Month: July 2021

A vehicle roughly 10 micrometres long can trace a circular path under the command of polarized light. Credit: D. Andrén et al./Nature Nanotechnol. Materials science 28 July 2021 Mini ‘metavehicles’ zip and swerve on light power Light can be used to both propel and steer tiny vehicles made with materials that have distinctive optical properties.
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Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images LONDON — On June 3, one of London’s hottest days of the year so far, Chamath Palihapitiya, an early Facebook executive turned tech investor, had lunch on the rooftop of The Ned hotel with the co-founders of insurance start-up Flock: Ed Kingler and Antton Pena. The
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Utah’s governor has encouraged residents to pray for rain for over two months. Gov. Spencer Cox, who has declared two drought emergencies in the last three months and encouraged residents to help save water, has invited residents to use the first weekend of June to pray for “divine intervention,” regardless of religious affiliation. “We may be
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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A bumblebee visiting a robotic flower receives a drop of sugar water as a reward. Credit: Jan-Hendrik Dudenhöffer Animal behaviour 28 July 2021 A caffeine buzz gives bees flower power Bumblebees dosed with caffeine can more easily remember the scent of sugar-heavy blossoms. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook
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Tesla (TSLA) has been trading sideways despite beating expectations with its Q2 2021 earnings. The market is digesting the results, but Tesla has created questions about its short-term growth due to supply chain issues. On Monday, Tesla released its Q1 2021 results, and it beat Wall Street expectations on both revenue and earnings. Yet, Tesla’s
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NATURE PODCAST 28 July 2021 Has the world’s oldest known animal been discovered? Researchers debate whether an ancient fossil is the oldest animal yet discovered, and a new way to eavesdrop on glaciers. Benjamin Thompson & Noah Baker Benjamin Thompson View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Noah
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A tidal turbine weighing 680 metric tons and dubbed “the world’s most powerful” has started grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, an archipelago located north of mainland Scotland. The news marks another major step forward for the U.K.’s nascent marine energy sector.  In an announcement Wednesday, Scottish engineering firm Orbital
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We are on the verge of a new era in space security: the age of diverse and highly capable dual-use space systems that can serve both peaceful and anti-satellite (ASAT) purposes. These new systems, such as spacecraft capable of undertaking rendezvous and proximity operations (RPOs), ground-based lasers capable of interacting with space objects, and actions
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It’s time we should be able to explain sustainability to a 5-year-old — in five words or less. There really aren’t many simple definitions of sustainability. This matters because if we want more people to contribute to a sustainable future, they would first need to know what to do, what the goal is. As expressed
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CAREER COLUMN 28 July 2021 How to get media coverage and boost your science’s impact A good communications strategy can get your research seen by decision makers, says Rebecca Fuoco. Rebecca Fuoco 0 Rebecca Fuoco Rebecca Fuoco leads communications at the Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley, California. View author publications You can also search
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WASHINGTON — Isar Aerospace, a German small launch vehicle company, has raised an additional $75 million that will allow the company to expand its manufacturing and launch capabilities. The company announced July 29 that it added $75 million to a Series B round it raised in December 2020. The new funding brings the size of
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In this article SGRE-ES Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images Low-carbon hydrogen isn’t “cost competitive with other energy supplies in most applications and locations” and the situation is unlikely to change unless there’s “significant support to bridge the price gap,” according to the World Energy Council. Published Tuesday, the analysis – which was put
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WASHINGTON — NASA and Boeing say a second test flight of the company’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle remains on track for launch July 30, with weather the biggest concern. A launch readiness review for the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 mission July 27 confirmed that both the Starliner spacecraft and its Atlas 5
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Astroscale: ‘We are considering future opportunities that could include joint technology development or missions’ WASHINGTON — Astroscale, an orbital debris removal and satellite servicing company based in Japan, announced July 27 that it will be working with rocket maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on technologies to help clean up space junk. The collaboration between Astroscale and
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CORRESPONDENCE 27 July 2021 Global climate models do not need more behavioural science M. Granger Morgan 0 & Hadi Dowlatabadi 1 M. Granger Morgan Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Hadi Dowlatabadi University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. View author publications You
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In this article TSLA SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk visits the construction site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021. Michele Tantussi | Reuters Tesla reports second-quarter results after the bell on Monday. Here’s what analysts are expecting, according to estimates compiled by Refinitiv: Earnings: 98 cents per share, adjusted, expected
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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Download PDF My group wants to understand the components of lung surfactants — complex substances that keep our air sacs from collapsing. Bioengineers would like to make synthetic surfactants to treat lung disease, but we must understand the real ones first. As a computational chemist, I use computer simulations to understand the molecular dynamics of
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In this article TSLA Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., right, departs from court for the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Monday, July 12, 2021. Samuel Corum | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk sniped at Silicon Valley neighbor Apple twice during a conference call to discuss Tesla earnings
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