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Oct 5, 2020

Born Free Foundation’s Campaign to Keep Wildlife Wild!

Posted by in categories: education, habitats

Keeping Wildlife in the Wild.


Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador, interviews Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, Born Free USA and Species Survival Network.

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Oct 5, 2020

Two Dozen Exoplanets that Might be More Habitable than Earth

Posted by in category: alien life

In search for a planet better than Earth: 24 top contenders from more than 4000 exoplanets.


Do we need to change our search parameters when looking for extraterrestrial life?

Oct 5, 2020

New York court readies OneWeb to start services next year

Posted by in categories: business, satellites

Paris, 4 October 2020. – A New York court has confirmed OneWeb’s rescue plan and put it back on track to launch its services in 2021, the London-based LEO operator announced.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed OneWeb’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan, ensuring that the company remains on target to resume business operations and deploy the initial 650 LEO satellite constellation under its new ownership, OneWeb said.

“The transactions outlined in the Plan will be implemented following receipt of customary regulatory approvals, which are expected by the end of 2020. In the meantime, OneWeb is resuming operations and readying its commercial services which are planned to start next year.”

Oct 5, 2020

Cygnus 14 Capture

Posted by in category: space

At 5:32 a.m. EDT today Chris Cassidy captured Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo craft as Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos monitored monitored the approach and rendezvous. Read more… go.nasa.gov/3nibn6m.

Oct 5, 2020

The Navy is training to meet a new kind of challenge from Russia in the Atlantic

Posted by in category: military

With increasingly sophisticated Russian submarines prowling the Atlantic, the U.S. Navy is working harder to keep track of what’s happening off the U.S. coast.

The Navy’s focus on anti-submarine warfare waned during the Middle East wars, but attention is shifting, underscored by Exercise Black Widow 2020 in the North Atlantic between September 12 and 18.

The deterioration of Russia’s navy in the decade after the Cold War “allowed a lot of folks to think that the homeland is a sanctuary from Russian forces,” Vice Adm. Daryl L. Caudle, commander of Naval Submarine Forces, told reporters on September 16.

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Oct 5, 2020

This Week, Mars Is The Closest to Earth It’ll Be For Another 15 Years

Posted by in category: space

Mars, our second closest cosmic cousin, has been in our collective imagination for decades. Between fantasies of martian visits and the promise of water under its icy surface, Mars doesn’t need to do much to be in our collective good books.

But very soon, Mars is not just going to be close to our hearts, but also nearest to our actual planet — a mere 62.1 million kilometres (38.6 million miles) away from Earth.

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Oct 4, 2020

Something is raining gold across the universe

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Even the most optimistic estimates of neutron star collision frequency can’t account for the sheer abundance of gold and other elements in the Universe. This was a surprise. It looks like spinning supernovae with strong magnetic fields could be the real source of the majority of these elements.” ates of neutron star collision frequency can’t account for the sheer abundance of gold and other elements in the Universe. This was a surprise. It looks like spinning supernovae with strong magnetic fields could be the real source of the majority of these elements.” ates of neutron star collision frequency simply can’t account for the sheer abundance of gold and other elements in the Universe.

Oct 4, 2020

A New Chemical ‘Tree of The Origins of Life’ Reveals Our Possible Molecular Evolution

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, evolution

One of the greatest mysteries in our Universe is right here on our own doorstep. No, closer — it’s in every fibre of our being.

At least 3.7 billion years ago, a few simple molecules worked together to create something new. Then a few more. And, somehow, these snowballing combinations eventually produced the first very basic living organisms that would evolve and branch out to become all life on Earth.

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Oct 4, 2020

A Shocking Find in a Neanderthal Cave in France

Posted by in category: futurism

A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.

Oct 4, 2020

Researchers create fly-catching robots

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

An international team of Johannes Kepler University researchers is developing robots made from soft materials. A new article in the journal Communications Materials demonstrates how these kinds of soft machines react using weak magnetic fields to move very quickly—even grabbing a quick-moving fly that has landed on it.

When we imagine a moving machine, such as a robot, we picture something largely made out of hard materials, says Martin Kaltenbrunner. He and his team of researchers at the JKU’s Department of Soft Matter Physics and the LIT Soft Materials Lab have been working to build a -based system. When creating these kinds of systems, there is a basic underlying idea to create conducive conditions that support close robot-human interaction in the future—without the solid machine physically harming humans.