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Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of “All Areas of Science and Technology.” The award, he said, reminds him "that there is no border for science and technology and they belong to all human beings.”
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NIH Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research in Wuhan, Says EcoHealth Violated Reporting Requirements
A top NIH official admitted that U.S. taxpayers funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan.
U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or i
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PixabayElectric cars are supposed to help the world go green and stop hurting the planet. Engineers at Brown University and the University of Maryland are taking that goal to another other level, with a new proposal for batteries made from trees, according to new findings published in Nature.Lithium ion batteries have become the go-to form of rechargeable batteries thanks to their extraordinarily long charge. You’re probably reading this story from a device powered by such a battery. Most electr
Nasa's next-generation spaceship is attached to the rocket that will launch it to the Moon.
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Look up—or you just might miss the peak of October's meteor shower.
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A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. Now researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks. In the region that’s now Gorongosa National Park, around 90% of the elephants were killed.
NASA has been encouraging private industry to replace the aging ISS with a commercial successor for quite a while now, and while Axiom Space has already expressed its intent to do so eventually, a new consortium made up of Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin now say they'll create the "first-ever free-flying commercial space station," with planned operation to begin in 2027. The new space station will be called "Starlab," a name that recalls the third-ever U.S. space station, Skylab. Starlab will host a crew of four astronauts, and will be much smaller than the ISS — offering about a third of that station's total pressurized space for human occupancy.
Elon Musk says Starship should be ready for first orbital launch next month, 'pending regulatory approval'
SpaceX's Starship rocket is still in development in southeast Texas, with major progress being made on key elements like the launch tower construction, and installation of the vacuum-rated Raptor engines that will power the vehicle once it reaches space. Elon Musk says that it could be ready to make its first orbital flight attempt next month — provided it gets the regulatory sign-offs it needs. SpaceX will require approvals from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make the attempt, as it has for all of its prior test flights of Starship from its development location outside of Brownsville, Texas.
A vast trove of fossils unearthed in Argentina's southern Patagonia region is offering the oldest-known evidence that some dinosaurs thrived in a complex and well-organized herd structure, with adults caring for the young and sharing a communal nesting ground. Scientists said on Thursday the fossils include more than 100 dinosaur eggs and the bones of about 80 juveniles and adults of a Jurassic Period plant-eating species called Mussaurus patagonicus, including 20 remarkably complete skeletons. "It is a pretty dramatic scene from 193 million years ago that was frozen in time," said paleontologist Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio Paleontological Museum in Trelew, Argentina, who led the research published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Despite dozens of companies spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop small satellite launchers in recent years, only two—Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit—have put any birds on orbit. In recent months, we’ve seen launch attempts by strongly backed companies like Astra and Firefly go awry. Other competitors, like Relativity Space and ABL Space Systems, have yet to make it to the launch pad.
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NASA has completed stacking the 322-foot-tall Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft it will use for its next generation of deep space operations, including missions on and around the moon. (Oct. 22)
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Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIt has all the makings of a Frankenstein-esque horror movie about science gone wrong: A group of scientists huddled over small organs vaguely resembling the human brain, tinkering with drugs and trying to keep them “alive” as long as possible.But it’s not a freakshow science experiment. In fact, it’s about as far from a horror scene as you could get.University of Cambridge scientists are growing miniature models of human brains in the
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China brought the first moon rocks back to Earth in 45 years. They hint at mysterious volcanic eruptions.
China brought the first moon samples to Earth since 1976. They're lava remnants from a mysterious volcanic eruption 2 billion years ago.
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Fossils of the earliest "modern-looking" crabs were discovered in tree amber, estimated to date back 100 million years, rewriting crustacean history.
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The horse bit and bridle kicked off ancient empires – a new giant dataset tracks the societal factors that drove military technology
Ancient military innovations – like the bit and bridle that enabled mounted horseback riding – changed the course of history. Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin/British Museum via WikimediaCommons , CC BY-NCStarting around 3,000 years ago, a wave of innovation began to sweep through human societies around the globe. For the next millennium the continued emergence of new technologies had a dramatic effect on the course of human history. This era saw the advancement of the ability to control horses with b
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BETHESDA, Md. — Chinese firms are collecting genetic data from around the world, part of an effort by the Chinese government and companies to develop the world’s largest bio-database, American intelligence officials reported Friday. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center said in a new paper that the United States needs to better secure critical technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, semiconductors and other technologies related to the so-called bioeconom
How the metaverse, energy tech and AI might influence how we live in years to come.
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Spotted lantern flies, Burmese pythons and Zebra mussels are just some of the invasive species wreaking havoc on ecosystems in the U.S.
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79-year-old Gertrudes Freire and her family settled in the Amazon rainforest 50 years ago…where they were met with an abundance of land and rain.Location: Rondonia, BrazilBut now the nearby stream is more of a trickle…more and more of the forest is being cut down…and scientists are worried the Amazon is nearing its so-called ‘tipping point.’The ‘tipping point’ refers to a limit after which the rainforest loses the ability to sustain itself.In other words, the Amazon and local climate will have changed so radically as to trigger the death of the rainforest.The consequences for biodiversity and climate change would be devastating,extinguishing thousands of speciesand releasing such a colossal quantity of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that it would sabotage attempts to limit global climate change.Scientists have not yet decided where exactly the Amazon tipping point is.Some researchers argue that current modelling isn’t sophisticated enough to predict such a moment at all.But evidence is mounting that in certain areas, localized iterations of the tipping point may already be happening.Ecologist Ben Hur Marimon Jr. has spent many years monitoring the rainforest.“It is exactly at this tipping point when there is no point of return, because the forest can no longer regenerate. And this affects progress in the forest year after year, more and more forest. So it’s a huge effect, a fatal impact on the Amazon rainforest.”The Amazon covers an area roughly the size of the contiguous United States and accounts for more than half of the world’s rainforest.It exerts power over the carbon cycle like no other terrestrial ecosystem on Earth.For example, the tree loss from an extremely dry year in 2005 released a quantity of CO2 into the atmosphere equivalent to the annual emissions of Europe and Japan combined.That’s according to a study published in Science magazine.Even as science learns more about the devastating impact of deforestation, it has surged under President Jair Bolsonaro, who supports further opening the Amazon for mining and agriculture.Deforestation remains at a level not seen in Brazil since 2008…And in 2020, an area larger than Lebanon was cut from the rainforest.Meanwhile, the Freire family members are trying their best to protect themselves from drought – by diversifying their business and planting trees around water sources.“We fled the drought. When we got here there was a lot of water, a lot of rain, a lot of water. A lot of pasture to live off of. But unfortunately the drought came here too. Why did I feel the need to re-forest? Because I never wanted to cut off the natural spring.”But running out of water is likely to remain a constant and very real threat.