Month: January 2020

A significant proportion of the scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London come from the European Union.Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty As the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, I welcome the announcement of a new fast-track immigration scheme for researchers to help ensure that the United Kingdom remains a top destination for scientific talent after it
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WASHINGTON — Vector, the launch vehicle and smallsat technology company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December, announced Jan. 24 it is proceeding with plans to sell its satellite technology to Lockheed Martin or another bidder. Vector announced that Lockheed Martin has agreed to purchase Vector’s “GalacticSky” software-defined satellite technology for $4.25 million as
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This week’s episode begins with a discussion of physics careers. We hear an Edinburgh-based recruiter, Bruce Hydes, share his views on what physics graduates can do to stand out in the jobs market, and explore whether reports of a “quantum bottleneck” in hiring for the emerging quantum-computing industry should be believed or taken with a
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Peter Lee from Microsoft Health Microsoft In the era of Satya Nadella, Microsoft has transformed from a company that once acted as a near-monopoly with its proprietary operating system to a business that embraces partnerships and teams up with former rivals. Peter Lee, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Healthcare, said that same ethos of
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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected acting directors at two of its field centers to take those positions on a permanent basis. NASA announced Jan. 23 that Dennis Andrucyk, who has been acting director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland since Dec. 31, will now take the job on a full-time basis, effective immediately.
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Reversing the trend: Bachelor degrees awarded to African American astronomy and physics students have fallen since the 1990s despite more people studying physics. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/michaeljung) Sweeping changes to US university-level teaching in physics and astronomy are required to address the long-running and systemic exclusion of African Americans. That is according to an American Institute of
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Model brains in a dish are helping scientists to probe the human forebrain, the seat of complex abilities such as language. Credit: Pașca Lab/Stanford University Neuroscience 23 January 2020 Brain models in a dish offer clues to molecular signals involved in the human forebrain’s development. The human brain contains billions of cells with a wide
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Getting the Space Force right and creating the first new U.S. armed service in more than half a century will be a herculean task. Uniforms and insignia must be chosen, logos created, and detailed organizational structures and diagrams established. While such trappings and baselines for the new service is necessary, however, they are insufficient to
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Tech billionaire Elon Musk has earned praise from US President Donald Trump who has called the SpaceX and Tesla CEO one of the world’s “great geniuses”. In an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump likened Musk to Thomas Edison. “He’s one of our great geniuses and we
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Facial-recognition algorithms have been at the centre of privacy and ethics debates.Credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Diversity and inclusion took centre stage at one of the world’s major artificial-intelligence (AI) conferences in 2018. But once a meeting with a controversial reputation, last month’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference in Vancouver, Canada, saw attention shift to another
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Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Getty Images The Trump administration is cracking down on the sale of counterfeits online from platforms like Amazon, according to a new report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. Law enforcement officials will immediately start to identify cases where counterfeit goods are being sold online, according to
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits a fire damaged property on Kangaroo Island on January 8, 2020. David Mariuz | Pool | Getty Images The Australian prime minister has received praise for his leadership in tackling devastating bush fires that have flared for months. Protestors marched across most of Australia’s state capital cities earlier this month,
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Most people who venture outside in Wuhan, China, are wearing face masks.Credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Chinese authorities have closed off travel into and out of the virus-hit city of Wuhan in an attempt to stop the outbreak’s spread. The mass quarantine, announced on 23 January, pens in more than 35 million people across the nation —
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WASHINGTON — The battery malfunction that put DirecTV’s Spaceway-1 satellite at risk of exploding has a “very low likelihood” of occuring on other satellites, according to the satellite’s manufacturer, Boeing.  Spaceway-1 was the first of three virtually identical Spaceway satellites built by Boeing and launched between 2005 and 2007. AT&T subsidiary DirectTV owns Spaceway-1 and
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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during the Apple Inc. Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Apple and Microsoft will each be sending a representative to a meeting on Monday hosted by a group that’s supporting efforts by the Department of Health and
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Full of beans: Jamie Foster will make you the perfect espresso. (Courtesy: University Portsmouth) Cup-to-cup consistency is a problem for people using espresso machines, according to Jamie Foster who is a mathematician at the University Portsmouth. One cup can taste lovely and the next not so nice – even when the machine is operated by
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 14 people and collapsing buildings near the epicentre of the tremor, which was felt in several neighbouring countries. People stand outside a collapsed building after an earthquake in Elazig province, Turkey, January 24, 2020. Demiroren News Agency (DHA) via REUTERS ATTENTION
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Logging has cut into the core of Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park, the world’s largest tropical rainforest national park, since guerrilla fighters moved out of the region. Credit: Handout/Reuters Conservation biology 24 January 2020 The rebels’ departure from their rainforest strongholds triggered mass deforestation. The Colombian government’s 2016 peace agreement with guerrilla fighters who hid in
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceX said Jan. 23.  Nilesat, having launched all three of its past satellites with Arianespace, is a first-time customer for SpaceX.  SpaceX and Nilesat signed a contract in Cairo for the launch of Nilesat-301, an approximately 4,000-kilogram
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Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound, with frequency tuned to match target cells, can break apart cancer cells without harming healthy blood cells. (Courtesy: iStock/Mohammed Haneefa Nizamudeen) Medical engineers have proven that the unique internal structure of cancer cells can make them vulnerable to vibrations from specific frequencies of ultrasound. These low-intensity pulsed ultrasound waves are a potentially
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