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Rocket Lab’s Virginia launch pad opens for business, with Air Force as first customer
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Humans 'sole culprits' in US parrot extinction
Rocket Lab today celebrated the opening of a launch complex on the Virginia coast, half a world away from its first launch pad in New Zealand. The California-based company's New Zealand-born CEO, Peter Beck, announced that the first liftoff from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island would put an experimental satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force early next year. The Air Force's Monolith nanosatellite will test a miniaturized system that's designed to keep track of space weather. Over the past two and a half years, Rocket Lab has conducted 10 low-cost launches of… Read More
Climate change: Stalemate at UN talks as splits re-appear
A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.
Talks in Madrid enter their final day with serious divisions between large emitting countries and small island states
THURSDAY 12. DECEMBER 2019
It’s all systems go from NASA for uncrewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner to space station
A device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It hauled 60 bags to shore to turn into new products.
After conducting a flight readiness review today, NASA gave its go-ahead for launching Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi on an uncrewed demonstration flight to the International Space Station on Dec. 20. Starliner is due for liftoff atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at 6:36 a.m. ET (3:36 a.m. PT) Dec. 20 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The capsule will deliver cargo to the station, including "presents for the crew," said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Boeing's commercial crew program. If all goes according to plan, Starliner would be sent back to a… Read More
The place where dead eagles are given a new life
The U-shaped device is collecting plastic in a trash-filled ocean vortex that's more than twice the size of Texas.
Spacewatch: ESA awards first junk clean-up contract
Colorado's National Eagle Repository is the only one of its kind in the world.
Deadly 'superbugs' destroyed by molecular drills
Space agency commissions €100m ClearSpace project after competitive bid process
ClearSpace-1 is planned for launch in 2025 and will be the first mission to remove an item of space debris from orbit. After a competitive bid process, the European Space Agency has awarded a service contract to a consortium led by the Swiss startup company ClearSpace, which is staffed by space debris experts from the École polytechnique fedérale de Lausanne (EPFL) research institute.
The service contract model is a different way of working on missions for ESA. Usually the agency takes an active role in defining how a mission works. In this instance, however, it is paying ClearSpace to remove a piece of space junk but not specifying how that should be done. In this way, ESA is hoping to stimulate a commercial market for comparatively low-cost space debris removal. Continue reading...
Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight
Molecular drills have gained the ability to target and destroy deadly bacteria that have evolved resistance to nearly all antibiotics. In some cases, the drills make the antibiotics effective once again.
Eastern EU states opposed to 2050 zero-emissions goal
Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station.
Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure
Eastern EU members Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary have opposed the bloc's target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
Researchers perfect nanoscience tool for studies of nuclear waste storage
Since their invention more than 60 years ago, diamond anvil cells have made it possible for scientists to recreate extreme phenomena—such as the crushing pressures deep inside the Earth's mantle—or to enable chemical reactions that can only be triggered by intense pressure, all within the confines of a laboratory apparatus that you can safely hold in the palm of your hand.
Here's what police know about digital evidence
Safe nuclear waste storage, new ways of generating and storing hydrogen, and technologies for capturing and reusing greenhouse gases are all potential spinoffs of a new study by University of Guelph researchers.
Caribou migration linked to climate cycles and insect pests
In today's criminal justice system, a Play Station and iPhone are just as important pieces of evidence as eyewitness accounts. Yet, there isn't a strong understanding as to how police officers identify digital evidence—everything from a laptop to a smart television—in the field.
Tiny insects become 'visible' to bats when they swarm
Caribou, the North American cousin of reindeer, migrate farther than any terrestrial animal. They can cover thousands of miles as they move between winter feeding grounds and summer calving grounds. But many caribou herds are in decline as the warming climate changes much of the landscape they depend on. Inedible shrubs are rapidly encroaching on the tundra, and more frequent forest fires and disease are destroying the trees that provide caribou with lichen for food. The role of climate on their migration patterns has never been well understood, but knowing what drives caribou movements is crucial to predicting the future for the iconic species that plays a key roll the ecological and economic stability of the Arctic region.
Achieving optimal collaboration when goals conflict
Small insects that would normally be undetectable to bats using echolocation suddenly become detectable when they occur in large swarms. Arjan Boonman of Tel-Aviv University and colleagues present these findings in PLOS Computational Biology.
Beyond 'shovelomics': Growing cassava in the air helps study the plant's mysterious roots
New research suggests that, when two people must work together on a physical task despite conflicting goals, the amount of information available about each other's actions influences how quickly and optimally they learn to collaborate. Vinil Chackochan and Vittorio Sanguineti of the University of Genoa, Italy, present these findings in PLOS Computational Biology.
Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov swings past sun
The normal way to study cassava roots is digging up the plant. Unfortunately, that tends to kill the plant, causing serious complications for researchers who are interested in learning more about how cassava grows. To solve this, scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture grew cassava in the air—using a technique called aeroponics—and in doing so removed an obstacle for researchers interested in getting the most out of one of the world's hardiest staple crops.
Climate cycles and insect pests drive migration timing of reindeer's North American cousin
When astronomers see something in the universe that at first glance seems like one-of-a-kind, it's bound to stir up a lot of excitement and attention. Enter comet 2I/Borisov. This mysterious visitor from the depths of space is the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. We don't know from where or when the comet started heading toward our Sun, but it won't hang around for long. The Sun's gravity is slightly deflecting its trajectory, but can't capture it because of the shape of its orbit and high velocity of about 100,000 miles per hour.
A 44,000-year-old mural is now the oldest example of humans telling stories with pictures. Take a look at the epic hunt it shows.
Biologists have discovered two unexpected drivers for migration timing that dispute long-held assumptions and provide insight into potential future effects of climate change on caribou. First, the start of migration is synchronized across North America and tied to large-scale, ocean-driven climate cycles. Second, warm, windless summers that favored insect pests lead to poorer maternal health and delayed arrivals at the calving grounds the following spring.
When flowers reached Australia
A 44,000-year-old mural depicts human-like creatures hunting local pigs and buffalo in Indonesia. It's our oldest example of picture storytelling.
Deadly 'superbugs' destroyed by molecular drills
University of Melbourne research has established when and where flowering plants first took a foothold.
Ocean microbes: Novel study underscores microbial individuality
Motorized molecules activated by light target and drill through highly antibiotic resistant bacteria and kill them within minutes. The molecules can open bacteria to attack by drugs they previously resisted. The strategy could be applied to bacterial infections or diseases on the skin, in the lungs or in the gastrointestinal tract.
First identified comet to visit our solar system from another star
A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world -- revealing novel insights into the ecology, evolution and biotechnology potential of the global microbiome.
Scientists say you can change your personality
Comet 2I/Borisov is a mysterious visitor from the depths of space -- the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. Hubble images capture the comet streaking though our solar system and on its way back to interstellar space. It's only the second interstellar object known to have passed through the solar system.
A review of recent research in personality science points to the possibility that personality traits can change through persistent intervention and major life events.