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When solving problems, humans tend to think about adding something before they think of taking something away — even when subtracting is the better solution. Experiments show that this newly discovered psychological phenomenon applies across a range of situations from improving a physical design to solving an abstract puzzle. People think about what they can
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The key is developing a 10-ton lander The triumphant landing of the Perseverance rover has inspired all Americans, and indeed much of the world. President Biden should follow it up by launching the program to send humans to Mars. While robotic rovers are wonderful, they cannot resolve the fundamental scientific questions that Mars poses to
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President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani speaks during the National Combat Board Meeting with Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tehran, Iran on Nov. 21, 2020. Iranian Presidency Handout | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The United States and Iran will resume talks on Friday aimed at restoring trust and bridging what Washington calls “tremendous and profound differences” over
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Randomness is key to many applications, including cryptography. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/Maksim Kabakou) Researchers at Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) have built a quantum random number generator (QRNG) that delivers random bits periodically with high speed and is robust against noise that would otherwise compromise the bits’ security. Where previous QRNGs needed to run for
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NOAA is using balloons like this one (shown being released in a photographic time lapse) to measure the size and number of aerosols in the stratosphere.Credit: Patrick Cullis, CIRES/NOAA GML United States urged to invest in sun-dimming studies The US government should launch a federal research programme to explore whether it’s feasible — or even
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By: Hannah Pell On 29 March 2021, the Biden administration announced another ambitious clean energy goal: deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. offshore wind capacity was 28,521 megawatts (or 28.5 gigawatts) in 2019. Deploying an additional 30 gigawatts over a decade
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WASHINGTON — Telesat expects to finalize the financing for its Lightspeed broadband constellation in the next few months, along with contracts to launch the fleet of nearly 300 satellites. Telesat selected Thales Alenia Space Feb. 9 as the prime contractor to build the constellation of low Earth orbit satellites. That contract, which includes network management
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Allie, Elijah, and Rachel test the truth of the idiom Straight as an Arrow with one of the world’s best archers and a diabolically difficult trick-shot. Stream Full Episodes of MythBusters Jr.: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters-jr/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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European regulators have questions about a Facebook data breach, Clubhouse adds payments and a robotics company has SPAC plans. This is your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2021. The big story: Facebook faces questions over data breach A data breach involving personal data (such as email addresses and phone numbers) of more than 500 million
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SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft announced plans April 6 to move automated satellite image processing technology developed by Thales Alenia Space into its Azure Orbital platform. With Thales Alenia’s DeeperVision software, “images downlinked by Earth observation satellites can be immediately and systematically analyzed as soon as they are produced,” according to a Thales Alenia news release.
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In the Milky Way, gas (red and blue; artificially coloured) flows outwards from ‘stellar eggs’ that could hatch into baby stars. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Lu et al./Astrophys. J. Astronomy and astrophysics 06 April 2021 Baby stars make it in a tough part of the Galaxy Star formation might be more resilient than astronomers had thought.
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NASA’s Juno spacecraft is part of a cutting-edge mission to explore the mysteries of Jupiter. Stream Full Episodes of How the Universe Works: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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The energy giant Shell has joined a slew of strategic investors including All Nippon Airways, Suncor Energy, Mitsui, and British Airways in funding LanzaJet, the company commercializing a process to convert alcohol into jet fuel.  A spin-off from LanzaTech, one of the last surviving climate tech startups from the first cleantech boom that’s still privately
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Esri, the geographic information system (GIS), mapping and spatial analytics company, is hosting its (virtual) developer summit today. Unsurprisingly, it is making a couple of major announcements at the event that range from a new design system and improved JavaScript APIs to support for running ArcGIS Enterprise in containers on Kubernetes. The Kubernetes project was
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TAMPA, Fla. — CAES, the former electronics unit of British defense and aerospace contractor Cobham, has forged an alliance to bring Swiss 3D printed satellite RF technology to the U.S. market. Arlington, Virginia-based CAES (formerly known as Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions) is partnering with Switzerland-based additive manufacturing specialist Swissto12 to target U.S. government and commercial
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The artificial tendon material developed by UCLA materials scientists. Credit: Sidi Duan, Shuwang Wu, Mutian Hua, and Ximin He/UCLA A strong, flexible and tough hydrogel that contains more than 70% water could be used to make durable artificial tendons and other load-bearing biological tissues. The new hydrogel was made by researchers at the University of
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The Disordered Cosmos Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Bold Type (2021) Aged ten, writes theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, “I thought that I could keep my curiosity about the mathematics of the universe and the existence and function of racism separate.” In fact, she became a leading Black activist in US academia, co-organizing last year’s Strike for Black Lives.
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Olivia Geneus is a PhD candidate in nanotechnology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is also the co-founder of the Black in Nanotech initiative, which highlights both the contributions of Black scientists and the barriers they face within the field of nanotechnology. She talks to Physics World’s Margaret Harris. Olivia Geneus ‘As
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#HowItsMade Dioramas are pieces of art that can challenge the way we look at the world by recreating familiar surroundings in creative ways. Watch how artists meticulously craft miniature objects to create a post-apocalypse Chinese carry-out. Full Episodes Streaming FREE on Science Channel GO: http://www.sciencechannelgo.com/how-its-made Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Join Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel
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Few things are more personal than a keyboard, and yet they are often overlooked by Work From Home guides. Why use the standard-issue keyboard when there are so many options available? This is a sampling of some of the keyboards used by TechCrunch’s editorial staff. Some are boring, some are for different languages — and
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Numerica won a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research award and later received an additional $2.25 million to mature the technology WASHINGTON — Numerica, a company that operates a network of ground-based telescopes to track objects in deep space, is deploying new sensors that can observe orbiting satellites in broad daylight. The telescopes were funded with
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NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has been dropped on the surface of Mars in preparation for its first flight, the US space agency said. The ultra-light aircraft had been fixed to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18. “#MarsHelicopter touchdown confirmed!” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted Saturday. “Its
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The Raht Racer is the world’s first highway safe biking vehicle that amplifies pedal power to car speeds. Can it really make it up to 70 mph? | For more, visit http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/all-american-makers/#mkcpgn=ytsci1 Catch ALL-AMERICAN MAKERS Wednesdays at 10/9c on Science! Watch full episodes: http://bit.ly/AllAmericanMakersFullEps Subscribe to Science Channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sciencechannel Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome
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It appears that the slowdown in tech debuts is not a complete freeze; despite concerning news regarding the IPO pipeline, some deals are chugging ahead. This morning, we’re adding Alkami Technology to a list that includes Coinbase’s impending direct listing and Robinhood’s expected IPO. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning
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This storm-water pond, which collects runoff from nearby Gothenburg, is part of a larger effort to help the Swedish city live up to its billing as the ‘Greenest City on Earth’. It’s an accolade that’s well deserved, yet Gothenburg could still do better. In this picture, from late November 2020, I’m taking water samples to
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In the waning months of 2020, the European Union took ambitious steps to address the more than 12 million tons of electronic waste the bloc produces annually. Acknowledging that “Europe is living well beyond planetary boundaries,” a European Parliamen vote called for mandatory repairability scores for consumer electronics, amongst a host of other initiatives intended
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