Young megalodon sharks (artist’s impression) spent time in sheltered coastal areas while they grew to their gigantic adult proportions. Credit: Humberto Ferrón Palaeontology 25 November 2020 Ancient teeth hint that a handful of sites served as sheltered sanctuaries for immature megalodon sharks. The prehistoric shark Otodus megalodon was an awe-inspiring beast, measuring up to three
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WASHINGTON — As SpaceX prepares for the first high-altitude test flight of its Starship reusable launch vehicle, the Federal Aviation Administration is starting a new environmental review required for the company’s future launch vehicle plans. SpaceX performed a brief static-fire test of its Starship SN8 prototype Nov. 24 at its Boca Chica, Texas, test site.
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Scientists have found that animals can surprisingly adapt to the increased temperatures caused by climate change. A 2019 UN report estimated that one million species are currently in danger of extinction. Researchers published in the journal Nature found that tropical ocean ecosystems could collapse by 2030, while mountains and forests will follow by 2050.  Consistently, other reports stated that with the current status
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Researchers often complain about the indicators that hiring and grant committees use to judge them. In the past ten years, initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and the Leiden Manifesto have pushed universities to rethink how and when to use publications and citations to assess research and researchers. The use of
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Recent months have seen major moves on climate action by some of the world’s largest private banks, including JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Morgan Stanley. What sets this latest wave of climate pledges by financial institutions apart from past announcements? Building on previous commitments that increase green investments or restrict financing to certain high-emitting activities, recent
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A new paper documented the effects of changes in the behavior of fires, from being too large or too little, that threatens biodiversity and ecosystems, including over 4,400 species of birds, mammals, insects, and plants worldwide. According to a paper published by a 27-member international team led by researchers from the University of Melbourne, changes in the behavior of fire
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Burning the Books Richard Ovenden John Murray (2020) In 1660, when the British monarchy was restored, the University of Oxford ordered the burning of books by anti-royalist, pro-free-speech poet John Milton. This is one of many graphic examples inspired by the collections at the institution’s Bodleian Library, cited in Bodleian librarian Richard Ovenden’s powerful history,
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Wild Turkey / Image Credit: Andrea Westmoreland via Flickr There are 60-foot high balloons floating above packed city blocks, cranberries on the stove, inside-the-turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, outside-the-turkey stuffing, football, abominably huge turkeys, and one lucky bird. The best part of Thanksgiving dinner? Leftover Thanksgiving dinner. But those leftovers take hard work– that hot, perfect,
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A soldier ant of the species Atta cephalotes (right) extends its mandibles towards an Acromyrmex echinatior worker ant. Mineralized body armour protects some A. echinatior workers from attack. Credit: Caitlin M. Carlson Biomaterials 24 November 2020 A species of leaf-cutter ant is the first known example of an insect with mineralized armour, which shields them
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Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity
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WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle startup Relativity Space has raised a $500 million funding round that the company says will enable it to accelerate its long-term vision of reshaping aerospace manufacturing. Relativity announced Nov. 23 that it raised the $500 million Series D round, led by hedge fund Tiger Global Management. Several new investors joined
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Radha Dhruv assistant general manager, using Toast software, February 23, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Joe Amon | The Denver Post via Getty Images Toast, a start-up that sells software to help restaurants with online ordering, has had a rollercoaster of a year managing through the pandemic. Of late, business has been booming, The company responded
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A coronavirus related to SARS-CoV-2 has been found in Shamel’s horseshoe bats captured in Cambodia in 2010.Credit: Merlin D. Tuttle/SPL Two lab freezers in Asia have yielded surprising discoveries. Researchers have told Nature they have found a coronavirus that is closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the pandemic, in horseshoe bats stored in
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The Space and Missile Systems Center said Germany on Sept. 30 ordered an undisclosed quantity of Military Code (M-Code) capable GPS user equipment. WASHINGTON — Germany has ordered jam-resistant Global Positioning System receivers from the United States military, becoming the first buyer of the advanced GPS user equipment under the Foreign Military Sales program, the
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When I cover solutions to the plastic waste crisis, I typically focus on infrastructure development and bringing recycling systems to scale, standardizing materials, inventing new ones and designing out unnecessary single-use items, and rethinking business models and supply chains. But once these structures are in place, they only work if consumers embrace new models and
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As chair of fire and structures at the University of Edinburgh, UK, I work in three laboratory spaces. We do everything from small-scale experiments on various building materials to see how easily they ignite or spread fire, to large-scale analyses of the load-bearing systems of skyscrapers using complex computer simulations. Around 2008, my group moved
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Who hasn’t wished the doctor would prescribe a week of vacation or a trip to Walt Disney World to cure an ailment? For patients with kidney stones, that might be just around the corner. According to research published in 2016 in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a trip to your local amusement park might
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SAN FRANCISCO – Carbice Corp., the Atlanta startup that developed Carbice Carbon, a thermal-management material for spacecraft and other applications, raised $15 million in a Series A investment round led by Downing Ventures, a division of London-based investment management firm Downing LLP. Carbice Carbon, a carbon nanotube-based material designed to lower device temperatures and dissipate
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Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in Somalia on Sunday at sustained winds of 105 mph. Gati, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the northern Indian Oceans, had sustained winds of 115 mph. The storm is moving westward towards the coastal areas of Puntland and Somaliland. #Cyclone #GATI about to landfall in #Somalia right now. A very powerful cyclone…
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WASHINGTON — Despite a lull in orbital launch activity at Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials with the U.S. Space Force foresee a “very promising future” for both commercial and government launches there. The Falcon 9 launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean science satellite Nov. 21 was the first orbital launch from Vandenberg since another
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After a century, Antarctica’s blue whales have been seen in South Georgia once again after near extinction. Largest-known animal seen again The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest known animal on the planet, is critically endangered. They have been seen in the waters near South Georgia Island near Antarctica, after nearly a hundred years of being nearly hunted
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In New Mexico, a lava tube shows evidence of Ancestral Puebloans surviving climate change by melting ice for their water needs. For over ten millennia, the people of the arid landscape of what is now western New Mexico have been famous for having unique architecture, complex societies, and political and economic systems.  Studying the ancient Puebloans In the El Malpais,
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“I do believe that human spaceflight is an imperative for our planet, and to be a part of that — to keep the progress going — I find very inspiring.” NASA astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker holds a bachelor of arts degree in physics, a master of science and a doctorate of philosophy in space physics
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