Month: November 2020

An injection syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, used for a trial in a hospital in Ankara, Turkey.Credit: Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Vaccine developers who have already reported promising phase III trial results against COVID-19 estimate that, between them, they can make sufficient doses for more than one-third of the world’s population
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• Winners announced live • Panel discussion with 2020 honorees Join us Monday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern as we reveal the winners of the 2020 SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation. This one-hour live event features a panel discussion with four of this year’s honorees. You won’t want to miss this lively discussion
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Telltale traces: Horizontal yellow streaks show Brown-Zak fermions propagating along straight trajectories with high mobility (low resistance). Courtesy: J Barrier Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK have identified a new family of quasiparticles in superlattices made from graphene sandwiched between two slabs of boron nitride. The work is important for fundamental studies
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The pits and mine ponds from digging small deposits of alluvial gold in the Amazons of Peru has altered the landscapes dramatically and has increased the indigenous communities and wildlife’s risk of mercury exposure, a new study revealed. This particular study is the first to document how mining has greatly altered the landscape and amplified mercury poisoning
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El Castillo, or the Temple of Kukulcan, is 98 feet tall and has 365 steps. What you can’t see from the outside is the original, much smaller pyramid that acted as a foundation. UNEARTHED Tuesdays 10/9c on Science http://www.sciencechannel.com/ Watch full episodes! https://www.discoverygo.com/science/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience
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I’ve been working for 16 years to understand a particular type of immune cell, often called the sentinel of the immune system, that is found in humans and other mammals. Named dendritic cells, they detect dangers, such as pathogenic microorganisms, by collecting molecules from their environment. They show these molecules to other immune-system cells, instructing
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Climate tech is more important than ever, but the systemic challenges entrepreneurs face in shepherding these solutions to commercial success is formidable. Most have incredibly long R&D lead times, while the systems that typically support startups cater to ones promising shorter-term payoffs. That’s why earlier this year, clean economy nonprofits Rocky Mountain Institute — known
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By Rein F. Nov 29, 2020 08:00 PM EST After almost a century of hiding, grass-poly (Lythrum hyssopifolium) was recently discovered growing in a Norfolk farmland pond by Professor Carl Sayer of University College London. Previously believed to have gone extinct, grass-poly is one of the rarest plants in the United Kingdom. The last confirmed
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Trump during a Thanksgiving call with military officers touted his personal involvement in getting the Space Force enacted as a separate armed service.  WASHINGTON — During a video teleconference with members of the military on his last Thanksgiving as commander in chief, President Trump touted his efforts to establish the Space Force, calling the newest
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The immense and ancient old-growth forests of Romania, straddling the vast Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe, are being threatened by illegal logging.  They have been unchanged ever since the last ice age, but today, they are rapidly disappearing. This deforestation has been due to the actions of the so-called “Timber Mafia,” composed of criminals that many people believe collaborate with the Romanian
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An Amazon warehouse Getty Images Amazon is providing front-line workers a one-time bonus to share its appreciation for their work heading into “the peak of the holiday season,” the company announced Thursday. In a blog post, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of retail operations, said full-time operations staff who are employed by the company from
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WASHINGTON — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is moving ahead on efforts to develop lunar science payloads and a small rover that could fly to the moon on a NASA-sponsored lander mission. The CSA announced Nov. 27 it awarded six contracts with a total value of $2.9 million Canadian ($2.2 million) to five companies and
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The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle doesn’t have big sales yet, but CEO Jochen Zeitz recently remarked during an earnings call, “It’s also attracting new riders, new customers to the brand that might not have considered Harley-Davidson before.” Source: Harley-Davidson Tesla reached a $500 billion market valuation this week, a sign of its dominance in the
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The government of Mauritius recently announced its controversial plan to cull or “control exercise” endangered Mauritius fruit bat (Pteropus niger) to protect the nation’s fruit industry. The bat culling will be done from October 28 to mid-December this year. Bat culling in Mauritius  Bat culling has been a controversial issue in Mauritius. Fruit bats are
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A material that mimics human skin in strength, stretchability, and sensitivity could be used to collect biological data in real-time. Electronic skin, or e-skin, may play an important role in next-generation prosthetics, personalized medicine, soft robotics, and artificial intelligence. “The ideal e-skin will mimic the many natural functions of human skin, such as sensing temperature
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Arches of chaos: Jovian-minimum-distance maps for the Greek and Trojan orbital configurations. (Courtesy: Nataša Todorović, Di Wu and Aaron Rosengren/Science Advances) If we had a “Physics paper title of the year award”, the 2020 winner would surely have to be “The arches of chaos in the solar system”, which was published this week in Science
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SAN FRANCISCO – With four satellites scheduled to launch in 2021, Tokyo-based Axelspace Corp. is moving toward its goal of capturing daily, global Earth imagery. “The additional satellites will help us jump the curve by elevating the revisit rate to up to 1.4 days,” Yasunori Yamazaki, Axelspace chief business officer, told SpaceNews by email. Alexspace
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Google’s “resilience” lead Lauren Whitt installed a series of tutorials and video content for Google employees experiencing burnout while working through the pandemic. Google Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Google has emphasized employee health, establishing long-term remote work plans and offering periodic days off called “reset” days. Even that hasn’t been enough to deal with the
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit is preparing to perform a second flight of its LauncherOne small launch vehicle in the second half of December, carrying a set of NASA-sponsored cubesats. A Nov. 24 “Local Notice to Mariners” by the U.S. Coast Guard stated that Virgin Orbit “will conduct hazardous operations” offshore from San Nicolas Island, California,
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Cool tool: A photo of the scanning quantum cryogenic atom microscope, or SQCRAMscope. (Courtesy: Benjamin Lev) Physicists have deployed a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) as a “quantum microscope” to study phase transitions in a high-temperature superconductor. The experiment marks the first time a BEC has been used to probe such a complicated condensed-matter phenomenon, and the
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The research found that high school students in Brazil are interested in the environment, biodiversity, and conservation. This has been reported by a study published in the journal Science Advances, showing how the youth are starting to become more aware of scientific and environmental concepts. They are increasingly becoming interested in science, the Amazon Rainforest’s biodiversity, and its conservation as they enter high school. (Photo:
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Data analysis has been the fallback for many researchers whose fieldwork has been halted because of COVID-19.Credit: Getty PhD student Maija Sequeira had planned to travel in January 2020 to a primary school in Colombia for 14 months to research how children learn about social hierarchies. But all public schools in the nation closed until
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