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Every five or so years, it rips me apart to watch the same tragedy: a La Niña weather cycle brings devastating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Using climate models and Earth observations, we can now predict these droughts. And once
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WASHINGTON — NASA is planning a hotfire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System in the middle of November, a schedule it says keeps it on track for its first launch late next year. During an Oct. 13 media teleconference, officials with NASA, Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne said they are making good
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Facebook and Twitter typically take heat for acting too slowly to reduce the spread of harmful misinformation. But on Wednesday, both companies acted surprisingly quickly to limit distribution of an unverified New York Post report claiming to contain a “smoking gun” email related to Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son,
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Inside XENON1: the bottom array of photomultiplier tubes and the copper structure that creates the electric drift field. (Courtesy: XENON1T collaboration) In June of this year, physicists working on the XENON1T dark-matter detector announced the measurement of a curious signal in their experiment — which comprises 2 tonne of ultrapure xenon. The signal had a statistical
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WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency has awarded contracts for work on elements of its moon and Mars exploration program, ranging from modules for the lunar Gateway to a mission to return Mars samples to Earth. ESA’s announcement of the contracts was tied to an Oct. 14 session of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), where
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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday and successfully reached orbit, live footage broadcast by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos showed. The crew members travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) are Kate Rubins, a NASA microbiologist who in 2016 became
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Researchers have just recently discovered why human blood is so attractive to mosquitoes. Their discovery may be the first step in developing a pharmaceutical solution that will change how our blood tastes, making us unattractive to these disease-transmitting insects. READ: All Natural: Hand Pollination Increases Cocoa Yield and Farmer Income, Not Agrochemicals A Revolutionary Breakthrough A US research team
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1. Arndt, N. T. et al. Origin of Archean subcontinental lithospheric mantle: some petrological constraints. Lithos 109, 61–71 (2009). ADS  CAS  Google Scholar  2. Peslier, A. H. et al. Olivine water contents in the continental lithosphere and the longevity of cratons. Nature 467, 78–81 (2010). ADS  CAS  Google Scholar  3. Lee, C. T. A., Luffi,
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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected its first human-tended commercial suborbital research payload, clearing the way for the biggest advocate of such research to fly on a future Virgin Galactic mission. NASA announced Oct. 14 it selected a proposed experiment by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) as part of its Flight Opportunities program for testing technologies
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Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. Erin Scott | Reuters Facebook on Wednesday said it had made the decision to limit the distribution of a news article from the New York Post that claims to show “smoking gun” emails related to
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Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Erik L. Bao, Satish K. Nandakumar, Xiaotian Liao, Caleb A. Lareau & Vijay G. Sankaran Department of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Erik L. Bao, Satish K. Nandakumar, Xiaotian Liao, Caleb A. Lareau & Vijay G. Sankaran Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA Erik
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Join the audience for a live webinar at 3 p.m. BST on 20 October 2020 exploring how elemental and molecular characterizations combined can help solve issues across many applications Want to take part in this webinar? Combining elemental and molecular characterization enables better and faster research in many real-world applications. Applications such as pharmaceuticals, environment,
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The devastating California wildfire season now enters into full force, with a new alert for conditions that can reach levels of elevated up to critical, known as “critical wildfire danger.” Residents can expect these conditions to come to most areas in California starting Wednesday up to Friday. Causes Climate change is making wildfires more difficult
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Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube Harriet Taylor | CNBC YouTube updated its medical misinformation policy Wednesday to include Covid-19 vaccine information that goes against expert consensus. “In the coming weeks, we will also have more to announce on the work we’re doing to raise authoritative sources on our site related to Covid-19 vaccine content,” the Alphabet-owned
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“In the next room you’ll learn about those heroic working-class robots who sparked the revolution that led to the brave new world we inhabit today.” Gort activated the door with a pulse from his eye-slot laser. The 14:30 group passed through. “What robot revolution?” A 40-something man scratched his scalp while looking baffled. “The one
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NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond. The treaty paves the way for its founding members, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States, to participate in NASA’s Artemis programme, which
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Scientists have recently released video footage for the first time that shows how pot fishing causes severe environmental impacts. New research has shown that the industry of pot fishing worldwide may have an even worse effect on seabed species, such as sponges and corals than previously realized. The study was published in the journal Marine Environmental Research. [embedded content]
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Drought forced Wyoming’s Old Faithful geyser into hiatus in the thirteenth century. Credit: Raul Touzon/National Geographic Hydrology 13 October 2020 Future climate change could slow the eruptions of the legendary volcanic spring. The iconic US geyser called Old Faithful, now a symbol of reliability, has not always lived up to its name: it stopped erupting
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Monika Skolimowska | picture alliance | Getty Images As the world looks to move towards a low-carbon future, the potential of “green hydrogen” — which is produced using renewable energy — has garnered increasing interest from businesses, governments and investors alike. In the last few years, major firms including Repsol, Siemens Energy, Orsted and BP
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The phases of hydrogen. Courtesy: Source: I F Silvera/Harvard University At pressures of millions of atmospheres, hydrogen – normally an excellent insulator thanks to the tightly-bound electrons in the H2 molecule – becomes an electrical conductor. Its exact transition point is, however, the subject of much debate, with the results of several recent experiments seemingly
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By: Hannah Pell On September 22, 2020, NASA and the U. S. Space Command announced that they were tracking an unidentified piece of space debris that appeared to be hurtling toward the International Space Station (ISS). It was predicted to pass by within only a few kilometers, dangerously too close to chance, at 5:21 p.m.
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Facebook’s new campaign for flu shots. Facebook Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The company previously did have a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations.  “Now, if an ad explicitly discourages someone from getting a vaccine,
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SAN FRANCISCO — Astroscale Holdings Inc. raised $51 million in a Series E investment round, bringing total funding for the Tokyo-based orbital debris removal startup to $191 million. With the latest investment, Astroscale becomes “the most funded on-orbit services and logistics company globally and most funded space venture in Japan,” Nobu Okada, Astroscale founder and
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Who doesn’t love a juicy burger? About 5,000 Americans. And not from dietary preference, but because a single bite bite could cause hives, shortness of breath, or even death. Check out how this uninvited wilderness hitchhikers could put you off steaks for quite some time. Science Insider tells you all you need to know about
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Taken from the October 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Graduate student Rosemary Teague and undergraduate Amber Yallop share their non-traditional degree pathways, some difficult choices they made along the way, and what a future in physics looks like for
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