We Don’t Need a Jetsons Future, Just a Sustainable One Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:00:00 GMT “Cozy futurism” reimagines tech for the greater good Match ID: 1 Score: 620.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day qualifiers: 500.00 space travel, 75.00 space travel, 25.00 mit, 20.00 planets
What Bezos' Big Day Means for Commercial Spaceflight Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 This week, Steven Levy fills us in on the Blue Origin launch, its implications, and why so many billionaires are obsessed with space travel. Match ID: 2 Score: 575.00 source: www.wired.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 500.00 space travel, 75.00 space travel
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/22/2021 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:00:21 +0000 Payloads Exploration Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) – Toilet: The crew completed a fit-check of the Collapsible Contingency Urinal (CCU) with the Toilet. Additionally, the crew inspected Toilet air filters for loose particulates and damage. The Toilet System is an Exploration Technology Demonstration that has evolved into a permanent United States On-orbit Segment … Match ID: 5 Score: 65.00 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 0 days qualifiers: 65.00 nasa
NASA Perseverance Mars Rover to Acquire First Sample Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:45 EDT NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. Match ID: 6 Score: 65.00 source: www.nasa.gov age: 1 day qualifiers: 65.00 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/21/2021 Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:00:02 +0000 Crew Dragon Endeavour Port Relocation: Today, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, undocked Crew Dragon Endeavour from the Node 2 Forward International Docking Adapter (IDA) at 5:45 AM CT and docked to the Node 2 Zenith IDA at 6:36 AM CT. This relocation cleared the … Match ID: 7 Score: 65.00 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 1 day qualifiers: 65.00 nasa
Media Invited to Learn About NASA Mission to Study Intense Storms Wed, 21 Jul 2021 11:40 EDT NASA is inviting media to learn more about an upcoming airborne science campaign to study intense summer thunderstorms over the central United States, which will aid scientists in their understanding of how such storms affect Earth’s atmosphere and climate change. Match ID: 8 Score: 65.00 source: www.nasa.gov age: 1 day qualifiers: 65.00 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/20/2021 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 16:00:02 +0000 Payloads Cold Atom Lab (CAL): The crew completed the closeout procedures for the CAL Slice-7 Removal & Replacement (R&R). The CAL produces clouds of atoms that are chilled to about one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero, much colder than the average temperature of deep space. At these low temperatures, atoms have almost … Match ID: 9 Score: 65.00 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 2 days qualifiers: 65.00 nasa
NASA Invites Media to Launch of Landsat 9 From West Coast Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:41 EDT Media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch of the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat in 1972. Match ID: 10 Score: 55.71 source: www.nasa.gov age: 3 days qualifiers: 55.71 nasa
NASA Science Mission Directorate to Hold Town Hall Meeting Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:47 EDT NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and his leadership team at 1:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 22, to discuss updates to NASA's science program and share the current status of NASA activities. Match ID: 11 Score: 55.71 source: www.nasa.gov age: 3 days qualifiers: 55.71 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/19/2021 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:00:56 +0000 Payloads Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) – Fluids and Combustion Facility: The crew exchanged the manifold #4 bottle with a bottle containing 100% C2H6. The CIR includes an optics bench, combustion chamber, fuel, and oxidizer control, and five different cameras for performing combustion investigations in microgravity. ESA-Education Payload Operations (EPO) Mission X Video: The crew recorded … Match ID: 12 Score: 55.71 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 3 days qualifiers: 55.71 nasa
NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Starliner Launch Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:50 EDT NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch, launch, and docking activities for the agency’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station. Match ID: 13 Score: 27.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 6 days qualifiers: 27.86 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/16/2021 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:00:24 +0000 Payloads Human Research Facility-2 (HRF-2): The crew removed the Payload Ethernet Hub Bridge (PEHB) from the HRF-2 rack and replaced it with an improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (PEHG). HRF-2 provides an on-orbit laboratory that enables human life science researchers to study and evaluate the physiological, behavioral and chemical changes induced by spaceflight. Research performed … Match ID: 14 Score: 27.86 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 6 days qualifiers: 27.86 nasa
NASA to Brief Early Science from Perseverance Mars Rover Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:07 EDT NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 21, to discuss early science results from the agency’s Perseverance Mars rover and its preparations to collect the first-ever Martian samples for planned return to Earth. Match ID: 15 Score: 27.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 6 days qualifiers: 27.86 nasa
Mount Fuji: Tennis champion Naomi Osaka takes the torch from our team of kids and jogs up the steps to the summit of the temporary Mount Fuji that’s been erected in the stadium. Following her recent travails and admissions of mental frailty, who better than her to do the honours? And to be clear, no ... it’s you who is crying. Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron, built in the shape of a flower with its petals open. Let the Games begin!
Slowly but surely. We’re getting there. The flame makes its way across the stadium, a local doctor and nurse taking temporary possession. They’re loving it! They positively bound towards a seven-times Japanese Paralympian, waving enthusiastically to all present. The flamne now goes to a team of local students.
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Turning back to the ONS infection survey, here are the figures from the data tables showing the estimate for what percentage of the population in England would have tested positive on 14 July by region.
North-east: 1 in 45
Experts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education, my colleague Jessica Murray reports.
Information-gathering always was a speciality of President Paul Kagame. Modern technology has simply extended his remit
It was a silver BlackBerry, surprisingly heavy in the hand, belonging to a businessman who had flown from Kigali to South Africa to visit the exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya. The businessman, Apollo Kiririsi Gafaranga, boasted that he had bought it in Qatar.
“It cost me $10,000,” a friend of Karegeya’s remembers the businessman telling them. “It’s a model you can only buy in the Middle East, a phone you can’t be tracked on.” Karegeya picked it up, weighed it, and put it back down on the counter where it was charging. “You’ve been robbed,” the ex spy chief joked.
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Shares of Moderna Inc. gained 4.7% in trading on Friday after the company said that European regulators recommended authorizing its COVID-19 vaccine for teens as young as 12 years old. The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issued the recommendation; next up will be the final decision from the European Commission. Moderna's shot has not yet been authorized for teens in the U.S. The company's shares have soared 223.2% so far this year, while the S&P 500 is up 16.3%.
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Liverpool’s attempt to turn its waterfront into a toytown Shanghai has led to its delisting as a Unesco world heritage site
In the 30 years after the end of the second world war, many British cities embarked on the wholesale destruction of their history. Residential streets were out and tower blocks were in, and cars had always to be accommodated. The dense, extravagant, smoke-stained fabric of the Victorian city came down in clouds of dust. It was often calculated that the country had knowingly obliterated more of its historic buildings in the 1950s and 60s than the Luftwaffe’s bombs had managed in wartime. Behind it all, wrote the architectural historian Gavin Stamp, lay “a sense of shame about the industrial past, a visceral and blinkered rejection of the dark but substantial legacy of the Victorians – fuelled in part by a crude socialist vision – that could amount to little more than civic self-hatred”.
Labour-controlled local authorities certainly had their follies – entire neighbourhoods vanished in Glasgow for the sake of an inner-city motorway – but socialism was no more to blame for the architectural destruction than greed, corruption, ineptitude and the strange idea that Britain’s supreme century in terms of its technical achievements and global influence had produced risible buildings that weren’t worth keeping. “Whatever may be said in favour of the Victorians, it is pretty generally admitted that few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks,” wrote PG Wodehouse in 1937; and, minus a few dissenters such as John Betjeman, that view held good into the 1970s.
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Susan Su on how to approach growth as your startup raises each round Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:16:50 +0000 'At each layer of your growth model, you don't want to just be relying on ads or just be relying on SEO or just be relying on email marketing … you really want to have your eggs in multiple baskets.' Match ID: 25 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say
It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want to know the truth,” she said.
Kimberly-Clark Corp. shares slid 3.9% in premarket trade Friday, after the consumer goods company missed earnings estimates for the second quarter and lowered its guidance, as higher costs and reduced demand for consumer tissue weighed. The company posted net income of $404 million, or $1.19 a share, in the quarter, down from $681 million, or $1.99 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $1.47, missing the $1.71 FactSet consensus. Sales edged up 2% to $4.722 billion from $4.612 billion, also below the $4.766 billion FactSet consensus. Chief Executive Mike Hsu said the numbers reflect continued pandemic-driven volatility. "We are facing significantly higher input costs and a reversal in consumer tissue volumes from record growth in the year ago period as consumers and retailers in North America continued to reduce home and retail inventory," Hsu said in a statement. "While we look forward to a return to a more normalized environment, we have moved decisively to take pricing actions to mitigate inflationary headwinds and continue to prudently manage costs." The company is now expecting full-year adjusted EPS of $6.65 to $6.90, down from prior guidance of $7.30 to $7.55. It expects sales to grow 1% to 4%, down from prior guidance of 3% to 5%. It also expects to complete a restructuring program in 2021 and to book charges of $2.0 billion to $2.1 billion. Shares have fallen 0.1% in the year through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 16%.
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From fossil fuels to carbon offsetting, the British government must practise what it preaches if it is to inspire others to step up
This summer alone has seen scorching heat domes smother parts of the US and Canada with record temperatures, and blistering heatwaves sweep across Pakistan. Torrential rain has caused devastating floods in China, as well as India, Germany, Belgium and Austria. And while fires are raging in Siberia, Madagascar is experiencing the world’s first famine caused solely by the climate crisis. Even here in the UK, the first extreme heat warnings were issued earlier this week.
New extreme-weather events linked to the climate crisis have become rolling news. Their destruction and death tolls are a daily reminder that the UK-hosted Cop26 this autumn isn’t just the most important climate conference ever held, but the most important international summit of all time.
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After going public via a SPAC, Taboola acquires e-commerce marketing network Connexity for $800M Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:38 +0000 Taboola, the company that operates a popular grid-based advertising and content recommendation network across media properties, today announced an acquisition to expand its reach further into e-commerce, its first big move since going public in June by way of a SPAC: it is paying $800 million in a combination of cash and stock to buy […] Match ID: 35 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
As the Commons enters recess, the PM has simply kicked huge issues – the ‘pingdemic’, ‘levelling up’ – down the road
On the last day of term in parliament, there’s a bad tradition of governments sneaking out a host of unwelcome reports and decisions they hope to hide amid the great Westminster summer escape. Not this time. Instead, in a week of fiasco for the government, all we can hear is the ear-splitting clatter of huge cans being kicked down the road. Recess comes with everything Boris Johnson should have done left undone. The prime minister’s fatal indecision is final.
Newspaper front pages shout about shelves left unfilled by pinged workers, while a million pinged children in England miss their last week of school, and many sectors fear being overwhelmed by pings. This week’s promised list of crucial workers to be exempt from Covid test-and-trace isolation finally emerged last night, covering a number of industries including emergency services, local government, food and medical supplies. As every sector howled for help, yet another hapless minister – Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast – was sent over the top to say nothing at all: yes there would be a list, only “quite narrow”, but no, it wasn’t ready right now. Why on earth did it take so long?
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Food delivery firm Zomato surges 65% in key India debut Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:09:54 +0000 Shares in Zomato, a Gurgaon-based food delivery company and first of India’s consumer tech startups to go public, closed up 65% in its debut day of trading in Mumbai, delivering a key insight into the appetite investors have for the world’s second largest internet market’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. Zomato’s shares traded all day above the […] Match ID: 38 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
At least nine states have considered ‘emergency power limitation’ legislation proposed by conservative organization Alec
Republican lawmakers across more than a dozen states are working to limit the powers of local health departments in ways experts say is likely to lead to “preventable tragedies” during disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
The attempts to limit the emergency powers of public health agencies comes alongside harassment of individual public health workers, renewed concern about the spread of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant, and a flagging US vaccination campaign.
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New Zealand will suspend its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had already been paused but will now expand to the entire country. At a press briefing on Friday, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said because of the Delta variant there was 'greater risk now … than when we opened the travel bubble'. While Ardern said she remained committed to the travel bubble, Ardern added 'Covid has changed and so must we'
Cross-party inquiry will consider if anti-discrimination laws are needed to help women at peak of careers
A parliamentary inquiry into the workplace treatment of women going through the menopause will examine if legislation goes far enough to address discrimination.
An invisible cohort: why are workplaces failing women going through the menopause? is being launched by the Commons cross-party women and equalities committee, and will draw up recommendations with a view to shaping policies to address gender equality, it has been announced.
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A Westminster leadership that often appears timid or lost should learn from bold, innovative municipal government
As Labour’s general election defeats have mounted, it’s become common to fear that the party will never hold office again. There are reasons to think that this pessimism is overdone: the volatility of our electoral system, the government’s accumulating problems, and the ageing voters whom it increasingly relies on.
But another reason not to despair quite yet is rarely introduced into the panicky debate about Labour’s future. Away from Westminster, in regions such as northern England where its crisis is supposed to be deepest, the party is still in office in lots of places, in both traditional local government institutions and new ones created by devolution. And rather than just clinging on, in a small but growing number of these places Labour is doing innovative and popular things with what power it still has.
Some of these islands of radicalism are relatively well known, such as “the Preston model”, a Labour council’s revival of the once-struggling Lancashire city by getting its main institutions to spend a lot more of their money locally. Other ambitious Labour administrations such as Salford, North Ayrshire and the North of Tyne combined authority are also beginning to attract attention beyond their localities, by pursuing expansive policies such as opening more public libraries, building large numbers of council homes and investing in new green businesses.
Meanwhile, already high-profile but previously quite cautious Labour mayors such as Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan have become bolder, particularly in their policies to reduce air pollution and improve public transport. Despite Labour’s sagging national popularity since 2017, in all these local strongholds its support has been resilient or even increased. Is this the beginning of something important – or just a few minor fightbacks by a declining party?
Sceptics about Labour’s prospects have plenty of reasons to think the latter. In centralised Britain, local government has been losing power and funding for decades, and particularly since 2010, as it has suffered the worst of Conservative austerity. And under Keir Starmer, Labour hasn’t been able – or willing – to use its local successes as evidence of its ability to run the country. A party that is damagingly short of national policies, and which recently launched a policy review to find some, appears largely uninterested in the promising experiments of its municipal wing. In statements by Starmer and his shadow ministers, the achievements of these innovators rarely feature.
This disconnect tells us important things about the state of the party, and also about our wider politics. Starmer’s vulnerable position as leader makes it risky for him to publicise the achievements of currently more effective local Labour politicians, such as the ambitious Burnham. Many of the party’s mayors and council leaders are also to the left of Starmer, or at least to the version of Starmer permitted by his centrist advisers. They are more interested in redistributing power and resources locally than in looking respectable for the Tory press, or trying to appease increasingly rightwing ex-Labour voters.
This boldness partly explains what happened to the many new ideas generated by the left during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Some of that energy has either lingered in, or been transferred to, Britain’s town and city halls. Yet with Corbynism now increasingly treated by Labour as an aberration, its ideas – however successful they may be locally – appear to be largely off-limits to Starmer.
The municipal radicals seem undeterred. The leader of Preston council, Matthew Brown, and the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, have written occasional articles about what Labour nationally could learn from their work. But they also have a strong air of independence. In a recent book co-authored by Brown and the leftwing writer Rhian E Jones, Paint Your Town Red, which makes modern municipal socialism seem seductively achievable, there is a section titled “Solving problems from below without permission from above”. In some ways, these local leaders have seceded from mainstream politics, with its Westminster fixation. That may be their most radical step of all.
Yet they have also learned to exploit the Conservatives’ careless lawmaking. Brown and Jones argue that the new mayoralties and combined authorities, “cynically introduced” by the Tories since 2010 as an attempt to devolve the blame for austerity, have inadvertently “proved amenable” to leftwing politicians. The new structures have prompted them to form new regional alliances and to think afresh.
This picture of a kind of guerrilla government by the local left is very appealing in an era of Tory domination and general Labour toothlessness. But as a long-term strategy it may have limits. A similar but larger-scale leftwing experiment took place at the Greater London Council (GLC) between 1981 and 1986, during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. The GLC had originally been created by the Tories to loosen Labour’s hold on the capital by extending London’s boundaries to include its more rightwing suburbs. Yet during the 80s a leftwing Labour administration led by Ken Livingstone took control, and found legislative loopholes that enabled it to increase and redirect the GLC’s spending in radical directions.
With little help from a cautious Labour leadership, rather like today’s, the GLC supported multiculturalism and minority rights in pioneering and eventually very influential ways. But its radicalism also so enraged and threatened the Conservatives that they abolished it. The current government is not yet suggesting that today’s leftwing mayoralties and councils be abolished. But days after Labour’s successes in this year’s mayoral elections, the Tories confirmed their plans to change the voting system for electing mayors, to the probable disadvantage of Labour candidates. Even more than Thatcher, this government is intolerant of rival centres of power.
For anyone wanting the city hall radicals to rescue Labour, there are also potential problems of scale. It’s relatively easy for bold politicians to win control locally in elections when turnouts tend to be low, and more politicised voters are influential. It’s also not that difficult to get a good press for shaking up a town from local newspapers that may welcome the excitement, and are often fairly neutral. But national politics, with its ferocious media bias towards Conservatism and fickle swing voters, is a different business.
Yet for Labour to recover nationally, and to remain usefully in power locally, closer cooperation between these two sides of the party may be one of the few viable strategies. Labour’s recent announcement that in government it “would ask public bodies to give more contracts to British businesses”, on the condition that those businesses improve their “social, environmental and labour” practices – both policies echoing parts of the Preston model – may be a sign that Starmer is finally beginning to pay attention to the municipal revolutions taking place under his nose. If not, the lives of those revolutions may be short and lonely.
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With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadership
Protesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.
Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “missing in action” on the climate crisis.
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GM is bringing its upgraded hands-free Super Cruise driving system to six vehicles in 2022 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:16 +0000 GM is rolling out three major upgrades including automatic lanes changes and towing support to its hands-free driver assistance system Super Cruise and making it available in six vehicles, including the 2022 all-new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. While GM has steadily improved Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has been […] Match ID: 49 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Human rights groups say latest series of arrests and searches are part of ‘a total purge on civil society’
The government of Belarus has launched a broad crackdown on civil society, launching raids and arrests on dozens of organisations in what has been described as a “black week” for the country’s NGOs.
The raids, which began last week, have touched all corners of civil society, from groups that campaign for political prisoners’ rights to those that crowdfund medical care and have helped medics in the fight against coronavirus.
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Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature Thu, 22 Jul 2021 22:31:55 +0000 The Tumblr community often refers to itself as the Wild West of the internet, and they’re not wrong. A text post with over 70,000 notes puts it best: “Tumblr is my favorite social media site because this place is literally uninhabitable for celebrities. No verification system, no algorithm that boosts their posts, it’s a completely […] Match ID: 55 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Biden signs bill supporting service programs for crime victims Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:54:21 EDT “When someone commits a crime, it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said in remarks at the White House Thursday. Match ID: 61 Score: 25.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
A Former Olympian Discusses the Tribulations of Tokyo 2020 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:38:47 +0000 Angela Ruggiero, an Olympic gold medallist and a former member of the International Olympic Committee, discusses the merits of holding the Games in Tokyo. Match ID: 62 Score: 25.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
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One week left to buy passes to TC Disrupt 2021 for less than $100 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:00:23 +0000 TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, the world’s original and most epic conference dedicated to tech startups, takes place September 21-23. Are you ready to take full advantage of this opportunity-packed event? Start right now and buy a Disrupt pass for less than $100. But don’t wait — the early-bird prices disappear on July 30 at 11:59 pm […] Match ID: 64 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
VOCHI raises additional $2.4 million for its computer vision-powered video editing app Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:55:00 +0000 VOCHI, a Belarus-based startup behind a clever computer vision-based video editing app used by online creators, has raised an additional $2.4 million in a “late-seed” round that follows the company’s initial $1.5 million round led by Ukraine-based Genesis Investments last year. The new funds follow a period of significant growth for the mobile tool, which […] Match ID: 65 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:37:48 +0000 Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carveout in Section 230 […] Match ID: 66 Score: 25.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Moscow owes 18.5m doses, leaving Argentina in a ‘very critical situation’ with only 12% fully vaccinated, leaked letter reveals
Argentina’s gamble on Sputnik V vaccine has left it in a “very critical situation” because of Russia’s failure to fulfill delivery commitments, according to an official letter to Moscow leaked on Thursday.
Russia owes Argentina 18.5m doses of its Sputnik V jab, over two-thirds of them vital second-component doses.
Only 12% of Argentinians are fully vaccinated so far, partly due to failed Sputnik deliveries of its second component. Another 37% have received only a single dose.
This compares disastrously with double-dose vaccination rates of over 60% in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, countries that did not bet so heavily on the Russian vaccine.
Its low two-dose vaccination rate leaves Argentina particularly exposed to the arrival of the Delta variant. Neighbouring Uruguay, meanwhile, has already approved moving to a three-dose regimen.
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Climate Change Committee head says firms must invest in ‘scaleable’ offsets such as carbon capture
The aviation industry must pay for costly carbon removal technologies rather than rely on using the planting of trees to claim they are reducing emissions, the head of the Climate Change Committee has said.
Chris Stark said aviation, unlike other transport sectors, was unlikely to meet targets for net zero by 2050. He said instead the industry had to use “scaleable” offsets that matched ongoing emissions into future decades, but that these should be used as a last resort after directly cutting emissions.
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The quiet shame of parenting with a fear of vomiting Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:00:00 EDT Anxiety, in connection with vomiting or emetophobia, has affected my parenting and our lives. I'm not alone. Match ID: 78 Score: 25.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Artificial intelligence models to analyze cancer images take shortcuts that introduce bias Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT (University of Chicago Medical Center) A new study led by researchers from the University of Chicago shows that deep learning models trained on large sets of cancer genetic and tissue histology data can easily identify the institution that submitted the images. Match ID: 80 Score: 25.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day qualifiers: 25.00 mit
U.S. Mint Honors Game Developer Ralph Baer Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT His Brown Box predates the Playstation, Xbox, and Wii Match ID: 86 Score: 25.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day qualifiers: 25.00 mit
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Cuba Jamming Ham Radio? Listen For Yourself Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:18:00 GMT A public SDR network triangulates the island as the source of mystery signals Match ID: 90 Score: 25.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Cloud Computing’s Coming Energy Crisis Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT The cloud’s electricity needs are growing unsustainably Match ID: 92 Score: 25.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 2 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Willow Smith Goes Pop-Punk Tue, 20 Jul 2021 22:48:13 +0000 The reluctant child star embraces the sounds of punk for her best album yet, “lately I feel EVERYTHING.” Match ID: 93 Score: 25.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 2 days qualifiers: 25.00 mit
Covid: When will I get the vaccine? Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:57:48 GMT Vaccine experts recommend that a limited group of children should be offered Covid jabs ahead of winter. Match ID: 97 Score: 21.43 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 3 days qualifiers: 21.43 mit
Trailblazing Astronaut Doug Hurley Retires from NASA Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:56 EDT NASA astronaut and former U.S. Marine Col. Doug Hurley is retiring from NASA after 21 years of service. His last day with the agency is July 16. Match ID: 100 Score: 18.57 source: www.nasa.gov age: 7 days qualifiers: 18.57 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/15/2021 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:00:01 +0000 Payloads Cold Atom Lab (CAL): The crew performed the CAL Slice-7 Removal and Replacement (R&R). The closeout procedures were only partially completed due to the crew running out of time for the activity. The remainder of the closeout will be completed at a later date. The CAL produces clouds of atoms that are chilled to … Match ID: 101 Score: 18.57 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 7 days qualifiers: 18.57 nasa
AI and Robots Are a Minefield of Cognitive Biases Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT Humans anthropomorphize our technology, sometimes to our own distraction and detriment Match ID: 104 Score: 17.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 4 days qualifiers: 17.86 mit
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10 Exciting Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:00:00 GMT Expect advances in Mars missions, wearable brain scanners, and quantum communications Match ID: 109 Score: 15.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 196 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit, 2.86 planets
At Least 2,034 Ways Earth Has Blown Its Cover Fri, 02 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT Intelligent life in these nearby star systems could locate us the same way we find exoplanets Match ID: 110 Score: 14.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 21 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets, 2.14 aliens
EMS is based on an ‘ion trap’, an ingenious detector device that allows researchers to identify and quantify sample atoms and molecules in a gas and allows to establish a corresponding mass spectrum. Scientists at The Open University and RAL Space are developing EMS under an ESA contract.
Lunar molecules entering the sensor are bombarded by electrons emitted by a heated wire to create ions. The resulting ions are stored within an electric field formed by a set of precisely-shaped electrodes. The ions are then released from this ‘trap’ in order of increasing mass/charge ratio into the detector that identifies and quantifies their chemical makeup.
This will allow the instrument to measure water and other molecules in the very thin atmosphere of the Moon throughout the lunar day to study a lunar ‘water cycle’ concept.
The PITMS instrument will be part of a lunar lander that will arrive on the Moon on NASA’s Astrobotic M1 mission taking commercial lunar payloads to the Lacus Mortis region in 2021.
A similar Mass Spectrometer is also developed for ESA’s Prospect payload package to study lunar water ice on board the Russian Luna-27 lander, set for launch in 2025. The platform will sample potential resources on the Moon to prepare technologies for future sustainable exploration.
“ESA’s Exospheric Mass Spectrometer will not only acquire science data but also test our latest environmental monitoring technology for planetary environments,” says Roland Trautner, ESA project lead for EMS.
“Instruments like EMS allow the detection of the impact of human activities on the lunar environment, and understanding these changes allows us to improve our science and learn how to protect the natural environment on planetary bodies. Small, lightweight detectors like EMS might become standard equipment on future lunar landers.”
With the goal of developing the first long-term presence on the Moon, ESA is joining forces with NASA and other partners on humanity’s return to the Moon. The next ‘Artemis’ generation to experience lunar landings will be an international one and is opening up lunar space exploration to the global population.
Follow the next major milestone in human exploration by taking part in the first-ever online lunar marathon. The French initiative On the Moon Again is hosting 24 hours of talks and lunar observations in English for a global audience. For more information and to register, see www.onthemoonagain.org.
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New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address, Mitigate Climate Change Mon, 24 May 2021 14:41 EDT NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes. Match ID: 113 Score: 12.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 59 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
Students' Lunar Pad Could Help NASA Return to the Moon Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:30:00 GMT A student team's lunar landing pad could help NASA astronauts avoid Apollo's risky moon landings Match ID: 118 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 135 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
3D-Printed Thruster Boosts Range of CubeSat Applications Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:16:00 GMT Inexpensive and accessible electrical propulsion could be a boon for satellite-based Internet and Earth observing networks Match ID: 121 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 161 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
Japan Prepares to Welcome Home Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 21:02:00 GMT Return of the space probe launched six years ago could help answer the question of how life began on Earth Match ID: 125 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 228 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
4G on the Moon: One Small Leap, One Giant Step Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:26:00 GMT Nokia Bell Labs and NASA team up to bring wireless networks to the moon Match ID: 129 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 262 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
China to Launch Space Mining Bot Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT Chinese company sets out first steps towards extracting space resources Match ID: 130 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 309 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
NASA’s Mars Rover Required a Special Touch for Its Robotic Arms Thu, 27 Aug 2020 05:30:00 GMT ATI Industrial Automation brings its Force/Torque Sensor from the factory floor to the harsh environment of Mars’ surface. Match ID: 132 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 330 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
Zombie Satellites Return From the Graveyard Thu, 18 Jun 2020 18:00:00 GMT Mission Extension Vehicles give dead spacecraft a new lease on life Match ID: 134 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 399 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
SpaceX Returns U.S. Astronauts to Space Sat, 30 May 2020 19:40:00 GMT The new Dragon 2 spacecraft is reminiscent of the Gemini spacecraft, not the space shuttle Match ID: 135 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 418 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPS Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT Ten years after decommissioning the previous backup to the country’s global satellite fleet, government agencies are taking steps to create a new one Match ID: 137 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 3.57 mit
Fixing Problems Before They Happen at NASA Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:00:00 GMT Jeannette Plante’s QA work on space missions goes a lot deeper than inspections Match ID: 141 Score: 12.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 148 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets
NASA Highlights Astrophysics Missions at ‘Super Bowl of Astronomy’ Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:54 EST Experts from across NASA will discuss topics ranging from black holes to exploding stars to planets beyond our solar system at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Match ID: 142 Score: 12.14 source: www.nasa.gov age: 193 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets
About Half of Sun-Like Stars Could Host Rocky, Potentially Habitable Planets Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:00 EDT According to new research using data from NASA’s retired planet-hunting mission, the Kepler space telescope, about half the stars similar in temperature to our Sun could have a rocky planet capable of supporting liquid water on its surface. Match ID: 143 Score: 12.14 source: www.nasa.gov age: 267 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets
Gravity Assist: Puffy Planets, Powerful Telescopes, with Knicole Colon Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:01 EDT NASA astrophysicist Knicole Colon describes her work on the Kepler, Hubble, TESS and Webb missions, and takes us on a tour of some of her favorite planets. Match ID: 144 Score: 12.14 source: www.nasa.gov age: 406 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets
How Earth Climate Models Help Scientists Picture Life on Unimaginable Worlds Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:33 EST Thousands of computers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are tasked with running sophisticated climate models to predict Earth’s future climate. Collectively known as NASA's Discover supercomputer, they’re now also sussing out whether any of the more than 4,000 curiously weird planets beyond our solar system could support life. Match ID: 145 Score: 12.14 source: www.nasa.gov age: 545 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa, 2.86 planets
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Biden’s Cybersecurity Team Gets Crowded at the Top Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000 It’s a lot of talent, but the US now has five overlapping roles jockeying for limited budgets, authorities, and bureaucratic victories. Match ID: 148 Score: 10.71 source: www.wired.com age: 6 days qualifiers: 10.71 mit
Video Friday: Fluidic Fingers Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:14:00 GMT Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Match ID: 150 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days qualifiers: 10.71 mit
NASA TV to Air Crew Dragon Port Relocation on Space Station Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:39 EDT NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts on the International Space Station will relocate their Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft Wednesday, July 21, setting the stage for a historic first when two different U.S. commercial spacecraft built for crew will be docked to the microgravity laboratory at the same time. Match ID: 151 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 8 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA TV to Air Launch of Space Station Module, Departure of Another Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:49 EDT NASA will provide live coverage of a new Russian science module’s launch and automated docking to the International Space Station, and the undocking of another module that has been part of the orbital outpost for the past 20 years. Match ID: 152 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 9 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/13/2021 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:00:09 +0000 Payloads Cold Atom Lab (CAL): The crew prepared the CAL facility in preparation for the Slice-7 Removal and Replacement (R&R) activity. The CAL produces clouds of atoms that are chilled to about one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero, much colder than the average temperature of deep space. At these low temperatures, atoms … Match ID: 154 Score: 9.29 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 9 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/12/2021 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:00:30 +0000 Payloads Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) – Fluids and Combustion Facility: The crew removed the O2 Bottle from the CIR Manifold #2 rack and replaced it with a high percentage oxygen bottle containing 85% O2 and 15% N2. The crew also replaced the fuel bottle in the CIR Manifold #4 rack with a bottle containing 100% … Match ID: 156 Score: 9.29 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 10 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Unmanned Aircraft Destroyed During Research Test Flight Fri, 09 Jul 2021 18:00 EDT Today shortly after 7:30 a.m., the X-56B remotely piloted experimental aircraft experienced an anomaly after takeoff from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Match ID: 157 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 13 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/09/2021 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 16:00:19 +0000 Payloads Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 4 (ER4) International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) Drawer Check: Following an Iceberg-1 noise reported by the crew in early July, the issue was determined to be caused by a loose ISIS drawer lid in the location just below the Iceberg-1 unit. The crew attempted … Match ID: 158 Score: 9.29 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 13 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/08/2021 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 13:33:41 +0000 SpaceX-22 Undock and Return: Cargo Dragon SpaceX-22 (SpX-22) undocked from the ISS today at 9:45 AM CT to return cargo and payloads to the ground concluding the 33-day mission aboard the ISS. SpX-22 will complete departure phasing through Friday evening, jettison the Trunk carrying the empty ISS Power Augmentation (IPA) for destructive re-entry, deorbit, and … Match ID: 159 Score: 9.29 source: blogs.nasa.gov age: 15 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Scientists Available for Interviews on Hurricanes, Tropical Storms Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:45 EDT The center of Hurricane Elsa has formed to the east of the Windward and southern Leeward islands and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to those areas over the weekend, according to an update Friday from the National Hurricane Center. Match ID: 160 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 20 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
The Science and Spirituality of Looking for Life on Mars Mon, 28 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Pamela Conrad is a NASA scientist working on the Perseverance mission—and a priest. She spoke to WIRED about how her two worlds help her make sense of the universe. Match ID: 161 Score: 9.29 source: www.wired.com age: 25 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
A snap of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet during the second spacewalk to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system, taken by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.
The duo performed the second extra vehicular activity to bolt in place and unfurl an IROSA, or ISS Roll-Out Solar Array, on Sunday 20 June.
The series of spacewalks last week was not without some challenges. During the first spacewalk on 16 June, Shane experienced a small technical problem in his spacesuit that required him to return to the airlock and restart his Display and Control Module. This module provides astronauts with continuous information on pressure, temperature and other vital data during a spacewalk.
Though the restart was successful and Shane was in no danger, it delayed the duo’s work, preventing them from completing installation of the first new solar array as planned.
The duo succeeded in taking the IROSA panel out of its storage area outside the Space Station and passed from spacewalker to spacewalker to the worksite. There the rolled arrays were secured. The spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 15 minutes.
During the second spacewalk, the duo unfolded, bolted and connected the wires. Then they hung out while the panels were unfurled, a sequence that lasted about 10 minutes.
Shane and Thomas then got ahead of the next spacewalk by preparing the next IROSA for installation before cleaning up the worksite and heading back to the airlock. This spacewalk lasted 6 hours and 28 minutes, with only a minor technical snag. Shane’s helmet lights and camera partially detached from his helmet but Thomas used some wire to reattach them as a temporary fix.
Mission planners are working on a third spacewalk on Friday June 25 to install the second pair of new solar arrays. This will go on the P6 truss’ 4B power channel, opposite the first new solar array.
Thomas now has spent 26 hours and 15 minutes on spacewalks over his two missions on the International Space Station, Proxima and Alpha.
“It was probably the most impressive experience I’ve ever had but it was not easy,” says Thomas.
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NASA Extends Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System Mission Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:52 EDT NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Michigan for the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) for mission operations and closeout. Match ID: 163 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 30 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:00 EDT Cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Match ID: 164 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 36 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Mars-bound Astronauts Might Raid This Zero-G Fridge Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:33:00 GMT Engineers at Purdue University have built a prototype of a refrigerator that works in zero gravity Match ID: 165 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 42 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur run sessions on the Pilote experiment proposed by France’s space agency CNES in the European Columbus module of the International Space Station.
Continuing French neuroscience experiments started on the Russian space station Mir, the Pilote experiment evaluates a new way of providing tactile and visual feedback to astronauts when operating robots. Using a virtual reality headset and a haptic joystick can recreate the feeling of pressure and touch when tele-operating a robotic arm.
The results from Pilote will improve the work space on the International Space Station and future spacecraft for lunar and martian missions, where astronauts in orbit could operate rovers on the surface.
Over 200 experiments are planned for Thomas and crew, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by CNES.
Read an overall of Thomas’ first month in space for mission Alpha, which included work on Pilote and other science experiments, organising Dragon cargo spacecraft deliveries, Space Station maintenance, not to mention daily exercise.
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Lasers Could Clear Space Junk From Orbit Fri, 14 May 2021 19:25:00 GMT Adaptive optics proposal would allow tracking and steering of small but still damaging orbital debris Match ID: 172 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 69 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample Mon, 10 May 2021 15:22 EDT After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Match ID: 173 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 73 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Selects Contractor for Quiet Supersonic Flight Community Testing Fri, 07 May 2021 15:11 EDT NASA has awarded a contract to Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts, to support a national campaign of community overflight tests using the agency’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft. Match ID: 174 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 76 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth Thu, 06 May 2021 16:41 EDT NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. Match ID: 176 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 77 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Media Invited to Virtual Briefing as NASA’s Webb Prepares for Launch Wed, 05 May 2021 16:51 EDT Media will have the opportunity to see the iconic golden mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope open for the last time on Earth during a virtual briefing Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT). Match ID: 177 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 78 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
A timelapse from various angles of the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon Endeavour leaving Earth from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
The rocket lifted off at 10:49 BST (11:49 CEST, 05:49 local time) on 23 April 2021 from Launchpad 39A in Cape Canaveral with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
On 24 April at 11:08 CEST the Crew-2 caught up with the International Space Station and docked with its Harmony module, marking the start of Thomas’ Alpha mission.
Thomas is the first ESA astronaut to fly in space in a vehicle other than the Russian Soyuz or the US Space Shuttle, and the first ESA astronaut to leave Earth from Florida, USA, in over a decade. This is his second flight, his first mission called Proxima saw Thomas fly to the Space Station on a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and his expedition broke records for amount of hours spent on research at the time.
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Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide. The Crew-2 spend around 24 hours travelling to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 11:49 on 23 April 2021 from Launchpad 39A in Cape Canaveral at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
Thomas is the first ESA astronaut to fly in space in a vehicle other than the Russian Soyuz or the US Space Shuttle, and the first ESA astronaut to leave Earth from Florida, USA, in over a decade. This is his second flight, his first mission called Proxima saw Thomas fly to the Space Station on a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and his Expedition broke records for amount of hours spent on research at the time.
Thomas’ second mission to the International Space Station is called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, following the French tradition to name space missions after stars or constellations.
Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’s time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by France’s space agency CNES.
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Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT Tianwen-1 is expected to attempt a difficult Martian landing in May; if it survives, expect to hear much more Match ID: 180 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 116 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA to Begin High-Voltage Ground Testing on All-Electric X-57 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:00 EST NASA is set to start high-voltage functional ground testing of the agency’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, which will perform flights to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft. NASA is also supporting these new electric aircraft by developing quiet, efficient, reliable technology these vehicles will need Match ID: 182 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 148 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for SPHEREx Astrophysics Mission Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:21 EST NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission. Match ID: 188 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 168 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:48 EST On May 10, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth. Match ID: 189 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 177 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Planetary Sleuthing Finds Triple-Star World Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:40 EST Years after its detection, astronomers have confirmed a planet called KOI-5Ab orbiting in a triple-star system with a skewed configuration. Match ID: 190 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 192 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA, NSF Sign Agreement to Advance Space, Earth, Biological, Physical Sciences Thu, 07 Jan 2021 10:41 EST NASA and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding affirming the agencies’ intent to continue their longstanding partnership in mutually beneficial research activities advancing space, Earth, biological, and physical sciences to further U.S. national space policy and promote the progress of science. Match ID: 191 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 196 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Highlights Innovation, Technology at Virtual SciTech Forum Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:51 EST Experts from across NASA will participate in the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Match ID: 192 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 198 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Awards Contract for X-59 Community Overflight Operations Thu, 17 Dec 2020 18:37 EST NASA has selected Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, California, to provide support for the community overflight response phase of the agency’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) mission. Match ID: 195 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 217 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Awards Contract for Global Hawk Skyrange Program Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:03 EST NASA has selected Northrup Grumman Systems Corp. (NGSC) of San Diego to provide demonstration engineering, manufacturing, and technical support for the Global Hawk Skyrange program at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Match ID: 196 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 219 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA Awards SETI Institute Contract for Planetary Protection Support Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:04 EDT NASA has awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, a contract to support all phases of current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards. Match ID: 198 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 377 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Carry a Tiny Helicopter Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:00:00 GMT The upcoming Perseverance mission will attempt the first powered flight on another planet Match ID: 200 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 392 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Imagining Another Earth Thu, 28 May 2020 10:27 EDT This artist's concept shows exoplanet Kepler-1649c orbiting around its host red dwarf star. Match ID: 201 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 421 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
What It’s Like to Sweat the Launch of a New Spaceship Wed, 27 May 2020 14:19:00 GMT A former mission controller remembers the last time the United States dared to put humans in a new type of spacecraft—and some hard-won lessons for today Match ID: 202 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 422 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Plasma Jets May One Day Propel Aircraft Fri, 15 May 2020 14:29:00 GMT Plasma thrusters could help jet planes fly without fossil fuels Match ID: 203 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 434 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
AAS Names 29 NASA-Affiliated Legacy Fellows Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:00 EDT Twenty-nine scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Match ID: 205 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 449 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Earth-Size, Habitable Zone Planet Found Hidden in Early NASA Kepler Data Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:21 EDT A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water. Match ID: 208 Score: 9.29 source: www.nasa.gov age: 463 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights Match ID: 209 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Spacety Has Big Plans for Small Satellites Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT Spacety was one of China’s first private space companies and has so far been involved in 10 space launches Match ID: 210 Score: 9.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 520 days qualifiers: 9.29 nasa
Tesla Places Big Bet on Vision-Only Self-Driving Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:25:00 GMT Full Self-Driving beta software v9.0 shows many improvements, but the road to full autonomy still looks rocky Match ID: 212 Score: 7.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 7 days qualifiers: 7.14 mit
A fortnight after the 21 June winter solstice in Antarctica, the crew at Concordia Research Station are slowly welcoming the return of sunlight. This photo was taken by ESA-sponsored medical doctor Nick Smith on 1 July at noon.
The 12-member crew at Concordia, located at the mountain plateau called Dome C, have spent the last few months in complete darkness: the sun disappeared in May and will not be fully visible again until mid-August. This image of high noon signals the beginning of the end of winter on the remote continent.
Confined in extreme conditions, the crew at Concordia – one of three Antarctic stations inhabited all year long – find solace in traditions. Midwinter often includes well wishes from other Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations as well as communal projects. The crew this year brewed their own beer to mark the occasion.
As well as offering around nine months of complete isolation, Concordia’s location at 3233 m altitude means the crew experience chronic hypobaric hypoxia – lack of oxygen in the brain. Temperatures can drop to –80°C in the winter, with a yearly average of –50°C. The temperature at the time of this image was –65°C, with wind chill at about –80°C.
As a station set in Earth’s harshest space, Concordia is an ideal stand-in for studying the human psychological and physiological effects of extreme cold, isolation and darkness.
Nick is working on seven experiments, looking in general at the effects of isolated, confinement and extreme environment, analogous to a lunar or martian station, on mindfulness, cognition, risk taking, decision making, immune systems, stress, eye health, sexual security, and social dynamics. He has collected many samples and questionnaires over the past nine months.
The crew are headed for the home stretch of their Antarctic residency which will bring not only sunlight but also fresh crew. Researchers arriving for the summer campaign means a lot of preparatory work for the current crew.
In the next few weeks, they will need to plough the skiway, remove snow around the station, deep clean, and in the case of Nick, prepare his samples for return to Europe.
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Outrage Spreads Faster on Twitter: Evidence from 44 News Outlets 2021-07-13T00:00:00EDT When it comes to social sharing, doom-and-gloom tweets beat sunshine and rainbows, says research by Amit Goldenberg. Is it time to send in the positivity police? Match ID: 217 Score: 3.57 source: hbswk.hbs.edu age: 10 days qualifiers: 3.57 mit
Retro meets retrofit: The Novespace Air Zero G aircraft is seen here next to Douglas the 1962 VW Transporter. The two are in Paderborn, Germany for the 76th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign.
The refitted A310 Air Zero G aircraft flies in parabolas that offer teams from various research institutes and universities altered states of gravity to perform experiments and technology demonstrations. Experiments span many disciplines including complex fluidics and human physiology, and this campaign is no exception.
Running from 25 June to 1 July, the 76th campaign features an experiment studying the effect of gravity on hydrodynamics to better protect spacecraft and science instruments from the temperature fluctuations in space; a study on how immune cells flow under the stress of spaceflight; an experiment studying spinal stiffness under microgravity to mitigate lumbar pain for both astronauts and patients on Earth, to name a few.
A typical parabolic flight campaign involves three flights and requires a week of on-site preparation. Each flight offers 31 periods of weightlessness. The aircraft can also fly in arcs that provide lunar or martian gravity levels by adjusting the angle of attack of the wings. Each flight of this particular campaign will split the gravity states, flying one third of parabolas at martian-G, one third at lunar-G, and one third at zero-G.
The aircraft flies close to maximum speed and pulls the nose up to a 45° angle, then cuts the power to fall over the top of the curve. Whilst falling freely the passengers and experiments experience around 20 seconds of microgravity, until the plane is angled 45° nose-down, before pulling out of the dive to level off with normal flight.
These “pull up” and “pull out” manoeuvres before and after the weightless period increase gravity inside the plane up to 2g, but that is just part of the ride, repeated every three minutes for almost two hours.
The campaign is the fourth to take place under Covid-19 restrictions. Despite measures loosening across Europe, participants and coordinators adapted to safety measures: PCR tests were required to enter Germany, as well as rapid antigen or RT LAMP tests each day for every participant. Facilities on the ground as well as on board are adapted to allow for social distancing and cleanliness requirements. Surgical masks are worn at all times, and movement is restricted during the flights.
University students can also take part in a parabolic flight campaign thanks to the ESA Education Office’s Fly Your Thesis! programme. Masters and PhD students can propose their experiment, and upon selection, will be supported in preparing their experiment for the campaign by ESA Academy, ESA and Novespace experts. The 2022 Call for Proposals is now open.
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