09-2019 Science News

PARIS — As it struggles to close a $50 million funding round, LeoSat is looking beyond design partner Thales Alenia Space for competing bids to build a smaller constellation of lighter satellites.  LeoSat started working with Thales Alenia Space in 2014 to design a constellation of up to 108 low Earth orbit satellites intended to
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(Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the latest iteration of his space company’s newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy development timeline for the centerpiece vehicle of SpaceX’s quest to launch humans to the moon and Mars. MoreA prototype of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft is seen before SpaceX’s Elon Musk gives an update on the
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Astronomers have spotted three supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the center of three colliding galaxies a billion light years away from Earth. That alone is unusual, but the three black holes are also glowing in x-ray emissions. This is evidence that all three are also active galactic nuclei (AGN,) gobbling up material and flaring brightly.
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Most of the 24 million annual visitors to Queensland don’t notice the series of seemingly innocuous yellow buoys at many popular beaches. Beneath the waves lies a series of baited drumlines and mesh nets that aim to make Queensland beaches safe from the ominous threat of sharks. Earlier this week the Queensland government lost a
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company would start test flights of its next-generation Starship vehicle in as soon as one to two months and reach orbit in as little as six months, even as some complain the company is devoting too many resources to this project. Musk provided an update
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Indonesia’s huge palm oil industry bears the brunt of the blame for the out-of-control blazes, critics say More Forest fires raging across Indonesia have sent air quality levels across Southeast Asia plummeting as they belch out emissions that aggravate global warming. The country’s palm oil industry bears much of the blame for the out-of-control blazes
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 photo, a worker shows a handful of silkworm cocoons used to make silk at Mouhtaridis Silkline manufacturing company in Soufli town, northeastern Greece. Greece’s financial crisis nearly snuffed out the country’s centuries-old silk manufacturing tradition, but the end of the crippling recession has raised demand for fashion products and
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The crypt-keeper wasp is hardly a fussy eater. Given the chance, this creepy parasitic insect will chew through the heads of at least seven different species to survive, a new study has found.  Discovered just a few years ago, this gruesome predator (Euderus set) is known as a ‘hyper-manipulator’ – a parasite that manipulates a parasite
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab is nearing completion of its second launch site, and first in the United States, which the company says should be ready for its first Electron launch in early 2020. The company announced Sept. 18 it had achieved a milestone in the construction of Launch Complex (LC) 2 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional
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It may seem unlikely now, but cars and trucks are about to get electrified in a big way. That’s the takeaway from a research note published Tuesday by Morgan Stanley. The venerable investment research firm notes three recent actions by auto industry executives that clearly lay out the transition. It’s an opportunity for investors to
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As Tropical Storm Karen withers away, Hurricane Lorenzo has become “one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes of record for the tropical central Atlantic,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Now packing 140 mph winds, Lorenzo became a Category 4 storm Thursday farther east than any other previous storm on record, save for Julia
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — NASA announced Sept. 27 the award of more than $40 million in contracts to 14 companies, including Blue Origin and SpaceX, to develop technologies that can support NASA’s long-term exploration plans. The awards, with a total value of $43.2 million, are the fourth in a series of “Tipping Point” contracts from NASA’s
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