Month: April 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. telecom regulators approved a request from SpaceX to lower the orbit of nearly 1,600 of its proposed broadband satellites. The Federal Communications Commission said April 26 it was ok with SpaceX changing its plans to orbit those satellites at 550 kilometers instead of 1,150 kilometers. SpaceX says the adjustment, requested six months ago, will make a
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin To what extent will we see “designer babies” as the result of genetic engineering down the road? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Jamie Metzl, Atlantic Council Senior
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LONDON — The nonprofit International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) issued a new report in March calling for the establishment of an independent Space Safety Institute to speed development of commercial space flight safety standards and certification processes.  The 60-page report, which the Noordwijk, Netherlands-based IAASS and its Houston-based sister nonprofit the
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If you’re buried alive is there a chance you could escape? B team puts this myth to the test. Stream Full Episodes of MythBusters: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters-on-science/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel https://www.facebook.com/MythBusters/ Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Tweets by MythBusters Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/ https://www.instagram.com/Mythbusters/
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WASHINGTON — NASA will establish an independent committee to review its planetary protection policies to reflect new developments in human space exploration and commercial spaceflight. In an April 23 statement, the agency said it will create an independent Planetary Protection Review Board to recommend any updates to existing regulations intended to prevent contamination of potentially
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DNA molecule photo credit: Getty Getty Today is National DNA Day, a day to commemorate the publication of James Watson and Francis Crick’s famous paper (that included the work of Rosalind Franklin) in 1953 describing the structure of DNA. As we reflect back on the incredible scientific progress that has been made since this paper, one
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WASHINGTON — As NASA studies ways to accelerate development of the Space Launch System, an independent safety panel called on the agency to retain a major upcoming test of the vehicle. NASA had been contemplating eliminating the so-called “green run” of the SLS core stage as a way to cut several months of schedule. In
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Aimed at effective disaster management, NASA and its international partners are planning to participate in an exercise that will play out a realistic – but fictional - scenario of an asteroid on an impact trajectory with Earth. The scenario begins with the fictional premise that on March 26, astronomers “discovered” a NEO they consider potentially hazardous
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FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite aboard is prepared for launch later in the day at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – A NASA safety panel said on Thursday that Saturday’s accident on a SpaceX astronaut
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Scientists have uncovered the “platypus” of the crab world – a new species so strange they’ve named it the “perplexing beautiful chimera”. An international team of palaeontologists led by Javier Luque of Yale were working on hundreds of exceptionally well-preserved specimens they discovered in Colombia and the US when they spotted the tiny Callichimaera perplexa. “Callichimaera
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When professional boxers win a title, they’re crowned the champ and rewarded with a belt to be worn around the waist. Stream Full Episodes of How It’s Made: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, on July 16 and President Eisenhower signed it into law on July 29, 1958. NASA opened for business on Oct. 1, 1958, with T. Keith Glennan as our first administrator. Our history tells a story of exploration, innovation and discoveries. The next 60 years, that story continues.
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Mounting a high-altitude helicopter rescue is difficult, because helicopters struggle to fly at high altitude, the thin air reducing the power of their engines and lift from their blades. Melanie Windridge “It was pretty scary. I remember thinking, ‘I’m not in control. I can’t descend this mountain, and I can’t go up. I’m stuck here.
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Samsung Electronics plans to invest $116 billion in non-memory chips through 2030, to cut its reliance on the volatile memory chip market and develop chips to power self-driving cars and AI-enabled devices. The plan underscores the South Korean firm’s ambition to challenge bigger rivals – Taiwan’s TSMC in contract chip manufacturing and San Diego-based Qualcomm in mobile
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SAN FRANCISCO – ÅAC Microtec subsidiary Clyde Space plans to build and begin operating in 2020 two cubesats equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers for Orbcomm in a contract valued at 54 million Swedish Krona ($5.9 million). Under the contract, Clyde Space will install three dedicated AIS receivers including a receiver based on a
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Wisconsin resident and snake enthusiast Tim Friede allows himself to be bitten (twice) by the deadly black mamba snake. How does Tim survive a bite that often kills victims within 20 minutes? | http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/outrageous-acts-of-science Catch OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE Saturdays at 9/8c on Science! Check out more videos of Tim and his snakes! https://www.youtube.com/user/timfriede578/videos Watch
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The Spitzer Space Telescope has located some elusive carbon molecules floating in space. Called “Buckyballs,” due to their resemblance to architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, these three-dimensional, spherical structures are now the largest molecules known to exist in space, and until now, have escaped detection. Buckyballs hold unique properties in the physical and chemical processes
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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at what could be the announcement of a brain-machine interface that could one day hook human brains up to computers on Sunday. In response to a question asking for an update on Neuralink, a neurotechnology startup he founded in 2016, Musk replied that new information would be ”coming soon”. A “direct cortical interface,” according to
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