Month: May 2019

SEATTLE/ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, is closing operations, cutting short ambitious plans to challenge traditional aerospace companies in a new “space race,” four people familiar with the matter said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: The world’s largest airplane, built by the
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WASHINGTON — The 60 satellites SpaceX launched eight days ago for its Starlink broadband megaconstellation have powered up and contacted ground stations, the company said. All 60 satellites — the first in a constellation that could one day number 12,000 — have deployed solar arrays, a SpaceX spokesperson said, and most are in the process
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After hatching from fertilized eggs, clownfish larvae are ready to feast. Smaller, slower, and visually quite unlike the juvenile and adult clownfish from Finding Nemo, these larval clownfish have many challenges to overcome to grow up into adult anemone-dwelling clownfish. To achieve a hearty diet, larval clownfish mostly feed on copepods (relatives of crabs and lobsters),
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Deep below the frozen wastelands of Antarctica, scientists have discovered ancient tectonic plate structures that are having a huge impact on melting patterns around the continent’s largest ice shelf. The hidden rock, in place for hundreds of millions of years, is controlling water flow around the gigantic Ross Ice Shelf. This shelf currently acts as
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In this April 12, 2018 photo, scientist Karen Xavier holds a petri dish containing a stool sample of small bacteria colonies in Denver. DNA from samples like these are extracted and sequenced to help health investigators more quickly determine the source of a food borne illness outbreak.(AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda) ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday is the
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“What we observed today was successful test,” said Kent Rominger, Northrop Grumman’s vice president and capture lead for the OmegA launch system. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman on Thursday conducted a full-scale static fire test of the first stage of OmegA, the company’s new rocket it is developing for national security missions. Company officials called it
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We are building a coalition of nations that can help us get to the Moon quickly and sustainably. Together. We have a bold vision to go back to the Moon by 2024. As we work towards this goal, we welcome a growing list of international and commercial partners. It is the partnerships over the last
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Photo Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ MSSS Drilling by Curiosity Mars rover at a region of the Red Planet called the “clay-bearing unit” has revealed the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during the mission, NASA has said. The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie”, the US space agency revealed
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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has apparently started referring to carbon dioxide as “molecules of freedom” and natural gas as “freedom gas” , according to its latest press release. In a statement announcing an increase of natural gas exports, energy officials used the surprising new terms. The statement announces the expansion of a facility in Quintana, Texas, that produces
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore, the tiny Southeast Asian city-state, is an unlikely place for a farming revolution. An employee pollinates strawberry plants at Sustenir Agriculture’s indoor farm in Singapore May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su With tiered fish farms, vegetable plots atop office buildings and lab-grown shrimp, the island aims to beef up its own food
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WASHINGTON — NASA believes it is still possible to perform the first launch of the Space Launch System before the end of 2020 even if the agency decides to retain some version of a key static-fire test of the rocket’s core stage. Speaking at a May 28 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s human exploration
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Researchers from Washington State University have released the first comprehensive analysis of the genetic and chemical characteristics of cannabis. The new study, led by Bernd Markus Lange, a professor at WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry and Director of its M.J. Murdock Metabolomics Laboratory, analyzed genetic sequences from nine commercial cannabis strains. The results are published
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WASHINGTON — More than a month after a Crew Dragon spacecraft was destroyed in a test of its propulsion system, NASA and SpaceX investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident and its implications for upcoming test flights. In a May 28 presentation to the NASA Advisory Council’s human exploration and operations
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin iPad in bed CC BY 2.0: Johan Larsson / https://flic.kr/p/9yBrLm How does artificial light affect our biology? According to new research, humans are more sensitive than previously thought: even a little light in the evening can have a large effect on your body clock. Our internal
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WASHINGTON — Citing a need for closer collaboration amid growing global competition, leaders from the 28-member European Union and the 22-member European Space Agency convened on Tuesday their first joint space council session since 2011. The EU-ESA Space Council will seek to meet once a year going forward, Pedro Francisco Duque, Spain’s minister for science,
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