Month: June 2019

Tucked away in a remote valley of Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park, a group of bearded capuchin monkeys use round quartz stones to crack open cashew nuts on tree roots or other rocks. Beneath their feet, archaeologists have found at least 3,000-years-worth of discarded tools. The chimpanzees of Côte d’Ivoire have been using stone tools like
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Scientists have recreated Titan-like conditions in a lab, and found that organic molecules from Titan’s atmosphere could be forming rings of alien crystals around the methane lakes that dot the Saturn moon’s surface. Previously, the team led by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had discovered two of these ‘molecular minerals’. Now they’ve discovered a
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A false-color, near-infrared view of Titan’s northern hemisphere collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, shows the moon’s seas and lakes. Orange areas near some of them may be deposits of organic evaporite minerals left behind by receding liquid hydrocarbon. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Titan is a weird place. Bigger than the planet Mercury,
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WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon Heavy lifted off early June 25 carrying two dozen small satellites on a mission to demonstrate the rocket’s capabilities for the U.S. Air Force. The Falcon Heavy lifted off at 2:30 a.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch took place three hours into a
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Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday.  The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, Virtual
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(Photo: Getty Images) Getty What’s up with headlines calling Vyleesi a “female Viagra”? Yes, both medications begin with the letter “V” and are designed to address sex-related health issues. But there are real hard differences between these two medications.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Vyleesi, generically known as bremelanotide, to “treat acquired, generalized hypoactive
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Underwater forest of Ecklonia radiata, the kelp that dominates Australia’s Great Southern Reef. Getty Kelp, a type of seaweed known for creating spectacular underwater forests, dominates Australia’s Great Southern Reef.  But recent heat waves have devastated these kelp forests and may be helping kelp disease spread. Recent surveys found about 50% of Great Southern Reef kelp displayed bleaching symptoms, meaning the kelp fronds lost
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WASHINGTON — NASA issued a call for proposals for commercial modules that could be added to the International Space Station, although one industry executive warns that such facilities may not be as lucrative as NASA believes. NASA issued a call for proposals June 21 for “commercial destination development in low Earth orbit using the International
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Contrary to what many people think, two species can hybridize naturally in the wild to give rise to a third species, a finding that fundamentally alters our understanding of the evolution of species Salvin’s medium-billed prion, Pachyptila salvini, is apparently a hybrid species between the Antarctic prion, Pachyptila desolata, and the broad-billed prion, Pachyptila vittata.
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WASHINGTON — Companies involved in NASA’s exploration program agree with a recent estimate by the head of NASA that landing humans on the moon by 2024 will require an additional $20 billion to $30 billion for the agency. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave that cost estimate in a June 13 interview with CNN, saying that
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Scientists have discovered an unexpectedly simple formula that governs one of the most seemingly unknowable limits in physics: determining how much of an electric field a water droplet can withstand before it will burst. This infinitesimal phenomenon has been studied by physicists for decades, but while the overall concept may be easy to imagine, discerning
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MUMBAI (Reuters) – From companies building palm-sized satellites to those aiming to propel satellites into space using cleaner fuels, a new wave of space technology startups are mushrooming in India, catching the attention of investors keen to join the space race. Bellatrix Aerospace CEO Rohan Ganapathy stands next to a vacuum chamber at their laboratory
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President Obama’s FY2014 budget request for NASA enables the agency to leverage capabilities in the Human Exploration and Operations, Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates to make significant yet affordable advances in our nation’s capabilities and achieve the space goals set by the Administration. NASA will improve detection and characterization of asteroids, pursue solar electric
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Machine Learning For Mental Health Depositphotos Introduction Any disturbance in human behavior has immediate and future consequences and costs. So, when a growing number of humans from across nations suffer from some form of mental illness, the cost and consequences to countries’ economic and societal security understandably skyrocket. This is a crisis that is becoming increasingly
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From left: Universidad de Los Andes winners of Biodesign Challenge Laura Calderón, Paola Camacho, Isabel Pulido and Juan Angulo Photo Valery Rizzo Over two days the halls of Parsons School of Design and the Museum of Modern Art teemed with groups of college students rehearsing presentations and discussing projects they had spent months perfecting for
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SANTA BARBARA, California — An Indian satellite propulsion startup with eventual plans to also build a small launch vehicle has raised $3 million from a group of venture capital investors. Bangalore, India-based Bellatrix Aerospace intends to use the funds to demonstrate its thruster technology in space. IDFC-Parampara, StartupXseed, Karsemven Fund and Survam Partners led the
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