Month: October 2020

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, October 23, 2019. Erin Scott | Reuters Four years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it “a pretty crazy idea” that fake news on Facebook could have influenced the election that handed Donald Trump the presidency.  Today, the idea
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Going down: a droplet of honey in a superhydrophobic coated tube. (Courtesy: Aalto University) Honey and other highly viscous fluids can flow faster than water in specially coated capillary tubes. This surprising discovery was made by Maja Vuckovac and colleagues at Finland’s Aalto University who also show that the counterintuitive effect stems from suppressed internal
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Insects have an essential role in the decay and decomposition of carcasses and corpses and turn them into mere bones. Turning a carcass into its bony remnants depends on the explosive influx of insect and microbial life that takes care of the decomposition process. Role of Insects Insects do a lot of work in processing and transformation. The careful and in-depth experimentation and observation entomologists have performed for
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HELSINKI — China has outlined a proposed architecture for getting astronauts to the moon and back as part of plans for long-term lunar exploration. A presentation at the 2020 China Space Conference in September details infrastructure including a new launch vehicle, new-generation spacecraft and a lunar lander, along with a potential lunar orbit module and
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A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Greece on Friday afternoon, killing at least 19 people, causing buildings to crash down and triggering a “mini tsunami”. Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake The tremor’s magnitude, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) was at  7.00. Authorities in Turkey said it was 6.6.According to USGS, the quake
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here New Guinea singing dogs are related to Australian dingoes.Credit: Daniel Heuclin/NPL The largest-ever study of ancient dog genomes has revealed a lot about our four-legged friends. The analysis of more than two dozen Eurasian dogs suggests
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The Presidential election looming next week could change everything for the future of the environment, clean air and the markets contributing to the clean economy. And if Vice President Joe Biden wins, there’s a chance it could change everything for California’s clean air chief Mary Nichols, too.  Bloomberg recently reported that Nichols, the retiring chair
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This article is the seventh in a series of essays written by Black physicists and co-published with Physics Today as part of #BlackInPhysics week, an event dedicated to celebrating Black physicists and their contributions to the scientific community, and to revealing a more complete picture of what a physicist looks like. In the room Jessica Esquivel in front
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The merging of two black holes releases gravitational waves.Credit: Science Photo Library/Alamy Astronomers observed 39 cosmic events that released gravitational waves over a 6-month period in 2019 — a rate of more than one per week. The bounty, described in a series of papers published on 28 October, demonstrates how observatories that detect these ripples
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WASHINGTON — The commercial space industry hopes to continue recent progress in regulatory reform even if there is a new president or a change in party control in Congress after the election. The last six months have seen two major milestones in government regulation of commercial space activities: the publication of revised commercial remote sensing
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Netflix on Thursday raised the prices of its standard and premium plans to $13.99 and $17.99 per month, respectively. Prior to Thursday, those plans were priced at $12.99 and $15.00, respectively. Current Netflix customers will see the updated prices on their bill over the next two months, Netflix told CNBC. Customers will get a warning
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An array of drug-infused dissolving microneedles improves the penetration and distribution of PDT photosensitizers. (Courtesy: the authors) Drug-infused microneedles that dissolve upon insertion could make photodynamic therapy (PDT) more effective at treating skin cancers, according to a study in the Journal of Biophotonics. Microneedle developers from Queen’s University Belfast and PDT researchers from the University
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Countries have banded together to propose marine reserves to protect Antarctic krill species from global warming and overfishing. The cornerstone of the biologically diverse Antarctic Peninsula is the shrimp-like, small Antarctic krill. READ: Scientists Determine How Marsh Birds Survive Dangerous Hurricanes and Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Zeta The Importance of and Threats To Krill According to University of Colorado environmental scientist Cassandra Brooks, krill are the
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has secured material it collected from the asteroid Bennu into a sample return capsule, a process the mission accelerated after images showed material leaking into space. At an Oct. 29 briefing, project officials said they had stowed a sample collection device called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) into a
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:30). Features VERGE 20 mainstage highlights (16:55)  Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, reflects on the intersection of racial inequity and climate strategy; how it’s shaping the company’s circular economy strategy. Andrew Zolli, head of global impact initiatives at Planet, on making the most
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Scientists have detected 39 gravitational-wave events that they say will further help them understand the universe, as well as explore its population of black holes and neutron stars. The latest events add to the 11 already confirmed events, taking the total number of events to 50. According to astrophysicists, this has been possible due to
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Quantum erasure: calculations suggest that heat dissipation could be a problem in large-scale quantum computers of the future. (Courtesy: iStock/agsandrew) The question of how much heat is given off when erasing a single bit of information has excited scientists for decades, given its fundamental implications for thermodynamics and computation. Physicists in Ireland and the UK
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Scientists have learnt to produce the relatively unstable element lithium (pictured) inside a microscope, making the metal’s crystallization easy to observe. Credit: Petr Jan Juracka/SPL Materials science 29 October 2020 A standard laboratory tool allows researchers to produce two potentially dangerous metals and to observe them as they form. Lithium and sodium are highly reactive
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Braxton, based Colorado Springs, will be merged into Parsons’ space and geospatial business. WASHINGTON — Parsons announced Oct. 29 it will acquire Braxton Science & Technology Group for $258 million. The acquisition broadens the company’s footprint in space and cybersecurity.  Braxton, based Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be merged into Parsons’ space and geospatial business, adding
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Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival The illusionist James Randi devoted much of his career to debunking frauds. Seen as a lodestar by the ‘sceptical movement’ that confronts superstition and magical thinking with science and rationality, he famously collaborated with an editor of this journal, yet would also have found a
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Biggest yet: illustration of the gravitational waves given off by the pair of black holes just before they merged. (Courtesy: MIT) Physicists working on LIGO–Virgo have confirmed the detection of 39 gravitational-wave signals by the observatories in April–October 2019. This brings the total catalogue of confirmed observations of gravitational waves to 50. While these 39
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Scientists say reforestation in tropical forest and savannah biomes in Africa must be done properly. Otherwise, they may do more harm than good. According to Université de Montréal geography department visiting researcher Julie Aleman, the state of ecosystems should be taken into consideration in planning for reforestation in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Savannah versus tropical forest According to Aleman, all the regions they have studied
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WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully placed 10 satellites into orbit for two customers who lost payloads on a launch failure earlier this year. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5:21 p.m. Eastern Oct. 28. The rocket’s kick stage deployed its payload of
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A Shell tanker truck delivers fuel to a gas station, operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc., in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jasper Juinen | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and announced plans to increase its dividend to shareholders. The Anglo-Dutch company reported adjusted earnings of
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Hear the latest from the world of science, brought to you by Benjamin Thompson and Noah Baker. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:59 The ethics of creating consciousness Brain organoids, created by culturing stem cells in a petri dish, are a mainstay of neuroscience research. But as
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In a first, NASA scientists have spotted a molecule of cyclopropenylidene (C3H2) in the atmosphere of the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, Titan. Calling this development ‘unexpected’, scientists claim that this is the first time that they have detected this molecule in an atmosphere. They found C3H2 by using a radio telescope observatory in northern
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