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Aug 3, 2020

Crew Dragon Returns to Earth | The State of Science

Posted by in categories: business, science, space travel

On August 2nd, the SpaceX crew dragon that launched on May 30th returned to Earth with the two NASA astronauts it brought to the ISS. With the first American space launch complete, the US has now advanced tremendously in its manned spaceflight capabilities.

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Jul 30, 2020

Science Explains How Lost Dogs Can Always Find Their Way Home

Posted by in categories: habitats, science

To learn more about the science behind a dog’s ability to find its way home, researchers tracked the 27 hunting dogs representing 10 breeds as they roamed the woods.

Jul 29, 2020

World’s First Lab Grown Bacon | The State of Science

Posted by in categories: business, food, science, sustainability

In this state of science video, we talk about how the company Higher Steaks has created the world’s first lab-grown bacon. This adds to humanity’s arsenal of lab-grown meat and is a step towards sustainability both in terms of saving the planet and in terms of the decreasing pig supply.

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Jul 29, 2020

A Crazier Crazy Straw for Science

Posted by in categories: science, transportation

What do the loopy straws that children like to sip drinks through have in common with cutting-edge science? Ask Ryan Murphy and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where the team has thought up a creative way to explore the properties of fluids under extreme conditions.

The team invented a device that can push fluids through a narrow tube at the velocity of a car hurtling down a rural interstate — about 110 km per hour. This might not sound overly fast to a road tripper, but the tube’s inner diameter is typically 100 micrometers — about the thickness of a human hair. Scaled up, that would be like a train hurtling through a subway tunnel about 100 times faster than a rocket blasting its way into orbit.

To add to the fun, the meter-long tube is coiled up like a spring, so the fluid careens around loop after three-centimeter-wide loop, as though that rocketing subway were a blindingly fast roller coaster that turns somersaults from start to finish.

Jul 25, 2020

Germany’s coronavirus response is a master class in science communication

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, science

What changed things for Germany? A handful of prominent scientists communicating regularly and openly with the public. (via CNBC)…and a leader who is a scientist.

Germany, like many other countries, had a contingent of people who fought lockdowns and argued that Covid-19 was a hoax. But it also had a handful of prominent scientists communicating regularly and openly with the public. That played a huge role in drowning out rumors and misinformation, locals tell CNBC.

“We have a great educational system and everyone has access to it,” said Dennis Traub, a tech worker in Hamburg, Germany. “So I believe that many people and the majority listened to both sides and one of those sides sounded much more reasonable.”

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Jul 23, 2020

30,000 Volunteer to Get Infected by the Coronavirus | The State of Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, science

Although the coronavirus vaccine is progressing at a breakneck pace, some people feel that it is not progressing fast enough. As such, they have volunteered in the One Day Sooner movement to get deliberately infected with the coronavirus in order to speed up vaccine development.

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Jul 23, 2020

EU leaders slash science spending in €1.8 trillion deal

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Following a marathon EU summit in Brussels, national leaders this morning agreed to a €1.8 trillion, 7-year budget and pandemic recovery fund that will spend €81 billion on Horizon Europe, the main EU research program. That’s far less than what researchers had hoped for—and €13.5 billion less than a proposal 2 months ago from the European Commission, the EU executive arm.


An €81 billion budget for Horizon Europe disappoints researchers.

Jul 21, 2020

How Harvard’s Star Computer-Science Professor Built a Distance-Learning Empire

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, education, science

David Malan, of the hit class CS50, was working to perfect online teaching long before the pandemic. Is his method a model for the future of higher education?

Jul 18, 2020

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

Posted by in categories: chemistry, information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI, science, space

The latest AI algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can’t be automated?

Jul 18, 2020

Rebirth of leading European facility promises revolutionary advances in x-ray science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

A brilliant new light shines in Grenoble, France, where officials at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility(ESRF) last week announced the reopening of their completely rebuilt x-ray source. The ring-shaped machine, 844 meters around, generates x-ray beams 100 times brighter than its predecessor and 10 trillion times brighter than medical x-rays. The intense radiation could open up new vistas in x-ray science, such as imaging whole organs in three dimensions while resolving individual cells.


Shining 100 times brighter than its predecessor, the new European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is the first of more than a dozen of its kind in the works.

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