Month: December 2018

The shuttle flies again! NASA gives go-ahead for ‘Dream Chaser’ mini spaceplane Sierra Nevada Corp. will join SpaceX and Orbital ATK in taking cargo to and from the ISS  The Dream Chaser  ’mini-shuttle’ will launch upright on top of a rocket and land on runways like a plane  By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com Published: 18:52
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Afghan strike forces overseen by the CIA are operating with little care for preventing civilian casualties, a lengthy New York Times report details Monday, and their brutality has fostered local populations’ sympathy for the Taliban. The CIA-managed teams work “unconstrained by battlefield rules designed to protect civilians, conducting night raids, torture and killings with near
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Ultima Thule in Sight! Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute This is the first detection of Ultima Thule using the highest-resolution mode of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. Three separate images, each with an exposure time of 0.5 seconds, were combined to produce the image. All three
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Australia’s well-established agricultural reputation and strong trade relationships with emerging markets puts it in the box seat to help feed the world with the help of agtech entrepreneurs like Anastasia Volkova. To make a meaningful difference in the world, Anastasia Volkova knew she’d have to get her hands dirty. Now she’s doing it in more
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“Mission” (at right), “The Eagle has Landed” (at left) and “Giant Leap,” the three limited edition cards in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Engraved Print Collection. Credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing via collectSPACE.com The government agency that designs and prints the United States’ money is producing a new
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As 2018 comes to a close, Astrobiology Magazine is counting down our ‘Top 10’ stories for the year. At number 2: NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth. This story was originally published on Nov27, 2018. NASA’s InSight Mars lander acquired this image of
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On Tues. Jan. 1, at 12:33 a.m. EST(0533 GMT), NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Ultima Thule, the tiny rock orbiting roughly 4 billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) from the sun. Here’s how to watch the flyby online today and tomorrow.   Even in the final days of the approach, however, Ultima Thule is playing things close
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Data breaches, widespread malware attacks and microtargeted personalized advertising were lowlights of digital life in 2018. As technologies change, so does the advice security experts give for how to best stay safe. As 2019 begins, I’ve pulled together a short list of suggestions for keeping your digital life secure and free of manipulative disinformation. 1.
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Consider this modest New Year’s proposal: to help keep your drinking tendencies and physical health on track throughout the year, take a month off from drinking alcohol at the start of the year. That’s the thinking behind the “Dry January” movement, and new research suggests reasons to take it seriously. Not only can going a month
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21 Comments By Sean McLain and Sean McLain The Wall Street Journal Biography @McLainSean sean.mclain@wsj.com Phred Dvorak Phred Dvorak The Wall Street Journal Biography @Phred_Dvorak Google+ phred.dvorak@wsj.com Updated Dec. 30, 2018 11:23 p.m. ET Thrust suddenly into sole leadership of one of the world’s major auto makers, Mr. Saikawa now faces a slate of challenges.
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NASA is one step closer to understanding the nature of a near-Earth asteroid with the help of radar images obtained of the rock with the combined efforts of the space agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Earlier this month, NASA’s 230-foot (70-meter) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California, the Arecibo
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While serving as the big player with one of the healthiest sets of operations among offshore drillers, Transocean (RIG) probably shouldn’t be considered a darling of the energy space at this time. The offshore rig contractor has managed to fare amazingly well over the past few years despite its debt load, falling backlog (adjusted for
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Mining corporation Rio Tinto says that an autonomous rail system called AutoHaul that it’s been developing in the remote Pilbara region of Australia for several years is now entirely operational — an accomplishment the company says makes the system the “world’s largest robot.” “It’s been a challenging journey to automate a rail network of this size and scale in
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The agriculture sector was the number one focus of the financial year by Government to drive a diversified approach to revenue generation in the local economy. Commodity boards in the country were in the frontline delivery sector, expected to push production and provide nursery support for major commodities such as coffee, cocoa, coconut, and other
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We’ve got the solar system under surveillance, and it sure does pay off. Cameras deployed on Earth and in space captured some crazy amazing video, ranging from meteors exploding in the atmosphere, to a Tesla car making its way out to Mars, to extraterrestrial weather events in gas giant planets. Read on below to see
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Earlier this year, researchers found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for centuries, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Nature in April 2018, says the deposit contains 16 million tons of the valuable metals. Rare-earth minerals are used in everything from smartphone batteries
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Billions of years ago, molecules on a lifeless and tumultuous Earth mixed, forming the first life-forms. Eons later, a larger, smarter form of life is huddling over lab experiments trying to understand its own beginnings. While some say life emerged from simple chains of molecules, others say early chemical reactions formed self-replicating RNA. A relative
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SHOCKING EXPERIMENTS: 2019 is an exciting time for science (Pic: DS) One of 2018’s most shocking revelations was the birth of the world’s first-ever genetically modified babies. The twin girls born to a surrogate in China were apparently healthy, but it sparked a huge ethical debate with much of the scientific community branding it “reckless”.
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The must-read brain books of 2018 featured perception, emotion, hormones, psychedelics, culture, time, technology, addiction, and the biological roots of consciousness. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it. This is part one of a two-part list; the second installment
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Adam and Eve might have managed it in the Bible, but scientifically speaking, would two people be enough to repopulate our world from scratch, despite the inevitable health issues associated with inbreeding and a limited gene pool?  First of all, let’s deal with the obvious problems. The first ‘new’ generation would obviously all be brothers and
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