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NASA’s James Webb Passes Enormous Test, On Track For October 2021 Launch

NASA’s James Webb Passes Enormous Test, On Track For October 2021...

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After years of preparation, numerous tests, and an unfortunate number of setbacks, NASA's James Webb ... [+] Space Telescope is fully built and assembled. As of October 6, 2020, it has completed its full suite of environmental tests: the last challenging, and potentially blocking, milestone keeping us from a successful launch. Northrop Grumman Despite numerous…
Lilly’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug, Combined With Remdesivir, Benefits Covid-19 Patients Who Need Oxygen

Lilly’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug, Combined With Remdesivir, Benefits Covid-19 Patients Who...

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getty This week, Eli Lilly and Company announced additional findings indicating that its rheumatoid arthritis drug, baricitinib, may improve the health of severe Covid-19 patients when used in combination with Gilead Science’s antiviral drug remdesivir. Outcomes of the study, which the company had reported preliminary data from in September, suggest that the two drugs in…
Ask Ethan: When Did The Universe Get Its First Quantum Fields?

Ask Ethan: When Did The Universe Get Its First Quantum Fields?

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Quantum gravity tries to combine Einstein’s general theory of relativity with quantum mechanics. ... [+] Quantum corrections to classical gravity are visualized as loop diagrams, as the one shown here in white. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory No matter how we look at the Universe — at low temperatures or ultra-high energies, from our own backyard…
These Scientists Deserved A Nobel Prize, But Didn’t Discover Crispr

These Scientists Deserved A Nobel Prize, But Didn’t Discover Crispr

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Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of a method for genome editing." The method, often simply called 'Crispr', has revolutionized molecular biology. For example, it lets scientists…
No, Roger Penrose, We See No Evidence Of A ‘Universe Before The Big Bang’

No, Roger Penrose, We See No Evidence Of A ‘Universe Before...

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Penrose's idea of a conformal cyclic cosmology hypothesizes that our Universe arose from a ... [+] pre-existing Universe that would leave imprints on our cosmos today. This is a fascinating and imaginative alternative to inflation, but the data doesn't support it, despite Penrose's dubious claims that it does. Skydivephil / YouTube One of the greatest…
These Scientists Didn’t Discover CRISPR. Here’s Why They Won A Nobel Prize

These Scientists Didn’t Discover CRISPR. Here’s Why They Won A Nobel...

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Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of a method for genome editing." The method, often simply called 'CRISPR', has revolutionized molecular biology. It lets scientists target DNA…
This Startup’s Building A Factory To Sustainably Turn Natural Gas Into Fertilizer

This Startup’s Building A Factory To Sustainably Turn Natural Gas Into...

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(L to R) Rob Hanson, CEO and cofounder, Bill Brady, director, and Pete Johnson, cofounder at Monolith's first production plant. Monolith Materials Across the world, farming is dependent on the production of ammonia in order to create fertilizers. Those fertilizers enable billions of people to be fed, but they come at a substantial cost for…
The Pentagon Wants Stealth Rocket Fuel. Could It Trigger A Nuclear War?

The Pentagon Wants Stealth Rocket Fuel. Could It Trigger A Nuclear...

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This photo provided by the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency, taken Jan. 28, 2016, shows a ... [+] long-range ground-based interceptor is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As North Korea rattles its nuclear saber and threatens to bomb the U.S. at “any moment,” a nerve-jangling question hangs in the air: If North Korea…
Is America Finally Ready To Become A Scientific Nation?

Is America Finally Ready To Become A Scientific Nation?

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The International Space Station has provided humanity with not only a laboratory to conduct ... [+] experiments in zero gravity, but to better understand how humans can survive, thrive, and work in the environment of deep space. Without NASA's presence aboard and investment in the ISS, we would not have achieved these milestones. NASA In…
Why Bots And Businesses Are Like Predators And Prey

Why Bots And Businesses Are Like Predators And Prey

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A golden eagle (predator with good eyesight) and dead rabbit (prey with bad camouflage). getty If you try to buy items with limited stock online, you might find it impossible. That's because automated programmes or 'web robots' — known simply as 'bots' — will checkout before you can even put something in your shopping basket.…

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