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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state declared its second emergency in as many months on Thursday as extreme heat and strong winds stoked scores of uncontrolled bushfires, some on Sydney’s doorstep. Smoke from bushfires obscures Sydney Harbour, Australia December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Coates In the same week the continent recorded its hottest day on
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TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Georgia county has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to place its application for a commercial spaceport license on hold in order to change the types of vehicles it expects to launch from the site. In a Dec. 17 statement, the Camden County Board of Commissioners said it and the FAA had
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Flashes of inspiration: observations suggest gamma-ray flashes and elves have similar origins. (Courtesy: iStock/prudkov) New insights into two types of radiation flashes that are associated with lightning have been identified from observations made aboard the International Space Station. Torsten Neubert at the Technical University of Denmark and colleagues deduced that both “elves” and terrestrial gamma-ray
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Science gets scaled up with the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station. Get closer to the in-space experience and see how the international partnership-powered human spaceflight is improving lives on Earth, while enabling humanity to explore the universe. More: https://go.nasa.gov/2zgPY5o Special thanks to the European Space Agency, the ISS
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Nigerian startup Rensource Energy has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by CRE Venture Capital and the Omidyar network. The renewable energy company builds and operates solar-powered micro-utilities that provide electricity to commercial community structures, such as open-air trading bazaars. Launched in 2016, the startup has shifted its operating strategy. “We’ve pivoted away
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Carl Sagan told us that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the Earth’s beaches. At the same time, there are more H2O molecules in just 10 drops of water than there are stars. Ranging from the unimaginably small to the unimaginably big, the scale of
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Shouldering a few bills in your gifts might be the best option when you’re short on time, but these last-minute Christmas gifts prove otherwise. You can find unique and thoughtful last-minute ideas that’ll convince anyone that you’ve had them gift-wrapped and under the tree for weeks, thanks to Amazon and other online retailers. Regardless if
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Scientific and technological innovation has always created social and economic transformation. But the past decade showed, as few others have, the speed and scale at which such change can happen. If it continues at the present rate, the shape of the next ten years — from information technologies to applied bioscience, energy and environment —
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Over the years, Google’s various whitepapers, detailing how the company solves specific problems at scale, have regularly spawned new startup ecosystems and changed how other enterprises think about scaling their own tools. Today, the company is publishing a new security whitepaper that details how it keeps it cloud-native architecture safe. The name, BeyondProd, already indicates
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GE Renewable Energy Dutch utility Eneco has started to purchase power produced by the prototype of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine. The prototype has been installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The energy produced by the Haliade-X is being sold by Future Wind, a joint venture between Pondera Development and
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó (third from left) marching with students in January.Credit: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty LEBANON: Classes, as well as clashes, in the streets Mona Fawaz Lebanon’s ongoing financial meltdown and the political dysfunction behind it have fuelled large protests across the country. Since October, everyday life has been disrupted and classes suspended. The challenges
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WASHINGTON — Defense contractor Leidos said Dec. 17 that it is acquiring Dynetics for $1.65 billion as it seeks growth opportunities in hypersonics, space solutions, autonomy and advanced sensors. Dynetics will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Reston, Virginia-based Leidos, and will bolster the company’s presence in Huntsville, Alabama, where Dynetics is headquartered, Leidos said. 
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Owning a dog means developing a wonderful relationship with an incredible animal. Unfortunately, it also means a whole lot of work, expensive obligations, and confusing decisions. Never fear, because we’re here to help! Below, you’ll find some great tips for improving your dog’s life-and your own, too! Embrace the Delivery Economy These days, it seems
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Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University. Join the Psyche team to explore why this mission was selected for NASA’s Discovery Program, how we’ll get to the asteroid, what
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100 Years Ago The newspapers have lately published a big-game hunter’s report that a gigantic dinosaurian reptile related to the extinct Brontosaurus and Diplodocus has been seen living in the Congo region of Africa. Palaeontologists, however, receive the story with incredulity, and are decidedly of opinion that it must be founded on mistaken observations. The
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WASHINGTON — Language in a fiscal year 2020 spending bill suggests that Congress is unlikely to act soon on the future of the Office of Space Commerce or the Commerce Department’s proposed role in handing civil space traffic management. A “minibus” spending bill released Dec. 16 that includes funding for the Commerce Department provides $2.3
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The darkest color in the world was unveiled earlier this year. It’s the result of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between art and science. In September, 2019, scientists at MIT unveiled the “blackest black” material to date, which was made using carbon nanotubes. That’s the same material used to make Vantablack, which was once considered the world’s
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(Photo : Matthew Henry from Burst)In the United States, one person died due to superbug-related complications every 15 minutes. Scientists have developed a plastic wrap that could repel bacteria, including those which cannot be killed with antibiotics. Through nano-scale engineering and chemistry, the Canadian-based scientists produced a plastic that is chemically cured to block out
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[embedded content] A team from Cornell University has discovered that seemingly unimportant parts of the micro-structure of bone are actually critical to their ability to withstand long-term wear and tear (PNAS 10.1073/pnas.1905814116). This finding could lead not only to advances in studies of osteoporosis, but also to improvements in ultralightweight material design. Doctors often use
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Outbreaks of brucellosis, caused by the bacterium Brucella, often occur in farm animals.Credit: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA/Shutterstock Two Chinese agriculture research institutions are investigating how more than 100 students and staff became infected with the bacterium Brucella, strains of which are typically found in farm animals but can also trigger potentially fatal complications in people. The Lanzhou
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#HowItsMade Mondays 9/8c on Science This Whoopie Pie factory has a variety of delicious ingredients that give these traditional treats their signature taste. Full episodes streaming FREE on Science GO! https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/how-its-made/ More How It’s Made: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome science videos. Every day. http://bit.ly/SCI2YT
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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers agreed on Monday to support a proposal on rules governing which financial products can be called “green” and “sustainable” after EU member states rejected a deal on it last week.
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