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The 10-year contract is for operations and support of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency, Milstar and Defense Satellite Communications System constellations. WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $3.3 billion contract for support services on classified military communications satellites, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced Nov. 15. The 10-year indefinite-delivery
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The tax break represents a huge financial boost for energy giant Total More France’s parliament on Friday voted down a proposed tax break on palm oil—which would have hugely benefited energy giant Total—after lawmakers and environmental activists complained the legislation had been rushed through the day before without proper debate. In the second vote in
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The adaptive iridocytes in the skin of the California market squid are able tune color through most of the spectrum.  Credit: University of California – Santa Barbara More Squids, octopuses and cuttlefish are undisputed masters of deception and camouflage. Their extraordinary ability to change color, texture and shape is unrivaled, even by modern technology. Researchers
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After an unsuccessful bid two months ago, India may attempt another soft landing on the Moon by next year-end, probably in November, sources in ISRO said on Thursday. The Indian Space Research Organisation had constituted a high-level committee, headed by S Somanath, Director ofThiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the lead centre responsible for all launch
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Australian wildfires raging through Queensland and New South Wales this month are threatening koalas, one of the country’s most beloved and iconic species. When koalas face danger, their response is to climb higher into the canopy and “curl themselves into a ball for protection,” reports Livia Albeck-Ripka of the New York Times. This defense mechanism,
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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Nov. 15, 2019, 3:45 p.m. Jeff Edwards’ primary school teacher had just started the day’s math lesson when an ominous rumble sounded in the distance. “The next thing I remember was waking up,” he later recalled. “My right foot was stuck in the radiator and there was water pouring out of it. My
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Historians remember September 1781 as the month the Continental Army began its last major land battle, bolstering the rebel Americans’ morale and breaking Britain’s will to fight. But something more prosaic happened that month when 13-year-old Betsy Bucklin sat down with needle and thread to work on her sampler. She was not alone: Countless girls
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A set up for ultrafast spectroscopy, as used in the study. Credit: Maxim Pchenitchnikov, University of Groningen More Semiconductors convert energy from photons (light) into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. These photons produce “hot electrons,” and the excess energy of these electrons is converted into
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