Month: November 2019

The 22 member states of the European Space agency pledged Thursday to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate change. The agency’s director-general, Jan Woerner, said at the conclusion two-day ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain, that member states pledged a record three-year budget
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In December, Cloud Constellation was finalizing receipt of a $100 million investment that would help the startup deploy a ring of secure data-storage satellites in low Earth orbit. By spring, Cloud Constellation had walked away from the deal, citing a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, as one
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SEVILLE, Spain — Italy, one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency, is pleased with the outcome of the recent ministerial meeting that provided funding for a number of its priorities, including a reusable spacecraft. In a finally tally of contributions provided by ESA at the end of the Space19+ ministerial meeting here
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Israeli researchers have developed bacteria fed only with carbon dioxide, the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in central Israel reported on Wednesday. These bacteria, which build the entire biomass of their body from the carbon in the air, may help to develop future technologies to reduce greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere and in the
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RBC Signals sees ground infrastructure business following path forged by cellular network expansion Ron Faith is well acquainted with high-tech startups. Before becoming president and chief operating officer of RBC Signals in 2018, Faith co-founded and served as chief operating officer of Clonefone, a mobile web services company. He was also the CEO of enterprise
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For Telespazio Vega Deutschland, a subsidiary of the spaceflight services company Telespazio of Rome, the challenges faced by a new generation of space companies present enticing opportunities. Based on its experience helping space agencies, institutions and commercial customers conduct space operations, Telespazio Vega has developed Enable, a cloud-based platform for space operations. At the 2019
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SEVILLE, Spain — The European Space Agency’s member states agreed to provide nearly 12.5 billion euros ($13.8 billion) for the next three years, giving the agency nearly all that it requested. At the conclusion of a two-day ministerial meeting, called Space19+, here Nov. 28, ESA said it was able to get all the initiatives it
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SAN FRANCISCO – A decision made at the recent World Radiocommunication Conference could undermine the accuracy of weather forecasts by interfering with meteorological satellite observations, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). “The race to release 5G technology threatens to squeeze out other radio-frequency dependent technologies, including
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A long-awaited international deal governing how the world’s technology companies should roll out 5G technology poses serious risks to weather forecast accuracy, according to data from federal agencies and the World Meteorological Organisation. Negotiators from around the world announced a deal Friday at a meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for how to roll out 5G
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SEVILLE, Spain — Representatives of ESA’s member states gathered here Nov. 27 for the start of a two-day meeting that will end with decisions on what programs to fund, and at what levels, for the next three years. Ministers from ESA’s 22 member states, along with those of cooperating and observer states, provided an overview
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Bomb suits deflect projectiles that come from an exploded device. They also decrease the pressure of the blast wave. Stream Full Episodes of How to Build…Everything: //www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-to-build-everything/ Subscribe to Science Channel: //bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: //www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: //www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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Hundreds of billions of gallons of untreated sewage contaminates oceans, rivers, lakes and streams … [+] every year in the U.S. Aleksandr Kurganov – stock.adobe.com Every year, around 900 billion gallons of untreated sewage escapes aging wastewater systems in the U.S. alone, contaminating oceans, rivers, lakes and streams. Eek factor aside, this appallingly common problem
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Researchers in Canada have found a new compound which may re-sensitize antibiotic-resistant bacteria … [+] to the drugs. Getty Scientists in Canada have identified a new compound which has killed even the toughest types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lab tests. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a huge threat to public health, with around 120,000 blood-borne cases of
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HOUSTON — Commercial spaceports are increasingly portraying themselves as centers of economic development, including those without any launch activity. This increased focus of spaceports as part of broader aerospace and other industry development strategies was on display at the Nov. 19 meeting here of the Global Spaceport Alliance, a spaceport industry group whose members include
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WASHINGTON — Eutelsat Communications, having already left the C-Band Alliance of satellite operators pushing for a private spectrum auction, told the FCC it supports the commission’s pan to run a public auction, but still wants satellite operators to get some of the auction proceeds to cover costs associated with losing the spectrum.  The FCC announced
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world’s largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth’s physiology. Researchers from Stanford University’s Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution
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French propulsion startup ThrustMe unexpectedly made it into orbit early this month with its innovative propulsion system placed aboard a Chinese cubesat. Dianfeng, or Xiaoxiang-1 (08), a six-unit cubesat developed by privately owned Spacety, was a secondary payload on the launch of the Gaofen-7 civilian Earth observation satellite Nov. 2, along with a first satellite
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Double burial from Huigou, Henan Province, China. Zhou Yawei / Zhengzhou University Death in childbirth in the past was likely common, archaeologists assume, because of the lack of modern medicine and because women tended to have far more children than they do today. But it is extremely rare for archaeologists to find clear evidence that
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The Arch on Historic North Campus at the University of Georgia, adjoining downtown in Athens, … [+] Georgia Getty A freshwater spring percolates over a one-block, daylighted stretch as an open creek alongside Spring Street in Athens, Georgia. Historically known as the town spring and the founders’ spring, the natural watercourse was one of the
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Mic445 / Flickr Hardiness is a personality trait defined by an individual’s ability to manage and respond constructively to stressful life experiences. But how important is hardiness in the workplace? New research forthcoming in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined this question in a sample of naval sailors. Specifically, a team of researchers led
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The LSST is being built on Cerro Pachón in Chile. Jamie Carter Will Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink project end ground-based astronomy as we know it? Despite only 122 of a planned total of 42,000 broadband internet satellites being in orbit so far, astronomers are now gravely concerned about the mega-constellation’s effect on the US$466 million
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