08-2019 Science News

For many in the space industry, so-called “megaconstellations” of communications satellites are the next big thing. Such systems have the potential to provide services from tracking planes and ships to offering broadband internet access more effectively than existing satellite systems or terrestrial alternatives. They offer a feel-good story about connecting the world as well as
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  Researchers from the US, Europe, and around the world are coming together to discuss a mission to deflect an asteroid in space and to prove the technique to be an effective method of defence against a looming asteroid collision. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) asteroid researchers and spacecraft
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Credit: Pathdoc/Shutterstock.com More When we speak, our sentences emerge as a flowing stream of sound. Unless we are really annoyed, We. Don’t. Speak. One. Word. At. A. Time. But this property of speech is not how language itself is organized. Sentences consist of words: discrete units of meaning and linguistic form that we can combine
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India’s first moon lander – Vikram – on Tuesday got nearer to the Moon with the Indian space agency successfully completing the first of the two de-orbital operations. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the de-orbital operation began at 8:50am as planned. Using the onboard propulsion system for 4 seconds the operation was carried out
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A new Columbia Engineering study indicates that the world will experience more frequent and more extreme drought and aridity than currently experienced in the coming century, exacerbated by both climate change and land-atmosphere processes. The researchers demonstrate that concurrent soil drought and atmospheric aridity are largely driven by a series of land-atmosphere processes and feedback
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Aeolus was launched on August 22, 2018. ESA/ATG medialab   The European Space Agency (ESA) says one of its satellites was forced to avoid a satellite from SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, raising concerns about the impact of Starlink on low Earth orbit operations, after SpaceX refused to move their satellite out of the way. At 11.02
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The Dyeing Poison Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) of French Guiana has yellow stripes to keep predators away, but some have white stripes instead. Credit: University of Jyvaskyla More Diversity is a hallmark of life and it shows up in unexpected places. A multi-national team of evolutionary biologists investigated how two types of poison frog co-exist when
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Professor Dustin Schroeder (foreground) and art historian Jessica Daniel splice 50-year-old film containing radar measurements of Antarctica into a reel in preparation for digital scanning at the Scott Polar Research Institute in the UK. Credit: Dustin Schroeder More Newly digitized vintage film has doubled how far back scientists can peer into the history of underground
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