Social media platforms have been blocked in Chad for over a year now. This makes it far and away the longest social media outage perpetrated in an African country. In second place is Cameroon, though its 230-day block was more extensive, covering the entire internet. Clearly these aren’t records to be proud of. On March
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The widespread adoption of pasteurisation and refrigeration means we’re now used to a shelf life of two to three weeks for milk, but scientists working at Australian company Naturo just announced they’ve extended that to more than 60 days. Allegedly, Naturo’s technique doesn’t involve the heat treatment that comes with pasteurisation, and apparently “retains its
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Arianespace’s launches are now including more constellation-type satellites and fewer geostationary satellites, in response to market dynamics. ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE/Optique Vidéo du CSG Everybody knows that rockets today are very different than 10 years ago. SpaceX regularly launches and lands rockets for multiple missions. Spacecraft are smaller and tend to fly in bunches. For a company like
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Adi Rahman Adiwoso, CEO of Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN). Credit: PSN WASHINGTON — Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has selected domestic satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deploy and operate a broadband satellite designed to connect government institutions. The ministry said May 3 that PSN will lead a consortium of companies on
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Armed with CRISPR gene-editing technology, scientists are trying to move away from performing experiments on common model organisms, like fruit flies and zebrafish, which have long defined biological research – by crafting new ones at the genetic level. But scientists who are gene hacking new animals for their research are running into logistical problems, according
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Plants use photosynthesis to convert sunshine to energy; solar panels transform sunlight into electrical power using photovoltaics. pxhere CCO public domain Organic solar cells have several advantages over their traditional silicon counterparts. But they are highly susceptible to damage from moisture, oxygen and light. Researchers have now worked out how to make these next-generation cells more
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WASHINGTON — Loft Orbital, a company preparing a constellation to carry payloads for customers who don’t want to operate their own satellites, has filled up its first satellite and booked a January 2020 launch through Spaceflight Industries. San Francisco-based Loft Orbital will carry five customer payloads on its first mission, designated YAM-2, Alex Greenberg, Loft
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WASHINGTON — The two contenders to build Telesat’s constellation of broadband satellites have nearly finalized their designs and will submit proposals in the coming months, Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg said May 2. Airbus Defence and Space and a Maxar Technologies-Thales Alenia Space team are competing for a contract worth an estimated $3 billion. Goldberg said
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