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WASHINGTON — A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill Sept. 24 that would provide $22.75 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2020, including much, but not all, of what the agency sought in additional funding for the Artemis program. The commerce, justice and science subcommittee favorably reported its appropriations bill in a brief markup
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Diamonds are hardly ever perfect. Like us, they carry blemishes and flaws: tiny ‘inclusions’ of ancient chemistry trapped inside their lustrous frames. To the jeweller, these minuscule marks may diminish a gemstone’s value. To a scientist, the imperfection itself can actually be the true glittering prize. In a startling new discovery, researchers in Canada have
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The second-fastest pulsar ever discovered has been caught spitting out gamma rays, and this surprise discovery could help astronomers better understand the properties of these strange and extreme stars. The gamma radiation of millisecond pulsar PSR J0952−0607 is so faint, detecting it required some clever new search methods – and these made it possible to
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NRO official Pete Muend: “HySpecIQ is developing interesting new hyperspectral imaging capabilities that have the potential to contribute to our current and future overhead architecture.” WASHINGTON — The National Reconnaissance Office awarded its first commercial hyperspectral imaging study contract to HySpecIQ, a private-equity backed startup based in Washington, D.C. The NRO described the award, announced
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Radar image of a volcanic dome on Venus’ surface. Credit: NASA, JPL Multimission Image Processing Laboratory, U.S Geological Survey – http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00246 If not for a geological fluke of nature, could Venus still be habitable today? And more tantalizingly, if Venus were terraformed in its present orbit, would it remain temperate? Last week’s news flap about
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Demo using CTRL-Labs wristband to control a laptop. CTRL Labs Topline: Facebook on Monday agreed to acquire New York-based CTRL Labs, a startup building a wristband that lets people control digital devices with their mind.  In a Facebook post announcing the deal, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, Facebook’s
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PARIS — Satellite manufacturers globally have struggled to keep their factories full amid a prolonged lull in geostationary communications satellite orders.  That hasn’t stopped Argentina and Turkey from standing up a new company that aims to build the same class of satellites.  Gsatcom Space Technologies, a joint venture of Argentina’s state-run technology company INVAP and
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WEISSSEESPITZE, Austria (Reuters) – Scientists are racing to read a rapidly melting archive of climate data going back thousands of years – the inside of Austria’s Alpine glaciers. FILE PHOTO: Plants grow near a lake in front of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Mountain glaciers are receding the world over
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WAILEA, Hawaii — NASA signed an agreement with its Australian counterpart Sept. 21 to cooperate on NASA’s Artemis program as Australia seeks to further boost its space industry. In a ceremony at NASA Headquarters, the two space agencies signed a “joint statement of intent” regarding cooperation on NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon.
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