SAN FRANCISCO – Finland’s Iceye is demonstrating for customers its ability to detect millimeter-scale vertical differences by comparing data in multiple Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite images of the same location. In the past, this product, called satellite interferometry, has been provided by operators of large satellites. Airbus Defence and Space, for example, performs interferometry,
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Oil prices turned negative in afternoon trading on Thursday, as optimism that had previously supported prices began to fade. Earlier oil moved higher on several bullish factors, including U.S. companies cutting production, Saudi Arabia raising its official oil selling price and gasoline demand improving as economies around the world reopen. But oil couldn’t hold onto early
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Diamond is a remarkable and useful material because of its rare beauty, hardness and extremely high thermal conductivity. At the microscopic level, the gem has crystal defects that are proving to be extremely useful for creating a range of quantum technologies. In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, Daniel Twitchen of the company
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Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet companies like Niantic, DoorDash, Bird, Dropbox, Patreon, Kapwing and ClassPass. His own experience stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic spurred his interest in three new investment
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – At an outer suburban manufacturing plant, engineer Byron Kennedy is resetting a machine to spray-print a layer of copper on to a door handle, aiming to use the metal’s antiviral properties to counter the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. A view of the SPEE3D advanced manufacturing machine, which can spray print copper
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The House Armed Services Committee said the FCC’s approval of Ligado’s proposal disregards federal law. WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee fired the latest salvo in a growing dispute over the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of a 5G network that could interfere with GPS. In a May 7 letter committee leaders asked FCC commissioners
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If you’re on the receiving end of a snapping shrimp’s attack, prepare to be stunned. Also known as pistol shrimp, these little crustaceans shoot lethal rounds at predators and prey at highway speeds—a direct hit can be outright fatal or shock the recipient into submission. It’s not just the force of the attack that’s stunning
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China’s new prototype spacecraft “successfully landed” on Friday, marking an important step in its ambitions to run a permanent space station and send astronauts to the moon. The spacecraft — which was launched Tuesday — arrived safely at a predetermined site, the China Manned Space Agency said, after a hitch in an earlier part of
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[embedded content] As an antidote to those glossy, big-budget TV programmes about the wonders of the universe, the cosmologist Peter Coles of Ireland’s Maynooth University is putting out a series of videos that point out that the universe is actually a bit disappointing. In his first video, shown above, he explains why stars really aren’t
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Like many researchers, Rita Sattler is trained to conduct science, not to draw it. But papers still need writing — and illustrating. So when the time comes to document what her team has done for a journal article, Sattler does what her colleagues frequently do: she fires up PowerPoint. Microsoft’s tool for creating and displaying
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Half of all US physicians actually experience burn-out, according to internist Colin West, who has studied at the Mayo Clinic on physician well-being for over 15 years. A journal Cureus review in 2018 described it to be a combination of perceived inefficacy, cynicism, and exhaustion. The pandemic has burdened the frontline health care workers with the system’s
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When Albert-László Barabási, a computational scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, submitted a paper to the preprint server bioRxiv last month, he received an unexpected response. The biomedical repository would no longer accept manuscripts making predictions about treatments for COVID-19 solely on the basis of computational work. The bioRxiv team suggested that Barabási submit
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Imagine a model of collaborative research and development among hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, universities and other research institutions where no one shared any actual data. That’s the dream of the new New York-based startup Owkin, which has raised $25 million in fresh financing from investors, including Bpifrance Large Venture, Cathay Innovation and MACSF (the French Pension
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WASHINGTON — Despite sticker shock from some quarters, Aerojet Rocketdyne says a new contract for producing engines for NASA’s Space Launch System will result in cost reductions compared to the engines used on the space shuttle. NASA announced May 1 it had awarded a contract to Aerojet valued at $1.79 billion to produce 18 RS-25
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Procter & Gamble’s Tide laundry detergent brand first introduced in January 2019 its “Eco-Box,” which has been compared to a wine box because of its design made from paperboard with a tap for dispensing, in an effort to reduce the plastic in its packaging. In mid-May, the Eco-Boxes are becoming available for other fabric care
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Genomic analysis of remains from the fifteenth-century Inca site Machu Picchu helped scientists to map the movements of Andean peoples over millennia. Credit: Martin St-Amant/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0) Genomics 07 May 2020 The diverse residents of the Inca and Tiwanaku capitals could trace their origins to far-flung locations. A child who was sacrificed some 500 years
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Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff speaks during a press conference where Alphabet announced it will develop an area of Toronto’s waterfront on October 17, 2017. Mark Blinch | Reuters Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs withdrew its plans for a “smart district” in Toronto on Thursday due to continued economic uncertainty, the company confirmed Thursday.  The project has
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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The days of English football’s once notorious drinking culture are long gone and few professionals would now list the once obligatory ‘steak and chips’ as their favourite meal but things are moving to a different level entirely when it comes to what players used to call ‘looking after yourself’. FILE PHOTO:
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Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is among the weirdest dinosaurs to have ever roamed the Earth. It is 50 feet long and seven tons in weight, with an enormous “sail” upon its back, an elongated snout resembling a crocodile’s, and conical teeth. Past reconstructions of its body included a narrowing tail akin to those of its theropod cousins.
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