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Pulsar pioneer: Antony Hewish designed the Interplanetary Scintillation Array at Mullard, which was used by Jocelyn Bell Burnell to detect a pulsar for the first time. (Courtesy: Churchill College Cambridge) The British Nobel-prize-winning astronomer Antony Hewish has died at the age of 97. He was awarded one half of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Physics
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On Sunday, hot and dry weather increased to the difficulties faced by California firefighters fighting to keep flames from spreading farther into a historic sequoia forest, where the base of the world’s largest tree had been wrapped in protective foil. (Photo : Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers) Strong Winds Worsening the Stiuation According to fire authorities, stronger
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Small businesses in the U.S. now have a new way to source home and lifestyle goods from new manufacturers. Bzaar, a business-to-business cross-border marketplace, is connecting retailers with over 50 export-ready manufacturers in India. The U.S.-based company announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, led by Canaan Partners, and including angel investors
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NEWS 20 September 2021 Australian funder backflips on controversial preprint ban Scientists welcome the move, but say the funder should have gone further by also reconsidering grant applications previously ruled ineligible. Clare Watson Clare Watson View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter
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This article originally appeared on the NRDC Expert Blog. It’s well known that cutting carbon emissions is necessary to achieve a clean and safe future. That’s because carbon dioxide (CO2) — a potent greenhouse gas — makes up 75 percent of the human-caused emissions currently accelerating climate change. One proposal for reducing CO2 is “carbon
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Three days into SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission, the crew has appeared in videos and images having a great time aboard the Dragon capsule. Apart from doing research while going around Earth, the crew members have live-streamed their zero-gravity ukulele performance and phone call with their colleagues back home. However, it seems they have an “extraordinary”
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NATURE BRIEFING 16 September 2021 Daily briefing: How blue food can help feed the world How aquatic foods such as fish, shellfish and seaweed can help build healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems. Plus, preliminary evidence that SARS-CoV-2 might have spilled from animals to people multiple times. Flora Graham Flora Graham View author publications You
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WAILEA, Hawaii — The growing number of satellites in orbit is leading to calls to develop formal “right of way” rules, although there is no consensus on what those rules should be and how they should be established. Several close approaches of satellites in recent years, in some cases exacerbated by disagreements or communications breakdowns
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Colour structures: microscope image of individual RGB subpixels forming an image under bright reflective illumination. (Courtesy; Andreas Dahlin/Xiong 2021 Advanced Materials 2103217) Video-speed switching of structural colour has been achieved by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the UK’s University of Cambridge. The technology could be further developed to create low power
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CAREER COLUMN 17 September 2021 Stop undervaluing smaller institutions Far from being inferior, smaller universities can outstrip elite ones in research training and promoting inclusivity. Daphne S. Ling 0 & Kim M. Gerecke 1 Daphne S. Ling Daphne S. Ling is a neuroscience PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. You can
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A new model compost procurement policy developed by the Environmental Law Institute and NRDC could help municipalities around the country in their efforts to divert food scraps and other organic materials from their landfills and incinerators and, in so doing, realize myriad economic and environmental benefits. The model policy, which is designed to be an off-the-shelf, easily adaptable tool,
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GoPro today announced a new flagship action camera for its lineup, the HERO10 Black. The main update for the camera is a brand new processor inside, called the GP2, which enables big improvements to image quality and video captures, including recording at 5.3K revolution at up to 60 frames per second, 4K video capture bumped
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KIHEI, Hawaii — Turksat will launch its first domestically built communications satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9, the Turkish government announced Sept. 17. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure said it awarded SpaceX a contract for the launch of Turksat 6A, scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The ministry did not disclose the terms
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COVID-19 has been found in the lions and tigers at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. According to the zoo’s announcement on Friday, six African lions, a Sumatran tiger, and two Amur tigers all tested positive for the coronavirus. That implies the animals passed laboratory tests, but the United States Department of Agriculture must verify the
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The Department of Space (DoS) has entered into a Framework MoU with aerospace startup Agnikul Cosmos for access to ISRO facilities and expertise towards the development and testing of subsystems/systems of space launch vehicles. The MoU will enable the company to undertake multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) centres
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KIHEI, Hawaii — SpaceX’s first private crewed mission ended with the splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft off the Florida coast Sept. 18. The Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience splashed down off the coast from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:06 p.m. Eastern. The splashdown took place 50 minutes after the spacecraft started its deorbit burn. “Inspiration4,
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Long-duration energy storage — defined as a system that can store energy for more than 10 hours — is often called the Holy Grail of clean energy. It is the linchpin technology that will allow the economy to truly run off intermittent renewable energy sources and backup power after grid disruptions.  It’s been the Next
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Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of
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In this article TSLA Smith Collection/Gado | Archive Photos | Getty Images Tesla is trying to placate some solar customers who say they faced sudden price hikes earlier this year, according to new filings with the U.S. district court in San Jose, California. In a Thursday filing, customers’ attorneys wrote, “Tesla informed counsel for Plaintiffs that Tesla had
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Cosmic calling: physicist Mariela Massó Reid with a copy of Listen to the Universe. (Courtesy: University of Glasgow) Have you ever wondered what a black hole “sounds” like? The Belgian mathematician, lecturer, and electronic musician Valery Vermeulen has created an album of electronic music that was composed using data associated with black holes. Collaborating with
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SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 crew spent their first day in orbit conducting scientific research and talking to children at a pediatric cancer hospital, after blasting off on their pioneering mission from Cape Canaveral the night before. St Jude tweeted its patients got to speak with the four American space tourists, “asking the questions we all want
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