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NASA has launched a contest for space enthusiasts to name the manikin, a spacesuit-donned dummy, that will fly around the Moon during an upcoming mission. The dummy, which the space agency affectionately calls “moonikin”, will fly around the lunar surface and help gather data during the uncrewed Artemis I test mission expected later this year before
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NATURE BRIEFING 17 June 2021 Daily briefing: Why humans are so thirsty Why humans need to drink more water than most mammals, why dust clouds follow the Mars helicopter and disappointing news from trials of the CureVac COVID-19 vaccine. Flora Graham Flora Graham View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed
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SDA is interested in “novel remote sensing phenomenologies” for tracking missiles and other targets WASHINGTON — Radar satellite imagery startup Capella Space on June 14 received a $3 million research contract in support of the Space Development Agency’s National Defense Space Architecture. Capella Space was selected through a “broad agency announcement” issued by the space
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A couple of shades is a well known adornment that numerous individuals decide to wear consistently. While many pick shades because of the advantages that they get for their eyes and seeing outside, others track down that this sort of glasses can be utilized to fill in as a design proclamation just as a medical
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SAN FRANCISCO – Data analytics company HydroSat has raised $5 million in seed funding for a satellite constellation to produce a global thermal infrared map. The Washington-based startup also announced that Lori Garver, former NASA deputy administrator and Earthrise Alliance CEO, would join its board of directors. Cultivation Capital led HydroSat’s seed round. Freeflow Ventures,
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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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