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WASHINGTON — Arianespace and OneWeb on Sept. 21 announced a revised launch contract that covers OneWeb’s constellation deployment with three fewer launches than originally planned.  Arianespace will conduct 16 Soyuz launches for OneWeb, each carrying 34-36 satellites, to complete OneWeb’s internet megaconstellation by the end of 2022. The revised contract canceled two Soyuz launches, and
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Long before corporations acknowledged Black Lives Matter, they championed the plights of specific endangered species. Corporate conservation campaigns used phrases such as “Save the [insert your favorite animal],” which have been catchy, effective and oddly similar to the language we’re now using to educate people about the status of Black life in America. The Disney
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2020: Protesters elide vaccination, 5G mobile-phone technology and face masks in Spain, where COVID-19 rates are soaring.Credit: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement Jonathan M. Berman MIT Press (2020) The need to control outbreaks and pandemics has long created tensions between liberty and interdependence, similar to those playing out
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s inspector general warned in a recent report that the agency’s planetary science division was taking “undue risk” in its current approach to a commercial lunar transportation program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in an audit of the agency’s planetary science division released Sept. 16, highlighted several issues with the Commercial Lunar
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The world (well, most of it) attacked COVID-19 as if it were a true global emergency: with extraordinary speed, scale and scope. With real collaboration and a healthy dose of courage, some gutsy decisions were made both in government and business. Getting billions of people to don masks, allocating trillions of dollars and putting massive
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WASHINGTON — A shift to remote working caused by the coronavirus pandemic has created new cybersecurity challenges for NASA, agency officials said at a Sept. 18 House hearing. NASA effectively closed all its field centers in March, limiting access to essential employees. While NASA has since allowed some more personnel to return to work on
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Zhongguancun Park in Beijing, where science and business meet.Credit: Imaginechina Limited/Alamy What makes a science city, let alone a leading science city? Many factors come to mind, such as a high R&D spend, a concentration of research institutions and specialist science facilities, and an ability to attract global science talent. By our measure, the top
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As a species, humans have populated almost every corner of the earth. We have developed technologies and cultures which shape the world we live in. The idea of ‘natural selection’ or ‘survival of the fittest’ seems to make sense in Stone Age times when we were fighting over scraps of meat, but does it still
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