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The island nation of Mauritius has little in the way of natural resources – historically, it’s depended on imported petroleum to generate electricity. But increasingly, according to Phys.org, leadership on the island is preparing for an energy-scarce future. They’re investing in solar, wind and hydropower, but also leveraging a key crop on the island: sugar
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When cooled to low enough temperatures, certain materials will superconduct: the electrical resistance inside them will drop to zero. When exposed to a strong magnetic field, some superconductors will exhibit levitation effects. Here’s the story of how this works.Peter nussbaumer / Wikimedia Commons The idea of levitating off the ground has been a staple of
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One of the best-known fossils in paleontology, a virtually complete skeleton nicknamed “Little Foot”, could actually represent an entirely new species of early human, scientists have announced. The fossil was first discovered more than 20 years ago, and after decades of careful extraction and research, an analysis of the age, skull and limbs has finally
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Some raw cookie dough? Oh no. (Photo: Getty Images)Getty Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it to get done baking before you eat cookie dough. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding everyone during this Holiday Season when many cookies and other treats are a-baking. This warning also applies
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR AND SPACE FORCE? President Trump has been insistent that a Space Force should be a completely independent military department. One
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Tis the season…not for the various holidays people celebrate. It is the season for snow forecasts. I live in Georgia, and this weekend the “ominous” word snow was in the forecast. In the South (and frankly the Washington DC area where I lived also), winter forecasting is particularly challenging. However, there is something else that
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This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 3, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. In recent years, there has been a boom of announcements for satellite constellations comprising satellites weighing as little as 3 kilograms to address a growing market of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) via satellite. Traditionally, this market has been serviced
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WASHINGTON — A test flight in Alaska of a small launch vehicle by a stealthy startup company ended in failure in late November, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed. In a speech Dec. 6 at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce space conference here discussing the agency’s approach to commercial spaceflight safety, FAA Acting Administrator Dan
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s eighth and final Iridium Next launch has been delayed nine days to Jan. 7. The new launch date, announced Dec. 7 by customer Iridium Communications, was driven by the additional two weeks SpaceX ended up needing to launch Spaceflight Industries’ “SmallSat Express” dedicated rideshare mission. That mission — carrying 64 small satellites aboard
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Yann Lecun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, gave a talk at NeurIPS 2018.Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP Members of the press have been blocked from attending some of the most interesting events at the NeurIPS artificial intelligence conference. Organisers of NeurIPS, rebranded from NIPS earlier
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