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WASHINGTON — NASA will delay the next call for proposals for the New Frontiers program of planetary science missions by two years, a move that could also change what missions will be eligible to compete. In a May 12 statement, NASA said it was postponing the release of the announcement of opportunity (AO) for the
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Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty Images The world’s pathway to developing an energy sector with net-zero emissions by the middle of the century is a viable but narrow one, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. In a statement released alongside the publication of a major new report, the Paris-based organization said achieving the
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During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jay Van Bavel, a psychologist at New York University, wanted to identify the social factors that best predict a person’s support for public-health measures, such as physical distancing or closing restaurants. He had a handful of collaborators ready to collect survey data. But because the pandemic was
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By: Hannah Pell Neutrinos are ubiquitous and notorious. Billions are passing through you at this moment. Occasionally described as a “ghost of a particle,” neutrinos are nearly massless, thereby making them extremely difficult to detect experimentally (“Neutrino,” meaning “little neutral one” in Italian, was first used by Enrico Fermi in the early 1930s). Neutrinos were
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Access all areas: The Sakura Samurai group of ethical hackers infiltrated Fermilab’s data systems with the knowledge of the lab’s managers (Courtesy: Fermilab/Reidar Hahn). A group of “ethical hackers” has obtained access to sensitive sys­tems and proprietary online data hosted by the Fermi National Accel­erator Laboratory in the US after accessing multiple unsecured entry points
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Let’s begin the week with an injection of inspiration and hope. But also a nudge, or maybe a shove. Today, we introduce the 2021 cohort of the “GreenBiz 30 Under 30,” 2.5 dozen extraordinary women and men in sustainability worth watching. It’s a moment when we get to turn away from the often mind-numbing drumbeat of news
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Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics & Experimental Physics Division & Computing Center, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China Zhen Cao, Y. X. Bai, X. J. Bi, Y. J. Bi, J. F. Chang, X. C. Chang, L. Chen, M. J. Chen, M. L. Chen, S. H. Chen, S. Z. Chen, X. L. Chen, N. Cheng, Y. D. Cheng, H. L. Dai, X. J. Dong, Z. X. Fan, K.
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After skipping a year, Google is holding a keynote for its developer conference Google I/O. While it’s going to be an all-virtual event, there should be plenty of announcements, new products and new features for Google’s ecosystem. The conference starts at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM on the East Cost, 6 PM in London,
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WASHINGTON — NASA announced May 17 it has assigned another astronaut to the next commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, a sign that NASA no longer expects to complete a seat barter agreement with Roscosmos in time for that flight. NASA said that Kayla Barron will join the Crew-3 mission, launching on a
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Scientists and engineers cheer the succesful landing of Zhurong — a six-wheel rover — on Mars. (Courtesy: China National Space Administration) China has become the second country after the US to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of Mars. According to the state media, the controlled touchdown of Zhurong — a six-wheel rover named
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A health worker gives a second dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to Maria Valdemar in Bridgeport, Connecticut.Credit: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Gold-standard experiments on two COVID-19 vaccines suggest that they confer immunity against a subtype of the SARS-CoV-2 variant tearing through India. But the research also hints that this subtype is more resistant to antibodies than are
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Their dreams are bright: Walkable, equitable cities. Clean energy for Native American communities. Planet-healing fast food. Circular outdoor gear. Decarbonized buildings. Electrified mobility. That’s only a sampling of the ambitions of the sixth class of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30. Our honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants.
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As a teenager, I realized I was too sensitive to suffering to become a medical doctor, yet I still wanted to cure the world. I focused on chemistry for my PhD at the University of Miami, Florida, and then pursued physics as a postdoc at Trinity College Dublin, working on carbon nanotubes. The large surface
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Bang the drums: this colourized electron microscope image shows the two aluminium drum heads used by the NIST researchers. (Courtesy: J Teufel/NIST) Quantum entanglement between two macroscopic vibrating drumheads has been demonstrated by two independent research groups. As well as being used to study the interface between the quantum and classical worlds, the systems could
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“Crystal critters”. (Courtesy: K Varanasi and colleagues) Globules of crystallizing minerals can spontaneously eject themselves from a salt solution as they evaporate. This unexpected phenomenon, which was observed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), might be harnessed to prevent damage to pipes and other structures in prolonged contact with seawater. According to
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WASHINGTON — Shareholders in the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) seeking to merge with in-space transportation company Momentus have narrowly approved a three-month extension of a deadline to complete the deal. Stable Road Acquisition Corporation said May 13 a little more than 65% of the company’s shareholders had voted in favor of extending the deadline
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Justin Merriman | Bloomberg Creative Photos | Getty Images This year’s COP26 climate change conference must consign coal to the past, according to the U.K. lawmaker who will lead formal negotiations at the summit. In a wide-ranging speech delivered on Friday, COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma sought to emphasize the importance of ending international coal financing,
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Monica Long Contributor As the price of bitcoin hits record highs and cryptocurrencies become increasingly mainstream, the industry’s expanding carbon footprint becomes harder to ignore. Just last week, Elon Musk announced that Tesla is suspending vehicle purchases using bitcoin due to the environmental impact of fossil fuels used in bitcoin mining. We applaud this decision,
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RESEARCH SUMMARY 14 May 2021 Mining the gaps of chromosome 8 The first gapless, telomere-to-telomere sequence of a human autosome, chromosome 8, is complete. Sequencing and assembly of the corresponding centromere in the chimpanzee, orangutan and macaque reveals details of its rapid evolution over the past 25 million years. Glennis A. Logsdon  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2396-0656 0
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has disclosed details for the first orbital test flight of its next-generation Starship launch system, but the company is still far short of the regulatory approvals needed for the mission. SpaceX filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission May 13 for special temporary authority for communications required to support a Starship
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Credit: Mary Zhu Austen Angell was one of the most versatile physical chemists of his generation. He made pioneering experimental discoveries on glasses and liquids, forms of matter that continue to challenge researchers in many disciplines. His work shaped the ideas that chemists, physicists and engineers use to investigate these materials, both in fundamental research
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The SEIE suit is an ingenious pressurized suit designed to permit escape from stricken subs up to a depth of 183 meters. Rising at a speed of up to three meters per second, the number one rule of submarine escape is “never ever hold your breath.” Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience #ImpossibleEngineering http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/impossible-engineering/ Check out
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Before Twilio had a market cap approaching $56 billion and more than 200,000 customers, the cloud-communications platform developed a secret sauce to fuel its growth: a developer-focused model that dispensed with traditional marketing rules. Software companies that sell directly to end users share a simple framework for managing growth that leverages discoverability, desirability and do-ability
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