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On the National Security Space Launch program, the administration “strongly objects” to HASC language “as it would increase mission risk for the nation’s national security satellites.” WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday issued a long list of objections to the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
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Virgin Galactic spacecraft VSS Unity in space Virgin Galactic 2018 Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight company founded by billionaire Richard Branson, said Tuesday it had agreed to a deal with venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya’s investment company that would make it the first publicly traded space tourism company.  Under the terms of the deal, Social Capital
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They’re one of the weirdest, most incongruous-looking natural phenomena you could ever see on Earth’s surface: massive dagger-shaped blades of vertically aligned ice, assembled in mysterious flocks in the middle of the desert. These strange ice spire formations – called ‘penitentes‘ due to their resemblance to penitent, praying folk – take shape at high altitudes
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Pence will meet with senior officials to discuss space launch activities, space traffic management and ongoing efforts to establish a U.S. Space Force. WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday will visit Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where he will meet with senior officials to discuss space launch activities, space traffic management and ongoing
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Camellia Sharma is inventing a way to detect underground leaks and conserve water Shekhar Sharma Imagine a detection system that can prevent underground water leakage, a turbine that could harness hurricane-strength wind power in urban spaces, a technology that captures carbon from the home, or a sustainable train that doesn’t use a diesel engine or a heavy
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Snowball, the internationally famous dancing sulfur-crested cockatoo, has been busily creating new dance moves to further impress scientists Snowball, the dancing eleonora sulphur-crested cockatoo, Cacatua galerita eleonora, creates his own new dance moves.(Credit: Irena Schulz) Irena Schulz More than a decade ago, a medium sulfur-crested (eleonora) cockatoo, Cacatua galerita eleonora, named Snowball became an overnight
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This article originally appeared in the June 10, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Six years ago, Planet began launching smallsats for a constellation that today numbers 140, making it the largest commercial satellite system in the world. By the end of this year, Planet may no longer hold that title. OneWeb and SpaceX, which began
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Automatic landing systems using radio guidance have been a feature of commercial airliners for decades, but there’s never been a heart-in-your-mouth touchdown quite like this. In an incredible new video, researchers show a test flight in which a small four-seater plane fitted with an experimental optical positioning system successfully nails an entirely automated landing –
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Venus Williams of the US in action during her first round match against Cori Gauff of the US Efforts to make artificial intelligence fairer now extend to Wimbledon’s courts. The All England Club, which hosts the famed British tennis event, is adding technology enhancements at this year’s tournament aimed at eliminating bias from computer-generated video
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Roaches check in and they don’t check out. (Photo: Getty Images) Getty Well, this is just fabulous news, if you are a cockroach. A study published in Scientific Reports  demonstrated how a common species of cockroach, the German cockroach otherwise known affectionately as Blattella germanica L., is becoming more and more resistant to different insecticides. In other
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Parisians and tourists cool off near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Photographer: Martin Barzilai/Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP At the end of June 2019 three people died in France as a heatwave known as the “Sahara Plume” brought exceptionally high temperatures across much of Europe. The deaths were three distinct incidents and not
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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 magnitude hit Southern California Friday evening, just one day after another massive quake (6.4 magnitude) hit the region on the Fourth of July. According to United States Geological Survey, the quake, occurred around 8:19 p.m. local time, with the epicentre 11 miles away from Ridgecrest, California, approximately
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