The test took place during the Super Bowl yesterdayElon Musk/SpaceX SpaceX has successfully test fired its powerful new Raptor rocket engine, which could take humans to Mars and other destinations on the company’s Starship vehicle in the not-too-distant future. On Twitter yesterday, Sunday February 3, CEO Elon Musk tweeted two videos showing the first full-scale Raptor
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Last September’s major earthquake near Palu City on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was a rare supershear event, a new study has found. Fewer than 15 of these superfast-moving, extra-powerful earthquakes have ever been identified. In these events the rupture, or propagating crack, moves along a fault extremely rapidly, causing the up-and-down or side-to-side waves
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The company has test-fired the flight version of its new Raptor rocket engine for the first time, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday (Feb. 3).  “First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!!” Musk said via Twitter. [Images: SpaceX’s Giant Spaceship for Mars Colony & Beyond] The billionaire entrepreneur also
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The European Space Agency (ESA) and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) entered into a three-year strategic partnership to develop ways of integrating terrestrial 5G networks with satellite. VTT lauded the partnership as a way to make sure 5G is truly ubiquitous. (It also viewed the new ESA deal, not unreasonably, as a vote of
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The three-year-old volcanic island (center) as seen from the SEA drone. (Credit: Woods Hole) A mysterious island that formed four years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean appears to be here to stay, according to NASA scientists. The island, which formed between December 2014 and January 2015, was caused by a volcanic eruption near the nation of Tonga, in
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The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at £14.8bn, science minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that compared to the 2016 survey, income was up from £13.7bn to £14.8bn, employment was
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Harvard Business Review’s recent cover story makes the case for prioritising time over money, and making daily decisions accordingly. Unfortunately, writes Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, most of us do just the opposite. One of the most intriguing points in the article is this: “We overestimate the amount of time needed to enjoy an
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Description This intricate structure of an ancient river delta once carried liquid water across the surface of Mars. To best enjoy this image, produced with infrared and visible filters on the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) of the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, view through red/green ‘3D’ glasses. To create a stereo view
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Columbus module on International Space Station Spotlight on Space Station science 4 February 2019 Though all ESA astronauts are back on Earth, European science on the International Space Station is ongoing. Explore a few experiments underway right now in celebration of science at ESA. Learning the ropes Crew of ISS Exp 58 Every ESA astronaut
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Australian politics AFP says new encryption laws have helped coerce suspects into unlocking devices Australian federal police says threat of tougher penalties successfully used in drug and child exploitation investigations Police have already used the threat of higher penalties contained in encryption legislation to coerce criminal suspects to unlock digital devices such as phones. Although
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3D printers work by laboriously printing objects layer by layer. For larger objects, that process can take hours or even days. But now scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have found a shortcut: a printer that can fabricate objects in one shot using light – and which could, potentially, revolutionize rapid manufacturing technology. The
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David Levine called current cybersecurity regulations ‘a patchwork’ and said despite some guidance, many questions remain. The retirement industry has no unified cybersecurity approach to protect sensitive data and an amalgam of federal and state regulations don’t offer any clear approach for security within the retirement space, industry sources said. No federal regulation comprehensively governs
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Missions are pretty straightforward things. You have your objectives that you want to complete. You have your plan of action. You know what the potential threats are. You know what you have to do to get the job done. And you know the risks. And once you accept the mission you commence to action. Follow the
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© NASA . NASA As the 2019 Super Bowl prepares to kick off, NASA joined the Big Game bandwagon by posting tweets about the game – with an appropriately cosmic twist. The US National Aerospace Agency (NASA) posted several satellite photos of US cities relevant to the game Sunday, starting with the city of Atlanta, where the game is
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Bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better than smaller pups on certain measures of intelligence, new research shows. Larger-brained dogs outperform smaller dogs on measures of executive functions – a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for controlling and coordinating other cognitive abilities and behaviors. In particular, bigger dogs have better short-term memory and
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Opening March 27, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is taking guests from the theater to the theme park with the launch of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, this impressive expansion features three new rides and numerous attractions, all inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO®
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Hubble Space Telescope. The 3-minute series of images opens with a stunning visual-wavelength view of the galaxy, a supernova (star explosion)-rich zone that lies about 30 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The Whirlpool Galaxy is officially known by astronomers as M51 or NGC 5194. “The Whirlpool Galaxy
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The Hubble Space Telescope shows the luminous explosion of supernova 1987a within the Large Magellanic Cloud, the neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way. Credit: R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and M. Mutchler and R. Avila (STScI)/NASA/ESA On Feb. 23, 1987, the light from a giant, exploding star reached
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NASA has revealed a chilling video of the deadly polar vortex which has wreaked havoc across the US. Tens of millions of people in the Mid West have endured a deadly deep freeze, with parts quickly dropping below -60 degrees Celsius – the average temperature on Mars. nasa NASA captured the chilling vortex creeping across parts
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SpaceChain (SPC*) had a good 24 hours as the cryptocurrency jumped $0.00120978 or 27.50% trading at $0.00560898. According to Top Cryptocoin Experts, SpaceChain (SPC*) eyes $0.006169878 target on the road to $0.0134819309617227. SPC* last traded at HitBTC exchange. It had high of $0.0071487 and low of $0.00406926 for February 2-3. The open was $0.0043992. About
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Humans have travelled to the moon and uncovered the secrets of the Taos Hum, the Devil’s Kettle, and maybe even the pyramids of Egypt. But there are still plenty of phenomena that science can’t explain yet. Though scientists may have theories about the following phenomena, no one can say for certain why they occur. Here are nine mysteries
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By NASA  //  February 3, 2019 technique uses ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray data to estimate the quasar distances A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton suggests that dark energy may have varied over cosmic time, as reported in our latest press release. (NASA Image) (NASA) – A new study
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Denisova caves is a cave system in the Altai mountains, Siberia, Russia. The cave is of great paleoarchaeological and paleontological interest. photo credit: GettyGetty Denisova Cave, located in the foothills of the Altai mountains, is an extraordinarily important place in the history of human evolution. For over 300,000 years, this cave was the home to
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Side-by-side images depict NASA’s Curiosity rover (illustration at left) and a moon buggy driven during the Apollo 16 mission. (NASA Image) (NASA) – Apollo 17 astronauts drove a moon buggy across the lunar surface in 1972, measuring gravity with a special instrument. There are no astronauts on Mars, but a group of clever researchers realized
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Giant oarfish, 1850. Hulton Archive/Getty Images In Japanese folklore, animals play an important role in the origin of earthquakes. According to a popular story, the cause of earthquakes is the giant catfish Namazu. Hiding somewhere beneath the Japanese mainland, sometimes he wiggles his tail, causing an
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