Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is just days away from realizing his dream of heading to space on his own rocket. Branson gives NBC News’ Tom Costello an exclusive look at the company’s Unity spacecraft and addresses rumors about a rivalry with Jeff Bezos.
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As a Caltech professor apologizes for damaging an ancient Native American petroglyph site, a movement grows against scientific intrusion.
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After resolving multiple problems, Russian flight controllers cleared the way for Thursday's arrival of the new Nauka lab module.
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Gravity feels like it's pulling everything toward Earth, but why? AdventurePhoto/E+ via WikimediaCommons Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to email@example.com. Why does gravity pull us down and not up? - Gracie, age 9, Brookline, Massachusetts Gravity is the reason things with mass or energy are attracted to each other. It is why apples fall toward the ground and planets orbit stars. Magnets attract
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Fauci says it's 'negligent' not to fund research at Wuhan lab, suggests collaboration with China continue
Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that it would’ve been “negligent” for the National Institutes of Health not to fund bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and declined to commit not to collaborate with Chinese government scientists in the future, insisting that “we have always been careful.”
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Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from harmful space radiation, but passengers bound for Mars will lose that protection. For example, radiations from energetic particles ejected from the sun behave very differently than cosmic rays from outside our galaxy. Enough to be of concern, according to Athanasios Petridis, a physicist from Drake University in Des Moines.
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A Virgin Galactic ticket holder who met Blue Origin passenger Wally Funk at parties said the 82-year-old had 'the energy of 6,000 labradors'
Caroline Freeland, who bought a Virgin Galactic space ticket, said she met 82-year-old Wally Funk at astronaut parties and talks.
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The La Niña climate pattern is a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean. What you need to know.
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The FAA set new rules concerning the Commercial Space Astronaut Wings Program as Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos flew to space last week.
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Physicist Steven Weinberg, who won the Nobel prize in 1979 with two other scientists for their separate contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, has died at 88, the University of Texas at Austin said Saturday. A professor at the university since the 1980s, Weinberg died Friday in Austin, Texas, according to his wife Louise, said UT spokesperson Christine Sinatra. “The passing of Steven Weinberg is a loss for The University of Texas and for society," UT President Jay Hartzell said in a statement.
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Spaceflight is an engineering problem that can be solved by throwing money at it; you can't say the same for poverty or climate change.
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In one sense, the world got lucky with the new coronavirus. By sheer chance, scientists just happened to have spent years studying coronaviruses, developing exactly the tools needed to make COVID vaccines as soon as the virus’ genetic sequence was published. But what will happen if the next pandemic comes from a virus that causes Lassa fever, or from the Sudan strain of Ebola, or from a Nipah virus? Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is prom
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Richard Garriott has ventured to both poles, the ocean's deepest point and even to space. Now he's aiming for a science-based age of discovery.
A two-week virtual negotiation begins on the most critical climate change report since 2013.
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The Dutch teen on Jeff Bezos' space flight had this surprise for the billionaire...(SOUNDBITE) (English) 18-YEAR-OLD PHYSICS STUDENT, OLIVER DAEMEN, SAYING: "I told Jeff I never bought something on Amazon and he was like: 'oh, wow, it was a long time ago (the last time) I heard someone say that.’”18-year-old Oliver Daeman became the world’s youngest space travellerwhen he accompanied Amazon founder Jeff Bezoson a 10-minute trip beyond Earth’s atmosphereafter another candidate bidding $28 million cancelled at the last minute(SOUNDBITE) (English) 18-YEAR-OLD PHYSICS STUDENT, OLIVER DAEMEN, SAYING:"I have always been interested in it and I have always followed Blue Origin and SpaceX and all the big players and then this came along. I always wanted to go to space, that was my ultimate, ultimate goal and I knew I was going to get there one way or another. But I never thought it was going to be this soon."Also on the Blue Origin flight was Bezos' brother, Markand 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, the oldest person to go to space
(Reuters) -As scientists gather online to finalize a long-awaited update on global climate research, recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the need for more research on how it will play out, especially locally. "Global warming was well projected, but now you see it with your own eyes," said Corinne Le Quere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia. "It's not so much that climate change itself is proceeding faster than expected -- the warming is right in line with model predictions from decades ago," said climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University.
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The OFT-2 mission will send the uncrewed spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Better nuclear reactors, Steam Deck gets a frame-rate limiter and NASA's Mars helicopter has traveled one (Martian) mile.
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When inventor Lonnie Johnson took a simple squirt gun and ramped it WAY up, he had no idea what a hit it would be. Since the early 1990s, the Super Soaker has soaked up more than $1 billion in toy sales. But Johnson hasn't stopped there. Correspondent Mo Rocca reports on how Johnson, a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, continues to make a big splash. Originally broadcast on May 21, 2017.
Members of Congress are ready to fight for government money to fund space exploration projects in their districts as the space tourism industry gains momentum.Why it matters: The recent launches by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have Americans looking skyward again. Lawmakers are hoping to take advantage of it by raising awareness of potential space projects in districts outside Houston and Cape Canaveral, Florida.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Rep. To
The world must ensure access to food supplies as forcefully as it moved to ensure access to vaccines, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at the opening of the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome. "The health crisis (COVID-19) has lead to a food crisis," he said, citing data showing malnutrition in all its forms has become the leading cause of ill health and death in the world. The U.N.'s first ever Food Systems Summit will take place in September, with the aim of delivering progress on the body's 2030 sustainable development goals.