Month: July 2019

ATLANTA — Blue Origin and SpaceX have secured multiple agreements with NASA intended to support the development of technologies for launch vehicles and lunar landers. The two companies are among the 13 that NASA announced July 30 had received non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The agreements do not provide
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Indian tiger numbers are up, according to one of the most detailed wildlife surveys ever conducted. Tiger populations have risen by 6 percent, to roughly 3,000 animals. The massive survey may set a new world standard in counting large carnivores. The encouraging results validate India’s impressive investments in tiger conservation. A mammoth effort Large, solitary
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The XENON1T detector, with its low-background cryostat, is installed in the centre of a large water shield to protect the instrument against cosmic ray backgrounds. This setup enables the scientists working on the XENON1T experiment to greatly reduce their background noise, and more confidently discover the signals from processes they’re attempting to study. XENON is
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Weather prediction is getting much better. Now, innovative companies are spinning that increased capability into lucrative new business models. ClimaCell, featured in a July 24 Forbes story, combines data analytics, traditional inputs and the analysis of signals beamed between cellular towers to predict local weather six hours in advance. The dark clouds. The sky in black. Pattern
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WASHINGTON — The Italian Space Agency has launched a new initiative to strengthen Italy’s space expertise by leveraging domestic companies to build spacecraft that complement pan-European programs.  Italian Space Agency President Giorgio Saccoccia said the Ital-GovSatCom satellite contract announced July 23 inaugurates an initiative to create “mirror programs” where Italy provides its own supplemental spacecraft
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Over 200 Svalbard reindeer have been found dead on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. That’s one of the highest recorded death tolls since population monitoring commenced in 1978, and scientists believe climate change played a key role. According to a report on the Norwegian Polar Institute’s website, the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) suffered a lean
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and endurance these cold-blooded predators muster by ratcheting up their metabolism to mammal-like levels. FILE PHOTO: Komodo dragons walk at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia’s Komodo island October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File
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When a gravitational wave passes through a location in space, it causes an expansion and a compression at alternate times in alternate directions, causing laser arm-lengths to change in mutually perpendicular orientations. Exploiting this physical change is how we developed successful gravitational wave detectors such as LIGO and Virgo. By combining gravitational wave detections with
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WASHINGTON — One of the three companies NASA selected less than two months ago to carry payloads to the moon has informed the agency it won’t be able to perform that mission and has terminated its nearly $100 million contract. NASA announced July 29 that OrbitBeyond informed the agency that “internal corporate challenges” will prevent
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The Air Force proposes shifting $93.2 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2019 and $67.5 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2018. WASHINGTON — The Air Force is seeking congressional approval to transfer $160 million from other accounts to fund a new early warning constellation known as the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system,
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WASHINGTON — As the Federal Aviation Administration extends the deadline for comments to a proposed revision of commercial launch and reentry regulations, a sharp difference in opinion is emerging in industry between companies that support the revisions and those who believe it could be counterproductive. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, formally
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WASHINGTON — While neither NASA nor the European Space Agency has yet to give formal approval, or funding, for missions to return samples from Mars, both agencies are taking steps to refine plans for what those missions will be. Those plans, discussed at a Mars science conference and working group meeting last week, would involve
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DARPA program manager Joe Parrish: ‘There are new players interested in partnering’ WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is considering proposals from potential new partners for its program to send a robot to space to repair satellites. DARPA suffered a major setback in January when Maxar withdrew from the project known as Robotic
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Microsoft is investing $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,900 crores) in OpenAI, a startup co-founded by Elon Musk, forging a partnership intent on creating artificial intelligence that rivals the human brain. Artificial intelligence as it currently exists involves training machines to solve specific problems or perform particular tasks, like filter spam emails or predict an earthquake.
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