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An illustration of an active black hole, one that accretes matter and accelerates a portion of it outwards in two perpendicular jets. The normal matter undergoing an acceleration like this describes how quasars work extremely well. The matter that falls into a black hole, of any variety, will be responsible for additional growth in both
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Space tourism moved a step closer to reality Thursday as Virgin Galactic unveiled its new Mission Control at a spaceport in New Mexico and the schedule for final test flights before taking paying customers into the final frontier. Spaceport America, a taxpayer-funded facility in New Mexico’s remote Jornada del Muerto desert, received its license to
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Specialists are eating the world. Tiger parents push their kids to get an early start and develop enough expertise to distinguish themselves for admissions committees from preschool through college. Academic departments push exquisite depth, seeking scholars to drill down and become world authorities in ever more narrow subjects. Corporate hiring managers seek candidates for roles
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ULA launching another WGS satellite in 2017, a mission some experts say the future Space Force could someday perform with low-cost small satellites from Low Earth Orbit. Photo By: Courtesy of United Launch Alliance The late summer heat is almost unbearable in Logan, Utah. Yet we still come in waves of thousands this year, to
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People generally fall into three camps when it comes to the idea of a “digital detox”: those who can do it and feel refreshed afterward, those who try it and come back more stressed than ever, and those who would never even consider it. But a new study from researchers in both marketing and information systems
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Virgin Galactic’s Gaia lounge at its new spaceport Virgin Galactic 2019 Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveiled the interiors of its new New Mexico spaceport Thursday, giving the public a glimpse of how the first $250,000-ticket tourists will spend their time before boarding suborbital space flights next year. “We’re on the home stretch now,” said Virgin
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Bottles of Poland Spring water on a shelf in New York. Credit: Tom Starkweather/Bloomberg News BLOOMBERG NEWS Instagram doesn’t have to be a waste of time. Beyond enriching your life with landscapes and other eye candy, it can help you figure out what can and can’t be recycled. Recycling contamination is a big deal because
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This is what happens when a star turns itself inside out in less than a second. NASA/CXC/SAO It’s one thing to say that supernova explosions are bright. Is another thing completely to understand what that actually means. So let’s go on a little adventure. Supernovas are the deaths of the most massive stars in the
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Dr. Sonia Batten, an oceanographer at the Marine Biological Association, first suspected pink salmon were causing problems in the North Pacific when she noticed a ‘see-saw’ effect between populations of pink salmon and the tiny shrimp-like animals they feed on; pink salmon are abundant in odd-numbered years, while their zooplankton shrimp-snacks are abundant in even-numbered years. Catch of pink salmon
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Libreshot In 1930, the famous economist John Maynard Keynes speculated that the 21st century work week would last just 15 hours. Sadly, this prediction has not yet come to pass. If it’s any consolation, however, people are devoting more time to leisure activities. But who spends more time engaging in leisure pursuits, men or women?
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An employee demonstrates a concept biometric payment system on the Wirecard AG exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany in June. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Photo credit: © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP Earlier this year, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use
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TRONA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 02 — View of meteorite streaking over Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley, CA during annual Perseid Meteor Showers, August 2, 2019. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr.,Getty Images) Getty Images It’s the time of year when your friends and family who are just a bit more nerdy or maybe outdoors-inclined all start
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The Indian space agency on Tuesday successfully raised Chandrayaan-2’s orbit for fifth time at 3:04pm. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 was raised to an orbit of 276×142,975km by firing the spacecraft’s onboard motors for 1,041 seconds. All spacecraft parameters were normal. The next manoeuvre is Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI),
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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China’s race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment. FILE PHOTO: Linkspace’s engineers pack the reusable rocket RLV-T5, also known as
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Any living organism that directly harnesses the sun’s energy uses one of three types of energy-converting pigments: chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color, bacteriochlorophyll, or retinal pigments, which help form microbial rhodopsins. Rhodopsins capture solar energy in the ocean’s surface and power microbial metabolism at
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In good news for people who have blood pressure (BP) problems, monitoring BP might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie. Researchers have tested a technology called transdermal optical imaging that measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos. “This study shows that facial video can contain some
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko. What an ugly fella. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Ah, meteor showers. A warm summer night. Blanket on the grass. A sky full of stars. Look, there’s one! Perhaps a quick streak of light through a corner of the sky – blink and you’ll miss it. Or maybe
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019. Aboard is the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, designed to provide the U.S. military with highly-secure communications. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (Reuters) – United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing
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There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a crash landing on the
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Compostable products made from grass. Genera Rising up meet to consumer demand for more eco-friendly products, the biomass solutions company Genera Energy has procured an investment of more than $118 million to produce compostable food service items from locally grown grasses. The products will provide sustainable alternatives to plastics and polystyrene, including plates, bowls, takeout
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Do we smell bad? Why are all these galaxies flying away from us? NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team For all intents and purposes, based on our most advanced cosmological observations, it appears as if we’re at the center of the universe. Our Milky Way galaxy is home to hundreds of
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