Month: May 2020

Hydroxychloroquine has had a controversial history during the coronavirus pandemic.Credit: George Frey/AFP/Getty A study suggesting that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is dangerous to people with severe cases of COVID-19 is sowing confusion among researchers — and halting clinical trials that are crucial to finding out whether the medication is effective at treating people infected with
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President Trump follows through on his threat to challenge the legal protections enjoyed by social media and internet companies, Magic Leap’s CEO is stepping down and China sees its biggest autonomous driving round yet. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 29, 2020. 1. Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies
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WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station May 31, less than a day after making history as the first human orbital spaceflight from the United States in nearly nine years. The spacecraft, named Endeavour by its crew of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, docked with the station’s Harmony
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Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that is associated with childbirth and breastfeeding. It is frequently called the “love hormone” because oxytocin levels increase during hugging and sexual activity. This hormone has many health benefits, including the treatment of several conditions such as anxiety, depression, and even intestinal problems. This neuropeptide is a hormone released by the
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Preparing to ‘Launch America,’ a cargo spacecraft arrives at the space station, and the detective capabilities of our next Mars rover … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-Preparing%20to%20Launch%20America%20into%20a%20New%20Era%20of%20Space%20Exploration%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20May%2029,%202020
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NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees make throwing a perfect spiral look easy, but it’s far more complicated than it seems. To take a closer look, we spoke to NCAA football coach Ryan Larsen, who breaks down the steps that go into throwing a perfect spiral, as well as the common
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Credit: Adapted from Getty This week’s been tough. That swine, reviewer 2, reached out his long arm and slapped down one of my grants. This was a big application that had taken six months to bring together. Rejection under normal circumstances is grim. Rejection on top of everything else at the moment is brutal. The
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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities are considering two companies’ requests to dispose mining waste into the ocean, a senior government official said on Sunday, at a time of heightened sensitivity about the environmental impact of mining. The requests come as mining waste management is increasingly scrutinized after a nickel plant in neighboring Papua New Guinea
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A fossil of a 425 million-year-old millipede called Kampecaris obanensis and unearthed in Scotland is shown in this undated handout photo released to Reuters on May 27, 2020. British Geological Survey/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used a speech after the successful SpaceX Crew Dragon launch May 30 to tout his administration’s accomplishments in space, some of which predate his time in office, rather than announce any new initiatives. Trump spoke inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center a little more than
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29 May — Battling the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ For researchers who track how information spreads, the COVID-19 pandemic is an experimental subject like no other. Misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories have spread widely online, and researchers are scrambling to track and analyse these falsehoods in the hope of understanding where such information comes from, how it
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WASHINGTON — The first crewed orbital launch from the United States in nearly nine years took place May 30, placing a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts on board into orbit, bound for the International Space Station. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at
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Full of holes: scanning electron microscope image of a graphene foam made using cellulose. The ring-like structures are about 500 micron in diameter. (Courtesy: Shun Zhang et al./Nature Sustainability) High-quality graphene foams have been made from the waste gases produced during the high temperature treatment of organic waste. Researchers in China say their pyrolysis-based technique
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A recent study has demonstrated the capacity of infectious or pathogenic bacteria to survive on an “extra-terrestrial diet” in space. There is again a surge in interest regarding space exploration. The last decade has seen increased public interest and increased awareness regarding new moon missions, news about space, and even the advances in knowledge about
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The latest embedded software technology moves hardware into an almost magical realm Adam Benzion 7 hours Adam Benzion Contributor A serial entrepreneur, writer, and tech investor, Adam Benzion is the co-founder of Hackster.io, the world’s largest community for hardware developers. Aluminum and iconography are no longer enough for a product to get noticed in the
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A particularly fascinating class of quantum states are topological states of matter. Credit: IQOQI Innsbruck/Harald Ritsch Topological materials – materials that have surface properties very different to those found in their bulk – are currently revolutionizing condensed-matter physics thanks to their unique characteristics. Researchers in Austria, France, the US and Germany have now put forward
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A study has found that female chimpanzees play a crucial part in their group’s territory protection and expansion. An international research team has conducted an extensive survey of several neighboring western chimpanzee groups, and they found that not only females but the whole group play essential roles in intergroup competition. This contradicts previous beliefs among
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It’s not just Mission Control that’s counting down — how are you preparing to #LaunchAmerica? From building your own rocket to binge-watching launch overage, share a video, a photo or simply your thoughts for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms, as we prepare for the return of human spaceflight to U.S.
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An alternative approach to harnessing entangled photons (artist’s impression) could help to provide a highly accurate form of radar. Credit: LAGUNA DESIGN/SPL Quantum physics 29 May 2020 Entangled photons can be used to make quantum radar that delivers a target’s location. The precision and efficiency of radar might be improved by harnessing quantum entanglement, the
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The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests
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WASHINGTON — Intelsat is asking its bankruptcy court for authorization to modify a $50 million loan to Spaceflight Industries’ Earth-observation business BlackSky that could become a snag in Spaceflight’s sale of its launch rideshare business.  Intelsat signed the BlackSky loan Oct. 31, about two weeks before it was publicly announced, according to a bankruptcy document.
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(Reuters) – A prototype of SpaceX’s upcoming heavy-lift rocket, Starship, exploded on Friday during ground tests in south Texas as Elon Musk’s space company pursued an aggressive development schedule to fly the launch vehicle for the first time. The testing explosion was unrelated to SpaceX’s upcoming launch of two NASA astronauts from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center
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The COVID-19 crisis has disastrous human and economic consequences, revealing our system’s exposure to a variety of risks. The call for a more resilient, circular and low-carbon economic model has garnered support from a growing number of businesses and governments over the past few years, and appears today more relevant than ever. Identifying opportunities, keeping
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An ozone layer erosion that occurred 360 million years ago has resulted in mass extinction. The said event that is characterized by a damaging burst of ultraviolet radiation has killed off many of the Earth’s freshwater animals and plants. Researchers from the University of Southampton have found evidence that intense ultraviolet radiation has destroyed the forest ecosystem
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