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An enormous star’s drastic dimming might have been caused by a yet-undetected object that blocked its light (artist’s impression). Credit: Amanda Smith, University of Cambridge Astronomy and astrophysics 16 June 2021 Why a gargantuan star blinked Astronomers watch as a star is nearly totally blotted out, perhaps by a disk of material surrounding another star.
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HELSINKI — The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft docked with China’s space station module hours after launch from Jiuquan late Wednesday, marking the first crewed visit to the facility. Shenzhou-12 and its crew of three launched on a Long March 2F from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 9:22 p.m. Eastern Wednesday.  The spacecraft docked with the Tianhe
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Under bright-blue morning skies, China launched its first crewed space mission in five years Thursday, sending three science-minded military pilots rocketing to a new orbiting station they’re expected to reach around midafternoon. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen off by space officials, other uniformed military personnel and a crowd of children waving flowers
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Many communities in Iran depend on wells for water, and are threatened by the rapid fall in the nation’s groundwater table. Credit: Mohsen Maghrebi Water resources 16 June 2021 Iran is draining its aquifers dry Wells are proliferating, but data from across the country show that groundwater extraction is falling. Share on Twitter Share on
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Facebook today introduced a new set of tools aimed at helping Facebook Group administrators get a better handle on their online communities and, potentially, help keep conversations from going off the rails. Among the more interesting new tools is a machine learning-powered feature that alerts admins to potentially unhealthy conversations taking place in their group.
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Smith: “While it is encouraging to see an increase in research and development across the portfolio, much of the request is for systems that have been called ‘big juicy targets'” WASHINGTON — U.S. Space Force technology investments was one of the topics discussed June 16 at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, which
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The Earth has finally achieved famous recognition for its fifth ocean, with a decision by the National Geographic Society to include the Southern Ocean around Antarctica to the four it already acknowledges: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic oceans. (Photo : Getty Images) Identifying the Southern Ocean as the Fifth Ocean  Although the designation of
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Centre for Human Genetics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda Leon Mutesa, Yvan Butera, Jacob Souopgui, Annette Uwineza & Robert Rutayisire Rwanda Joint Task Force COVID-19, Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Ministry of Health, Kigali, Rwanda Leon Mutesa, Pacifique Ndishimye, Yvan Butera, Jacob Souopgui, Annette Uwineza, Robert Rutayisire, Ella Larissa Ndoricimpaye, Emile Musoni, Nadine Rujeni, Thierry Nyatanyi, Edouard Ntagwabira, Muhammed Semakula, Clarisse Musanabaganwa, Daniel Nyamwasa, Maurice Ndashimye, Ivan Emile Mwikarago, Claude Mambo Muvunyi, Jean
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Small businesses have traditionally been underserved when it comes to IT — they are too big and have too many requirements that can’t be met by consumer products, yet are much too small to afford, implement or thoroughly need apps and other IT build for larger enterprises. But when it comes to neobanks, it feels
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TAMPA, Fla. — British maritime surveillance venture Horizon Technologies has ordered two more cubesats from AAC Clyde Space, which will operate them after securing their launches next year. The satellites will listen for signals from ships operating clandestinely, helping customers that include the U.K.’s National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) tackle piracy and other illegal activities. They will
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Personalized 3D-printed devices for radioprotection of anatomical sites at high risk of radiation toxicity: intra-oral device (A), oesophageal device (B) and rectal device (C) generated from patient CT images. The area for protection is highlighted in red. (Courtesy: CC BY 4.0/Adv. Sci. 10.1002/advs.202100510) One of the primary goals of radiation therapy is to deliver a
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Arizona, Nevada, California, and Utah experience extreme heat, worsening drought, and increased risk of wildfires. (Photo : Getty Images) Temperatures Across the US South-west   Dangerously hot temperatures across the US south-west will keep increasing this week, getting to higher than 49C (120F) in some regions, aggravating the area’s already-dire drought conditions and boosting the risk
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The mangrove killifish is a quicker study after spending bouts of time in air, experiments show. Credit: Pally/Alamy Physiology 15 June 2021 Amphibious fish get smart — by working out on land Fish navigate mazes more quickly and efficiently after a regimen of jumping about on a solid surface. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter
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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson asked Senate appropriators to provide additional funding so NASA can support a second lunar lander developer, warning that the agency needed to stay ahead of a “very aggressive” Chinese space program. Nelson, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice and science subcommittee June 15 about NASA’s fiscal year
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G2 Venture Partners, a firm that spun out of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has raised $500 million to support entrepreneurs that aim to make existing industries more efficient, environmentally friendly and socially responsible.   With Fund II, G2 is most bullish about technologies in transportation, logistics, manufacturing, agriculture and energy, with an increasing focus on
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In June 1925 Werner Heisenberg retreated to Helgoland in the North Sea, a treeless island offering  the 23-year-old German physicist a space to think, along with some respite from the extreme hay fever he was suffering. On that remote outpost, Heisenberg had an idea that would revolutionise physics and bring profound implications for philosophy and
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CORRESPONDENCE 15 June 2021 Don’t abandon 14-day limit on embryo research, it makes sense Ronald M. Green  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2844-6007 0 , Michael D. West  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-5468 1 & Leonard Hayflick  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1831-844X 2 Ronald M. Green Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google
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CORRESPONDENCE 15 June 2021 Concern over use of the term Z-DNA Alan Herbert  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0093-1572 0 , Andrew H.-J. Wang  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0016-5337 1 , Thomas M. Jovin  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7293-5081 2 , Edward S. Mocarski  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8362-9490 3 , Manolis Pasparakis  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9870-0966 4 & Karen M. Vasquez  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6958-5073 5 Alan Herbert InsideOutBio, Charlestown, Massachusetts,
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SAN FRANCISCO – SkyWatch Space Applications raised 20.9 million Canadian dollars ($17.2 ) in a Series B funding round, less than 17 months after welcoming investors to its Series A round. The rapid pace of fundraising was not in the Canadian startup’s original plan but necessitated by demand for TerraStream, a data management and distribution
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Today, former President Donald Trump issued a statement supporting the Nigerian government’s decision to suspend Twitter activities in the West African country. “Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President,” he said in the statement. The ex-president also encouraged other countries to follow in Nigeria’s footsteps and ban
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Date/Time: July 13, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) As the need for climate action grows, decarbonization is becoming a major goal for more organizations. Procuring clean energy is a crucial strategy in this effort.  Yet the most common tool for corporate procurements, power purchase agreements (PPAs), is complex. Corporations and organizations often do not
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has taken yet another step toward having a domestic satellite industry that is driven by the private sector. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), a state-funded university that has developed several satellites, has agreed to share its spacecraft-manufacturing technologies and know-how with three major South Korean aerospace
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Google today announced that it is making Workspace, the service formerly known as G Suite (and with a number of new capabilities), available to everyone, including consumers on free Google accounts. The core philosophy behind Workspace is to enable deeper collaboration between users. You can think of it as the same Google productivity apps you’re
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General Electric‘s aviation unit and its joint-venture partner Safran of France on Monday said they are developing new airplane engines that aim to cut emissions by more than a fifth of today’s levels. GE Aviation and France’s Safran together produce some of the most commonly used aircraft engines under their CFM joint venture. Together they
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Universal motion: researchers have found that patterns of travel in different cities are surprisingly universal. (Courtesy: iStock_Nikada) Patterns describing how far and how frequently people travel to different locations within cities are surprisingly universal across the world, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. While it may seem obvious that people
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Paleontologists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently discovered two new species of ancient animals that had lived in now northeastern China from 120 million years ago. The two species were said to be distantly related and has evolved their ‘digging traits’ independently. They were both
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NEWS 14 June 2021 Journal closure leads to dip in papers’ citations Findings hint at the importance of journal prestige for researchers referencing others’ work. Holly Else Holly Else 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
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