Month: December 2019

English Bulldog puppy with white banner isolated on white. Getty For millions of Americans, pets are family. And we do almost anything to provide for our loved ones and ensure they age without pain and suffering. So why would our four-legged family members be any different?  With new preventative strategies and access to health technologies,
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Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are one of the most iconic elasmobranchs out there, easily identifiable by their blue skin that is peppered with constellations across their whole body. Like a fingerprint, each of these patterns of stars are unique to an individual, making photo-identification catalogs a popular tool to use when studying these animals. Like
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Iridium wrapped up de-orbiting 65 first-generation satellites, but questions remain over what to do — if anything —  about the 30 that remain space junk.  WASHINGTON — Iridium Communications completed disposal of the last of its 65 working legacy satellites Dec. 28, while leaving open the possibility of paying an active-debris-removal company to deorbit 30
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A Chinese court on Monday sentenced the scientist who claimed to be behind the world’s first gene-edited babies to three years in prison for illegal medical practice, state media reported. He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community last year by announcing the birth of twin girls whose genes had allegedly been altered to confer immunity
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Monday it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) soybean crop and two corn crops, in a move toward commercializing GM grain production in the world’s top market. China will grant the certificate to SHZD32-01 soybean developed by Shanghai Jiaotong University, provided
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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is commercializing human spaceflight and democratizing space … [+] tourism D. Miller [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] This last decade was ushered in without too much fanfare. In the depths of the Great Recession, our nation’s new president was left sorting through a financial mess that had come from policy decisions more
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SANTA FE, N.M. — Maxar Technologies announced Dec. 30 it would sell its Canadian subsidiary to private equity firms, turning it into a standalone company while providing Maxar with much-needed debt relief. Maxar said that a consortium of firms led by Northern Private Capital, a Toronto-based private investment firm, agreed to purchase MDA, Maxar’s Canadian
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A humpback whale lunges at a large patch of anchovies. Cascadia Research Collective; NMFS Permit 16111 Despite the humpback whale’s large size – at times over eighty feet long – humpback whales are voracious consumers of tiny, speedy fish that are easy to scare.What’s more, these fish often swim at speeds barely faster than the
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Diatoms are photosynthesising algae, they have a siliceous skeleton (frustule) and are found in … [+] almost every aquatic environment including fresh and marine waters, soils, in fact almost anywhere moist. Getty Within every drop of seawater lives a mixture of teeny-tiny organisms, like bacteria and viruses, collectively known as ‘microbes’. According to new research
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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle that flew an abbreviated test flight this month appears to be in good condition as an investigation into the timer problem that shortened the flight continues. In a Dec. 28 update, Boeing said technicians are continuing processing of the Starliner vehicle that landed Dec.
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Like most teen years, the past decade in technology started out someplace relatively innocent before growing moody, dark and disillusioned. In 2010, we were excited about new iPhones and finding old friends on Facebook, not fretting about our digital privacy or social media’s threat to democracy. Now we are wondering how to rein in the
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SANTA FE, N.M. — A Florida airport is making progress on a long-running effort to obtain a commercial spaceport license despite a lack of customers for the facility. In a Federal Register notice published Dec. 19, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the release a draft environmental assessment for the Space Coast Regional Airport in Brevard
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From India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk and commercial crew milestones by US-based companies, 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts. India’s ambitious and keenly watched lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was expected to make its soft landing on the surface of the Moon on September 7. While the whole nation waited with bated
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin It’s not often that people at aquariums think of sharks going at it but, surprise, it does happen! In fact, oftentimes two sharks having sex is the sole hope for their wild populations. Such is the case for the tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus), which the International
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FILE PHOTO: Engineers and technicians install the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S., June 5, 2019. Photo taken June 5, 2019. NASA-JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – A NASA robotic rover is nearing completion ahead of a journey
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A composite image in X-ray light, with data taken from NASA’s Chandra and NuSTAR observatories,… [+] shows the pulsar wind nebula PSR B1509-58, colloquially known as the ‘Hand of God.’ However, no divine intervention is required to explain this object, which can be understood with physical explanations alone. NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill There’s one question that most of
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From bulletproof clothing enabling transmission and reception of electronic signals to production of liquid hydrocarbons from plastic waste, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on Thursday said it filed 150 patents in 2019, the highest ever in a year. “Both national and international patents have been filed by Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT),
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SANTA FE, N.M. — A revamped NASA mission to search for near Earth objects from space has secured funding to start development as the agency works out details about how it will be managed. The fiscal year 2020 “minibus” spending bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 20 that provides $22.63 billion for NASA
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Earthworms wriggle across the hands of Forestry Commission volunteers at a dig for worms at … [+] Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, during a survey to mark the launch of a nationwide programme taking place during the Forestry Commission centenary year to find out more about forest wildlife. The public are being encouraged to
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Many small companies are wary of government work. Executives have heard stories of red tape and slow payments. David Shahady, who directs the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, is intent on changing those perceptions. David Shahady, director of Air Force SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer programs
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NASA’s Fermi Satellite has constructed the highest resolution, high-energy map of the Universe ever… [+] created. Without space-based observatories such as this one, we could never learn all that we have about the Universe, nor could we even accurately measure the gamma-ray sky. NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration When you look out at the Universe, what you
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The collapsed Tambora as seen from space. Wikipedia/NAS “Silent Night” (in German “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) is nowadays a popular Christmas carol existing in many versions recorded by many singers across many music genres. It was even declared cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2011. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at
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Shoppers on Oxford Street in London on the last Saturday before Christmas. (Photo by Dominic … [+] Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images) PA Images via Getty Images It’s December 24th. Last minute arrangements for visiting family are being made, menus for Christmas are taking shape or beginning to cook, and about 25% of men are in a
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Not since the 1970s has the United States committed itself to design, build, and launch a crewed vehicle into orbit. After a long sojourn, NASA is now readying two spacecraft for low-Earth orbit destinations — Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Unsurprisingly, both have experienced setbacks. As NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine aptly said: “this is,
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The constellation of Orion, along with the great molecular cloud complex and including its brightest… [+] stars. Betelgeuse, the nearby, bright red supergiant, is the nearest supernova candidate to Earth, shown in visible light at the lower left. Rogelio Bernal Andreo When you take a look at the stars in the night sky, they generally
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SANTA FE, N.M. — SpaceX said Dec. 23 that it completed the tenth successful consecutive test of the new parachute design for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a milestone that NASA previously said was critical before the agency would allow astronauts to fly on the vehicle. The company said in a tweet that the successful test
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Astronomers have discovered a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas which raises questions about current understanding of planet formation. The star, called 49 Ceti, is 40 million years old and conventional theories of planet formation predict that the gas should have disappeared by that age. “We found atomic carbon gas in the
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WASHINGTON — The final Proton launch of the year lifted off Dec. 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending a Russian weather satellite into orbit.  Proton lifted off at 7:03 a.m. Eastern with the Electro-L No. 3 satellite, according to Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos. The satellite separated from the four-stage rocket six hours
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Last month, the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) successfully finalized its work. Now, as we prepare for the next WRC in 2023, member states should consider appropriate changes to the process. By doing so, we can enable the WRC to focus on its core mission — the allocation of spectrum and ensuring the efficient use
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