s generation, experts have successfully corrected an archaeological stir and were able to evaluate fresh remains recovered from long-necked dinosaur’s last grave site. The experts that conducted the investigation believe that the title for the world’s longest dinosaur may belong to the fittingly titled Supersaurus. The World’s Longest Dinosaur   (Photo : Photo from wikimedia.org) As per
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In this article RY4C-IE AIR-FR BMW-DE RR.-GB Rolls-Royce’s all-electric Spirit of Innovation takes to the skies for the first time. Courtesy: Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce said Friday its electric aircraft had reached a maximum speed of 623 kilometers per hour (a little over 387 miles per hour), with the firm claiming this made the airplane the “world’s
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SEOUL, South Korea — Japan and Australia have joined international condemnation of Russia for testing an anti-satellite weapon Nov. 15 that created over 1,500 pieces of debris in low Earth orbit.  In a Nov. 18 statement, Japan’s foreign ministry called the test “an irresponsible behavior that undermines sustainable and stable use of outer space.” The
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NEWS 18 November 2021 Do childhood colds help the body respond to COVID? A mechanism known as ‘original antigenic sin’ protects some people from flu; whether it helps immune reactions to coronaviruses is still unclear. Rachel Brazil Rachel Brazil View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook
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For most of the world’s industries, sustainability is an exercise in correcting the mistakes of the past — from changing mindsets to the very machinery used. But for the fledgling cannabis industry, there is still hope. A slew of startups and industry bodies are trying to make sure that for once, an industry starts off
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Blue blocker: blue laser light is used at JILA to measure how quantum statistics can affect light scattering in an ultracold gas of strontium atoms. (Courtesy: Christian Sanner, Ye labs/JILA) A manifestation of the Pauli exclusion principle in ultracold atomic gases has been spotted for the first time by three independent research groups. Called Pauli
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On our branch of the ape evolutionary tree, humans weren’t always alone. The Neanderthals are the most well-known of our distant cousins. (Photo : Max Fleischer, Dave Fleischer and Ovide Decroly on Wikimedia Commons) Outdated Views on Neanderthals We used to call Neanderthals a less complex and clever version of ourselves, which was an insult
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LAS VEGAS — While mergers involving special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) dominated the space industry for much of the year, one expert sees warning signs of waning interest in this way of taking companies public. Speaking at the ASCEND conference by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics here Nov. 16, Phil Ingle, a managing
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Kemmerer, Wyoming, is a frontier coal town. It was organized in 1897 by coal miners and still employs people in the coal and natural gas industries today. Photo courtesy TerraPower TerraPower, a start-up co-founded by Bill Gates to revolutionize designs for nuclear reactors, has picked Kemmerer, Wyoming, as the preferred location for its first demonstration
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The idea for Sono Motors, the company that wants to power every electric vehicle using solar power, started nine years ago in a Munich basement when two entrepreneurial 18-year-olds starting spitballing solutions to society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Jona Christians and Laurin Hahn, Sono Motors’ co-founders, weren’t that into cars, but they recognized how much
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Clubhouse announced yesterday that closed captioning is now rolling out for iOS. This essential accessibility feature has been long missed from the live audio app. Without these live transcriptions, which were already the norm for competitors like Twitter Spaces, Clubhouse had rendered itself unusable to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Now, Clubhouse
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And the winners are… The SpaceNews Awards are held each year to recognize achievements in space commerce, exploration and stewardship. Since 2017, the SpaceNews editorial staff has selected 40 individuals and organizations embodying the hard work and innovation propelling the space industry to unparalleled levels of activity. 2021 has seen a record number of private astronauts
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Owls mostly hunt at night when background noise levels can be low and potential prey have a better chance of hearing danger approaching. As a result, the birds have evolved structures on their wings that greatly reduce the noise owls make while flying. In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, the engineer and
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According to experts, an additional force likely contributed to an enormous extinction catastrophe 250 million years ago. Its minerals research in southern China suggests that volcanic eruptions caused a “volcanic winter” that severely reduced Earth’s temperatures. This development compounded the climatic consequences of other events at the period. (Photo : Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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CAREER COLUMN 18 November 2021 Adopting as academics: what we learnt Our quest to bring a child into our family led us to confront academic working practices, say Tony Ly and Nathan W. Bailey. Tony Ly 0 & Nathan W. Bailey 1 Tony Ly Tony Ly is a biomedical researcher and Sir Henry Dale fellow
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This article originally appeared in our Food Weekly Newsletter.  You may remember my semi-successful attempt to persuade my kids to eat fungi-based bacon. This week, I bring news of a more formidable challenge: Can my two elementary-aged children be persuaded to eat insects? Our experiment begins with our two subjects upstairs, engaged in one of
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“It will be extremely obvious that satellites should be reusable after we show how it’s done,” said Outpost CEO Jason Dunn. SAN FRANCISCO – Two Made In Space co-founders teamed up with a paragliding expert to found Outpost, a startup focused on returning satellites and payloads from orbit. “There are a lot of ways to
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It may be evidence inflation is meaningfully stretching budgets. According to economic forecaster Lakshman Achuthan, Wall Street is ignoring a striking consumer spending slowdown that will translate into an underwhelming holiday season. “There’s still this narrative that the rebound is there,” the Economic Cycle Research Institute co-founder told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Wednesday. “The hope
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