It’s springtime Down Under, and along with overexuberant local football fans, that means another annual menace on Australian streets: angry birds. September is peak magpie breeding season. And like much of Australia’s native wildlife — think deadly snakes, spiders and jellyfish — the country’s magpies are meaner than those found elsewhere. Male birds defending their
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Source Hydropanels have been installed in more than 30 countries across six continents. Zero Mass Water Cody Friesen, associate professor at Arizona State University, has just won this year’s Lemelson-MIT prize for his innovative solar panels that create clean, fresh drinking water from air and humidity. The $500,000 prize “recognizes individuals who translate their ideas
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WAILEA, Hawaii — It is possible to build improved space traffic management approaches to ensure safe operations in space, a panel of experts in the field said Sept. 18, but it will require more transparency among satellite operators. A panel at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies, or AMOS, conference here, was asked
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A 16-year-old Swedish climate activist demanded Wednesday that Congress “listen to the scientists” who were sounding the alarm on the threat of global warming. Rather than offer prepared remarks to the House Climate Crisis Committee and a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Greta Thunberg said she was attaching as testimony a landmark 2018 United Nations report
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin CTO Prineha Narang and Jim Ricotta, CEO. The technology behind Aliro spun out of Narang’s research. Aliro Technologies Boston-based Aliro Technologies, which is aiming to develop a hardware-agnostic quantum computing software platform, announced Wednesday that it’s closed a $2.7 million seed round. CEO Jim Ricotta says
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He called it an “exciting revelation.” A new study conducted at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas (IEEM) showed that regularly exercising may slow down brain deterioration in people at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Rong Zhang, director of the Cerebrovascular Laboratory at the IEEM, a partnership between University of
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Photo Credit: Kim Schaffer – Bahamas The ocean is in a dire crisis that puts the entirety of humanity at risk. The gravity of its issues range from climate change to plastics pollution to overfishing, all of which are overwhelming issues to tackle individually, and seemingly insurmountable when looked at together. Scientists have noted that
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Boeing is asking the government to force a teaming arrangement with Northrop Grumman for the GBSD program. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Boeing is asking the Air Force to compel Northrop Grumman to include Boeing it its bid for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to design the nation’s future intercontinental ballistic missile system. Northrop Grumman
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According to researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, colorful sunrises and sunsets observed and photographed in North America and Europe in July-August 2019, were caused by volcanic fallout from the Russian volcano Raikoke. Raikoke is located on the Kuril Island chain of the Kamchatka Peninsula, part of the subduction zone where the Pacific plate
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TEMPE, Ariz. — An independent review of the nonprofit organization that operates the portion of the International Space Station designated a national lab has not affected its day-to-day work, an organization official said Sept. 16. NASA announced Aug. 13 that it would perform an independent review of the ISS National Laboratory, legally known as the
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Last month, we got the exciting news of a rare flash of light on Jupiter, bright enough to be seen through telescopes. According to a new analysis, the cause of this smash was a small asteroid, with a density consistent with meteors that are equal parts stone and iron. The meteor exploded in Jupiter’s upper
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On its surface, the plan was simple: gene-hack mosquitoes so their offspring immediately die, mix them with disease-spreading bugs in the wild, and watch the population drop off. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite pan out. The genetically-altered mosquitoes did mix with the wild population, and for a brief period the number of mosquitoes in Jacobino, Brazil
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week’s release of the actor’s new film, the space thriller “Ad Astra.” Pitt peppered astronaut Nick Hague with dozens of questions about what life
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Kombucha is fermented sugary tea by a Symbiotic Community of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY). Getty When you take a refreshing and effervescent sip of kombucha, you’re actually ingesting the result of a complex model ecosystem of microbes, including both bacteria and fungi. Model ecosystems help scientists and society reveal the mechanisms and interactions behind the
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PARIS — As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to decide how to reallocate some or all of the nation’s satellite C-band downlink spectrum for the coming wave of 5G mobile communications services, experts say appraising the monetary value of the spectrum remains tricky.  Satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Telesat collectively stand to gain billions
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The Northern Hemisphere just had its hottest summer on record since 1880, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday. NOAA found the average global surface temperature taken by thousands of thermometers, buoys and other sensors on land and sea tied with that of 2016 for the top spot, with a temperature anomaly
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The addition of Aerojet to Northrop’s team guarantees that the nation’s only two manufacturers of large solid rocket motors will be part of the GBSD program. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Northrop Grumman announced on Monday that Aerojet Rocketdyne will join its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent team to develop a modernized intercontinental ballistic missile for the
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The obstacles on the lunar surface may have been stopping the lander from receiving the signals, Chandrayaan-1 Director Mylswamy Annadurai said on Sunday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with the Vikram Lander, one of three components of the Chandrayaan-2, minutes before its touchdown on the lunar surface in the early hours on
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A small group of super-powerful corporations has become a dominant force that essentially controls human industry and shapes the modern world we live in, scientists say. In a new study, an international team of researchers suggests that this elite cadre of dominant transnational corporations (TNCs, sometimes also called multinationals) may wield an outsized influence over
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin The Wedderburn meteorite was discovered already in 1951 near the town of Wedderburn in the state of Victoria, Australia. Hosted since then in the mineralogical collection of the Geological Survey Museum, samples were sent to researchers worldwide to discover more about the origin of this extraterrestrial
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WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a contract to a small business for the development of a cubesat designed to demonstrate the use of the unique orbit planned for the agency’s lunar Gateway. The $13.7 million contract to Colorado company Advanced Space covers the development of Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE),
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