Month: August 2020

The moon is again the object of competition between major space powers. These powers aim — perhaps even in this decade — to establish a permanent human presence on the moon’s surface and in its orbit, and exploit lunar resources for economic benefit. This renewed competition for the moon is the basis for the rise
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Students in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, graduate with a digital-sciences degree in November 2019.Credit: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty I still recall my excitement when I started doing experiments during my master’s programme and saw a well-equipped laboratory for the first time. I adapted easily to the theoretical aspects of my course at the University of Orléans, France. But
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<!––>Fluttering gas: this image of the NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. (Courtesy: ESO) Move over Butterfly Nebula, there is a rival diaphanous object in the sky. Pictured above is the NGC 2899 nebula as seen by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope in
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Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year ’ twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for adults,
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