Month: June 2020

Customer-centric innovation is helping US manufacturer Kimball Physics to prosper in its specialist niche of ultrahigh-vacuum electron and ion optics Eyeing the horizon: Kimball Physics is active along many R&D coordinates – in each case working closely with its customers. (Courtesy: Kimball Physics) Vocation, collaboration and innovation provide a unifying frame of reference for the
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Soldiers involved in investigating the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, UK, in 2018.Credit: Rufus Cox/Getty Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, From Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia Dan Kaszeta Hurst (2020) When the Russian former military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a ‘novichok’ nerve agent in the
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SAN FRANCISCO – German launch services provider Exolaunch announced contracts June 29 to integrate NanoAvionics cubesats on SpaceX’s rideshare missions. Under the agreements, Exolaunch is procuring the launch, handling integration and deploying in orbit two six-unit cubesats built by NanoAvionics, a Lithuanian nanosatellite manufacturer. The first NanoAvionics cubesat covered by the new contract is scheduled to
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The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication, and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday. Over the past decades, Europe has sought to build independent access to space from US and Russian pioneers
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SEM image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots. Courtesy: LANL Semiconducting nanocrystals called colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) are ideal for applications such as large-panel displays and photovoltaic cells thanks to their high efficiency and colour purity. Their main drawback is their toxicity, since they have traditionally been made from cadmium or other heavy metals, such
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A report from Quilty Analytics projects Maxar will retain the bulk of future NRO imagery contracts and emerging competitors Planet and BlackSky will gradually gain market share. WASHINGTON — The National Reconnaissance Office will increase spending on commercial satellite imagery over the next several years as the agency seeks to benefit from market competition, analysts
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Fracking giant Chesapeake Energy’s bankruptcy filing comes following a financial mess at the company that included no budgets, a massive wine collection and a nine-figure bill for parking garages, sources told CNBC’s David Faber. CEO Robert D. “Doug” Lawler found in examining the company’s books a $110 million bill for two parking garages, Faber reported
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The coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV-2) emerged in late 2019, and certain aspects of the disease it causes — COVID‑19 — continue to baffle clinicians and researchers. It is estimated that SARS-CoV-2 has already infected more than 9 million people and claimed more than 450,000 lives worldwide, and this pandemic
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Agora isn’t the only company headquartered outside the United States aiming to go public domestically this quarter. After catching up on Agora’s F-1 filing, the China-and-U.S.-based, API-powered tech company that went public last week, today we’re parsing DoubleDown Interactive’s IPO document. The Exchange is a daily look at startups and the private markets for Extra Crunch
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[embedded content] A distant object that could be smallest known black hole, or the largest known neutron star, has been spotted by the LIGO–Virgo gravitational-wave detectors. The 2.6 solar-mass object appears to have merged with a 23 solar-mass black hole, creating gravitational waves that were detected here on Earth in August 2019. Unlike a previously observed merger
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As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to woo them back. In a livestreamed segment of the company’s weekly all-hands meeting, CEO Mark Zuckerberg recapped some of the steps Facebook is already taking, and announced
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Reexamining the impact of tech regulation on the satellite industry Until recently, satellites were niche players in the communications industry, used primarily to relay long distance telephone signals and broadcast TV programming. The technology was not sufficiently advanced for a robust and diverse commercial satellite market to emerge.  Today, commercial satellite services are going mainstream,
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Researcher Anna Honko conducts tests on the nanosponges. (Courtesy: the Griffiths lab at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories) The research community around the world has never been more engaged in developing treatments for a new disease than it has for COVID-19. The Liangfang Zhang research group at the University of California San Diego,
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SAN FRANCISCO – Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC announced June 24 a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a design study of a cubesat constellation to provide weather data. NOAA awarded ASTRA a $599,885 contract in April for a six-month study called GEO-utilization of Common LEO Architecture for Weather (G-CLAW). ASTRA intends
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If you’re looking for the light of inspiration during one of the darkest periods the world has seen in decades, you’ve come to the right place. We are proud to introduce our fifth annual cohort of twentysomethings who are sustainability leaders within — and without — their companies, nonprofits and communities. The Class of 2020 hails from seven
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Spirits giant Diageo said Saturday it will be pausing paid advertising globally on “major social media platforms” beginning in July.  The company, which is the maker of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, said it will “continue to discuss with media partners how they will deal with unacceptable content.” The company didn’t immediately return requests for comment on
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Iranian flagged fuel tanker ‘Fortune’ is seen after it was docked at El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 26, 2020. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Wednesday slapped fresh sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who delivered gasoline to Venezuela, whose once-thriving oil industry has
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Spinning around: scanning electron microscope image of C. reinhardtii cells (Courtesy: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility, Dartmouth College) New research offers insight into the role of rotation in the self-assembly of living cells. The work is described in Soft Matter and was done by Linda Ravazzano at the University of Milan under the  supervision of Stefano
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A new study has shed light on a bizarre prehistoric South American saber-toothed animal, which is distinctly different from other saber-tooth predators. Saber-toothed cats are iconic for being considered fierce prehistoric predators. There are currently almost a hundred known species, and they have various differences. In particular, the marsupial Thylacosmilus atrox, with a size like
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A team of international astronomers believe that they might have detected light from a black hole merger, for the first time ever. This unprecedented event was noted by scientists at Caltech’ Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California after studying gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from the collision of two black holes. Although the research is
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WASHINGTON — The Canadian Space Agency announced June 26 it plans to award a contract to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to build a robotic arm that will be Canada’s contribution to the lunar Gateway. The deal covers development of what the agency calls Canadarm3, which is an overarching robotic system for the Gateway rather
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NASA’s next Mars rover has a new name: Perseverance. After sorting through more than 28,000 submissions from K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory, one name was chosen. Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old student from Virginia who submitted the winning name, explains why he chose Perseverance as the name of NASA’s next robotic scientist to
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Ringing in the new: microscope image of a ring laser used by the Harvard group. (Courtesy: Capasso Lab/Harvard SEAS) Frequency combs are one of the most important developments in metrology in the 21st century, but conventional combs are bulky and highly sensitive to external perturbations. Now two independent groups present key developments in solid state
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Research has revealed that breeding Arctic sled dogs began almost ten thousand years ago. In 2017, archaeological evidence unearthed by scientists in Zhokhov, a remote Siberian island, shows that ancient humans have bred dogs to pull sleds. This archaeological record is considered as the earliest evidence that ancestors did some dog breeding. These sled dogs were used for sledding
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Temperature screening in Mumbai, India, during the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit: Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty India has confirmed more than 450,000 cases of COVID-19 so far, making it the world’s fourth-worst-hit country. Major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai are particularly badly affected, with hospitals struggling to accommodate critically ill patients. The current surge in infections
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