If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands, Great Britain could use your help to understand the weather of its past—and forecast its future. Through an ongoing campaign spearheaded by the Rainfall Rescue Project, climate researchers and meteorologists are calling on volunteers worldwide to help digitize reams of handwritten
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Last April, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft created an artificial crater on the asteroid, Ryugu, by hurling a four-pound copper ball, called SCI, toward the asteroid’s surface at about 4,500 miles per hour in order to calculate Ryugu’s age. Now, results from the out-of-this-world experiment are in. Previous calculations suggested the surface of the asteroid might be
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WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking bids to develop a new engine for its Orion spacecraft that will effectively be a plug-in replacement for the shuttle-era engine used on the spacecraft’s initial missions. NASA published a request for proposals March 19 for the Orion Main Engine with a deadline of June 11. The agency expects to
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The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family For Ruby Laura Madison Wilson, her family’s ties to President James Madison had long been a point of pride. “Always remember—you’re a Madison,” she told her daughter, author Bettye Kearse. “You come from African slaves and a president.” Kearse, however, felt differently. She was
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With the states across India pulling out all stops in the country’s battle against coronavirus, a Chennai-based drone company too is using its technological innovations to tackle the scourge in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur and elsewhere. “Our drones will spray disinfectant on areas specified by the Chhattisgarh government, usually hospital areas, government offices and buildings,” Agnishwar
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WASHINGTON — The Italian government declared aerospace companies exempt from the nationwide lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus, enabling Avio to continue production of rockets, Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo said Thursday.  Since 60% of Avio’s revenue comes from manufacturing, the French government’s March 16 decision to suspend launches from the Guiana Space
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Folding@Home, a crowdsourced computing project from scientists at Stanford University lets people across world join computing capabilities of their personal computers to form a crowdsourced supercomputer. Folding@Home then carries out research, mostly on diseases like Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and now COVID-19. With the coronavirus outbreak, Folding@Home comes as a platform that will allow people across
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SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Thompson: “The AEHF launch is one of those we consider absolutely mission essential.” WASHINGTON — A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off on March 26 at 4:18 PM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a $1.4 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) communications
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When the Chisso chemical factory in Minamata, Japan, dumped its wastewater into the bay in the 1950s and ‘60s, it poisoned thousands of people with mercury. Hundreds died in the immediate effects of the toxic environment, and thousands of others were left with neurological conditions, including chronic numbness and migraines or birth defects. Initial studies
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At least 124,000 schools across the United States have shut their doors—some for the remainder of the academic year—to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Millions of students are now spending their days at home, and though some schools have shifted to online distance learning, many parents have found themselves charged with keeping their kids
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The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. This finding was obtained by
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