Scientists have learnt to produce the relatively unstable element lithium (pictured) inside a microscope, making the metal’s crystallization easy to observe. Credit: Petr Jan Juracka/SPL Materials science 29 October 2020 A standard laboratory tool allows researchers to produce two potentially dangerous metals and to observe them as they form. Lithium and sodium are highly reactive
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Brian Roberts, CEO, Comcast  David A. Grogan | CNBC Comcast is set to report earnings for its third quarter of 2020 before the bell on Thursday. Here are the key numbers: Earnings per share: 52 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts Revenue: $24.74 billion expected, according to Refinitiv High-speed internet customers: 534,000 net adds expected,
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Rosetta’s lander Philae on the surface of a comet (artist’s impression).Credit: ESA/ATG medialab The chaotic crash-landing of a robotic spacecraft called Philae has yielded serendipitous insights into the softness of comets. In 2014, the European Space Agency’s pioneering lander touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after a ten-year journey aboard its mothership, Rosetta. But rather than
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Scientists say reforestation in tropical forest and savannah biomes in Africa must be done properly. Otherwise, they may do more harm than good. According to Université de Montréal geography department visiting researcher Julie Aleman, the state of ecosystems should be taken into consideration in planning for reforestation in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Savannah versus tropical forest According to Aleman, all the regions they have studied
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WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully placed 10 satellites into orbit for two customers who lost payloads on a launch failure earlier this year. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5:21 p.m. Eastern Oct. 28. The rocket’s kick stage deployed its payload of
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In a first, NASA scientists have spotted a molecule of cyclopropenylidene (C3H2) in the atmosphere of the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, Titan. Calling this development ‘unexpected’, scientists claim that this is the first time that they have detected this molecule in an atmosphere. They found C3H2 by using a radio telescope observatory in northern
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Hear the latest from the world of science, brought to you by Benjamin Thompson and Noah Baker. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:59 The ethics of creating consciousness Brain organoids, created by culturing stem cells in a petri dish, are a mainstay of neuroscience research. But as
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Flying to conduct fieldwork is one reason climate researchers might travel more than other scientists.Credit: Andrew McCaren/LNP/Shutterstock In recent years, a growing number of climate-change researchers have made the conscious decision to reduce their carbon footprints by avoiding air travel or flying less. But an analysis suggests that, despite these efforts, climate researchers travel and
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Air Force Col. Michael “Hopper” Hopkins, commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, will be commissioned into the U.S. Space Force. WASHINGTON — NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, a U.S. Air Force colonel and the commander of the upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon mission, is transferring to the U.S. Space Force and is expected to be commissioned aboard
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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, is pictured at Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting in Bellevue, Washington on November 30, 2016. Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images Microsoft will announce its fiscal first-quarter earnings after market close on Tuesday. Here are the numbers to watch: Earnings: $1.54 per share, adjusted, as expected by analysts, according to
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The collecting arm on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx craft plunged as far as 48 centimetres into asteroid Bennu’s surface.Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA overachieves during asteroid sampling NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission exceeded expectations when it grabbed rocks and dirt off the surface of the asteroid Bennu on 20 October. The spacecraft gathered so much material that several rocks
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With 38 time zones worldwide, juggling the timings of virtual conferences to suit everyone can be a tricky task.Credit: Adapted from Getty Back in 2019, travelling to a conference many time zones away was difficult, but the content of the posters, the roar of the crowd and a few shots of caffeine were usually enough
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By Allison Kubo Hutchsion  Although humans first witnessed nuclear reactors in 1942 with the development of the Chicago-Pile by Enrico Fermi, natural fission reactors existed billions of years ago. Fission is the process of breaking apart atoms of heavy elements such as uranium. Energy is released during fission in the form of heat and can
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Personal care products brand Gillette, known for its razors, set out to become a more sustainable company one decade again. And over the past 10 years, it has reduced its energy consumption by 392,851 gigajoules and its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent. The company has also reached zero-manufacturing-waste-to-landfill status across all of the plants in
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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at HoverTech International in Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 26, 2020. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images Though Election Day is a week away, President Donald Trump’s campaign appears to have a victory ad ready to go on Facebook. A video in the ad shows the president’s face superimposed
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In Alysson Muotri’s laboratory, hundreds of miniature human brains, the size of sesame seeds, float in Petri dishes, sparking with electrical activity. These tiny structures, known as brain organoids, are grown from human stem cells and have become a familiar fixture in many labs that study the properties of the brain. Muotri, a neuroscientist at
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WASHINGTON — NorthStar Earth and Space, a Canadian company planning a satellite constellation to track other satellites, has selected Thales Alenia Space to build its first satellites. Montréal-based NorthStar announced Oct. 27 that Thales will build its first three Skylark satellites, working in conjunction with LeoStella, its smallsat manufacturing joint venture with BlackSky. The satellites,
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For decades, asbestos was considered an indestructible substance used in various industries due to its insulating and heat-resistant properties. The naturally occurring mineral once considered a miracle, is now turning into an infamous public health menace. The inhalation or ingestion of microscopic asbestos fibers could lead to serious health issues including lung cancer, bronchial cancer,
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The $10 million five-year contract is for professional services for the Peterson-Schriever Garrison in Colorado Springs. WASHINGTON — Peraton received a $10 million five-year contract extension from the U.S. Space Force for orbital analysis services, the company announced Oct. 26.  The contract is for professional services for the Peterson-Schriever Garrison, a Space Force unit in
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A new study into the Portland Gales Creek Fault revealed that the fault could produce a major earthquake in the region of a magnitude 7.1. to 7.4, which could damage properties and potentially threaten lives in the Portland metro region. Researchers assured that this major earthquake is not likely to happen very soon. Portland Gales
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The plastic tubes winding through my workspace at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, deliver fluids, nutrients and therapeutics to mouse hearts. The still-beating hearts, each the size of a pea, tell us much about heart disease as well as about the processes of regeneration and repair. On this day, I was studying a
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The American people always have possessed a very personal relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Like all personal relationships, the EPA and its public have their share of successes and shortcomings, adjustments of expectations to realities, and recognition that the daily grind of complexity reveals our own values however much they end up
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden signs official documents needed to receive his party’s official nomination next week during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 14, 2020. Carlos Barria | Reuters Big Tech stocks are holding up fine despite the threat of increased regulation from U.S. lawmakers. But political strategist and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk
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A touch of history for our first asteroid sample return mission, a safe return from the International Space Station, and a big move in preparation for Artemis I … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Download Link: https://images.nasa.gov/details-A%20Touch%20of%20History%20for%20Asteroid%20Sample%20Return%20Mission%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20October%2023,%202020
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