Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander hard-landed as reduction in velocity during its descent did not match with the designed parameters, the government said on Wednesday throwing more light on ISRO’s dashed hopes of making a soft landing on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra
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Rep. Derek Kilmer said commercial geospatial data should be used to supplement imagery from classified sources. WASHINGTON — At an event on Capitol Hill headlined by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), Planet officials tried to make the case that defense and intelligence agencies should make greater use of low-cost geospatial data to supplement high-resolution imagery. Kilmer,
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As scientists scramble to determine whether there is life on Mars, a researcher from Ohio University in US believes that there is evidence of insect-like creatures on the red planet. Courtesy photographs from various Mars rovers, Professor Emeritus William Romoser’s research found numerous examples of insect-like forms, structured similarly to bees, as well as reptile-like
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Federal wildlife officials say the continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on are melting away. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Wednesday the western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly will be protected as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
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On Sept. 19, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite took this image of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong while it continued organizing in the Philippine Sea. Credit: NASA Worldview As Tropical Depression 28W continued organizing and developing into Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in the Philippine Sea, NASA’s Aqua satellite provided data on the storm to
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A third of tropical flora in Africa is threatened, including in southern Democratic Republic of Congo A third of the species of tropical plants in Africa are potentially threatened with extinction, according to a preliminary estimate published Wednesday by the journal Science Advances. The most authoritative list of threatened species is the famous “Red List”
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Heavy rains throughout the mid-Atlantic during 2018 and early 2019 led to high runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. Credit: © D. Malmquist/VIMS. An annual model-based report on “dead-zone” conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during 2019 indicates the total volume of low-oxygen, “hypoxic” water was on the high end of the normal range for 1985 to
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Nina Allender saw herself as a painter. But after women’s rights activist Alice Paul visited her in 1913, she shifted focus, beginning a lengthy tenure as a cartoonist for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage’s flagship publication, The Suffragist. The painter-turned-cartoonist’s creations depicted suffragists as stylish young women patiently waiting for their rights—a portrayal starkly
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Scientists from EPFL and WSL have been studying soils in oil palm cultivation for years, in an effort to develop more sustainable methods for growing this crop. Palm oil production has been criticized by environmentalists because of its large carbon footprint and negative impact on biodiversity. For instance, in Indonesia and Malaysia — the world’s
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Experts don’t always agree with one another when making predictions or diagnoses. So how can we find out which expert in a group makes the best and most accurate decisions? An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and
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(Left); Image of a persistent snow and ice patch in Mengebulag taken in 2006, showing domestic reindeer using the patch, and (right); the same patch in 2018, which local residents indicated had melted for the very first time. Credit: Taylor et al, 2019. Deep in the Sayan Mountains of northern Mongolia, patches of ice rest
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